About Me

My name is Carolyn Boyd.  I am a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), Institute of Modern Dog Trainers - Behaviourist (IMDTB), Dog Training College (DTC) Training and Behaviour, and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG).

That's the official bit, but if you are here, you are probably looking to find out more about me, how I work and what sort of person I am. Being transparent about that is important to me, so feel free to message me with any questions about the work that I do.

How I got here

My background, or as I tend to say my ‘previous life’ was in the fast-moving area of marketing and business development, as well as editing and writing. I have worked in many businesses from advertising agencies to accountancy firms. This involved working with people, some quite hard to fathom, and doing a lot of problem solving.

In 2005 I moved from corporate to canine after a move to Cornwall and realised I had found my passion.

The transition to dog training and behaviour made more sense than it sounds. I had moved from a life of problem-solving business growth and development to problem solving with client’s dogs. I had moved from working with business people keen to undertand how have a rewarding and succesful relationships with their customers, to owners wanting to have the best relationship with their dogs. My background gives me some innovative tools and a refreshingly practical approach to my client’s challenges.

My interest in dog training started in 2002 when I started agility with Molly. Very soon I realised what a fantastic bond I had developed with my dog. In 2005, I fenced off about 2 acres of our fields, bought my own set of equipment, started running small classes and the training has grown from there.

Through dealing with energetic and challenging dogs (and handlers!) at agility training, my work expanded to other dog training classes and one to ones, and then a move further in to more complex behaviour work.

In 2020 I gave up classes and I now concentrate on 1 to 1s, workshops, I have gone back to writing, and I am producing online and written work.

How I work

I am generally working with you, the human, to help you assess and improve your relationship, solve problems and give you the best life you can have with your beloved dog. Yes, we do dog training, but your end of the lead is where we need to look to first in terms of understanding more about how what we do affects our dogs. That is not apportioning blame, but we set up our dogs for success or failure every day, so being mindful of that first brings progress so much more quickly.

There are a lot of buzz words around training, but I tend to avoid them and just say what I do. Simply put, I am non-judgemental,  you will find me pretty down to earth, sympathetic but honest. As well as being kind to the dog, being kind to the human is an essential part of creating an environment to enhance progress. There are lots of ways to solve behaviour, whether that be managing the environment or the dog, right through to behavioural modification.

My aim through in person work, written and online is to mentor dog owners to release the potential in their relationship with their dog. It is all about curating the right information and tactics for you and your lifestyle and presenting them in a way that brings you on board and allows your life with your dog to flourish.

Want to find out more?

Here is a bit more about what I do - click here for an article on my approach to training.

Are you in? Great, let's do this, get in touch and let's get started.

The science bit

Qualifications and particularly continued professional development are important, so here is a run down of some of the things I have done.

Memberships and qualifications

  • In 2013 I became a full member of the IMDT and PPG. Membership of the IMDT involves an intensive 2 day practical where you have to be assessed on classes, consultations, follow up and knowledge of the science behind modern dog training.
  • In 2016 I become a full member of the IMDTB. Membership of the IMDTB involves a 3 day intensive assessment including practical and theoretical testing of behavioural knowledge.
  • In 2019 I became a Gold member of Pet Professional Network who strive to improve business practices in the dog training world as well as providing support and mentorship.
  • In 2020 I became a full Training member of Dog Training College and signed up to the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter.
  • In 2022 I became a member of the National Insititue for Canine Ethics.

Continued professional development
Continued professional development is very important for me so that I keep up to date with modern techniques. My experience grows every year, and I am always keen to learn and take on new challenges, all using reward based and scientifically proven methods. I work alongside other trainers I trust and mentor others. Training and behaviour courses attended include:

  • IMDT Happy Puppy Instructor, Happy Recallers, Happy Loose Leaders, Practical Instructor, Happy Trackers.
  • Dog Taggs Tracking Foundation, Tracking Development, Stuff that gets your dog going and how to handle your way around it
  • IMDTB (behaviour) Separation Anxiety, Consultation 101, Grumpy Dogs, Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation, Resource Guarding, Abnormal Repetitive Behaviours, Dog to Human Aggression, Impulse Control.
  • BAT (Behaviour Adjustment Training) Instructor Course
  • Amber Baston Aggression in Dogs and Advance Aggression in Dogs