About Us

We are proud that we are the largest and most highly qualified team of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists in the area, with all our trainers having already obtained or be working towards a Degree Level Qualification in Animal/Canine Behaviour. Between us we have over 10,000 hours and 20 years of practical experience working with clients and dogs in the field of Dog Behaviour and Training.

 

Gill - Training & Behaviour Director

Gill has owned and trained dogs for over 11years and has a vast experience in working with a range of dog breeds, ages and issues. Although she started as a class instructor Gill now specialises in behaviour modification and in particular, aggression problems. Having rescued and successfully rehabilitated her Old English Sheepdog, Noah, who previously had a history of 8 bites to people, Gill knows exactly what it is like to live with a 'problem dog' and is always prepared to go the extra mile to support you and your dog. Gill has worked with over 3000 dogs and owners during the last 11 years and is one of the most experienced behaviourists in the area, she has a wealth of practical experience with qualifications to match. She no longer works hands on with clients, except in exceptional circumstances, she now spends her time developing the classes and trainers to ensure every customer gets the highest quality of service.

Current Qualifications                                                                                                                                                           

  • FdSc Canine Behaviour and Training - Level 5
  • ADTB Approved Instructor (All Levels)
  • ADTB Assessor for East Yorkshire and Humbersidegill
  • Full Member of PAACT (164)
  • Member of PETbc
  • Qualified Microchip Implanter                                                                                                                                
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition Counsellor
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Dog Grooming
  • Certified Canine First Aider
  • Certified People First Aider
  • Lecturer to Level 6 on FdSc Canine Behaviour & Training and BSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
  • AMTRA C-SQP for Companion Animals
  • Member of the Pet Owners Association
  • Kennel Club Listed Good Citizen Award Schemes - Approved to Gold Level
  • Kennel Club Good Citizen Award Scheme Approved Examiner - Bronze, Silver & Gold Level
  • Member of the Kennel Club Dog Owners Group
  • Agility Club Approved Instructor
  • Clicker Training CAP1 to Distinction
  • Agility Training for Trainers Level 1 & 2
  • Student Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
  • DAQ Level 1
  • Member of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)
  • Dorwest Herbs Advisor (with Distinction)      
  • PDTI Approved Instructor with Merit                                                                                                                            

Courses Attended

  • DAP - May 2013
  • Scentwork Level 1 - April 2013
  • Scentwork Level 2 - June 2013
  • Resource Guarding - August 2013
  • The Science behind Dog Behaviour - Sept 2013
  • Fearful Dogs - Nicole Wilde - June 2014
  • Seperation Anxiety - Nicole Wilde - June 2014
  • Dog Play - Nicole Wilde - June 2014
  • SMART Dog Training - Nina Bondarenko - July 2014
  • Do as I Do - Claudia Fugazza - August 2014
  • Film & TV Work for Dogs - August 2014
  • Ian Dunbar - July 2015
  • Kennel Club - Train it, Teach it - September 2015
  • BAT - October 2015
  • Canine Expert Witness - May 2017

Becky - Head Behaviour Counsellor

Becky came to Oakwood in May 2014 after graduating with a degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College. She is now Head Behaviour Counsellor & Training Centre Manager, she takes on more complex behaviour cases and 121's. She also teaches agility. You will otherwise find her behind our reception desk welcoming all our clients and making sure everything is running smoothly. Becky is a regular star on Kingston FM, and has an 'Ask the Expert' Slot

Current QualificationsRebecca

  • BSc Hons Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
  • National Diploma in Animal Management - Merit/Distinction 
  • Certified Canine First Aider
  • Dorwest Herbs Advisor with Distinction 
  • Agility Training for Trainers Level 1 
  • Certified People First Aider
  • Qualified Microchip Implanter
  • Level 2 NCFE in Customer Service
  • Kennel Club Listed Good Citizen Award Schemes - Approved to Gold Level

Courses Attended 

  • Kennel Club - Train it, Teach it (September 2015)
  • Behaviour Adjustment Training Seminar October 2015
  • Agility Training for Trainers Level 2 - July 2017
  • First Time Manager - April 2016

Pending Courses

  • KCAI - Kennel Club Accredited Instructor
  • AMTRA C-SQP for Companion Animals

Abbie - Senior Behaviour Counsellor

Abbie joined Oakwood in 2015 after graduating with a degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College. She is now a Senior Behaviour Counsellor and Head of Day School and is currently taking classes and 121's, along with her own behaviour clients. In her time with Oakwood she has trained over 2000 hours on a professional basis. You will otherwise find her ensuring the smooth running of the Day School.

