I am a dog trainer who still gets a big kick out of seeing owners with a previously uncontrollable dog now able to walk happily together with no pulling and no stress for both of them. The Canny Collar transforms their walks and for many, is the stepping stone to eventually walking their dog on a simple collar and a loose lead.
I live in Spain with my wife Gemma, my three children Ella, Joe and James and our rescue dog Ruby. And I go for a lot of very long walks…
My interest in dog training was originally sparked in the early 1980’s when our family volunteered to ‘puppy-walk’ a potential Guide Dog for a year. I have Dancer to thank when, ten years later, I was able to leave the corporate world and work in a professional capacity as a dog trainer and therapist.
I came to realize the most common problem owners had was how to walk their dog properly without pulling. As I used to tell my clients, if you can’t get your dog to behave on the lead, you have little chance of expecting good behaviour when your dog is off the lead.
The Canny Company is now a small family business and I manage the Australian/South East Asian markets.
I originally joined the Canny Company in July 2014 as Admin cover during Emma’s maternity leave and I’m still here! The work really appealed to me as I have a huge passion for dogs and could see what a great product the Canny Collar was. After three years, my focus is now on developing our sales which enables me to fully utilise the skills learned from my Business Studies Degree.
I have always loved dogs having grown up with a Golden Retriever named Zoe and a little ginger Norfolk Terrier named Scruffy. My own dog was a very special little girl called Lucy, who was a Spaniel/Terrier cross we sadly lost a few years ago and have yet to replace. I have three young children so have my hands full but will definitely be adding a dog back into our family as soon as possible!
I joined the Canny Company in 2005 when I read a small newspaper ad with the words ‘do you have a passion for dogs?’ ‘YES I DO!’ My family have always had dogs, big ones, little ones, hairy ones, smelly ones! I had always wanted to work with animals and to see a local job that seemed to combine the two, I jumped at the opportunity!
When I met Sean and Tony at my job interview, I felt immediately that this was the team I wanted to join, friendly, like-minded people who had a passion to make a difference to dog’s lives and to the lives of their owners.
Since I’ve worked here, I’ve seen so many rescue centres rehome dogs who had been left on the shelf, simply because they pulled like crazy whenever they were taken out. I’ve spoken to elderly owners so exasperated by their dogs pulling them over on their daily walks that they were considering rehoming. Then speaking to them a week or so later and hearing the sheer joy in their voice as they told me what a magnificent tool our collar is.
I love talking to dog owners, hearing the stories of how much their animals mean to them. Dogs have a special place in so many homes and it’s really fantastic to be able to work in a company where I know we all feel the same way.