Meet Kate

Kate Sykes Cert. TPTD (Certificate in Teaching People and Training Dogs)

Kate has a weath of experience from owning and working with dogs her entire life. She spent over 13 years working for Guide Dogs UK where she gained a City & Guilds level qualification. This included Distinctions in dog handling, body language, canine learning theory, dog care, anatomy and physiology of dogs and veterinary knowledge.
Gaining experience of working not only with the dogs in training but also from time spent working in the hospital block,  where she regularly cared for dogs recovering from operations and those needing specialist care such as diabetes and epilepsy.

In 2019, Kate  went on to update her skills and knowledge and was privileged to train with Jane Ardern BSc (Hons) Dip.CABT. She graduated with a distinction (95%) having completed a rigorous 6 month training programme involving academic studies and also practical hands-on experience working and training with many different types of dogs.

As well as gaining professional instructor status, Kate has completed many varied dog training courses to gain further knowledge from various top trainers within the industry. Kate is especially interested in canine scentwork, freework and Enrichment as well recall, connection and focus training for pet gundog breeds.


Credentials and Experience:

  • The Practical Application of Teaching People and Training Dogs Wagga-Wuffins NOCN Endorsed Instructor Training Programme with Jane Ardern
    This 6 month in person training included:

    Teaching and Coaching Skills for Instructors
    Canine Communication and Stress in Dogs
    Development Stages in the Dog and Hormonal Influences from Prenatal through to Sexual Maturity
    Beginner Obedience, Life Skills and Handler Skills
    Intermediate Obedience, Life Skills and Handler Skills
    Advanced Obedience, Life Skills and Handler Skills
    Running Successful Classes and One to One Training Sessions

  • Bronze Level Instructor (2 day in person)
  • Silver Level Instructor (3 day in person)
  • Continuation Classes Instructors Course

  • Scent for Six

  • Introduction to Nosework
  • Nosework Games
  • Introduction to NW Search Elements

  • From Nose to Brain: The Neuroscience of Scentwork

  • From easily frustrated to joyful searches

    Recall, Focus and Connection
  • Going for a Bumble – presented by Helen Phillips Training how to help teach your gundog the difference between ‘going for a walk’ and ‘going hunting’ in the same stimulating environment. Looking at how to create the behaviours for success, and how to use life rewards to maintain the connection and partnership in challenging situations.
  • IMDT PETdog Gundog – A course for qualified dog trainers to learn gundog skills for pet dogs
  • Rock Solid Recall – Canine Principles
  • Rocket Recall 21 Day Challenge – Simone Mueller
  • Powerful Pauses – A workshop on the art of getting stillness from dogs with a high prey drive – Tracey McLennan
  • How to deal with predatory behaviour – Tracey McLennan
  • Predation Substitute Training– a motivation-based and need-oriented training program, designed to stop uncontrolled predatory chasing and to provide safe outlets for your dog’s natural predatory energy – Simone Mueller/Canine Principles

    Freework and Canine Enrichment
  • ACEing Reactivity – ACE Freework workshop with Janet Finlay
  • Scentwork Solutions for Abnormal & Repetitive Behaviours, Fears & Phobias – Morag Heirs
  • Enriched Environments for Professionals2 day in person workshop with Kirsty Grant
  • Three ‘Rs’ Webinar; helping dogs reset, rebalance and release – Sarah Fisher
  • DogNostics Canine Enrichment Technician Certification

    Canine First Aid and Dog Welfare
  • Certified to provide Canine First Aid & CPR by Rachel Bean RVN MCFBA (in person practical course)
  • Canine First Aid – Paw and Pad Injuries – Rachel Bean RVN (online)
  • City&Guilds (Ofqual recognised) Dog Welfare and Kennel ManagementGuide Dogs UK
  • Diploma in Animal Care from Myerscough College
  • CAMadvocate Level 1
    A modular course for the canine professional to improve their understanding of canine arthritis, and to define their role in identification, diagnosis, and management of this neglected condition.

  • Canine Functional Characters – Dr Isla Fishburn /Canine Principles
  • Interative Play Guide – Craig Ogilvie
  • Loose Lead Walking – Canine Principles
  • Canine Bonding and Play – Canine Principles
  • Canine Communication – The Language Of A Species – Canine Principles
  • Build your Dog’s Confidence with TTouch – Janet Finlay.
    Tellington Touch is a gentle approach to the care and training of animals based on co-operation and respect. It uses a combination of specific touches, lifts, and movement exercises which helps to release tension and increase body awareness. It also helps establish a deeper rapport between humans and animals through increased understanding and more effective communication.
  • Clicking For Resilience – Canine Principles

  • Waggawuffins Canine College
    As a member of Jane Arderns Pet Professionals Inner Circle, I recieve ongoing support and regularly participate in courses, tuturials and attend weekly classes.

I am committed to expanding my knowledge of dogs and endeavour to keep my training current and up to date. This enables me to grow and improve, in turn passing the knowledge and skill to my clients.

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