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About Me

My name is Carolyn Boyd and I am Owner and Head Trainer and Behaviour Counsellor. 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).

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 2021 Carolyn went back to writing (part of her previous career) and will be publishing her first dog related book in the Spring, provisionally titled Problem Solving For Dog Owners: A practical guide on how to problem solve your dog's behaviour.

Membeships, qualifications and continued professional development

  • 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.

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 Cavorting Canines