BA (Hons) PGDip CABC CCAB
Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Head Trainer
Having previously worked for a large UK animal welfare charity, Nicole regularly saw dogs brought into rescue that lacked basic manners or were poorly socialised and exhibiting behavioural problems. Many of these issues would have been prevented with proper training and socialisation at an early age so Nicole set up Paws Off to provide easy, fun and effective training for pet dog owners of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.
Guaranteed use of scientifically-sound, humane training techniques. Nicole holds both a First-class honours degree in Animal Behaviour Management and a Postgraduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (obtained with Distinction). This extensive academic background, combined with her continuing professional development, enables Nicole to provide positive and effective training that can be adjusted to suit each individual dog.
Fully accredited and assessed by leading industry bodies:
In 2002 the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), the UK’s leading professional society for the study of animal behaviour, set up an independent certification scheme for animal behaviourists. In 2019 Nicole became an ASAB accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (a certification recognised by both the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Psychological Society).
The Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians is a professional body promoting the highest standard of practice in clinical animal behaviour, supporting independent accreditation of clinical animal behaviourists conforming to standards set by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Nicole became a certificated member of the FABC in 2020.
Founded in 1989, the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors is an international network of experienced and qualified pet behaviour counsellors who work on referral from veterinary surgeons. Nicole joined the APBC in 2007 and has been a full member since 2016.
Formed in 2010, the Animal Behaviour and Training Council is the regulatory body that represents animal behaviour therapists to both the public and legislative bodies. Nicole is a Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the ABTC.
Puppy School is an established UK network of highly trained professional puppy tutors, founded by director Gwen Bailey in 2002. Nicole became a certified tutor in 2009. She is currently the Regional Manager for Surrey, North Hampshire and Wiltshire and also provides CPD and training opportunities for the network of tutors across the UK.
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK was founded in 1995 by John Fisher to offer pet dog owners a guarantee of quality when looking for a puppy and dog training class. Nicole is APDT member no. 01043 and is also a part of the team that assesses candidates suitability for membership within the organisation.
Talking Dogs is the go-to pet dog scentwork training provider in Britain, founded in 2011 by Pam McKinnon. Nicole became an accredited trainer in 2018 and transferred to the new trainer scheme in 2020 to become the Talking Dogs’ first Elite trainer. Nicole offers workshops and classes teaching the TD Scentwork system to pet dog owners across the South East of the UK.
Formed in 2010, the Animal Behaviour and Training Council is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers to both the public and legislative bodies. Nicole is a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the ABTC.
These accreditations mean that Nicole is recommended by local veterinary practices and some of her services are covered by pet insurance policies.
BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Leah began working with Paws Off in 2011 and currently offers puppy home visits on a Friday afternoon. Leah holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and is a certified Puppy School Tutor.
Since completing her studies Leah has worked for a number of large animal rescue charities and organisations. She has recently taken on a new role with RSPCA – Sussex Chichester and District branch as their Foster Co-Ordinator and also regularly attends seminars and workshops to further her professional development and keep up to date with the ever evolving world of dog training.
Leah is pictured here with Jim, her 5 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Leah has a particular soft spot for Staffies and bull breeds and is keen to break the stigma surrounding these wonderful dogs.
Leah can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour
Hayley joined the Paws Off team in 2015. She currently runs our Frimley Puppy School classes as well as offering puppy home visits throughout the week. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Animal Behaviour, is a certified Puppy School tutor, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT member no. 01447) and a registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC).
In addition to her animal related academic qualifications Hayley has been awarded her PTLLS (preparation for teaching in the lifelong learning sector) qualification, is a Level 2 synchronised swimming coach and is currently the Head coach for a local synchronised swimming club.
Hayley has a passion for teaching and enjoys using her coaching skills to help pet dog owners learn how to train their dogs positively and effectively.
Hayley can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org