Her aim is to provide practical, workable solutions for you and your dog to better understand one another
Claire Usen has many years dog handling, care and behaviour experience and owns three dogs of different breeds and backgrounds – a Doberman, a Labrador cross breed, and a cocker spaniel. She places great importance on living a happy, healthy and balanced life with dogs, and advocates a manners framework, or “Life skills” foundation to teach a dog rules and boundaries in a kind and caring way.
She loves positive, reward based training and likes to train in real-life situations and environments on a one-to-one basis, but can assemble small groups on request. Her aim is to provide practical, workable solutions for you and your dog to better understand one another. Life skills for pet dogs is her passion.
Claire says: “Some clients opt for an accompanied ‘training walk’ for lead work and/or reactivity issues, others need a socialisation session with one or more of my dogs or volunteer dogs. I have clients who are looking to address one particular problem e.g. pulling on the lead, and there are others whose needs are more complex. Because I like to train in real-life situations and environments, I hold training sessions at the owner’s homes, on their typical day-to-day walks, or in appropriate local open spaces. I’m always happy to be flexible as I understand the pressures of busy schedules.”
Claire has attended many courses over the past 10 years (and continues to do so) – subjects covered include life skills; clicker training; dealing with reactivity; balance work; introduction to T Touch and more. She is working towards a BA (Hons) degree in Canine Behaviour and Psychology, with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training. The course options which she has selected focus on rescue dogs and aggression – areas which she has a particular interest in.
Claire also holds a CIDBT National Dog Training Instructor Certificate
- Adult Class Trainer
- Puppy Class Trainer
- One to One Trainer
- Behaviour Advice