Nina The Holistic gundog specialist

Experience, Qualifications & Credentials

What its important to know before you read this section
In the section below that mentions what I have done with my own dogs, those dogs are not perfect, over all my years with dogs we have worked through all sorts of things such as various levels of reactivity (to dogs and people), barking at strangers, not being happy to be left alone (yet not separation anxiety, true separation anxiety is rare), recall issues, resource guarding and so much more. I say this because I want you to know that nothing is easy, but everything is possible! No dog is perfect, except in our hearts…..

Longhaired Weimaraner Faith at Discover Dogs

At the bottom of this page there are further details on my experience, but with my own dogs I have:

For my further education I have courses currently in progress:

Gundog down the river relaxing
Longhaired Weimaraner Rhea at Crufts

I have a wealth of qualifications, certifications and experience:

  • Member of The Guild of Dog Trainers (Specialist Trainer – Gundogs)
  • Member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild)
  • Diploma of Canine Behaviour 
  • Do More With Your Dog Animal Actors Academie Certified Assessor 
  • Do More With Your Dog certified Trick Dog Instructor
  • Previous Captain of a Kyra Sundance ‘All Stars’ Team
  • Scentwork UK – Train the Trainer Level 1 Certificate
  • Scentwork UK – Train the Trainer Level 2-4 Certificate
  • Scentwork UK – Train the Trainer Level 5-8 Certificate
  • Scentwork UK Judges and Trial Managers Certificates for levels 1 through to 4
  • Mantrailing UK Certified Instructor
  • Canine Hoopers UK Accredited Instructor
  • Merisha Canine Massage Certificate
  • VIS Ultrasound Certificates Level 1 & 2
  • Certificate in Animal Communication
  • Pet Bereavement Counsellor Diploma
  • Reiki Certificates 1, 2, and Master/Teacher (since 2006)
  • Certificate in NLP
  • Certificate in MBSR
  • Meditation Teachers Certificate
  • Crystal Healing Certificate
  • Certified Ho’oponopono Practitioner
  • IOSH Managing Safely Certificate
  • Canine 1st Aid certificate – Renewed July 2022
  • Human 1st Aid certificate – Renewed 2022
Longhaired Weimaraner girls waiting on gundog placeboards

and additional courses completed:

  • BAT (Behavioural Adjustment Therapy) – 1st UK Instructors Course
  • Susan Garretts Recallers 3.0
  • 30 days of Canine Science – School of Canine Science
  • Scent for Six – School of Canine Science
  • Puppy Development & Socialisation (Puppy Lab 1 & 5 of 5) – School of Canine Science
  • Canine Genetics – School of Canine Science
  • Nutrition & Behaviour – School of Canine Science
  • Fear – School of Canine Science
  • Separation Anxiety Webinar – Jo-Rosie Haffenden
  • Resource Guarding: For dogs who growl or bite to keep their stuff with Diane Garrod
  • Understanding Dog Aggression – Michael Shikashio CDBC
  • Dr Ian Dunbars SIRIUS Dog Trainer Academy – All 4 days
  • Dr Ian Dunbar online –  Simple solutions for common dog behaviour and training problems 
  • Animal Centred Education (ACE): Understanding dogs needs and how to do Freework with Sarah Fisher
  • Amy Cook Webinar – Play Way! For reactivity and aggression challenges
  • KC Conformation and Movement Certificate
  • KC Conformation and Movement Hands on Assessment Certificate
  • KC Requirements of a Dog Show Judge Certificate
  • NEWS Breed Specific Seminar Weimaraner Certificate
  • Pointing Breeds Training Day Certificate
  • Mullenscote HPR Live Training Day
  • Numerous Gundog individual days/courses
  • Numerous Dog Training individual days/courses
  • Numerous Canine Behavioural courses
  • The International House of Reiki Remembering Course
  • Gaia House 3 day silent retreat completed 2019
  • Craig Ogilvie – Interactive Play Workshop
  • Kachina Canine Wellness Course
  • Tony Robbins – Unleash the Power Within Live
Longhaired Weimaraner girls waiting on gundog placeboards
Longhaired Weimaraner puppy playing tug

and real world experiences such as:

  • Judging the Weimaraner breed at confirmation shows
  • Have handled dogs professionally on commercial filming and static shoots for major household brands
  • Have featured on Dream 107.7 Radio
  • Have titled all 4 of the dogs we have had in Trickwork (including two Champions)
  • Opened Essex’ 1st Kyra Sundance Training & Testing Centre
  • Have many, many years of clicker training experience
  • Have successfully competed in Gundog Working Tests, Agility Shows & Obedience Competitions (including the Discover Dogs KCGCS PB semi-finals) obtaining numerous places
  • Represented Weimaraners as a breed at the International Festival of Falconry
  • Successfully shown our dogs to Championship level including at CRUFTS, obtaining breed class and BASC placements at CRUFTS
  • Have taken part in various Working Trial days
  • Have completed Blood Tracking days with both Puppies and Adult dogs
  • Have successfully worked our dogs to the gun and in GWT’s
  • Have hosted ‘The International House of Reiki’ UK events
  • Have bred dogs ourselves
  • Have taken part in International Dog Events
  • Have also trained with many well known competitive trainers in their individual fields
  • Breeder of Longhaired Weimaraners that both show and work successfully in various disciplines (field, agility, obedience).

I am happy for you to ask questions regarding qualifications and experience at any time, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need more information.