About Sue

I am highly experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of animal welfare and pet keeping. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1977 back in the days when we were known as RANAs (Registered Animal Nursing Auxiliary). I spent the next ten years in mixed practice in the UK and New Zealand.

Whilst in New Zealand, my interest in animals continued. I helped run a 70-acre sheep, goat and beef farm and had my own working sheepdogs. I also trained as an early childhood teacher and ran Playcentre sessions in our rural community. I also found time to raise three children as well as various cats, guinea pigs and the occasional pet lamb!

Returning to the UK  I fostered dogs for an animal charity in Penrith. I fostered and retrained over 15 dogs, mainly collies and lurchers, but also one very memorable and smelly Irish Wolfhound. 

In 2009, I got the opportunity to follow my passion for working with animals and enrolled on the COAPE advanced diploma for companion animal behaviour. Gaining a level four qualification. Since then I have participated in a huge range of additional courses and events.  The most recent ones include The Think Dog Practical course by Sarah Whitehead, the year long Pro Dog Trainer course with Absolute Dogs, Dog Aid Trainer and  participating in the wonderful 4 day conference “WOOF”

I have a particular interest in working with families with young children and their pets, but everyone has animals for very personal reasons, and sometimes some professional help and guidance can make that relationship so much stronger and more positive.


I offer a wealth of experience with a wide variety of companion animals. I currently own Molly, a terrier cross and Lyra a beautiful Whippet cross

“Sue was very helpful and gave good individual advice.”
Pet positive - Puppy Training

My behavioural consultations will be done privately following referral through the client’s own veterinary practice. Training and advice sessions can be booked with me directly.

“Very relaxed and friendly classes. Really enjoyed them.”