Canine Behaviourist, Trainer & Holistic Therapist.
Naturally Clever Canines, is owned and operated by Dog Trainer, Behaviourist and Holistic Therapist, Helen Gerard, who first attended dog training classes in 1996, with Tess, the family working sheepdog.
She has worked in the animal care industry for over 20 years, starting dog training professionally in 2006. Over the past 12 years, Helen worked in various roles including working at the Guide Dog National Breeding Centre with the breeding stock and puppies, and as Assistant Canine Welfare Manager and Canine Behaviourist in two independent rescues. Helen also volunteers as a Dog AID and FASD Dog UK Trainer.
She passed her APDT (UK) Assessment in May 2009 and also holds a teaching qualification, having taught animal care and behaviour subjects within further education colleges.
Naturally Clever Canines began simply as ‘Clever Canines’ in early 2011 while Helen was living in Skegness, however, once the company moved to Gloucestershire in 2014 it was felt that Naturally Clever Canines represented the holistic approach that Helen has.
During the past few years, Helen noticed an increase in dog owners getting in touch, needing help, but finding it increasingly hard to fit structured dog training classes into their busy lives – or simply living too far away. When running classes in Gloucester, she even had clients driving over 50 miles to a one hour training class.
This got Helen thinking. How could she meet the needs of those clients? How could she provide a high quality service to clients regardless of location, lifestyle, and health restrictions?
Naturally Clever Canines is now being remodelled to offer online dog training courses and an online training community where clients can talk to each other and upload photos and videos of their progress, as well as working towards certificates and rosettes with their dogs.
The majority of the courses are taught by Helen, although guest speakers are brought in for advice in their specialist areas or when more than one instructor is required.
Helen’s main qualifications:
- BSc (Hons) Canine Behaviour Management (Top-Up), University of Hull / Bishop Burton College ~ Currently completing
- FdSc Canine Behaviour and Training, University of Hull / Bishop Burton College
- Higher National Diploma in Animal Care, University of Worcester / Pershore College
- Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 4, University of Warwick
- APDT UK Member 01074
- ABTC Registered Animal Training Instructor
- Registered Dog AID Instructor
- Pet Professional Guild British Isles, Registered Dog Professional
- Pet Professional Guild PDA: 43033309
Helen also practises both Touch for Health Kinesiology and Reiki, which enables her to help owners who are finding that their anxiety or worries are standing in the way of progressing with their dogs behaviour problems.
Reactive Rover Class Trainers
The following trainers currently assist on our Reactive Rover Level 1 course:
Morag Moseley RVN
Morag is a Registered Vet Nurse who has her own training and behaviour business based on the Worcestershire / Gloucestershire border.
Morag is a member of APDT UK, a member of their committee and assessment panel for new trainers, and a Dog AID Trainer. She is also a member of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society and has a very holistic approach to her work.
She is guardian to 2 working sheepdogs, 1 working sheepdog x spaniel and a couple of ponies.
Morag assists with our Reactive Rover practical classes.
Fay has been helping with NCC classes since 2017, including Reactive Rover classes. She is currently studying towards a qualification with APDT UK and hopes to become a member in the next year or two.
Fay runs her own classes in Herefordshire, as well as taking her deaf dog Ollie to Agility classes and other training workshops. Fay has a background (and degree) in horses and, when not training dogs, can be found working with her horses.
Fay will be heavily involved in our deaf dog beginners course, available later in 2018, and teaches on our Reactive Rover classes.
Anita is a dog trainer, based in the Cotswolds, who we met when she attended our Reactive Rover class with her Hungarian Visla, Meadow.
She has trained with COAPE and has CAP2 (clicker training).
Anita is guardian to Hungarian Vislas Meadow and Sage.
She now assists with our Reactive Rover practical classes.
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