Hello, I’m Helen, founder of Wainwright’s Canine Academy. I am a fully qualified dog trainer accredited by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), the Dog Training College (DTC) and have also achieved an OCN level 3 in principles of dog training and behaviour. My journey with dogs has been one amazing whirlwind. I started out as a dog walker with my sidekick Arnold and here I am today fully qualified to share my knowledge and guide others in how to get the best out of their dog. As an IMDT/DTC member it is my pledge to keep fully up to date with my knowledge and never stop learning. My doggy brain doesn’t seem to have an off switch but I just cannot get enough. Dogs continue to fascinate me, we are extremely lucky to have the privilege of sharing our lives and homes with such magnificent creatures. My goal is to achieve my level 4 in canine behaviour which is currently ongoing through The DoGenius. Whilst the industry isn’t yet regulated, sadly there are many trainers out there using outdated forceful methods which have been and continue to be very damaging to dogs. I made it my mission to become qualified despite the fact that it’s not a requirement at this stage, because we owe it to dogs to get it right as they deserve so much better. I am a dog Mum to my boy Arnold, a golden retriever who is my absolute world. Many will say what a huge responsibility it is to have a dog and of course they are not wrong, but it is also a real honour to have a dog as part of the family. It takes a lot of time and commitment to show a dog how to live safely and happy in the human world and the least we can do is guide them with kindness, through positive training. Something I am extremely passionate about.
"We are totally responsible for the well-being of dogs. We are their lifeline and along with this power comes incredible responsibility, for this power is not a license to do whatever we like to suit ourselves. We must respect and love dogs for who they are, not for what we want them to be"