I live in Nercwys with my family including my two beautiful dogs. Skye is my old timer, a black spanador (cocker spaniel x labrador), who just loves meeting people. Islay is my young fox red goldador (golden retriever x labrador). She is a bundle of fun and keeps us all on our toes with her wish to chew anything she can find! Skye, Islay and my two young sons are always keen to help me test out my latest dog-friendly recipe or fun dog game idea.
I spent my teenage years volunteering at a dog rescue centre where I developed a passion for dog welfare and care. Since then, I have earnt my MSci and PhD in Zoology and worked at the University of Chester as Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader on the BSc Animal Behaviour and BSc Zoology programmes, before setting up Forests and Fetch. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning – so I know how to train people as well as dogs!
I am an Accredited Member of The institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), hold a Canine First Aid qualification, and am DBS checked and fully insured. I am passionate about enriching the lives of dogs and their owners and I use my scientific background to ensure that all my training methods are up to date with regards to the latest research in dog behaviour and learning.
Satcha was my rescue dog who had been mistreated and picked up as a stray. She was a nervous dog. She was scared of people, unsure of other dogs, and terrified of being alone. We worked with her to help her to move past these behavioural issues and to live her fullest life.
What truly made Satcha happy was to be out on a walk. She came alive on a walk and all her worries disappeared. She was never happier than when out and about on her next adventure. Satcha taught me the power of a walk and the truly impactful effect a walk can have on a dog’s day.
Setting up Forests & Fetch has allowed us to share our passion for training and walking to help ensure your dog's life is filled with joy too.
Giving back to the community, supporting charitable work and caring for the environment is key to our ethos at Forests and Fetch.
We are a climate positive company, committed to offsetting significantly more carbon than we create through both our personal and business operations.
You can see our virtual forest as it grows and find out more about the impact this climate positive initiative will have both here in the UK and restoring and protecting tropical forests.
Offsetting is only part of the solution though and we’ll be aiming to reduce our impact at every step of the way: only using compostable dog bags and plastic-free treats, bowls and dog soap bars. We use eco-friendly cleaning products to ensure our van is sparkly clean.
We strive to support local businesses for all our supplies and setup. In our Welcome Pack we have a yummy treat from PupCakes dog bakery, a sample pack from Gwen’s Choice healthy canine nutrition, and a doggy bandana printed by SicSheep, all from North Wales. Helping small businesses thrive, putting our local community first.
Forests and Fetch also support the Guide Dogs charity.