PAWS was formed by Linda Morley, after identifying a need for a dog training school teaching basic skills for family dogs. Linda has been involved in dog training for many years both as an instructor and handler.
At the beginning of 2019, Paula Tanner, a local, qualified Canine Behaviour Practitioner started helping Linda with the class training. Paula has gradually taken on PAWS behavioural work and 1-2-1 training and is now taking a lead role in the class training, with a view to taking over completely as Linda retires.
PAWS has Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Listed Status and is therefore permitted to host Good Citizen training and subsequent testing.
PAWS training methods are based on positive reinforcement using titbits, praise and toys as rewards.
Linda first became involved with dog training when she rescued Donna, a black and tan GSD, from the R.S.P.C.A. and joined a local club.This created an interest in instructing and behaviour and lead to helping with the classes, helping to run the club and then becoming an instructor.
Linda’s next dog was Cassie, a lively, black and white CollieX, who needed to learn some socialisation skills. This need took Linda to a course with Phillipa Williams (who had worked with John Fisher, the world famous dog behaviourist) and the studying continued from there.
Linda has now completed courses with the Canine Behaviour Centre and the Institute of Pet Behaviour Consultants as well as graduating from Plumpton College with a certificate in Understanding the Domestic Dog.
In 2005 Linda was accepted as a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and as an associate member of the British Institute of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, this became a full membership in 2008.
Paula ISCP.DIP.CANINE-PRAC. qualified as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner through the International School of Canine Psycology & Behaviour.