Current Qualifications

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  • BSc Hons Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
  • Dorwest Herbs Advisor with Distinction
  • Certified People First Aider
  • Extended National Diploma Level 3 in Animal Management- Triple Distinction 
  • Kennel Club Listed Good Citizen Award Schemes - Approved to Gold Level

Courses Attended 

  • Customer Service - July 2016

Pending Courses

  • KCAI - Kennel Club Accredited Instructor
  • Certified Canine First Aider
  • Business Management Level 3

George - Senior Behaviour Counsellor

George joined Oakwood in 2015 after graduating with a degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College. He is now a Senior Behaviour Counsellor and Head of Dog Training and is currently taking classes and 121's, along with his own behaviour clients. In his time with Oakwood he has trained over 4000 hours on a professional basis. You will always find George working practically with clients. George has developed extensive experience in dog training during his time with us and is now one of our most sought after trainers. You may have to wait a few weeks to get an appointment with George.

georgeCurrent Qualifications
  • BSc Hons Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
  • Dorwest Herbs Advisor with Distinction
  • Extended National Diploma Level 3 in Animal Management - Triple Distinction
  • Kennel Club Listed Good Citizen Award Schemes - Approved to Gold Level
  • Certified People First Aider

Courses Attended 

  • Customer Service - July 2016

Pending Courses

  • KCAI - Kennel Club Accredited Instructor
  • Certified Canine First Aider

 


Kerry - Behaviour Counsellor

Kerry joined Oakwood in January 2016 and is working towards her Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training. She has been teaching classes, 121 and working with behaviour clients for over 12 months on a full time basis and as a result has extensive practical experience of working with dogs with behaviour problems. 

Current Qualifications

kerry
  • Dorwest Herbs Advisor with Distinction
  • Certified People First Aider
  • Kennel Club Listed Good Citizen Award Schemes - Approved to Gold Level

Courses Attended 

  • Customer Service - July 2016

Pending Courses

  • KCAI - Kennel Club Accredited Instructor
  • Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training
  • Certified Canine First Aider
  • Agility Training for Trainers Level 1 & 2

 

 


 Josh - Junior Behaviour Counsellor

Josh joined Oakwood in January 2017 after achieving a Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, with a specialism in Animal Training. He has been undergoing extensive training for the last 3 months within the centre under the supervision of our experienced staff and is now ready to start working with his own clients. Josh has extensive practical experience working with and handling dogs of all shapes and sizes as prior to joining Oakwood he was a Professional Dog Walker and Dog Sitter, during this time he also carried our practical dog training with his clients dogs.

Current Qualifications

  • BSc Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Certified People First Aider
  • Certified Canine First Aider

Pending Courses

  • KCAI - Kennel Club Accredited Instructor
  • Dorwest Herbs Advisor 
  • Agility Training for Trainers Level 1 & 2
  • Canine Massage and Therapy

Tilly - Junior Behaviour Counsellor

Tilly joined Oakwood in 2016, she has just completed a Degree in Animal Behaviour and Training. Tilly has been working within our Day School and Rescue Kennels since she started with us and following the successful completion of her Degree is now ready to start working with her own clients. Tilly has been around dogs all of her life and also has vast experience working with horses.

Current Qualifications

tilly
  • BSc Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Certified People First Aider
  • Certified Canine First Aider
  • Dorwest Herbs Advisor with Distinction

Pending Courses

  • KCAI - Kennel Club Accredited Instructor

 

We are proud of the fact we are the only Dog Training School in Hull and Surrounding area where ALL our training staff are either degree qualified or working towards a degree. So you know if you choose Oakwood you are choosing the most highly qualified training centre in the area.