Our team have a wealth of experience drawn from many areas, making Bark & Birch capable of helping with any issues your dog may have
Jack Johnson is a senior leadership executive with diverse skills in new business development and operational leadership. With his drive and vision focused on ambitious strategies to deliver long-term growth, he is as happy out in the field, leading by example, as he is in the Boardroom creating robust operational controls.
Gregarious, active and the proud owner of Duke, a large ridgeback, Jack is dedicated to developing and strengthening the company and, through that, the lives of those it supports.
HR manager Paul Jelley spends his time sourcing and hiring the best talent within our ever-growing company. His excellent people skills as well as his strong desire to make every employee feel valued is what drives him at Bark & Birch.
Originally from Manchester, Paul now resides in Barcelona and is passionate about animal welfare. His rescued Italian Greyhound Cupid is a testament to that!
Lucy is an experienced NCTJ trained Journalist, Content Creator, Social Media and PR Manager, who has spent much of her career in National magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Women's Health. Lucy is also an experienced Broadcast and Public Relations Manager and a regular commentator on BBC Radio across the UK.
Lucy runs our social media campaigns and creates our canine content and is the Head of PR, making sure that the stories and messages of Bark & Birch get out into the mainstream media ... if she’s not posting about our beautiful Bark & Birch dogs, she can be found with her two rescue dogs Bonnie and Clive in Sunny Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Andres is dedicated to ensuring that the Customer Experience Team provides attention to detail, quick and efficient service and genuine care for our clients and their beloved dogs. His vast experience with the Customer Journey also contributes to guaranteeing an exceptional experience for our clients.
Originally from Ecuador and having spent years in the United States, he now resides in São Paulo, Brazil and is passionate about his pug and best companion, Valentino.
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Luis Ivan Rios
- HMP Pro Active Dog Drug Detection
- HMP Passive Dog Drug Protection
- PYRO Dog Detection
- HMP pro Active Dog Hooch Detection
- HMP Animal & Behavioural Training
- MDT & DST Search
John started with a 14-year career in the Her Majesty's Prison Service (H.M.P.S.) as a dog handler and officer. His duties ranged from carrying out lead searches nationwide to rehoming dogs to loving families.
After completing his service, John moved into global support services. He became the security dog officer at Bentley Motors Limited and accompanied several Bentley's high-profile clients at major sporting events.
More recently, he has been responsible for handling two explosive search dogs. The work has been centred around the Canary Wharf and London Tower. He balances this with his regular training sessions with both the South Yorkshire and Surrey Police.
Many of his clients praise his natural touch with all types of breeds in often challenging environments.
John likes to spend his free time with his two sons, often attending local rugby league games together.
In his free time John likes to spend time with his two sons, often attending local Rugby League games together. John lives in his family home in Merseyside.
- APDT approved dog trainer
- British Army B1 dog trainer
- Level 2 canine first aid
Location: West Yorkshire
As one of our head trainers, Steven has over ten years of experience in training dogs.
He first worked with dogs in the British Army, where he learned to train and handle different dog breeds. During his time in the military, he established and managed kennels in active operational theatres.
Steve was at the forefront in setting up the arms and explosive detection search umbrella for Canary Wharf, Wembley, O2 arena, and Lords.
Since leaving the service, he has trained and rehabilitated dogs in a civilian environment.
Steve is also an avid guitar player and a fitness instructor.
- BIPDT Obedience Instructor
- Canine Behavior Diploma
Beatrice is an energetic and passionate dog trainer and behaviourist with over six years of experience. She helps dog owners understand their dogs' behaviours so they can better train them. As a self-employed dog training professional, she has gained valuable knowledge in Obedience and Canine Behaviour with dogs of all breeds and sizes and training needs. Her expertise covers everything from puppy basics to behavioural rehabilitation.
With an affinity for larger dogs, Bea has trained five of her own; two Deerhound crosses, a Caucasian Ovcharka, a Dutch Shepherd cross, and a husky cross. She has also rehabilitated and rehomed two rescues, a Belgian Malinois and a Dog De Bordeaux cross.
Beatrice enjoys spending time with her family, long hikes, rock climbing, bouldering, and weight lifting/fitness training in her spare time.
Sarah always had a real passion for animals, especially dogs, both as pets and working dogs. She spent a year volunteering at a Personal Protection dog training firm, where she was responsible for the training and exercise of high drive dog breeds.
She went on to join the Royal Air Force as a Military Police Officer and specialized in Military Working Dogs. There she served for seven years in different countries as a security dog handler protecting critical assets.
Since leaving the service, Sarah has completed training as a dog groomer. She has a keen interest in dog training and canine behaviour.
Location: Western Wiltshire
Raised in a farming family in the Wiltshire countryside, Nicky is a passionate animal lover. She is skilled at both horse riding and training her working dogs.
