My name is Maria and I run DoggleDog, here for all your dog’s training and behaviour needs.
I live in Marden, Kent with my lovely rescue boy Paco. Having a dog of my own led me to dip my toe into the world of dog training because I wanted to know how to train my own dog. From then my passion grew and I started to learn more about canine behaviour.
There are things that I wish I had done differently in the early days with my own dog and I certainly made some mistakes along the way - if only I knew then what I know now…
My mission is to help other dog owners to bring out the best in their dogs - happy dog, happy you.
I am continually learning - you are never done.
I am an accredited dog trainer and member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and have also trained with Sarah Whitehead of the Clever Dog Company.
I have trained with Absolute Dogs to become a certified ProDog Trainer. I'm always looking for new and innovative ways to train and this method uses concept training, which shapes your dog's mind and personality through games. Rather than teaching individual behaviours, concept training focuses on changing a dog's mental outlook and emotional balance in order for them to achieve their full potential.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour (canine), which I studied through Compass Education. I also regularly attend canine behaviour seminars with Dave Brice of the IMDT that look in depth at specific behaviour issues, to keep my knowledge up-to-date.
I am a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Network. The Pet Professional Network is the first international business support and educational platform for kind, ethical and trusted pet professionals. They help support their members with all aspects of mindset, personal and business development. PPN are proud to work in collaboration with modern, world class training and behavioural institutes and associations.
PPN helps raise the standards to help support more pet owners and is a wonderful community full of like-minded people.
I hold a dog First Aid certificate achieved via www.dog-first-aid.com/
I have spent time volunteering at the intake kennels at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home where I was able to interact with a wide variety of dogs.
All of my training methods are individually tailored to the specific dog and owner that I am working with. I don’t believe that one size fits all with dog training – all dogs are so highly individual.
I only use reward-based training methods and will often incorporate games into training programmes. If it's fun, then your dog is much more likely to learn and be successful, whilst also having a great time.
I take a holistic approach with all dogs regardless of the issue – sometimes things really aren’t what they seem to be and if you are fixed on one path then you may ultimately miss the real problem.
Sharing our lives with a dog, or any animal, is one of the most pleasurable things in life and when that starts to go wrong, for whatever reason, it can be difficult for you, your family and friends but most of all for your dog.
Maybe you haven't got your dog yet and you need a bit of help and advice to get it right from the start.
If you need help with your dog, even if it isn't covered here, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.