What sets us apart? The YAY Dog difference is an unparalleled combination of many years of professional experience in training, development and coaching people, coupled with a life time of hands on dog training, backed up by highly regarded qualifications and continuous professional development. This experience and knowledge allows me to empower and support YOU to get the very best out of the unique relationship between You and Your Dog .
Katie has a life long experience with dogs, starting in the 1980s with a childhood spent showing terriers and hounds, including several trips to Crufts. A move to Canada in the early 90s then saw her gaining experience training sled-dogs, as well as involvement in training in obedience and agility. Returning to the UK in the late 90s, she has owned a variety of breeds across all groups (with the exception of the Utility Group - but she'd love a Keeshond or a Shibu Inu one day!), and has a wide knowledge and experience of training dogs across a range of disciplines.
Katie has been training owners and their dogs in classes at a busy local dog training centre for the last 8 years, and has been a Kennel Club approved Good Citizen scheme examiner for the last 5 years (up to Gold level). Katie has undertaken a range of dog specific academic study to complement her vast practical experience, including Open College Network OFQUAL recognised level 3 certificates in Canine Studies, and Canine Training and Behaviour, as well as the PetBC Accredited level 4 diploma in Advanced Canine Behaviour. Katie has also attended a number of seminars, workshops and other CPD events. Most recently, Katie, together with her Labrador Skye, have had the opportunity to train under the mentorship of Lez Graham, author of the award winning Pet Gundog Series and Manners not Mayhem. In July 2020, Katie had the priviledge to become an Accredited Pet Gundog Instructor and is now running Pet Gundog classes in the Staffordshire area. Katie is also recognised as a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers, which speaks volumes for the level of knowledge, skill and experience, that she brings to the dog training field.
Having a young family, Katie is also well versed in how to ensure that children and dogs live together in harmony.
Outside of the dog training world, Katie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and winner of 'Best Learning and Development Initiative' in the People Management Awards 2015, which demonstrates her exceptional skills in working with people in the context of their learning and development. These skills go hand in hand with helping, coaching and empowering people to get the very best out of their relationship with their dog.