It was on the farm that she developed her love for dogs. Her family owned several dogs of different breeds and sizes. Over the years, she turned her passion into a profession.
She specializes in puppy training, basic and advanced level obedience training, and dog socialization. Nicola offers home boarding services for those dog owners who may need to leave their dogs for work or travel. She is a fully-fledged professional dog groomer.
Elly is a reasonably new dog trainer. She has an Extended Diploma in Animal Management (with distinction) and a degree in Zoology. She has a love of hands-on, care-for animals and has experience training her two dogs. Elly has done some work for the Royal Veterinary College on dog and puppy training.
She has volunteered for the R.S.P.C.A. and is keen to promote good animal care.
Elly can be found with her two dogs, reading, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with her friends and family in her spare time.
For most of his life, Jon has been a dog owner and has trained various dogs in his professional career, including canines for the military and law enforcement.
Jon is now retired from H.M. Forces and the Police Force, where he worked with numerous dogs from explosion detection in Kabul to drug and cash detection in the Thames Valley area. He has experience in handling both large and small dogs in any situation.
Jon has worked with members of the Royal Family and their dogs on the Royal Estate Windsor.
He is a passionate and committed dog trainer who believes that a well-disciplined dog results in a lifelong dog and owner friendship.
Jon enjoys training Gun Dogs used in hunting and field trial competitions in his spare time.
- Degree in Animal Behaviour
- Certificate in Canine First Aid
- Certificate in Canine Behaviour
- Qualified dog groomer
Jo started training dogs at a young age, working with her chihuahuas and other family dogs. She decided to pursue a career working with dogs and acquired a degree in Animal Behaviour.
Jo has also trained as a professional dog groomer working on dogs with different behaviour problems. Her favourite and most fulfilling duty was working one-on-one with anxious and aggressive dogs over time to improve their behaviour within a grooming environment.
Her training methods vary based on the behaviour and personality of the dogs she is working with. She uses a combination of techniques such as verbal commands, clicker training, and body/hand signals.
In her spare time, Jo loves to further her knowledge on dog training by researching and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs.
Megan has over ten years of experience working with animal rescue groups such as the R.S.P.C.A. She has also worked for several veterinary surgeries such as Vets4Pets. She has dealt with issues ranging from socializing puppies to handling dogs with nervous tendencies. Megan is certified and able to perform pet first aid when necessary.
Her work with rescues has given Megan the skills to work with dogs from various backgrounds, including foreign rescue dogs from countries such as Romania, Spain, and Portugal, where there are prominent stray dog issues. She has successfully been able to aid with their rescue and rehabilitation to the United Kingdom. She was to rehome these dogs to loving families.
Having studied Animal Management and Behaviour, Megan's primary focus has been helping dogs suffering from anxiety and aggression.
She has worked with dogs with sensory impairments, disabilities, and medical needs such as diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart disease. Despite their conditions, she was able to train and socialize them successfully.
In her free time, Megan enjoys taking hikes and spending time with her three rescue dogs. She also volunteers at local dog rescue centres.
Shelley has over 22 years of Professional Dog Experience in various disciplines, from breeding Giant Schnauzer show dogs since 2000 to running a successful grooming parlour in her home county of Essex.
Shelley attributes much of her knowledge to her time spent in her whelping kennel with her dog and eleven puppies. During this time, she learned how a mother and her newborns would interact as they began to walk, play and discover new boundaries together.
Shelley's ability to successfully train and rehabilitate a wide range of breeds with varying behavioural traits has meant her services have always been in high demand, from basic obedience to anxious or reactive behaviours.
Kim has been training foster dogs of all breeds, focusing mainly on obedience training for the past ten years. Her time spent volunteering to rehome foster cases has allowed her to become equally adept at helping dogs overcome anxiety.
Kim's ability to quickly establish trust has been invaluable in helping train dogs for clients. In particular, Kim enjoys dog agility training and using mental stimulation to develop a well-balanced dog.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys socialising with friends and getting lost in the latest Manga publication. She lives in East London with her four Shih Tzus, a Husky mix and a Dobermann x German Shepard
Liss has over nine years of experience as an Army dog trainer. Her military career took her worldwide, including serving as a Protection dog handler in Afghanistan. While posted to the Defence Animal Training Regiment, she spent five years training Police and Search dogs for the Royal Air Force and Ministry of Defence Police and providing specialist training courses to serving personnel.
She is currently undertaking a Canine nutrition course and an Emergency Canine first aid course. She is very passionate about dogs and their welfare.
Liss finds much pleasure in seeing happy dog owners and their canine companions.
Location: South Ayrshire
Scott has been around dogs nearly his entire life. As a kid, he worked with his parents in their kennels, helping to care for in-board dogs and raising the puppies that his family bred. Over time he became involved with show dog handling and obedience training. This led him to train for and obtain a gold good citizens award. On top of this, he trained dogs in agility and flyball for minor competitions and provided gundog training for field trials.
