About

5Z3_LouGypsy

Gender: Female
Occupation: Dog Trainer

Location: Durban : KZN : South Africa

About Me

I have been training labrador retrievers for competitive work, mainly field trials, since the mid 90’s. This interest grew to the point that I am now a qualified B panel judge for field trials and have a field trial champion amongst my dogs. I also occasionally breed working labradors. Along the way I became fascinated by dog training techniques which are based on learning theory, and which utilise the clicker as a training tool, even though most field triallers at that time used the more traditional methods of training.

I currently conduct classes in Kloof as well as private lessons. I worked at Matthew Berry’s Canine Lifestyle Centre, collaborating with him in designing and running training programmes for pet obedience classes and puppy socializing classes. I am an accredited Superpup pupppy trainer having passed the Canine Culture Puppy Course with merit.  I have also completed the Canine Culture Adult course.

The more I work with dogs and their owners, the more I believe that education can lead to greater understanding of dogs as a species and in doing so create a relationship based on mutual respect.

Louise Welsford

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