Hi, my name is Mandy Rigby and I am the founder of Yes! Good Dog Behaviour & Training, Solihull, West Midlands.
Dogs have been a part of my life since I was a young girl with spending a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm and established boarding kennels. Gun Dog training was part of day to day life with up to five or more dogs at any one time. Even as a youngster I was amazed by the loyalty of these wonderful animals, I was taught to embrace the dog’s natural behaviours and channel their energy and intelligence. You cannot help but love them all for their individuality and quirks but it is as important to remain balanced in your care-taking and guidance.
I have always owned at least one dog but my journey to turn my passion into a career started about fourteen years ago with my first rescue dog and then then I took on two further adult rescue dogs called Murphy and Kelly. I was so pleased to give them a home but some of their more challenging behaviours were so deep-seated and couldn’t be dealt with through basic training alone.
At that time the vast majority of dog training methods seemed harsh and verging on abusive and I didn’t want to end up with a robot dog which obeyed through fear. When I dug a little deeper I found that the tide was turning to new scientific advancements into teaching dogs and that is how I started on a path of studying canine behaviours in-depth, with a particular focus on the effectiveness of the newer positive reward-based theories.
Over the course of the next decade and more I studied everything from animal psychology to dog first aid – gaining an accredited diploma in Advanced Canine Behaviours which is approved by PETbc (Pet Education Training Behaviour Council). I also volunteered at a Dogs Trust rehoming centre and have been mentored by top behaviourists in the country including residential training in which I have gained further invaluable practical experience with different breeds and a variety of behavioural issues. This knowledge has expanded greatly with the huge number of dog behaviour modification cases I have helped throughout the Midlands and further afield. Yes! Good Dog Behaviour & Training has gone from strength to strength receiving top ratings from client reviews.
I currently support Dog Watch UK, a local re-homing charity as their in house behaviourist, http://www.dogwatchuk.com/adopt/. Giving invaluable advice to new adoptees. I have undertaken courses in canine body language and facial expression and I ensure my training and knowledge is up to the minute by regularly attending training sessions, seminars and webinars on everything from Canine psychology and behaviours, clicker training, impulse control training and ‘Its your dog’s choice’ training and also canine aggression and rehabilitation with IMDT. Having recently qualified with Scentwork Uk as level 1-4 trainer I now run workshops and classes in this new and upcoming activity of scent work for pet dogs. www.scentworkuk.com
My approach reflects a combination of my qualifications, my lifetime of experience with dogs and my love for these fantastic animals. This has allowed me to develop a truly rounded approach to give intelligent and knowledgeable solutions that are kind for the dog, allowing your dog to have confidence to make the correct choice of behaviour, to be rewarded and to choose that behaviour again and again.
It is so important you feel comfortable and trust the person you are consulting about your much loved pet. I am DBS checked, fully insured and adhere to the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations EU (2016). For more information please see my privacy section at the bottom of each page.
I will work with you to establish a package of training that suits you and your individual dog and deliver it in your home to equip you with the tools of knowledge you need to have the best life with your pet.
You can find more about my approach, what I offer and how I have benefited other dog owners on these pages but if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.
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