Scott has trained dogs in agility and flyball, and trained gundogs for field trials.
Kirsty has recently joined Bark and Birch. She has previous experience with larger breeds, a passion for all animal welfare, and a background in horse training from a young age.
Kirsty's passion is for dogs and owners to live sustainable and happy life together.
In Kirsty's spare time, she is a proud owner to Blu her Rottweiler, taking hikes and weight lifting also holds her 1st dan in ju-jitsu.
Fran is a passionate dog trainer with a calm, nurturing, and confident attitude. She has always loved dogs from a young age and is very keen to share her knowledge and experience on dog training methods and techniques. She strives to help dogs and their owners live happier lives together.
Fran has completed numerous dog training and behavioural courses to ensure she provides the best training to all dogs under her care.
In her spare time, she loves going on beach walks with her two Labradors. She also dabbles in painting and photography.
Hayley has owned and trained different dog breeds from a young age. She started professionally training and working on detection dogs four years ago. Her passion for working dogs came from seeing the detection dogs at Dover Ferry port as a child.
Hayley has travelled around the U.K., conducting dog training seminars at different venues and stadiums. Hayley is a member of the National Association of Specialist Dog Users and certified as a Level 2 General Purpose Security Dog Handler and a Level 3 Detection Dog Handler. She is also trained in K9 first aid, which she renews yearly.
Hayley's dogs vary between Rottweilers, Spaniels, Labradors, and Pomeranians.
When she is not training dogs, she enjoys going to the gym, taking long walks, and hiking.
Erik studied to be a Web-Programmer but quickly realized his true passion lay in dog training. After graduation, he decided to pursue a career in dog training. There he gained invaluable experience in training service dogs, detection dogs, family protection, and prison service dogs.
Erik grew up having dogs as part of the family and loves working with German Shepherd, Rottweiler, and Spaniel dog breeds as he is most familiar with them.
He trained his dogs in tracking, obedience, and bite work.
Michael is a qualified dog trainer and dog behaviourist. He has over eighteen years of experience in obedience training, behaviour, puppy development, rescue dog training, and dog nutrition, working with various organizations in Australia. His goal is to teach dog owners everything from basic obedience training to proper dog nutrition.
He uses positive reinforcement in his training sessions to make it a pleasurable experience for both the dogs and owners. Michael is a dedicated trainer who works tirelessly to train dogs to fit seamlessly into the family.
He started out working as a firefighter at eighteen. He left firefighting to spend eight years serving under the 38th Irish Brigade as an explosives search handler in hostile environments. He was then posted as Kennel manager in charge of military working dogs and their handlers in Northern Ireland.
Kyle also did over ten years of experience working as a dog handler for the military and high-profile members of the Dubai Royal family. He has worked with drug detection dogs in some of the most prestigious nightclubs in the province.
Kyle trained with the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray and is a qualified dog handler. He has a genuine love and passion for dog training, from training family pets to training specialized military working dogs. On top of all this, he also trains protection dogs for high-profile clients like the Dubai Royal Family.
Kyle is also part of K9 Search and Rescue, specializing in searching for missing persons. Kyle has trained a beautiful Black Lab called Delta for live victim recovery and a very bouncy Springer Spaniel called Charlie for cadaver work.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Anthony began his career with the United States of America Air Force in 2012 as a Law Enforcement Officer. He transitioned to Military Working Dog Handler and Trainer specializing in Explosive Detection and advanced obedience. After serving for nine years and completing two overseas tours, he retired from active duty service and began training service dogs for disabled veterans.
He is registered with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the American Kennel Club as a C.G.C. Evaluator and Doberman Pinscher Specialist.
Anthony currently assists multiple non-profits providing service dog training to disabled veterans and is ranked among the nation's top twenty-five service dog trainers.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Manny is a retired Deputy Sheriff And Army Veteran Specialist with a deep knowledge of dog behaviour work, basic, intermediate, and advanced obedience work, home protection, Police K9, Handler, and decoy instruction.
Manny obtained his certification at the Balu Dog Training Center in Fontana under the instruction of Jean Claude Balu. Mr. Balu was one of the pioneers of French Ring and Schutzhund Sport in Southern California in the early 1970's. Manny learned dog training basics, dog psychology, behaviour, diet, mannerism, and how to engage the dogs' ability to grow in all aspects of training.
Manny was also a member of the California Rural Crime Task Force and helped protect many animals by working with the Humane Society and the District Attorney's Office of San Bernardino County.
During his ten years in the U.S. Army that Manny truly fell in love with training dogs. As a young boy, he taught his German Shepherd tricks and a few basic commands. He does his best to rehome rescue dogs to loving families.
Jennifer has been training dogs since 1998. She has many years of experience training dogs and working dogs in detection, search, rescue, service dogs for the disabled.
