Joshua Hayward, Head Coach
Joshua has spent the last 4 years working with a small animal veterinary hospital as a veterinary nurse. Whilst working within a veterinary practice, he took time in helping dogs who didn’t really enjoy their trips to the vet. Joshua is happy to help you during the handling element of Dog School classes to come up with some fun ways to make vet visits more enjoyable for your dog!
Joshua ran 'Puppy Parties', which consisted of teaching socialisation and handling techniques, ensuring that owners had a good starting point for training and enabling puppies to have new experiences in a controlled environment.
With all of this experience, Joshua aims to provide a relaxed, rewarding and fun approach to training; building the bond between you and your dog.
Kayleigh Herschell, Senior Coach
Whilst at school, Kayleigh volunteered at a local dog training school, leading classes and teaching a variety of important life skills. She also completed a dog psychology course, allowing her interests and understanding about the importance of dog training to grow.
Kayleigh went on to study Animal Science BSc at University of Nottingham, and then achieved an MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation from University of Bristol. Throughout her time at University, she would walk local dogs, offering training tips and advice. After university, she then went on to work at a pet nutrition centre, where she trained dogs and cats using positive training methods.
Growing up Kayleigh had a rescue dog called Rusty who taught her the importance of socialising and understanding your dog. She now has her own 6 month old Dobermann puppy, Ronnie, so is experiencing all the training ups and downs right now! Kayleigh is looking forward to meeting you and your dog to help you continue to develop a positive bond.
Ross McAlpine, Coach
Ross started working in rescue in 2014, when he decided on a change of career in the hope to make a difference. He has been learning about dogs ever since. During that time Ross has worked at 2 different rescue centres handling over 500 different dogs. He particularly enjoyed following training programmes for under socialised dogs to help them be rehomed and learning the different training techniques.
Ross has his own Dalmatian called Bryn who is now 6 years old. He has had him since he was 9 months as a rescue meaning he dealt first hand with lots of unwanted behaviours including mouthing and destructiveness. This helped him to learn about positive reinforcement and develop his skills one-on-one with Bryn. He is very passionate about promoting positive reinforcements and the benefits it has for the dog and the owner.