Head Trainer and business owner Clair has a long career in animal care and training spanning over 20 years. She grew up in South Bristol and always had a passion for animals and wildlife and was surrounded by pets of different species for most of her youth. She still lives in South Bristol with her husband Jonathan and two Weimaraners Bella and Atum and Cockatiel Milly. She particularly enjoys gundog training and working her younger dog Atum on shoots and competing in Working tests with him.
Atum has also appeared on ITV’s Puppy secrets and C5’s Secret life of puppies terrible twos, he also appears in the puppy book by the same name written by Sarah Whitehead. He more recently appeared with Will Smith in Episode one (Gasp) of Once Strange Rock for National Geographic.
Clair has had the opportunity to work with many exotic species during the course of her career. She has been lucky to spend time at Bristol Zoological gardens, Wild Place project, Noahs ark zoo farm and Monkey world, working with Gibbons, Giant Tortoise and Tigers as well as birds of prey and has also worked with domestic farm animals including Chickens, and Goats, and during the 10 years working at the University of Bristol she worked with Cats, Rabbits and Rats and Mice.
Clair’s main interest in dog training and behaviour, is separation anxiety and how it affects the dog and the owner.
Having first gained a BTEC National in Animal care in the late 90's. From there she want on to work and qualify as an Animal technician at Bristol University, While working as an Animal technician she brought home her first Weimaraner Jackson, who wasn't exactly the easiest dog to live with but her love for him and to make his life better started Clair on her path into positive reward based dog training.
Clair has been training dogs in Bristol for 15 years. after studying to become a gold level instructor with the Academy of dog training and behaviour, she also has a BSc (hons) in Animal behaviour and welfare from Oxford Brookes university and is currently working toward her Masters degree in Animal behaviour and training.
Clair currently has a two Weimaraners Bella who is blind and Atum who is her working and competing dog, Atum picks up on a local shoot and has placed in HPR Novice working tests.
Clair's relevant qualifications
- BTEC National Diploma Animal Management
- NVQ level 2 Animal technology
- Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour (ADTB) holding Bronze, Silver and Gold level trainer qualifications
- Canine psychology diploma – Higher distinction
- ABWAK Wolf keeper course
- FdSc Zoological management
- City & Guilds Animal transport
- BSc (Hons) Animal behaviour and welfare
- Canine nutrition diploma - Higher distinction
- Studying - MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
Continued Professional Development course
- Julie Cleasby RN RHV (First aid for dogs) - Canine emergency first aid
- Trevor Cooper, dog law seminar certificate of attendance
- Sarah Whitehead - What makes a dog choose an aggression strategy
- Sarah Whitehead - Rethinking socialisation for puppies
- Guen Bradbury - Behavioural problems in indoor rabbits
- Victoria Stillwell - Building Your Dog's Confidence
- Cecilla Villaverde & Savier Manteca – How can nutrition impact the brain
- Sean McCormack BSc (Hons). MVB, MRCVS – Tackling pet Obesity : where are we getting it right and wrong?
- Vicky Halls – Understanding human-directed (or cat to human) aggression in the home
- School of Canine Science - Fear course.
- Sarah Whitehead - 50 shades of play
- School of Canine Science - 30 days of Canine Science course
- Naomi Andrews BSc (Hons) PGDip (CABC) - Behavioural and training strategies for noise phobias in dogs
- For Dog’s Sake, common myths about dog behaviour- Dr Amber Bateson, Certificate of attendance
- Pet Professional Guild member - 51655848
- Sally Gutteridge - Inspiring resilliance in fearful and reactive dogs
- Jo-Rosie Haffenden - The art of behavioural consultation
- Dr Michelle Lord - The neuroscience of how dogs learn and feel emotions
- Dog Traininig College approved instructor
- Jane Ardern BSc (Hons)- Understanding your pet gundog
- Leanne McWade (Dog training college) - Deaf dog awareness
- Leanne McWade (Dog training college) - Overcoming separation anxiety in your dog
- Dr Sophie Bell BVMS MRCVS (Animal Love) - Canine first aid
- Caroline Wilkinson - Canine play behaviour
- Dr Ian Dunbar - Quantifying reliability and speed of training