Dog Behaviour and Training Isle of Wight
Cottage Canines is the home of Paul and Laura and their dogs.
Paul has owned and trained dogs for many years, gathering plenty of experience along the way. As well as a teaching degree (Batchelor of Education.) Paul also holds professional qualifications in Canine Behaviour (OCN levels 2 and 3 Distinction ) and he is now taking the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management (A.DipCBM ) registering him as a member of the UKRCB (UK Register of Canine Behaviourists). He is fully insured.
Paul specialises in the care and training of puppies and young dogs as he believes that getting it right from the start makes for a happier dog ( and owner!) He believes totally in reward based dog training. Paul puts it more simply ' I just love dogs' he says.
Paul grew up onthe island, moving to London and then Surrey as a young man to continue his studies and gain experience. After travelling at home and abroad and then having a family, Paul continued to work and train dogs. Wishing to bring his qualifications up to date, Paul then resumed his studies under Dean Hart. MCFBA before starting his own Canine Behaviour practice.
As well as puppies and young dogs Paul is experienced with the retraining of rescue and re-homed dogs having worked with a number of rescue agencies both here on the island and on the mainland.
During the past few years Paul has been very involved with the RSPCA Centre in Godshill. As a Behaviourist who uses positive training methods to achieve results, Paul works within the RSPCA ethics of practice. Paul has been called in on a number of occasions to assess dogs in the centre in regard to re-homing and to write reports that may assist any potential new owner.This is especially important with any dog who has been in the centre for a while or is proving difficult to re-home. Quite often Paul also works with the dogs once they have started in their new home environment, to assist and advise the new owner with any problems that may arise and to get the dog started on the right road.
Paul has also worked alongside the staff at the centre as a volunteer both observing (hands on!) their work in the kennels with the dogs and in dog-walking.
Paul is also closely involved with Friends of the Animals where he offers help, makes home visits and writes reports where necessary.
Laura qualified as a Dog Groomer in 2007 by taking a Diploma at a Grooming School in South Wales training under the guidence of Claire Hyde, B.Sc., P.G.C.E.
Following this she worked in a number of grooming salons in the Surrey area including the award winning Barkers in Bletchingly. After gathering experience she went on to continue her studies to OCN Level 2 at the Sussex Canine Centre in Lewes before setting up in business herself.
Whilst at this point Laura is not grooming due to a previous back injury, she is an integral part of Cottage Canines offering advice, care and a second pair of hands during training. As a groomer she is also available for skin health or coat related issues and will always offer help and advice.
Laura enjoys the company of all dogs but when she gets home Laura is never happier than when she has Charm, her Cavalier King Charles cuddled on her lap.