I was a police dog handler and Home Office accredited instructor for twenty-six years until retiring in 2007, handling and instructing in general purpose, public disorder, firearms support, cash/drug/firearms detection and explosives search dogs.
I achieved Southampton University’s post graduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, with distinction, in 2002 and accreditation as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour in 2008.
I was chairman of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors from 2009 to 2012, now sit on their business committee, and was instrumental in initiating the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.
My previous work with the RSPCA includes their definitive guide on dealing with aggression in dogs and in 2011 I oversaw, in conjunction with the SSPCA, the production of an education day for Local Authority Authorised Officers on behalf of the Scottish Government in preparation for the introduction of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act.
I now work as a canine behaviour consultant, providing legal expert witness advice in both civil and criminal litigation, and lecture around the UK and abroad, including on Newcastle University’s MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from 2011 to 2017. I also continue to assist local charities with dog assessment and re-homing.
Since 2012 I have presented a module on dog behaviour to Police Dog Legislation Officer’s Initial and Refresher Courses.
To relax I cycle, motorcycle, drink beer and walk our Lhasa Apso dog Ted (although not all at once - I'd spill the beer!)