Taking the lead
Buckhurst Hill and Epping in West Essex
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My name is Nik O'Flynn and I am a qualified instructor with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers.
I have always loved dogs and always had one - usually a retired greyhound. These usually required a lot of training in the recall department and socialisation around other dogs to learn that not everything furry is a hare!
However it was not until I had my first "problem dog" that I looked further into dog behaviour and everything that makes them tick.
I first took a Level 2 qualification in Dog Care and Management before progressing to a Level 3 in Dog Behaviour with the IMDT and my instructor qualification.
I have since undertaken Level 4 in Common Dog Behaviour Problems wit the CIDBT.
I am keen to open my mind to all that the dog world has to offer and I am constantly attending seminars from leading dog behaviourists and trainers to see what nuggets I can glean such as Sarah Whitehead, Craig Ogilvy, Chirag Patel, Nando Brown, Jo-Rosie Haffenden. I have also assisted at dog classes at Writtle College in Chelmsford and am part of the Nosey Barker dog training team in Harlow.
Using all that knowledge I have been concentrating on one-to-one sessions with clients. And now I have branched out into running my own classes.
I like to keep my training fun for both the dog and the owner. I also like to assess dogs - and their owners - to see what makes them tick. This way I can adapt a training programme to suit a dog in a way that I know the owner is going to follow and enjoy training.
As a member of the IMDT I will not use "harsh" training methods as these can do more harm than good in the long run.
And the name Taking The Lead? It is a clue to my previous profession - where a pun always went down well...
Please feel free to contact me either by phone, text or email and let's see what I can do for you and your dog!