Meet the team
Katie Smith (Fiddes)
Dog Trainer & Behaviourist.
I have worked with dogs for over 30 years after attending the very first courses available for behaviourists in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I gained a certificate in Advanced Canine Behaviour and attended the first-ever clicker training course in the UK.
I was fortunate enough to run puppy classes and take vet referrals from David Harveys’ vet practice in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon, in the early ’90s and was supported by the vast experience that Peter Neville, John Fisher, and Robin Walker had to offer when they initially set up COAPE.
My passion is Staffordshire Bull Terriers and have owned them for over 30 years and worked with rescue for 10 years. During my time with the breed, I have had the pleasure of qualifying a number of times for Crufts and also competed with them in obedience.
I love to work and support people to achieve the best they can and have taken this passion to qualify in Learning and Development and as a life coach.
Over the years I have developed to provide the best services for owners and their dogs to achieve what they want from their relationship together. I am a firm believer that fun and laughter are one of the best ways to achieve this and I am always looking for new ways for owners to enjoy themselves with their dogs.
For a number of years, I have worked closely with Angela Stockdale (The Dog Partnership) who has mentored me and developed my knowledge of understanding dogs and their emotions. We continue to work closely together and are able to provide all-around support to owners whose dogs have “aggressive” tendencies or extremely complex behaviour issues.
In 2015 I qualified at a First Aid Trainer and then developed this further, with Veterinary support, to write a canine workshop, which I delivered through Reflex First Aid Training.
I currently share my life with Eric the labradoodle and Rosie the Staffie.
A.DipCBM, AMT, APDT(UK)00815
Dog Trainer, Behaviourist & Caine Merishia Massage Therapist.
I hold qualifications in canine behaviour, training & I am also a canine massage therapist, I attend regular CPD days to keep up to date with new techniques as science is always evolving and changing.
I have been working professionally with dogs and guardians for 20 years and I use only kind methods that are force-free.
- Diploma in Canine Merishia Massage Therapy.
- An Advanced Diploma at Foundation degree level in Canine Behaviour Management.
- A certificate in Animal Physiotherapy level 3.
- Veterinary Support Assistant Diploma.
- A certificate in Behaviour Counselling.
- A certificate in Canine Nutrition.
- A member of the Association of Merishia Therapist.
- A member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Membership no: 00815
- Provisional member of APBC Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.
- Certificate for Covid 19: Disease Control for Pet Professionals.
I believe the best teachers are the dogs themselves, I love spending time just watching them communicate. I have been lucky to have worked with Angela Stockdale (The Dog Partnership) at many of her social groups for dogs and her work with aggression and very difficult dogs.
Through Angela, I met Katie Smith with my own dog Ace, this is where we discovered we both work well together and formed a partnership with Harmonious Dogs.
I have the pleasure of sharing my life with my husband Shane and 3 dogs, a Bichon Frise called Jacabee who is 10 years old, a Chihuahua cross Jack Russell called Paisley who is 4 years old, and a Labrador called Ace who is 2 years old.
Dog Trainer/Puppy Trainer
I am currently in my final year of studying a degree in Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation. Throughout the course I have gained a lot of knowledge in a wide range of areas, I am particularly looking forward to my next module which is behavioural management. During the course, I had the privilege of going to Costa Rica to stay at the Reserva Playa Tortuga where I had the opportunity to monitor their wildlife through observations and trail cameras, and capture, gather data and then release juvenile crocodiles.
I also have 3 years experience volunteering at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, where I worked with a variety of animals, gained knowledge and learnt a range of skills in observation, handling and care.
Katie took me under her wing 4 years ago and I have since been helping her with dog/puppy training classes, because of this I have gained huge amounts of knowledge in canine behaviour and training techniques. Through Katie, I met Angela Stockdale (The Dog Partnership) who has helped me further my knowledge in canine behaviour by allowing me to be present and observe during her sessions.
I share my life with Betty a Cavapoo and Daisy a Labrador, who have been benefitting from the knowledge and skills I have learnt throughout the years.
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