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.
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.
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.
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 being a dog trainer is her dream career. Sian has now successfully completed her diploma being awarded Apprentice of the Year at her college. Sian continues to devote her attention to getting the very best out of all the dogs in her care.
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. Since joining WKD Adam has continued to develop his skills and enjoys testing himself in the world of protection training under Rod’s guidance. A very brave young man!
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!
Jay has recently joined our team and has already established herself as a much valued member. Jay works with our welfare team to provide the best care and attention to all of our ‘pupils’ during their stay with us. Jay has an enthusiasm that is infectious and always goes the extra mile to make sure that all of our dogs are happy and healthy. Jay grew up on a farm and has previously been awarded a second at Crufts with her own Border Collie
Michaella has recently joined our team here at WKD and she has already proven to be conscientious and caring with all of our dogs, taking time to make sure their needs are met and standards are upheld. Michaella has a National Certificate in Animal Management and a level 2 certificate in Grooming. She has a lifelong love of animals.
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.