Hi, my name is Mandy Rigby and I am the founder of Yes! Good Dog and I reside in Shirley, 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. To my delight I was surrounded by a new litter of pups every other year and then most weekends I would be off with my mother and grandmother to dog shows all over the country. 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 ten years ago when I took on two 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 I studied everything from animal psychology to dog first aid – gaining an accredited diploma in Advanced Canine Behaviours. http://www.britishcollegeofcaninestudies.com/. I have been a volunteer at a dog rehoming centre so I have gained invaluable experience with different breeds and a variety of behavioural issues. I currently support Dog Watch UK, a local re-homing charity as their in house behaviourist, http://www.dogwatchuk.com/adopt/. 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, Choice Training and Canine Aggression and Rehabilitation with IMDT https://www.imdt.uk.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.
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. I will work with you to establish a package of training that suits you and your dog and deliver it in your home to equip you with the tools 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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