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.