Jennifer was a working dog handler for live finds, human remains, explosive detection, and narcotics detection.
She has been a certified dog trainer for the C.C.P.D.T. since 2013.
Location: San Diego, California
My name is Brittany, and I'm so excited to get to know you and your dog here with Bark & Birch.
My passion for dogs started at a very young age. I have lifetime experience with American Pitbull Terriers, but have had the opportunity to work with all types of breeds.
My handling experiences range from the basic family dog to service dog, and even dog show conformation training. I can't wait to see what you, me and your dog are able to achieve, and for you to experience a new type of relationship with your pet. I am always open to questions and concerns. Let's get this journey started!
Location: Los Angeles
Kristi has accumulated many years of experience in his 20 years of dog training. She has many years of experience in obedience training (on & off-leash), protection, trick, and therapy.
In addition, she is a certified C.G.C. trainer/evaluator for the A.K.C. She has prepared dogs for commercials, helped prepare dogs for Animal Planet's Funniest Moments and Miss Canine America, and worked with many high-profile and celebrity clients, to name a few things in her long career.
She takes pride in improving relationships between dogs and their owners.
Location: Williston, Florida
With ten years under his belt, Samuel started his training with basic obedience, then rally competition, group classes, and eventually medical Service Dogs.
He is a qualified A.K.C. certified evaluator and so can conduct C.G.C. (Canine Good Citizen) testing.
Location: San Francisco, California
Rich was a K9 Handler with Nevada County Sheriffs Search and Rescue and California Rescue Dog Association (C.A.R.D.A.) since 2011, and with El Dorado County Sheriffs Search and Rescue for the previous two years. With these entities, he trained and deployed dogs in search efforts for missing and deceased individuals in suburban and backcountry terrains throughout the state of California.
He also served as Mentor and Primary Evaluator for C.A.R.D.A. and K9 Team Lead for El Dorado County S.A.R.
- Led training team in the delivery of service dogs, resulting in a beneficial match for both the individual and dog.
- Country-wide transportation of medical service dogs.
- Worked with Veterinarian staff to assist with any medical conditions.
- Taught service dog law, American Disabilities Act, HUD law, airline regulation
- (TSA), medical procedures, public access rights.
- Canine Good Citizen and public access testing
AKC – American Kennel Club,
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
valuator #101642, Certified 1/2021
- Alpha Umi Leadership 5G
Power Skills Essential Skills,
- ABC Training, Operant
- Medical Service Dogs
Obedience Training Guardian
Angels Medical Service Dogs
- Medical Service Dogs Pioneering
Training, Guardian Angels Medical
Sunny is another experienced dog trainer with over 13 years of behavioural modification experience and work with a variety of animal species.
She is certified with the American Kennel Club (A.K.C.)and can certify any dog for the Good Canine Citizen (C.G.C.) certification.
She is also skilled at quickly implementing response strategies for complex behavioural problems and troubleshooting techniques. She is a master of basic obedience to modifying aggressive behaviours. And she has specialized skills in medical service dog training for specific needs to help recipients mitigate a healthy lifestyle.
Sunny is great at tailoring different techniques to personalize each plan by helping both pets and their owners to understand each other.
Jay started training dogs after purchasing his first dog at the age of 9. The dog was an English pointer named Jake. From this early age, Jays love for dogs and training began. His passion for training has only grown stronger with time.
He has vast knowledge and experience with many different breeds over the past 36 years of training Gun Dog breeds. Jay has competed in retriever tests, horseback field trials, and walking trials.
He is currently bringing up the next generation of dog trainers.
His oldest son of 13, under Jay's guidance, is becoming an accomplished trainer. His son has trained and passed his first dog in a retriever hunt test.
Jay has experience with herding breeds.
He has a wife of 23 years and six kids. Jay enjoys spending time with his family on the farm. He also loves passing down the love of dog training to his children.
Jenny has been working with dogs for over ten years. She started with training her dogs in 4-H obedience and showmanship. From there, Jenny competed with her dogs in various sports such as dock diving, agility, obedience, and rally.
While competing with her dogs is her passion, she loves working with other dogs and their owners to understand each other better and enjoy living together. Jenny has successfully placed over 50 service dog teams- many of the dogs coming from shelters. She also has many dog and handler teams competing in various sports like agility and rally.
From basic to advanced obedience, Jenny understands that each dog is different, and so she uses customised methods to best help each dog develop itself.
Jenny also enjoys working with reactive dogs.
Nat has worked in the companion animal industry with dogs for the last 8 years, as everything from kennel tech to a dog walker, pet sitter to adoptions counsellor and is currently a CPDT certified professional dog trainer.
As a certified dog trainer, Nat has held positions at shelters such as New Rochelle Humane Society and North Shore Animal League working with shelter dogs, the volunteer and their owners to create a better more efficient way of communication and relationship building in order to help remedy any concerning behaviour issues as well as create a strong rock-solid obedience foundation.
