About Me

I’m Vicky, the owner of Have a Good Dog, and I wanted to share a bit about myself. Dogs have been a constant presence in my life since childhood. They have been my pets and best friends, and I have loved each of them dearly. While they’ve been a diverse mix of breeds, Lurchers hold a special place in my heart. Each dog has taught me something valuable. All my furry companions have been adopted through rescue organisations, each bringing their own behavioural and training challenges, from high prey drive, lead-reactive behaviour towards other dogs, and resource-guarding. With many of the dogs I see on behaviour consultations, I understand how stressful and challenging things can be.

Anyone can become a dog trainer or behaviourist, even without prior experience or knowledge of dog behaviour, due to the lack of regulation in the industry. However, efforts are underway to regulate the animal training and behaviour sector. The Animal Behaviour and Training Council, along with the backing of the veterinary field and major animal welfare organisations, is striving to establish strict standards for professionals in this field.

I have academic qualifications and two decades of practical experience working with various dog breeds and their humans. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Canine Behaviour and Training and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour & Welfare (Dist.) at Newcastle University.

Organisations Associated

  • Full member – Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT 0849)
  • Full member – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
  • Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist (Animal Behaviour and Training Council)
  • Registered Animal Training Instructor (Animal Behaviour and Training Council)

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers U.K. is a voluntary organisation established to improve the welfare of dogs and the handling skills of owners through the promotion of training skills and techniques based on up-to-date research methods that apply the principles of kindness, fairness, and effectiveness, and in keeping with modern learning theory.

I am also a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, an international network of experienced and qualified pet behaviour counsellors who treat pet behaviour problems on referrals from veterinary surgeons.

I am a registered animal training instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and a fully trained instructor with Dog A.I.D. Dog A.I.D. recruits professional dog trainers with a history of practical experience backed by theory-based knowledge gained at reputable courses.

I am also an assessor for Wag & Company. This registered charity enables visiting dog teams to build meaningful new friendships with older dog lovers across the North East of England.