- Full Member of The Canine & Feline Behaviour Association
- Full Member of The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers
- British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers: Instructor Training – 1st Grade Honours
- British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers: Instructor Training – 2nd Grade Honours
- British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers: Security Assessor – Lancashire
- Approved NASDU GP Level 2 Instructor
- City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education & Training
- Owner of a Kennel Club Approved Good Citizen Dog Training Centre
- Member of The Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (December 2013 – Present)
- Accredited Dog Behaviour Practitioner
The Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA), is the UK’s leading dog behaviour institute providing expert advice and standards for pet dog owners on matters related to dog behaviour.
Working with veterinary practices, insurance companies and the legal services industry. The CFBA not only recognises accredited experience but also is known for its advocacy of practical experience. It is this forward thinking recognition that has assisted the CFBA in becoming what it is today, an association with high professional standards: www.cfba.co.uk
Full Member of The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (August 2018 – Present)
Accredited Dog Training Instructor
The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT) delivers training courses and sets industry standards in delivering group dog training classes. By hosting residential training courses for any aspiring dog trainer / instructor the BIPDT will give you the confidence needed to instruct and develop your skills and knowledge of dog training exercises and methodology: www.bipdt.co.uk
National Association of Security Dog Users
Accredited GP Level 2 Instructor (April 2013 – Present)
The National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU), delivers the standard for all security dog and handler training in the UK. NASDU constantly strives to improve the security dog industry and is passionate to do so. Approved NASDU instructors can offer accredited training courses for any person aspiring to be a general purpose dog hander, drugs detection dog handler, explosive detection dog handler and much more: www.nasdu.co.uk
West Lancs Canine Centre (Est 1989)
Owner January 2010 – Present
West Lancs Canine Centre is a family business founded by Guy Richardson in 1989, I assumed the role of owner 21 years later, however, I have worked in the business from 2003 both part and full time.
In 1992, aged five, I took my first dog training, Kurt – a German Shepherd. Over the next nine years I travelled all over the UK with the West Lancs Dog Display team, demonstrating pet dog handling techniques to crowds ranging from 20 – 20,000 people. This time gave me a passion for dogs unrivalled by anything I was interested in at the time. When Kurt retired I went on to assist the dog display team whilst helping out at the canine centre on classes.
West Lancs Canine Centre offers a range of services from puppy classes to one-on-one dog training lessons and day training.
This environment has enabled me to learn everything I needed to know as a dog trainer and behaviourist, thus developing my true passion and interest, understanding the social differences in dogs: www.dogtrainer.co.uk