Nat has also held training positions at Petco, Far Fetched Acres and Northwind Kennels working closely with privately-owned dogs to help their owners better understand their 4 legged furry family members, in order to have a more peaceful rewarding life with them.
Working everything from fear and anxiety based reactivity to obedience, he is ready to help you and your dog through any troubling issues.
Luis Ivan Rios
Ivan began working with dogs in 2009 at his local training center before studying Canine Behaviour at U.C.O.N.N. and the Animal Behaviour College. After completing his certifications, he operated his kennel and training center in Massachusetts. He conducted private & group classes, board and trains, and behavioural assessments for local non-profit rescues.
Location: West Sussex
Ashley's passion for dog training started 11 years
ago when she started puppy training with her
German shepherd cross Husky. After realising
her love training her dog, she continued into
Advanced obedience training and trick training
with her. Since then Ashley has rescued two
Lurchers, who she also loves to train.
For the last 7 years Ashley has been working in
the Assistance dog field and has been an
advanced dog trainer at the assistance dog
charity for 4 years. Through this line of work
Ashley has gained a great deal of experience in
training dogs to very high standards in obedience
and performing tasks. She also is experienced in
working with reactive dogs, anxious dogs and
Ashley sees dogs for their individuality and will
always work to their individual strengths.
Will has grown up on a farm surrounded by working dogs, helping breed, train and car for them from a young age. He is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about all dogs. Since then he has been studying canine science and dog training. He has a German Shepherd which he has trained. Will is excited for every challenge ahead.
Location: South Yorkshire
Katie has recently become a part of the Bark & Birch family and is super excited to start spreading her love and passion for dogs with all those around her.
Dogs have been a central part of Katie’s life since a young age and she is a lover of all breeds, regardless of age, shape and size. She very much enjoys a challenge and feels that success comes from nurturing the individual, which is why she is devoted to tailoring her training to do exactly that!
In her spare time Katie loves to climb rocks and explore the wonderful Peak District with her own two canine companions; cocker spaniel, Odin and mastiff/whippet rescue, Aida.
Location: New York
Adam is a professional dog trainer in New York City. He began his career as an intern for Eagle Valley Search and Rescue and has been a private obedience trainer since 2014. As a private trainer, he specializes in basic obedience as well as aggressive behaviour and protection training. He believes that the essential piece of training is building solid relationships between owners and their dogs.
Location: New York
Mike has worked as a professional dog trainer in the canine industry for over ten years. He has a canine background as he began as an animal control officer, which led him to work as a canine handler in law enforcement. In addition to that, he worked for Invisible Fence, training dogs in customers' homes and private breeders, raising and training family-ready pups in crate training, housebreaking, and basic obedience.
Joe started his career in the military at the age of 17. After serving for over five years, including a tour of Afghanistan, he decided his passion was working with dogs, and he worked with the Army Reserves as a dog handler. Here he learned to train and manage protection dogs.
After leaving the military, Joe became a NASDU certified dog handler in protection, explosive detection, and proactive drug detection. He worked across the country at many famous venues alongside the police and for foreign royal families. During this time, Joe was the owner, trainer, and handler for his three working dogs.
He has a Border Collie called Buddy. Joe likes to play hockey in his spare time and spend time outdoors with his two young sons.
Dani is a passionate dog lover with over 12 years of experience in obedience training and behaviour modification. Starting as a puppy and pet industry instructor, Dani spent 6 years living and working at a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Wales, focusing on dog-to-dog and dog-human aggression. Here, she worked closely with working breeds such as Malamutes and Sheepdogs on-site, even trying her hand at sheepdog training!
A Level 3 Certified in Dog Trainer, Dani has extensive knowledge and experience with a large variety of breeds and traits. This has come from both her time working at Bark & Birch daycare and owning a large number of dogs herself, including Malamutes, Shiba Inus, Shepherds, and Lurchers.
Having worked closely in the rehoming sector, Dani’s passion for animal welfare is paramount. Dani believes that the route to better a dog’s life is by providing enough mental, emotional and physical stimulation.
In her spare time, Dani loves to be active in the surroundings of her Kent home. Here she has even taken up the team-sport of bikejoring, where one dog or a team of dogs runs in front of a bike, pulling. Dog bikejoring has its origin from mushing, where dogs pull the musher on a sled.
Location: San Francisco
Riley is one of our trainers located in Northern California. She has experience with training obedience, reactivity cases, and personal protection dogs. Riley has found a true passion for training and finds fulfillment in bonding, positive reinforcement, and creating partnerships between owners and their dogs. Riley prides herself in hard work and dedication by training each dog to its individual needs.
Her long-term goal is to train protection dogs in hopes of one day expanding to a full-time personal protection trainer.
