Puppy / beginner classes starting 24th September
Hello, my name is Kathy and my journey with dogs goes back a long way. As a teenager my Mum and Dad rescued a dog from an old man who could no longer look after it, his name was Dandy. Dandy was not to be with us for long and was a young, goofy, untrained dog. I took him on and worked with him training him with no knowledge other than loving his little face, but Dandy taught me a lot in that short time. Unfortunately, my parents were not up for having a dog and Dandy was rehomed, at least a little better trained than he came. I love all animals and when I was younger I was always either at the stables with horses or walking neighbour's dogs. I worked my summers in kennels cleaning out the kennels and interacting with all those dogs. In my late teens, I eventually adopted my own dog called Shelagh. She was a beautiful rescue shetland sheepdog. She had the gentlest nature and we went everywhere together and she got me through some hard times. Fast forward a bit and enter Whin, my first border collie and the dog who took me into the dog training business. Whin was a red border collie and needed a lot of behaviour work and training. Through Whin I met a lot of dog trainers and people who helped other people with their dogs. Eventually, I was doing courses in dog behaviour and taking classes in my spare time. I completed the John Fisher course "The Human Canine Interface" and worked extensively with Tom Middlemass in the Borders learning how to use play to reward dogs instead of punishment. However, my day job at this time was teaching and so not a lot of time to continue to pursue my dog training dream. I did twenty-eight years of primary teaching, but after burn out and a sabbatical in order to rethink my life, I came back to the idea of dog training and behaviour. I contacted old contacts, to discover that the world of dog training had changed dramatically and for the better. So, four years later with a new degree in Canine Behaviour Management under my belt and many certificates in dog training I am happily running Kathy's K9 Solutions and helping dogs and people across East Lothian and the Borders.
Katie moved to East Lothian four years ago. Katie loves to whip up a storm in the kitchen and is talented baker and cook. Katie and her husband always wanted to have a dog and took the plunge in autumn 2018, welcoming the gorgeous Lola into their lives. Wanting to give Lola the best start in life Katie brought Lola along to Kathy's loose lead and master classes. Katie showed clear dedication to getting it right for Lola and as a result was asked to join the training team.
Katie's role is to provide encouragement and support not only to the pups and dogs in the classes, but also to the owners!
"I've learned so much from Kathy and the rest of the team about reward based training. I was utterly confused at first and genuinely had no idea about how to train Lola. Kathy and her team taught me so much, not only about what to do but also why. This has been incredibly helpful to me as I learn by doing, but I also like to get some context as well. I really was delighted to be asked to join the crew and I am loving meeting the various owners and dogs."
Katie's learned that dogs have individual personalities, skills and interests - and that to have the privilege of owning one (or more!) is a lot of fun, with the occasional hilarious moment of utter madness!
Kathryn is the manager of a pet care franchise and the owner of the sleek black beauty known as Juno. Kathryn grew up with a family of collies, but always longed for a dog she could call her own. One day whilst scrolling through a rescue website she spotted a sad little pot bellied mongrel puppy, looking for a new home. Kathryn knew the minute she clapped eyes on the pup that the wee pot bellied girl was meant to be her sidekick and best pal.
With a shiny new name (Juno) and lots of enthusiasm for positive reward based training Juno and Kathryn set off on their journey together. A year down the line and after a few hair raising moments involving deer, foxes, squirrels and bird chasing incidents Kathryn decided it was time to rethink Juno’s training and call in an expert, enter Kathy’s K9 Solutions! Juno and Kathryn went to Kathy’s three week Loose Lead and Recall course. Attending every class and doing their homework religiously Kathryn saw a huge improvement in her relationship with Juno and in turn, in Juno’s behaviour too.
Kathryn enjoyed the classes so much and the positive changes in her and Juno’s bond she wished to learn more and asked to volunteer her time assisting in Kathy’s puppy classes and diamond classes. Kathryn and Juno continue to develop and flourish as a duo, attending master classes to further develop their understanding of each other. Kathryn notes that her and Juno have learned so much over the year they have worked with Kathy, and that she loves spending time gaining more knowledge about herself as a trainer as well as learning about the intricate world of dogs.