We are a community of dog professionals dedicated to assisting you in creating more harmonious relationships with your dogs. We aim to promote wellbeing by taking a holistic approach. We also encourage all our clients into a variety of fun dog sports that we offer from scent training to agility because we believe in giving a dog a job!
The training methods we use are fun, ethical and reward-based.
Meet the team:
Kate Harper BSc (Hons) - Head Trainer/Behaviourist and Founder
Kate is an experienced behaviourist who specialises in teaching Tracking, Mantrailing and Scent Detection to pet dogs. She is a UK Sniffer Dogs Accredited Instructor in Scent Detection and Tracking and is a Mantrailing UK Accredited Instructor. She teaches popular workshops and practice sessions all over Kent.
She also enjoys teaching dog training classes within prison-based dog training programmes designed to promote positive behavioural change and engagement in education.
Kate is a trainer for Dogs For Autism who are the first UK charity to specialise in providing assistance dogs to autistic partners of all ages at no cost to the family.
She has 17 years of hands on experience working with dogs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments. She has handled, trained and assessed a wide range of dogs for national charities, dog wardens and private clients. She has also worked with dogs detained under the Dangerous Dogs Act. She has studied FdSc Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare and has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science degree from Writtle University College.
James Hedges IMDT - Dog Trainer and Behaviourist
James works with our clients for one to one dog training sessions; face to face where appropriate but also utilising tools such as Zoom to provide a flexible service, based on your needs.
James has a dog behaviour qualification from the IMDT and has a real passion for helping humans understand their dogs needs and behaviour. James has studied extensively with the IMDT, along with other leading canine education centres like the School of Canine Science and Tromplo. He is part of Steve Mann's Behaviour Mentorship Programme for 2021 and has completed a wide range of training on canine aggression and rehabilitation, impulse control, canine cognitive dysfunction, canine neurology, breed and predatory motor patterns and puppy training and development.
James teaches group classes at Matfield and KINGDOM Penshurst as well as our ever popular Loose Lead walking workshops.
James has always loved dogs, so much so that he ran the London marathon for the Dogs Trust in 2009. James is owned by Kiya, his rescue Staffie cross.
Sam Vickers - Dog Trainer
Sam qualified with the IMDT in 2019 and teaches our Saturday Puppy and Adult dog classes in Matfield. She brings a lot of fun and humour to these classes. Sam is also particularly passionate about helping nervous dogs and their owners.
Dave Pate - Dog Trainer and Scent/Search Work Specialist
Dave has recently left a 30 year career as a police officer in Kent. During his varied career he trained as a dog handler, specialising in firearms support with his German Shepherds, hostage work and helping develop the Force’s inclusion of trailing dogs.
Some of his police dog handling highlights involved searching in the Channel Tunnel with Special Forces (when the trains had been stopped!) finding and disarming suspects who would not have otherwise been located if not for his dogs and locating missing people. Dave also enjoyed leading training for other handlers and their dogs. Later on in his career, Dave was to take command of the Dog Section in Kent, a rewarding end to his association with these dedicated dogs and handlers.
Dave now lives on a farm and enjoys time with his 3 dogs; you’ve guessed it, one being a 3 year old German Shepherd (seen here in the picture with Dave).
Dave teaches Tracking and Mantrailing as well as seeing some clients for 121 training.
Nina Rogers IMDT - Dog Trainer
Nina is a full member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers), she has a level 3 qualification in Canine Behaviour. She is also a Bronze Level UK Sniffer Dogs Instructor. Nina has studied many areas of dog psychology and including resource guarding, separation anxiety, canine aggression and rehabilitation and body language.
Nina started her career as a rock climbing instructor and her coaching skills really shine through in our classes. She is a very patient and clear instructor!
Nina teaches classes for us at Masonic Hall in Tunbridge Wells and Matfield.
Anne-Marthe Brautaset BSc (Hons) - Animal Nutrition Consultant
Anne-Marthe has been passionate about canine and feline nutrition her whole life and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Science from Writtle University College.
She currently works as a manager for a veterinary pharmaceutical company and has considerable industry experience in nutrition having worked to train vets and nurses on the the topic at practices all over Norway.
Anne-Marthe is also interested in the behaviour and welfare of wolves. She has undertaken research projects studying the behaviour of captive wolves in relation to enclosure design and social groups in Norway.
Anne-Marthe offers one to one nutrition consultancy to clients all over the world through Zoom video calls. She offers comprehensive, tailored advice to ensure that your dog or cat receive the best possible nutrition.
She is based in Oslo and owns two beautiful Ragdoll cats Romeo and Casanova.