Leah Holdaway BSc (MAPDT 1067)
I have always been fascinated by dogs and wanted to work with animals. I studied a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care in 1998 and went on to study my BSc Honors Degree in Animal Science and Welfare in 2001.
Over the years I have worked as an Animal Care Assistant for the RSPCA, which gave me broad experience in working with a range of animals with different needs. I have also worked for Southampton City Council dealing with Stray dogs. This job gave me the opportunity to work on building Positive Training For Canines and in 2012 I left the Council to become self employed.
I am a registered member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT 1067), more information on this Association can be found at www.apdt.co.uk As part of this Association I have to adhere to a code of conduct and attend numerous training sessions and workshops each year to ensure I am up to date with the latest thinking and techniques.
I have recently become a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) who are a body of force free trainers. They focus on the physical, mental, environmental and nutritional well being of dogs. As part of this membership I have to adhere to a code of conduct and keep myself up to date with the information in the training field and dog ownership. More information on PPG can be found at www.petprofessionalguild.com
I have always had a great love and passion for animals and knew when I left school all I wanted to do was work with them.
Up until 2008 my animal experience was with horses and family pets. I moved to the area and started volunteering at St Francis Animal Welfare in Fair Oak and became a staff member in 2009. I acquired my dog Nuggs, an American Bull Dog who has taught me so much about training and behaviour. Nuggs wasn’t comfortable with other dogs and felt the need to defend himself. Over the years we have learnt together how best to manage situations and to prevent him from facing stressful environments.
In 2009 I attended Sparsholt College and obtained my Advanced National Certificate and Diploma in Animal Management. This along with Nugg’s sparked my fascination with training and behaviour in dogs. From 2011 until 2013 I volunteered with The Blue Cross to gain more knowledge and experience.
During 2014 I was lucky to meet Leah and be offered a job with Positive Training For Canines where my knowledge and experience has grown. I now run the fun agility sessions, recall workshops and loose lead sessions. I help run classes and carry out one to ones and dog walking. I thoroughly enjoy my job and am constantly learning with each dog I come into contact with.