MEET OUR TEAM

 

Debbie Peters

Head of Behaviour and Training

Debbie first started working with dogs in 1998 when she set up her own dog walking and boarding business which she ran until 2013.  She has rescued several dogs over the years and it was one of these rescues that got her really interested in training and behaviour. When she needed some help overcoming her dog’s behaviour problems she got in touch with Jo-Rosie Haffenden and was so inspired with the results that she spent 4 years studying dog behaviour and training, attending practical courses, sitting assessments all while shadowing Jo Rosie Haffenden at her company East Sussex Dog Behaviour Centre.

In July 2013 Debbie bought School 4 Dogs from Jo Laurens, who now runs Dog Works - dog training & canine behaviour in Jersey.  In December 2014 Jo-Rosie Haffenden joined Debbie at School 4 Dogs and they worked together until earlier 2016.  In November 2016 Debbie left School 4 Dogs and set up her new company Schooling 4 Dogs & Humans with her amazing team below.

Debbie has three diplomas in Canine Behaviour and Psychology and is currently attending Bishop Burton College studying BSc Applied Canine Behaviour & Training.  Debbie was a Puppy School accredited puppy trainer with Gwen Bailey. Debbie has been an accredited member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) since 2014 and continues to study dog behaviour, regularly attending seminars, practical courses and undertaking further training in specific areas of behavior and training.

Debbie has 6 dogs of her own; 5 rescues and two Labradors, Hagen and Spud.  Debbie got Hagen and Spud as puppies and successfully uses them for various scent detection roles.  Debbie is very passionate about rescue dogs, with a large proportion of her work ensuring that dogs are accurately assessed and placed in the correct home. A badly placed dog can have a significant impact on the life of the dog and owner.

Debbie is the owner and founder of Schooling 4 Dogs and does training and behaviour across Sussex.

Lucy d'Auvergne

Behaviourist (MSc with Distinction Clinical Animal Behaviourist)

 

Lucy comes from a background in wildlife filmmaking and conservation and has studied animal behaviour for over 25 years, both academically (MSc, PhD) and in the field. She is a qualified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (MSc with Distinction, Newcastle University) specialising in dogs, and was awarded a Distinction for her research investigating the effects of nose-work (sniffing) on stress in pet dogs – the first study to focus specifically on this topic. Through her research she had developed a particular passion for using nose-work related activities to overcome behavioural issues and build confidence in dogs of all ages. She also has extensive experience working with rescue dogs and shares her life with four ‘complicated’ rescue Border collies who she has partnered in agility, scent-work, obedience and sheep-herding. She is committed to Continuing Professional Development and has attended workshops and courses with some of the best modern dog trainers and behaviourists in the world.    

Hannah Walker

Behaviourist and Trainer

Hannah has always had a keen interest in animals with a particular passion for dogs.  For her Bachelors Degree she studied Zoology and this further developed her love of animal behaviour.  After graduating with a first, Hannah moved back to Sussex and became very involved in dog training, volunteering and fostering for a local dog rescue.  Hannah grew up around and cared for a variety of different animals but currently has two rescued street dogs, guinea pigs and a tortoise.

 

Hannah has completed a professional Diploma (level 5) in Canine Behaviour through the International School for Canine Behaviour & Psychology and has published a thesis on gender-specific fear of people in canines. She greatly enjoys expanding her experience and continuing her professional development through seminars, webinars and workshops by respected canine professionals.  

 

Hannah will be starting a distance-learning Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour this year, while seeing clients in the Brighton and Eastbourne areas.

Leigh Kenealy

Trainer

Leigh has always loved dogs and became a trainer for Schooling 4 Dogs in early 2015. He has studied animal behaviour and training with some of the best, most respected trainers in the UK including; Sarah Fisher, Denise Nuttall, Kelly Taylor, Hannah Wright, Sian Ryan and Jo Rosie Haffenden. He has an Accredited Dog Training & Behaviour OCN Level 3 Qualification in Understanding & Working with Canine Behaviour and is a Fully qualified member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. Leigh has a real passion for canine athletics and competes in events all across Europe, holding records in weight-pull with his Patterdale Maggie and two Staffies Zoe and Charlie.

Leigh teaches our Crawley, Brighton and Hove classes and is also available for 121 training sessions in these areas.

Annika Bond

Trainer

With a Masters in Biomechanics, Annika has a great understanding of anatomy and movement, she is now combining this with her love of animals by studying Veterinary Physiotherapy.  Annika is a fully qualified member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, has an OCN Level 3 in Principles of Dog Training & Behaviour, a Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training and holds a certificate in canine first aid.

 

As with our other trainers, Annika is keen to keep learning and attends regular workshops and seminars. She has two black Labradors who she is gundog training and together they also compete in Canicross. Annika is also currently clicker training her new kitten that has recently joined her family.

 

 

Annika teaches our Worthing classes, workshops and offers 121 training sessions. 

Sandy Staub

Trainer

Sandy grew up in Switzerland and learned to work with dogs and horses from an early age. She has been working and competing with horses for over 30 years and is skilled in Natural Horsemanship. 

 

In 2013, Sandy decided she wanted to use the natural and positive way of working with horses, with dogs so she became a dog walker and studied Canine Behaviour at Plumpton College. Sandy assisted Debbie and Leigh for 1 year before becoming a permanent member of the team in May 2016. Sandy is a student member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. She gained the OCN Level 3 'Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour’ accreditation and holds a certificate in canine first aid. In the summer of 2019, Sandy has gained her Instructor certification in Hoopers and to top it up, has welcomed her rescue puppy Marvin. 

 

Sandy is keen to continue her studies and attends regular workshops and seminars with some of the most respected Trainers/Behaviorists suchlike Professor Clive DL Wynne and Craig Ogilvie. 

 

Sandy teaches our Eastbourne and Worthing classes and offers 121 training sessions in both areas.

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