About

Helen Withey FBIPDT Adv, KCAI
Career in Dog Training and Animal Behaviour – a brief profile

Dog training:
• 1982: Started attending the North Weald Dog Training Club (now disbanded) with two German Shepherd crossbred dogs.
• 1989: Took over the ownership and running of the High Ongar Dog Training Club, which ran until May 2008.
• 1994: Established the Wood Farm Dog Training Centre and provided training in Obedience, Agility and Gun Dog Work, including a dog display team until May 2008.
• June 2008: Established Writtle Dog Training Centre.
• July 2008: Established Harrow Dog Training Centre.
• April 2014: Awarded a Fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers.

Associated activities:

• All aspects of dog training, including one-to-one private tuition for problem dogs/owners, and individual health and welfare consultation and advice.
• Delivering lectures on animal health, nutrition and welfare.
• Participating in the search, location and rescue of lost dogs.
• Writing an owner’s manual, which is nearing completion, on the healthy feeding of dogs, their general wellbeing, etc.
• Frequently consulted by veterinary practices for advice on the use of natural remedies and behaviour problems.
• Working closely with animal rescue centres, including serving on the committee and assistance with fund-raising activities.
• Assessing dogs for possible future work in drugs detection for H.M. Customs and Excise.
• Identifying Pit Bull Terriers for the Police Force.
• Giving evidence in court in defence of dogs involved in cases that fall under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
• Training dogs for Search and Rescue work.
• Working as the Health Co-ordinator for the The Toller Club of Great Britian.

Experience:

2001 – Qualified as a Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (Adv.), and appointed as a B.I.P.D.T Course Instructor and Member of the Board of Governors.
2005 – Awarded Kennel Club Accredited Instructor KCAI cd Adv in 2005.
2007 – Appointed as Lecturer on Canine Care Training and Management at Writtle Agricultural College.  This includes conducting annual courses on Dog Training and Weekend Training Courses for potential Instructors.
2008 – Completed KCAI Assessor Training parts 1 and 2.
2000 – present: A successful programme of dog breeding has been in operation for Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (Tollers), which have qualified for Crufts and been placed every year since 2004, including Reserve Best Bitch in 2005 and Best Bitch in 2008.  This same dog qualified for and was placed in the Gamekeeper’s Class that year and again in 2009.
1992 – present: Judging Obedience and Conformation (breed) Shows.
2002 – present: Judging the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Bronze and Silver Awards.
2009 – Chair person for the Toller Club of Great Britain.
2009 – present: Council Member of PETbc
2010 – present: BIPDT security registrar

Occupation:

Full-time Dog Trainer and Behaviourist
Contact Helen for more information.