My name is Paula Stone and I live in Oakworth, West Yorkshire with my two dogs, cat and horse. I have owned dogs my whole life, from puppies to rescue dogs. Having really enjoyed the experience of raising and training my own dogs in other clubs and at home and having a keen interest in canine behaviour, when the opportunity arose to turn my passion into a job I made the decision to set up Brontë Canine Services. This was several years ago now and I've not looked back!
I am a full member of the Pet Professional Guild, I sign up to and practice the ethics of No pain, No force, No fear. Over a 2 year period I have gained parts 1 and 2 qualifications as a dog training instructor from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). I am an APDT student member working towards gaining full membership. More recently I have been accepted on and working towards gaining my Advanced Diploma (Level 5 - foundation degree) in Canine Behaviour Management. This will not only broaden my understanding but also allow expansion of the business to incorporate canine behavioural consultations. In addition to my qualifications as a dog trainer, I also have a BA Honors degree in Youth and Community Development and over 15 years experience in delivering sessions to groups. I recognise that it is essential to engage and understand all learners - including the people!
It is important to me to have a positive impact on not only the dogs I work with, but also the areas I work in. I became a member of the Association of Professional Dog Walkers when I set up the business, upholding their code of conduct and promoting professionalism within the industry. I have now been voted in as a committee member and intend to promote their work more here in Yorkshire.
I am passionate about animal welfare. I believe in setting the dog up to succeed and then rewarding the behaviour. I do not use methods that promote fear to communicate with dogs. My overall aim is to help busy owners to meet the needs of their pets.