animal minds behaviour training

Meet The Team

animal minds behaviour training

Meet The Team

Laura Ward

behaviourist/FOUNDER

Laura has spent ten years working in veterinary practice as a registered veterinary nurse and has always had a passion for how animals think and feel.
Being a strong believer in up to date theoretical knowledge, over the years she has completed accredited qualifications in behaviour and training including an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour.

Small Animal:

Laura’s professional experience includes puppy socialisation classes, beginner, intermediate and advanced dog training, gun dog training, agility training, scent work and behaviour consulting. Laura believes all training should be fun for both human and animal. We understand how stressful it can be to have a training or behaviour problem, and take a sympathetic and approachable stance to resolving issues. A veterinary nursing background has provided a good grounding in nutrition and medical factors which may affect behaviour, and Laura prides in a good working relationship with a number of veterinary practices.

Equines:

Laura’s experience extends to the application of reward based training methods to horses. For years she has felt uneasy about how we treated our equine companions, and felt that old practices were being continued even if our knowledge of animal learning and psychology had progressed. Inspired by these ideas, Laura chose to research the behavioural response of horses to different training methods for her dissertation (see equine page for more information).

Accreditation:

Laura believes that the behaviour and training industry should be regulated just as veterinary nursing and other medical and counselling professions are. Currently, it is not a legal requirement to subscribe to a professional organisation or follow any sort of code of conduct. However, Laura is affiliated with the organisations below, supporting industry regulation.

  • Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Practitioner
  • Full member Association Pet Dog Trainers (01184)
    This means that Laura has undertaken a written and practical exam illustrating that she possess the skills and knowledge required to apply training techniques based on up to date, researched, methods, whilst being empatheic and considerate of the animal’s emotional state.
  • Full member The Canine Training and Behaviour Society
  • Provisional member Association Pet Behaviour Counsellors which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications I am gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership as detailed here: http://www.apbc.org.uk/apbc/code_of_practice, and she is working towards full membership.
  • Scentwork UK instructor

Laura is covered by professional indemnity cover and public liability insurance.

Maggie Yates

dog trainer/groomer

Maggie runs classes for Minds Alike Animal Training and Behaviour currently in the Chalfont area, as well as providing 121 training sessions. Maggie has over thirty years experience with training and grooming dogs.

Accreditation:
  • Full member Association Pet Dog Trainers (01337)
  • Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Dog Training Instructor
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    This means that Maggie has undertaken a written and practical exam illustrating that she possess the skills and knowledge required to apply training techniques based on up to date, researched, methods, whilst being empathetic and considerate of the animal’s emotional state.

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  • Dog grooming experience for over thirty years.

Maggie is covered by professional indemnity cover and public liability insurance.

SAM ALLNUTT
DOG TRAINER

Sam has been a reward-based dog trainer for over ten years. She has worked as a tutor on the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Instructors Course as well as running her own dog daycare and training business. Prior to joining the Minds Alike team Sam worked for Dog Trust, initially as the Training and Behaviour Adviser at their West London Rehoming Centre and then as an Education and Community Officer visiting schools to educate children on dog safety and ownership. 

Sam’s professional experience includes puppy socialisation classes, beginner, intermediate and advanced dog training. Sam runs classes for Minds Alike Animal Training and Behaviour, as well as providing 121 training sessions.

Sam is affiliated with the organisations below

  • Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Dog Training Instructor

  • Full member Association Pet Dog Trainers (01177)
    This means that Sam has undertaken a written and practical exam illustrating that she possess the skills and knowledge required to apply training techniques based on up to date, researched, methods, whilst being empathetic and considerate of the animal’s emotional state. 

Sam is covered by professional indemnity cover and public liability insurance..

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