Contact Jenny: 07505000709

About me

Hi, I'm Jenny. Thank you so much for visiting my website!

I'm a qualified behaviour consultant and trainer with >20 years of hands-on equine experience. While I'm still relatively  new to the canine world I have plenty of knowledge to help you and your dog as well as >10 years of hands-on experience with my own dogs. I live in Nottinghamshire with (currently) 4 horses, 2 dogs and 6 hens. I am passionate about helping improve the lives of animals and their people and I hope that you will find at least some of what I have to offer useful.

My aims:

  • Share the knowledge I have gained over the years.

  • Provide a professional, accessible and inclusive service.

  • Help you feel empowered as an owner and trainer.

  • Meet you where you're at, without judgment.

  • Help you improve your animal's emotional wellbeing and welfare.

  • Help you resolve any problems you and your animal are having.

  •  Provide behaviour and training support without compromising on ethics or welfare.

  • Grow a supportive community of like-minded people

If you have purchased a service from me you can Join my Facebook clients group here! I also help run the Facebook groups 'Horse rescue and LIMA (+R) rehabilitation support group' which can be found here! as well as a group for professionals 'LIMA equine and canine professionals support group' which can be found here! And last but not least the 'Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Bitless and Barefoot Group' which you can find here!

 

Personal experience:

I've been around horses since before I remember and began learning to ride when I was 4. Horses have been my best friends throughout my life and have kept me going through some of my most difficult times. After I got my first horse Dee (A Thoroughbred ex-racehorse) at 14 we experienced an eye-opening journey together which led me to begin better educating myself about his needs. After trying to work against him using a variety of Traditional and Natural Horsemanship methods I learned the joys and effectiveness of working with horses and allowing them choice in their interactions with us; this led me to a more compassionate and horse-centred approach to training which holds up-to-date behavioural science at its core.

 

 

My journey with dogs began later but followed a very similar path. Our first dog was Rita, a 4-year-old Collie x Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she was far from the ideal first dog, having several complex issues (reactivity, aggression, and what we believe to be self-mutilation to mention a few!) and as first-time dog owners we didn't have a clue what we were doing. We used corrections, as recommended to us, and while we sometimes saw a change, there were never any lasting results. A few years later Milo also joined us, he was supposed to be a foster but we fell in love with him instantly and it wasn't long before we knew he was going to stay forever. He was an anxious boy and had no training so we had lots to work on. As I developed my knowledge I realised that no breed nor behaviour needed a heavy hand, rather I needed to figure out the 'why' of the behaviour and work with the dogs to help them feel safer, engaged and encourage behaviours that were more appropriate for the human world, but also that benefited them. Really this came about as I adjusted my way of working with the horses, I realised that if I can train the horses without using punishment, fear, or pain, and those working in sanctuaries or wildlife parks successfully work with alligators, big cats and Rhinos etc in this way too then I can surely do the same with dogs? Turns out the dog training industry is way ahead of the horse world when it comes to ethical, science-based training, I had just somehow managed to miss this!

 

The key thing I have learnt through my personal experience is that there are no long-term 'quick fixes' in animal training, I've tried to find them for years before I knew any differently, and the best you can do is 'put a plaster over a knife wound', it may seem to slow the bleed (aka 'problem behaviour') for a while but it doesn't resolve the problem and things likely won't end well long term. Nor is there an exact 1 one size fits all 'method', however there are ethically sound ways to work with your dog or horse that are backed by a tonne of scientific research in a way that both you and your animal can enjoy, benefit from and where you will see, when you practice consistency, lasting progress and an improvement to your and your animal's life, and it''s this I would like to share with you.

Professional experience:

I worked for around 3 years at a local charity helping rehabilitate ponies from various backgrounds. I worked mostly with Dartmoor Hill Ponies who often arrive unhandled and fearful of humans. Many of the ponies taken in by the charity had also suffered physical or emotional abuse or neglect. The centre supported the application of science-based training in these rehabilitation cases and through my time at the rescue, I studied Connection Training and Horse Charming methods. While working here I also got to apply my training to various other species, such as bulls, goats, sheep and pigs which was a great experience and helped me develop my skills.

Qualifications:

British Horse Society certificate

Stage 1 in horse care and management

Equine Behaviour Qualification (EBQ) stage 1

The Natural Animal Centre (NAC) qualification is the equivalent to level 4 education, I covered the science of behaviour including topics such as ethology, neuroscience, attachment theory, learning and memory, reproductive behaviours, maladaptive behaviours, stereotypies, the physiology of behaviour and aggression. The course provided the information needed to successfully improve horses' welfare by combining applied ethology, and ethical training. I'm currently studying stage 2.

Karolina Westlund's ILLIS 'Getting Behaviour' course

Karolina Westlund's course has reinforced my knowledge of learning theory, provided practical training tips, information on animal emotions as well as helping me generalise my understanding of animal behaviour and training, making me a more flexible and creative trainer and developing my teaching skills.

Level 3 Diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy

Combining my two passions, animals and mental health! As well as having first-hand experience of mental health struggles prior to working in behaviour I also worked as a support worker with children and adults. While studying I developed knowledge of how animals and humans can benefit each other, and the impact we can have on each other depending on our emotions and behaviour. Being around animals can be an incredibly therapeutic experience for all involved! (including the animals themselves!) and I am passionate about ensuring my services are accessible to everyone. I hope that regardless of what services you invest in from me that I am able to be supportive and help you feel more empowered.

 

Continuing professional development:

I continually work to develop my knowledge and understanding of up-to-date ideas and science-based information around animal behaviour, welfare and ethology by completing courses or attending workshops, talks, and events. As well as working on my NAC stage 2 course I am also currently studying for a Certificate of higher education in Biology with the Open University, and have been offered a place at the University of Lincoln on their BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare course starting 2022.

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