Trainers @ The Animal Behaviour Centre
Our staff are volunteers who give up not only their weekday evenings but also an infinite amount of time in ‘behind the scenes’ work. The Instructors have been CRB checked and the club has two qualified First Aiders in attendance.
Enrolments and weekly class attendance records are dealt with by Tina. All new members are welcomed by Tina and the apprentices, members are taken through the enrolment procedure and are then accompanied by a member of staff for their first lesson.
The Instructors are led by Dave Campbell, and Tina Meaney. Both Dave and Tina are Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI Companion Dog Advanced Level, KCGCDS Advanced Level), both David and Tina are Regional Mentors for the KCAI scheme and their areas cover the North West, the Midlands and Wales, both are qualified Canine Behaviourists and Associate Members of The Animal Care College and members of the Professional Association of Advanced Canine Trainers. Tina is also a canine psychologist member of The Academy of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists and an Associate Member of The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, having achieved Grades 1 & 2, both with honours and obtaining the Len Pierce Award. Both are Kennel Club judges, show stewards and officials for Nantwich and District Canine Society, David is the Deputy Chair man for the society.
An apprentice scheme operates at the Animal Behaviour Centre for the training of new instructors. It takes about 4 years to complete and requires a commitment to attend the centre on a weekly basis. To begin with the apprentice shadows Tina or David in the puppy classes. As the apprentice’s confidence grows they will begin to give the apprentice some exercises to carry out to the class, gradually handing the class over before finally standing back and allowing the apprentice to take the class. In conjunction with this the apprentice is expected to read books on different aspects of dogs and training.
The Animal Behaviour Centre welcomes young people working through The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, young people wanting to become vets, vet nurses, instructors, behaviourists etc