About your tutor -Alice Crick
It was her first dog ‘Toby’ that sparked Alice’s love and passion for dogs. As an older rescue dog, Toby proved to be ‘just a bit’ of a handful! It was then that Alice experienced first-hand, the behavioural difficulties that can be encountered in fully mature adult dogs due to lack of adequate socialisation, habituation and basic training as a young puppy. Working through these issues with Toby proved to be Alice’s inspiration for becoming a positive reinforcement-based dog trainer. Alice is passionate about what she does and firmly believes that reward-based learning not only helps build a lifelong relationship with dogs based on mutual trust, but it is an extremely effective way of teaching our animals.
Puppy School tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many have thriving careers in rescue shelters and some work as veterinary nurses, dog walkers, dog groomers, dog training professionals or behaviourists. What they all have in common is a passion for training puppies and a keen interest in animal welfare and behaviour.
Our Puppy School tutors and associate tutors must undergo extensive training before teaching Puppy School classes. This includes an application and interview process, six days of comprehensive theory covering a range of topics from animal learning to lesson plans (taught by founder and director, Gwen Bailey, APBC registered behaviourist), as well as three days of supervised practical work and a comprehensive correspondence course.
Tutors are carefully overseen by Regional Managers to make sure they are using all the skills necessary to become excellent, positive, reward-based puppy trainers. Puppy School Tutors uphold a Code of Conduct at all times and must complete a sufficient amount of Continued Professional Development each year.
Puppy School is delighted to have been recognised as a Practitioner Organisation for the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). The ABTC is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies. It is the only animal welfare charity that is primarily concerned with protecting the psychological welfare of animals undergoing training and behaviour activities.