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