Riley's home life consists of her two children, her fiancé, and her two fur babies. Her puppy Dally is even trained in German! In Riley's free time, she enjoys taking her dog on nature hikes, riding horses, and spending time with her family. She's eager to spend time, bond, and train with your fur baby as they make themselves comfortable in their temporary home!
Throughout his lifetime, Ronnie has had many experiences with training dogs, particularly challenging dogs with attitude problems. He has strong beliefs that each dog should be trained to have good manners to ensure that they can take part in family life.
He has learned to work with puppies, dogs who have had a poor start to life, and dogs who need to adapt and learn new skills through illness or age. Ronnie also has various years of experience in training dogs for flyball, agility, and obedience trials.
Susanna is very passionate about dog training and provides a fun and enjoyable environment for all dogs. Susanna had two dogs of her own but sadly is now left with only one. Joy was previously in for boarding but unfortunately became abandoned. However, Susanna kept her on as her fantastic dog. Sadly, she has passed away recently. Susanna's now only resident dog, Poppy, is a playful and loving staff who makes friends with dogs of all ages and breeds. Susanna has worked in kennels, vets, and an animal boarding centre. She is always looking for ways to enrich the dogs and for fun, new things for them to learn.
- Certificate in Dog Behaviour
- Certificate in Dog Training
- Certificate in Canine First Aid
Becky has always had a passion for animals from a young age and enjoys seeing a dog's personality shine through training at any level.
Becky has experience working with the UK's leading animal rescue charity, helping rehome and rehabilitate dogs in need of all backgrounds.
Becky has two rescue dogs, a Pomeranian cross called Sansa (6) and a Chihuahua cross called Ramsey (2). She enjoys keeping them fit and healthy through regular walks, obedience training, and trick training.
Kat has 8 years' experience within the canine training sector, having found this passion after training her first personal dogs, Pixie and Ember. Kat has always had a passion for all things canine and found early on that there is no better reward than to help a dog learn and thrive through training. She believes every dog is unique and should be treated as such, especially when it comes to training, and that it's essential always to be respectful of a dog's boundaries and lay down your own. Establishing this bond of trust and respect is what Kat believes is the key to success and will make her the best trainer she can be.
Kat has been licensed and registered as a therapy dog handler for three years with her black Labrador Pixie. Achieving this certification was hugely significant. It meant she could work alongside her dog to help others, bringing benefits to general well-being, mental health, and learning in educational settings. This also gave a personal advantage for Kat to further develop her dog handling and training skills in a different context.
In her downtime, Kat enjoys playing rugby, which she first picked up at university. This has had a positive side effect of improved communication and teamwork skills, reaction time, and physical fitness. Being part of a rugby team gave her something outside of studies that benefited her overall health and well-being and the enjoyment of becoming part of something much larger than herself, much like the Bark and Birch team.
Claire grew up on her family farm in Kent and still lives there. She has spent her whole life taking care of various animals, from horses and sheep to budgies which have made her passionate about animal care. Her love of dog training started with her own two dogs and has grown rapidly since. She has over five years of professional experience working with dogs and couldn't think of a better job. Claire has helped owners with their young pups, golden oldies, and everything in between. She believes there's nothing more rewarding than seeing the bond owners build with their dogs through positive training.
In her spare time, Claire enjoys horse riding, tap dancing and is also a fitness instructor.
Fionn is 27 years old and has always been hugely passionate about dogs. He has never been without dogs in his family and has always been involved with looking after and training his pets from a young age. For as long as he can remember, his goal has been to work and train dogs for a living, and before joining the Bark & Birch team, he had his own boarding kennel and has worked with a variety of dogs.
His favourite breeds to train are larger breeds such as German Shepherds and Rottweilers. Furthermore, Fionn specialises in fixing behavioural issues such as training dogs to become more responsive to their owners. Agility training is also something Fionn is very comfortable and confident in doing.
He would like to progress as far as possible in this field and become a respected and experienced trainer.
Caroline is a 121 Dog Trainer at Bark & Birch. Caroline has 20 years of experience working with rescue dogs and is passionate about educating and training owners to train their dogs. She believes that small changes can make a massive difference to an owner and a dog's life together.
Outside of Bark & Birch, Caroline is a mum to two daughters and four-year-old Jet, a spaniel cross. Caroline enjoys the outdoors and taking long walks with the ever energetic Jet! Caroline has taken on the Three Peaks and a Half Marathon, completing both. Caroline's next challenge is the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and walking Hadrian's wall.
- Certified Force Free Trainer / PPG - Pet Professionals Guild (2012)
- Licensed AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (2015)
- Licensed Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor (2015)
- Shelter Behavior Affiliate / IAABC (2017)
- ASPCA Behavior Responder (2018)
Location: Houston, TX
For more than 17 years, Mallory has been providing professional behavior support to dogs (and horses!) throughout the United States.
