About Mel

I have had a passion for animals my whole life, there were many family pets at home whilst I was growing up and I decided from an early age that I wanted to work with them, I trained as a Veterinary Nurse, qualifying in 1994 I have enjoyed this role ever since.

Since owning my first dog Glenda, training has been a big part of my life, I really got the bug when I started going through the kennel clubs award scheme and continue to learn more about training and behaviour today. ‘Rewarding Paws Dog Training Solutions’ was born, and through my training I hope to pass on some of my passion to others, hopefully ensuring dogs and peoples needs are met, for a full and happy life together.

I use positive reinforcement methods, working with what motivates each individual partnership. I pride myself on having a calm yet direct manner, to which both owners and dogs can understand and respond to well, the results can be immediate and long lasting. However, having a sociable and well behaved dog is not always an easy or straight forward process and takes commitment and hard work. Most of all, I aim to be approachable and willing to answer any question, however silly it may seem.

I am a member of the Kennel Club accredited instructor scheme, a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) (Membership No. 2056),  a member of The Association for Force Free Pet Professionals (PPG), I am also a qualified Force Free Trick Trainer with The School of Canine Science and assessor for the trick dog titles with In The Dog House

I am fully insured and CRB checked. I have a good understanding of the problems you may be experiencing with your dogs and really enjoy helping people to turn them round for the better of all concerned. I have owned and trained a vast amount of different breeds and am always happy to work with any of them again.

I am also an authorised dealer for Lupine collars, leads and harnesses from Collarways.