Matt’s interest in dog training began many years ago with his own particularly awkward pet German Shepherd. He learnt his craft initially as a hobby which developed quickly into a dedicated career in dog training and behaviour. He developed his skills, knowledge and techniques with a passion for achieving what some would deem impossible with various breeds and associated behaviours.
With many positive testimonials and feedback from his peers in the Police force and other recognised authorities in the dog training sector, he created WKD Trained Dogs. Working hands on with the whole team on a daily basis, Matt continues to develop and oversee training while liaising with clients to provide them with the perfect trained companion.
A recent addition to our Welfare team, Sam is a confident and compassionate animal handler who looks after our new arrivals, settling them in and making sure they are well looked after. She has many years experience with her own dogs, horses and poultry which means she is well equipped to deal with everything!
With qualifications in Animal Care, Agriculture and Countryside Management, Megan is a great all round wealth of animal care knowledge. She puts this to great use looking after all the dogs here at WKD, liaising with vets, trainers and all other staff to ensure their needs are met.
We started working with Stig in July 2016, Stig is a qualified Assistance Dog Instructor, a qualified Guide Dog/Mobility Instructor and Rehabilitation worker and has more than 25 years of training, instruction, management and assessment experience. Before his Assistance Dogs-career he trained Patrol and search dogs in the Norwegian military and various breeds of dogs for hunting, in his country of birth Norway.
Adam joined us in 2016 following training with a leading doggy daycare provider in London. A talented and assured handler he is settling in well with us. Previous experience has given him skills in both dog agility and the compassion to develop confidence in the dogs in his care.
Aemillia has recently joined our team, however she is already an accomplished dog handler, having competed with her own dog at many shows including Crufts. She is now expanding those talents as our newest WKD Apprentice Trainer.
Kathy comes to WKD from a diverse background ranging from Facilities Management, Banking and Finance to Catering and Personal Care, she has been with us since 2015. Here at WKD Kathy looks after our busy office managing customer accounts, enquiries and queries. In addition to her clerical role Kathy has a menagerie of animals outside of work too, so has a wealth of experience in all aspects of their care.
Gemma joined WKD in December 2013 as it was always her ambition to work with dogs, especially since developing a passion for gun-dog training with her own pet Labradors. Gemma has progressed into a supervisory role, and ensures that WKD’s high standard of training in maintained and that each dog is at the necessary stage in their training regime.
Cassey joined the team in March 2013 after leaving school, initially as a kennel hand. She has progressed through the company into her current role as a dog trainer and is a very valued member of the team. Cassey loves a challenge and therefore excels in training both puppies and the dogs that are put on our residential training programme due to particular behavioural issues.
Bekki joined the team in February 2015 as a junior dog trainer, having previously worked in the training and welfare of Guide Dogs. With a degree in Animal Behaviour, Bekki is a very enthusiastic member of the team and shows real skill out on the field.
Laurie joined the team in May 2014 as a kennel hand. Since then Laurie has progressed and is now over seeing the selection and testing of the dogs. Laurie spends plenty of time with the dogs during the testing process to get to know them before they get offered or advertised. Whilst also overseeing the day to day running of our kennels.
Sian joined the team in March 2015 as WKD’s first apprentice, co-inciding her work here with a diploma in Animal Care. Sian had previous experience working in a kennel environment, and becoming a dog trainer is her dream career.
Gail is our helping hand here at WKD, tending to the many animals we have onsite including our horse, cats, rabbits, sheep and chickens. Gail also helps to keep the site maintained and enjoys taking the dogs for walks in between their training sessions.
Rod comes over to guide and instruct all of the dog trainers here at WKD as he is an absolute expert in the field and a real asset to the company.