My career began at HMP Altcourse where I worked as a Prison Officer/Dog handler for 7 years.
I then served for the Department of Defense as a contractor for the United States government, supporting troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and soon took over the role of Kennel Master at Shindand Airbase. When my deployment ended I was asked to stay as a handler to reopen Camp Union III in Baghdad.
I have recently been awarded North American Police Working Dog Association membership and am the only British member to date to have done so.
After 10 years in the army, I left in 2017 and went to the Malpeet Academy and completed NASDU Drug Detection Dog (DD) and General Purpose (GP) Dog handling courses. I have worked at festivals and with local authorities, achieving many confirmed finds in both drugs and articles. I've taken part in almost 200 police search warrants, with both my GP and DD dogs.
Earlier this year I became an EDD handler (Explosive Detection Dog) handler.
Wimbledon, Silverstone, football stadium searches and music festivals are examples of recent work scenarios I've been part of.
I also hold a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Psychology.
After 30+years working in acute care areas
( ICU, CCU, Recovery/Anaesthetics and Cardiac Cath Lab) I moved from Australia to the UK 9 years ago, and started my own fitness classes.
I have qualifications in both human and pet nutrition; I hold a Level 3 Diploma in Canine Nutrition, and a Diploma in Pet Bereavement Counselling, In my years working in Intensive Care I specialised in grief, bereavement and death, focusing on care of both the patient and the family. Outside of nursing I trained in general counselling, I am still regularly using valuable skills that I learnt then.
I am also the very proud owner of Charlie, our Belgian Malinois pup.
I have had dogs all my life, and grew up working with Border Collies and Fox Hounds. I progressed to training gun dogs for shooting, and then got into Belgian Malinois.
I have been training under Andrew Smith for the last few years; and currently have a Bulldog and a Malinois.
My background is Security Industry based, and for around 20yrs I have been a Door Supervisor, Store Detective, Area Manager and then a Qualified SIA Instructor.
I began training a working GSD, and have gained qualifications in the following:
NASDU Level 3 GP Dog Handler
NASDU Level 3 Passive Drugs Dog Handler
NASDU Level 3 Proactive Dog Handler
NASDU Level 4 Explosive Dog Handler
NASDU Level 2 Decoy Certificate
I am currently working towards a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Psychology