Clinical Animal Behaviourist & Animal Training Instructor
Natures Companions Introduction
Gemma is owner & head clinical animal behaviourist & trainer for Natures Companions. Gemma has been working with dog behaviour & training since 2008, she has worked clinically with dog behaviour since 2011 and has run classes since 2012.
She has a BSc Hons in Animal Behaviour & Welfare from the University of Chester and an National Diploma in Animal Care and management from the Grimsby Institute. Gemma is a professionally assessed full member of the Associations of Pet behaviour Councillors (APBC) and is listed with them on the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) register as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist . Gemma is also an assessed full member of the Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT) and is listed with them on the ABTC register as an Animal Training Instructor. Gemma has a level 3 award in canine emergency first aid and has completed the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service course and as a Pet Bereavement Advisor.
Gemma is also a member of the Pet Professional Network and is an approved instructor via The Dog Training College. She is also a level 1 Dognostics Scent Games instructor.
Gemma's methods are safe, practical, kind, up to date, ethical and evidence based. Gemma also works on vet refferal from a variety of vets across the country and she has worked with many dog resuces in aiding rehabilitation of their rehomed dogs. She specialises in all dog behaviour cases including everything from general behaviour issues & annoyances all the way to extremem trauma & aggression based cases. Gemma works with families and their dogs holistically to ensure they recieve the best support and coaching to improve their companionship and wellbeing.
Gemma has vast history & experiance of working with animals since she was 16 in zoological settings to include Banham Zoo, Chester Zoo and Steve Irwins Australia Zoo. Gemma shares her life with her two sons Kobi & Neo and her dogs Drake (Labrador) & Milo (Cockerspaniel cross).