She has a keen passion for studying canine behavior and has made it her lifelong career to support the emotional development of all dogs and the people who love them. As a Shelter Behavior Affiliate designated by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and as a Behavior Responder for the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Division, she has helped to rehabilitate thousands of rescue dogs from widely varying backgrounds in multiple states.
Mallory also joined the Pets for Vets team, where she assessed, selected, matched, and trained 7 shelter dogs as support canines for their assigned veterans. As a former certified cimex K9 handler, Mallory guided bed bug detection teams throughout Central Texas. Prior to that, she trained and titled versatile hunting dogs in both AKC and NAVHDA hunt trials.
Mallory is a licensed AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Evaluator, as well as a Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor. She believes that having an over-sized tool bag full of all the right tools per each individual dog is the key to developing lifelong success stories.
Location: San Jose, CA
Titus is a third generation dog trainer, following the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Titus has been training dogs his whole life and has experience working with dogs of all varieties, including but not limited to, service dogs, protection dogs, and everyday pet dogs that just need to learn some manners. He has worked with dogs of all breeds and temperaments, specializing in dogs that have been deemed dangerous or aggressive, as well as dogs that have severe separation anxiety and nervous tendencies. As a dog trainer, Titus prides himself on providing owners and their dogs a better relationship no matter the issues they are facing, and works diligently to meet the goals that owners set for their dogs.
Location: Wrexham County Borough
Bradley is a hard-working, enthusiastic team worker who thrives under pressure. Organised, committed, and willing to learn. Loyal and ambitious, trustworthy, and also extensive experience in handling difficult situations.
Bradley started at a young age in the air training corps for four years, with some of his significant achievements being the duke of Edinburgh awards bronze and silver. He then went on to join the territorial army as a rifleman for two years. Bradley has owned and trained various breeds of dogs from a young age.
Bradley started training professionally with security working dogs in 2011 and working with his dogs on various sites such as Wimbledon tennis championships and the 2012 Olympics; he is a member of the national association of specialist dog users and certified level 2 general-purpose security dog handler.
Bradley spent seven years in the metropolitan police service in various roles, from response to safer neighborhoods, plainclothes, and traffic teams. Bradley left the police force to follow his dreams and become a full-time dog trainer.
Bradley then spent the next six years training with and under 5k9 working dogs in slough, as a dog trainer and decoy/helper for pet dogs and personal protection and security trained dogs which has helped him in dealing with people aggressive dogs and nervous aggressive dogs. During Bradleys time here, he was involved in a global ring decoy seminar and training seminar and engaged in the set up of UKPA, which was going to be the uk’s 1st of the police Dutch KNPV program, and was training one of his previous dogs in this sport. Bradley worked with pet dogs and working dogs with various behavioural issues, from small pups to adult dogs of different breeds. Bradley then made dog equipment such as dog cages, dog position boxes, and flirt poles for playing and building a dog’s drive.
Bradleys dogs vary from a Dutch shepherd cross, German shepherd, Caucasian ovcharka, and his wife’s springer spaniel NASDU level 3 certified drugs dog.
Bradley has completed a K9 first aid course he renews every year, including his canine first aid pad and paw injuries. Bradley also holds an emergency first aid at work for people and is mental health first aider.
Bradley is currently studying under the British college of canine studies two courses, puppy care and dogs and children.
Finally, Bradley has attended training classes under the kennel club good citizenship scheme and achieved with previously owned dogs puppy/foundation award, bronze award, and silver award.
Location: Miami, FL
South Florida's Racheal Simpson was born in New York and has been a life-long animal lover and advocate. After settling in Fort Lauderdale, she started training dogs professionally in 1999 and has developed into a renowned Dog Trainer for the tri-county area.
She trains dogs of all levels in obedience, from basic to off-leash and from family protection to behavior problem-solving. She also enjoys Agility, Trick Training, Scent Discrimination, and Group Classes. She has spent years training across the country from Los Angeles, California, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to Boston, Massachusetts, working along with other top trainers and celebrities in the industry. During this time, she continued to train dogs at numerous rescue groups and dog training facilities and provide training for other new dog trainers at local dog training facilities.
She is well known in South Florida, especially for her work with all breeds, ages, and specialties in different skill levels. Her passion is to help owners have a healthy relationship with their dogs, filled with love and respect. She works alongside her two most adorable sidekicks - Zeus, her English Mastiff, and her Chihuahua Fifi.
