PCT-A (Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited, Pet Professional Accreditation Board)
CTDI (Certified Trick Dog Instructor)
CAP3 with Distinction (Clicker Competency Assessment Program)
DN-FSG1 (DogNostics Fun Scent Games Instructor)
DN-CPCT2 (DogNostics Certified Pet Care Technician)
Force-Free Instructors Award (In The Doghouse DTC)
K9 First Aid Certification (In The Doghouse DTC) and Pet First Aid Certification (The Pet Professional Guild)
Animal Behavior and Welfare (Verified Certification Edinburgh University)
Dog Emotion and Cognition (Verified Certification Duke University)
Pet Dog Ambassador Program Licensed Instructor & Assessor
Colne Park High School
Netherthorpe Grammar School: 8 O Levels. 4 A Levels
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Universidad de Granada
The University of Leeds: B.A. Joint Honours Degree Spanish & Portuguese. Subsidiary subjects: Management Economics & Industrial Management.
Multilingua School of Languages, Bradford: TEFL
Steering Committee Member and Membership Manager - The Pet Professional Guild British Isles
Steering Committee Member and Education Committee -The Pet Professional Guild British Isles
Steering Committee Member and Regional Coordinator Spain - Doggone Safe
Co-Presenter PPG World Services Radio
Owner - The DogSmith of Estepona
Louise was born in Yorkshire, England. She grew up surrounded by beautiful countryside and lots of animals. Border Collies, German Shepherd Dogs and Chow Chows were part of the family home. Louise studied for her Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree at the University of Leeds. She was very fortunate as a full year of her course was also spent at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Portugal, and the Universidad de Granada, in Spain. After leaving University, Louise took her first teaching post at a school in Cartagena. This was soon followed by a move to Southern Spain where she quickly added a beautiful German Shepherd x Doberman, Bess, to the family. Thus began her journey into the world of teaching dogs as well as people. A local veterinarian put her in touch with a respected police dog trainer who passed on his knowledge and shared his love of the beautiful canines he worked with. A gorgeous Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Samson, was soon added to the family. He was followed by Louise's present family members, Tessa and Jambo.
Louise continued to follow her love of teaching and furthered her education in the world of dog training. She discovered the world of dog tricks and shared her passion with Jambo, who, at the age of just 16 months, became the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to become a Trick Dog Champion. Louise advocates against Breed Specific Legislation in favor of breed neutral laws and education about dog bite safety and prevention.
Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her
education in the field of force-free, rewards based, science based dog
training. She was one of the first twenty people world-wide to become a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited, through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She has studied under the tutelage of Kay Laurence and gained her CAP3 with Distinction.
Louise is the creator of the DogNostics Dog Training Certification Program and TrickMeister Titles. She has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, where she offers a wide range of both group and private classes and pet dog services. Louise loves helping dogs learn how to be the best companions possible and loves teaching pet dog guardians the skills they need to increase the bond they share with their wonderful canine companions. Louise believes training should be both fun and stress-free!