About Mandy & Yes! Good Dog
Hi, my name is Mandy Rigby and I am the founder of Yes! Good Dog Behaviour & Training, Yes! Good Puppy Academy and Scent Work Academy. The fundamental core of my business is to provide a kind and effective dog training and behaviour coaching service to all dog owners so they can embrace and enjoy their lives with their dogs to the full.
Dogs have been a part of my life since I was a young girl with spending time on my grandparents’ farm and established boarding kennels. As a youngster I was amazed by the intelligence and loyalty of these wonderful creatures and what joy and companionship they bring to millions of people.
I have always shared my home with at least one dog but my journey to turn my passion into a career started with my first rescue dog. I was pleased to be able to offer a haven for more rescue dogs over the years. At that time, I found some of the more challenging dog behaviours emotionally embedded and could not be handled through basic home training alone.
A few decades ago, many training methods seemed harsh, verging on abusive and I certainly did not want robotic dogs who obeyed through fear. When I dug a little deeper, I found that the tide was turning with new scientific advancements in teaching dogs. I started on a path of studying canine behaviours in-depth with a focus on the effectiveness of the newer positive reinforcement training.
Over the course of the next decade I studied many topics from animal psychology to dog first aid gaining a distinction grade diploma in Advanced Canine Behaviours.
I helped within a dog rehoming centre to gain practical experience and continued to be mentored by other behaviourists and trainers who offered invaluable knowledgeable with many different breed types and a variety of behavioural and training issues. This knowledge has been invaluable in me helping hundreds of owners with their dogs within the local community and further afield. Yes! Good Dog Behaviour & Training has gone from strength to strength receiving many top-rated reviews.
My passion for working with dogs has developed on into the training and promoting of detection style nose work for the companion dog. It is becoming the fastest growing dog sport in the UK. I am a qualified trainer for Scentwork Uk and launched my own company Scent Work Academy which offers classes and workshops in this great activity for dogs.
It is 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.
In a nutshell my approach reflects a combination of my qualifications, a lifetime of experience with dogs and my love for these fantastic animals. This has allowed me to work with some wonderful dogs and their dedicated guardians over the years. My aim is to share my knowledge of positive reinforcement training to as many owners as I can, so they can then help their own dog’s confidence and resilience develop. This aids the dog to have the ability to cope with life and make great choices of behaviour in the future.
THE ONLY WAY IS THE KIND WAY – ENCOURAGEMENT NOT PUNISHMENT
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