Location: North Carolina
Diana’s professional journey with animal behavior and training began 29 years ago at the Seneca Park Zoo, training arctic foxes, sea lions, and orangutans. With her degrees in Conservation Biology and Psychology, she worked in a University of Rochester research laboratory teaching ferrets to make visual discriminations. Diana is a member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, Cat Fanciers Association, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and founding member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers, and Certified Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. For several years, Diana and her Belgian Sheepdog D’Artagnan worked with the Western New York Search and Rescue team. Her published works can be found in PupCulture Magazine, Low Country Dog, Pupalooza, and the Examiner. Always expanding her education, Diana attends training and behavior conferences as often as she can, both as a guest and speaker.
n her private life, Diana has cared for dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, turtles, snakes, chinchillas, ferrets, birds, lizards, prairie dogs, fish, horses, and a rather prickly hedgehog. She enjoys competing in dog shows and agility, and has raised and fostered many litters of kittens and puppies.
Above all else, Diana is committed to effective, force-free training. Empathy and kindness are not merely a side effect, it is essential to her methods. With her experience, both personal and professional, she teaches dogs and people alike how to communicate with each other.
Location: San Antonio
Ever since Katy can remember, animals have been part of her life. She has owned multiple dogs and cats, rabbits, mice, tree frogs, a goat, and a quarter horse. Training is in her blood; Katy developed her interest in training from a young age and started by helping her mom train all their family dogs and applying lessons learned from her father, who trained Doberman Pinschers for obedience and show. Her professional training began in 2016, and Kat has impacted more than 100 dogs each year. Her talents and skills can be used to train brand-new puppies to the elderly and everything in between. Katy has trained dogs that can be viewed as “people-pleasers” and ... let’s call them “stubborn” dogs, with all types of personalities in between.
Thomas has over 15 years experience in the canine industry and has trained and handled dogs all over Ireland and the UK.Thomas is incredibly invested in his career and is intensely passionate about canines and their correct overall welfare standards within society.
Thomas works with all cases and sizes from small breeds to very large breeds and all of Thomas methods are science based.
Location: San Diego
Matt, Aaron, and the team are wonderful with my rescue puppy and he loves going to daycare. He's become wonderfully socialised since going to Bark & Birch twice a week -- it's helped him with all facets of his confidence. He was terrified of everything when he first arrived from Bulgaria and now playing with other dogs is his absolute favourite thing! It's also incredibly convenient that he's picked up from home and dropped off in the evening so I can focus on work.
Elly was absolutely amazing with our puppy Poncho. We booked 5 one-on-one training sessions so that Poncho could learn key skills and the basics and she was brilliant. We would have been lost without her and she made the sessions really fun for all of us. Poncho loved her too. Thank you for a reliable, professional and fun service Elly!
Diego absolutely loves when the doggy taxi arrives in the morning to take him to the daycare. He has attended daycare with B&B for the past 3 months. We appreciate the daily videos and having a tired and happy spaniel coming home at the end if the day!! Thx team, we will definitely continue to use your services.
My 10 week old American Bully puppy was very bitey, lacked focus and needed some intense basic training. Bark & Birch looked after her from the offset, sent me videos and kept me fully updated on her progress. She returned after 2 weeks much calmer, much less nippey and responding well to basic commands. The handover was really useful and insightful. Absolutely brilliant service, highly recommend! Thank you Bark & Birch!!
I purchased a course of 8 obedience training sessions. Good value for money, trainer comes to you , 1 on 1. Our trainer Michaela is very good, as first time dog owners, we had many questions which Michaela happily answered them all, not only in our session but even on whats app for FREE! she also helped us to solve a few minor issues we had with our dog, some knowledge that wasn't in the dog training books or videos that i had read or watched.
I highly recommend Megan! She trained our dog in a 3-week, one-on-one Programme. She designed a training routine that aligned with my expectations and requirements. Megan was very responsive - I spoke to her on a daily basis, and she also shared plenty of pictures and videos on training sessions. I liked the fact that she only uses positive reinforcement to train dogs and makes sure to give them plenty of exercise and rest every day.
We have just finished out block of 5 training sessions with Bea, she was remarkable, giving us fantastic ideas to keep our German shepherd pup engaged during her training. Mica's recall is certainly a lot better, she walks perfectly on the lead. Our pup is always excited to see Bea, and knows she is going to have a fun training session . I've just booked for more sessions to perfect her recall
Bark & Birch has been great with our new cane corso. John has been very professional and responsive. I was updated daily with videos of the training progress. Definitely amazing in this sector! Looking forward to sending our dog away for protection training in the next couple of months.
Responsive and tailored service. Really understanding of mine and my dog's needs. On walks, my mini dachshund would bark uncontrollably at everyone in sight. Now he is very manageable on walks and will not bark if told so. I love how they send pictures of what my dog is up to whilst in their care :)
Eva & Bruno
The team at Bark & Birch gave me all the trust I needed to help me with my french bulldog Bruno. I was looking for an intensive training or rehabilitation Programme so he could feel comfortable around other dogs. They did a great job by taking care of him and showing me video updates. After all, I feel more relaxed when taking Bruno for a walk and teaching him being near dogs. I trust their service and I recommend you all to contact them.