Helen has worked as an independent trainer for 20 years helping many people develop their relationships and bonds, which has led her to become the youngest person ever to achieve the prestigious double Kennel Club Accredited Instructor for companion dogs and assistance dogs and has also been appointed as the youngest ever board member for the scheme. Helen is also kennel club good citizen dog scheme Gold level examiner, she has also passed her Association of Pet dog Trainers assessment and is now a full member of the scheme.
Helen has studied a rehabilitation and therapy degree and is a fully qualified hydrotherapist. Helen believes that physical rehabilitation is an important process in having a healthy dog. Helen spent 6 years as an instructor at dogs for good, helping people with disabilities working closely with a dog provided by the charity to help them gain more independence. She now provides dogs for private clients to help do the same job.
Helen's aims are to help animals achieve both physical and emotional balance whilst ensuring that their welfare is of top priority. With a little more help more animals and their families can live in harmony, sometimes this may involve rehabilitation and behaviour modification, but essentially time and patience is key.
Helen also believes that keeping up her own skills is really important in being a good instructor. She owns 5 pet dogs, 2 horses and 2 goats. Helen competes regularly in various disciplines. Her eldest dog Shadow is a Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold level and also is her demo dog for assistance dog work. Leo is a Grade 2 in agility and has weekly lessons to keep up his training. Sky is a working gundog and at present is a beating dog on shoots, she has just started competing in Scurry's, she is also a Kennel Club Good Citizen Silver Level. Jack is Helens youngest Labrador, he is sky’s son and he is also going to be a gundog, but he will be a peg dog during shoot season, he loves to swim and carry game, he is currently at Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze level. Lastly there is Riley, he is a rescue with very little confidence, he has dabbled in agility but his main interests are going on walks and enjoying the company of other dogs.
KCAI CD, AD, CAP 2, IABTC C&T 3, APDT
Helen Harper MAPDT 01446