We are a community of pet professionals dedicated to assisting you in creating more harmonious relationships with your dogs. We aim to promote wellbeing by taking a holistic approach. The training methods used are are fun, ethical and reward-based.
Meet the team:
Kate Harper BSc (Hons) - Head Trainer and Founder
Kate specialises in teaching Tracking, Mantrailing and Scent Detection to pet dogs. She is a UK Sniffer Dogs Accredited Instructor and 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 BSc (Hons) Animal Science at Writtle University College.
James Hedges - Dog Trainer
James works with many of our clients for one to one dog training sessions. He is a huge help assisting Kate with workshops and will begin teaching group puppy and adult dog training classes for us in Autumn 2020.
James is currently studying for a dog behaviour qualification with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and has a real passion for helping humans understand their dog's natural abilities and instincts. James has completed training on canine aggression and rehabilitation, impulse control, canine cognitive dysfunction, canine neurology, breed and predatory motor patterns and puppy training and development.
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.
Julie Hilliard BSc (Hons) - Dog Trainer and Behaviourist
Julie is a trainer and behaviourist who works with our clients for one to one training or behaviour consultations. Julie has a huge amount of experience and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare.
Julie is involved in training assistance dogs for current and former members of the British Armed Forces with service-related mental health conditions allowing them to lead more independent lives. She also trains dogs for people with physical disabilities improving their quality of life by providing them with dogs that are tailor trained in task-specific skills.
She is also a Puppy School Tutor teaching several classes a week. Julie teaches young puppies and then all the way up to Advanced Good Companion level.
Julie is a certified Fear Free Trainer and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Animal Behaviour and Training Council - meaning you know you are in good hands with her.
Jenny Cooper BA (Hons) - Administrative and Business Support
Jenny joined Kate in 2019 and has quickly become an absolutely vital part of the team. She is super efficient and organised but also has a great creative side and can be found helping Kate on a variety of projects.
You may well correspond with Jenny when you first get in touch with us - she will support you through the booking process and answer any enquiries you might have.
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.
Kerri Lake - Coach and Animal Communicator
Kerri has a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Equine Reproduction and Management from UC Davis and has spent over 25 years of her adult life working with rescued animals, breeding programmes, veterinarians, trainers, teachers and therapists.
She is the creator and CEO of Generation of Harmony and has authored several books including Listen Like A Horse: Relationships without Dominance. Kerri has accumulated a huge portfolio of online and written works guiding humanity towards harmonious relationships with animals and between ourselves.
Kerri is known internationally as an innovative provider of tools for mental and intuitive clarity. Her services are valuable for dog owners, trainers and pet professional alike. She possesses an innate ability to communicate with humans and animals on a level that goes beyond what is commonly understood.
Kerri and Kate are very pleased to be collaborating on a series of recordings on animal related topics to offer new perspectives that will assist with traditional forms of training and offer mindful support to pet professionals.
Kerri is based in San Diego, California and is able to take private video calls by Zoom.