Our Dog Training Team

Here at Bronte Canine Dog Training we feel passionate about the quality of service we deliver. All sessions are delivered by our head trainer who is a full member of the APDT. We have 4 assistants, all of which are Canine First Aid trained, you can read more about the team below. Although our groups are small, we feel it is important to have an assistant present to reitterate instructions and offer support where needed. Bronte Canine Dog Training is a business committed to supporting APDT students in their learning. 


My journey into dog training started 18 years ago when I rescued my beautiful Miko a husky/collie cross. Having trained in several clubs I decided to broaden my knowledge and study with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). This took me through 3 years of study. During this time I was lucky enough to have a three year work placement with Tailwagger training in Leeds which sealed the deal in terms of my career path! 5 years on and I am now a full member of the APDT gaining full marks during assessent, head trainer of Bronte Canine Dog Training and a stones throw away from completion of my ADipCBM in Canine Behaviour Management. In addition to this I hold a BAHons degree in Youth and Community Development. I love helping people to improve their relationship with their dogs and enjoy watching the dogs as they progress. 

I share my life with the ever patient Dan, two ponies, a small flock of sheep, our chickens and of course our two dogs. Lenny the lurcher is a regular in our video tutorials, now almost 16 he mainly enjoys sleeping, though can be seen resting on the hill at our yard or occaisonally bouncing his younger sister. Arya is our newest addition, currently 20 weeks old, she is a working border collie and a regular at class for demonstrations. We have much planned for her in the coming years!

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Lilia is a professional animal behaviourist and zoologist with over 20 years’ experience working with a variety of animals from primates and seals to cats and dogs.  She specialises in helping dogs with behaviour issues by using an evidence based, force-free approach and runs her own business. Lilia has a PhD Biology, Animal Behavioural Ecology (University of Leeds) and a PgDip (Distinction) Clinical Animal Behaviour (University of Edinburgh). Dr Lilly is a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, APBC  and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants, IAABC

Lilia has two Jack Russell's adopted from the RSPCA and a rescued cat. Dr Lilly has been with us for over two years now, as a qualified clinical animal behaviourist Dr Lilly works with all our behaviour cases. Dr Lilly supports mainly on a Tuesday evening and Saturday morning and steps in to co-teach now and again. 

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Hello, my name is Katie, I am 21 years old. I am a lover of all animals..... however with a fear of sharks, but that's besides the point! I live on a small holding and have three border terriers! Their names are Kit, Dot and Wren and they are everything to me. I have very recently finished a degree in Canine Behaviour and Training at Reaseheath University. As well as animals I also love exercise and arts and crafts!

I started at Bronte Canine Dog Training as part of my work experience but have just never left. I love meeting you all and helping out as much as I can.

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Hi I'm Dan, partner to Paula and co parent to our tribe of animals. Since we got our new puppy Arya I have been keen to learn more about dog training and have been attending class more regularly. My role is mostly observational at present but I will be particiapting more next year. My background is in farming and I have experience in handling an array of different animals, I'm really looking forward to learning ways of making work with animals easier.

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Hi, my name is Lucy, I am a therapist, I'm very interested in the human animal bond. I am one of the UK trainers for Animal Assisted Play Therapy (R) which is a way of involving animals in working with humans in a way which is enjoyable for all. I love helping at Bronte Canine Dog Training as I get to work with a wide variety of dogs and humans which has helped me to support my clients on the Animal Assisted Play Therapy courses. I have two rescue lurchers, Lykke and Freya who have taught me so much, Freya is quite nervous and Lykke has been reactive and I have found positive reward based methods really useful in changing her response to other dogs.

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