I have been actively involved with dog training all of my life, growing up I always assumed I would end up working with them. My journey to behavioural training began when I enrolled on a canine behavioural degree, the science behind animals actions had always fascinated me so this was a pretty logical step. After a while, I became increasingly frustrated with my day job and longed for the weekends so I could spend time training and working my dogs. I made a massive decision to walk away from a successful career in logistics management to start my own dog walking and boarding business (PupMinders). My plan was to offer a professional service that helped with basic training and owner support, I became so busy that by the end of the second year our team consisted of six people.
Ewan (The hubby!) - Canine Concierge
When Susanne started Pupminders in 2014 in my spare time I helped out this gave me the opportunity to get hands on experience with getting to know so many other clients dogs, even before the business had started Susanne was studying towards her BSc in canine behavioural science and would discuss canine related behaviours and methods of training that frankly i was struggling to understand, this pushed me to wanting to study myself and i enrolled with the IMDT to gain my own qualifications which i aim to complete in spring 2018, learning to not only speak ‘dog’ but more importantly 'read it', is the most enlightening journey I have been on so far. I am qualified in Canine nutrition and have completed my diploma in alternative holistic therapies into canine welfare and well being.
: Daventry Daycare & Boarding
I started working with the family business not long after it started in 2014. I was the first dog walker to be officially on the books and 3 years later I now manage 4 other walkers as the business has grown year on year covering Daventry and surrounding villages all the way to Duston, Northamptonshire. I have completed my level 2 diploma in dog training and behaviour and am currently studying for my level 3 accreditation. Working with different dogs and their inherent behavioural traits has benefited my learning hugely, I am now able to help out with training walks and work with my clients individual dog training needs. I am not just a lead attendant I have a passion for tailoring walks to the client's needs and expectations including cani-cross.
Areas covered : Daycare & boarding
I first came to work for PupMinders in 2016 after taking a career break. I’ve always loved dogs, despite not being allowed my own growing up, and very much look forward to having my own dogs in the future. When it came to working with dogs I was pretty green, however with Susanne's expertise and superb training I am now capable of providing top notch care for all of the dogs that we see, my knowledge of dogs and how to read their body language continues to improve week on week. It’s been a privilege to meet all of the dogs and learn how to talk dog (or at least understand it)! It has been an experience that has shaped my future plans. My dream is to one day run my own dog friendly pub that also sells special doggy drinks and snacks they can enjoy while their owners have a tipple.
My love for all animals came from my dear old nan, I used to help any waif or stray which drove my parents nuts. As soon as I had my own home I started my animal collection. My love for dogs grew stronger when my chocolate Labrador Scooby arrived at 8 weeks old, I had 13 amazing years with him such a loyal loving dog, my son had always wanted a pug and so Frank joined us and my love for pugs took over my life, when we lost scooby Betty came to live with us, I adore my 2 pugs they are an amazing breed. I decided to change my vocation in life, 2 years ago and became a dog walker and I have never been happier, my life is full of amazing furr babies who I adore, I love my job so much and love my extended furry family 'every day is a blessing'.
: Weedon & Flore
Alicia joined us in 2017 as part of our dog walking team after a lifelong love of animals. There was always animals in her life, including a Lhaspo Aspo and a Weimaraner. Alicias passion for animals shon through and it became obvious after just a few weeks working with animals would be her true calling. Her life is currently full with a fish, tortoise, hamster, Iyla the dog and her son Ethan. She is now starting on a Canine training course and hopes to offer training walks soon. The best part of the job is getting to know all the unique personalities, and there is no better feeling than someone else's dog recognising me and being excited to get out walking, and if thats not enough I get the opportunity to see different types of puppies grow up and help teach them a thing or two along the way.
Charlotte joined us late 2017. Growing up, she was always surrounded by pets including cats and rabbits. Unfortunately, she never had a dog but always loved them and took every opportunity to volunteer to look after family and friends dogs while they were away. She has a passion for French bulldogs and hopes to own her own very soon. She loves working with dogs and has a very close bond with all the animals. She is just beginning her journey with us!
: Bugbrooke & Upton
Tricia grew up surrounded by animals, including horses, dogs, cats and rabbits, she loves the outdoor life, and adores walking the dogs in the fresh air, she says there is no better feeling and spends most of her day either walking dogs or horses. She loves the fact that every dog has a different character, and that she gets to meet so many different breeds. She hopes to adopt a rescue dog soon, but currently owns two grumpy old cats that might not appreciate that!
Bella - Junior Helper
Bella has grown up around the multitude of pets our family own but has also relished in meeting all of our wonderful clients' animals too. She adores all animals and regularly helps at our summer fetes and dog shows, agility and training sessions, last year she met Noel Fitzpatrick and he has inspired her to become a vet when she leaves school.