Hi my name is Greg and I am the man behind Great Paws.
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So, about me! Well I am a Dog Trainer and all round dog daft person!
I am a member of both the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and of the Pet Professional Network. Both these organisations set the highest possible professional standards for pet education and care, requiring their members to undergo a rigorous programme of training, assessment and continuous professional development. Why is that important? Because dog training in the UK is unregulated and unlicensed so, technically, anyone can offer this service, regardless of their level of knowledge or experience. My credentials are your assurance that both you and your precious pooch are in the hands of a dedicated professional (as well as passionate dog lover) rather than an enthusiastic amateur who could potentially do more harm than good.
My breadth of experience comes from being a life-long dog owner with many years’ involvement in canine charity support work plus my extensive professional training which is on-going through regular attendance at specialist courses, seminars and workshops, along with self-directed study of the published research of world’s most renowned trainers, behaviourists and subject matter experts.
I work with a huge variety of dogs and clients: some with new puppies wanting to set off on the right paw; some who want a better understanding of their dog’s needs and instincts to enhance their life together; others who are having a really tough time and need expert behavioural support. Working as a team, we can achieve the right goals for you, your pooch and your family.
I abide by the strict codes of ethics set out by each of my professional organisations. These are listed below and I invite you to read through them to give you some valuable insights into what matters most when making this vital decision for your pet and your family.
All Members of The IMDT agree to abide by The IMDT Code of Ethics:
My life has been enriched by many dogs, from the Boxers I grew up with, through a rescue Ridgeback/Great Dane Cross, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and my present pooch family, which consists of an elderly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and two rescue German Shepherd Dogs.
For some years now I have been an active volunteer with the German Shepherd Dog Rescue (GSDR), helping fellow owners with their rescues and being part of the team that runs a monthly charity walk. Through my work with GSDR, my wife and I took on our most recent rescue, Betty Boo, who often makes appearances in my training videos. Social anxiety can cause Betty Boo to bark, lunge and redirect her frustration when she sees other dogs but she is now benefiting from daily training and enrichment walks along with the other members of our pooch family.
Hugo, our other GSD rescue, came from Dogs Trust. We knew very little of his history but it was clear he wasn’t a family pet, more likely some form of guard dog. Despite his early issues he is now a big teddy bear who loves nothing more than a tennis ball or a HUGE stick / small tree!
Finally there is the “princess” of the family, also known as Lucy. She is our twelve year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is ruled by her belly and loves cuddles. Her joints are not as supple as they used to be so, whilst she does enjoy exploring the woods close to home, she often makes use of the Great Paws Buggy when we go out as a family for bigger walks.
My mission is simple: to provide an enriching personal experience for your dog, you, and the whole family to build the foundations of a happy and fulfilling life together.
Your pet’s welfare is my absolute priority and I guarantee to treat all of my clients with honesty and fairness. I am fortunate enough to know many amazing professionals in this field and if, for any reason, I believe you need help outside of my current specialisms, I promise to help you find the expertise you need.