Natasha is one of our newest additions to the Cunningshot family. Coming to us firstly as a new client to expand her knowledge of gundog work, it became abundantly clear she had the skills set was much needed at Cunningshot! Her knowledge in obedience, behaviour work and in particular herding breeds was second to none. After working with her and one of her dogs Effie we soon came to realise that she is also an incredible handler and shared a lot of Cunningshot's values and training methods.
Natasha has a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Natasha has a Level 3 Animal Management qualification, along with a variety of canine behaviour and training related courses. During her studies she worked and volunteered at a range of kennels & rescues gaining further practical experience to coincide with her already vast theoretical knowledge. Natasha then went to work in the veterinary industry and after a short while realised that her passion and drive was for dog training. Natasha set up her own dog walking business and worked alongside a range of breeds focusing on training her clients' dogs alongside her own dogs.
Natasha now works full time for Cunningshot and is our main trainer for obedience, pet gundog and moderate behavioural cases.
In her own words:
'I have always had a passion for dog training Every venture of mine has had a training related theme. My previous job as a dog walker allowed me to work with a range of breeds, ages and temperaments. A big part of this job was training these dogs whether that was basic obedience, manners & boundaries or more complex behavioural issues. I have three dogs of my own who are trained to a high standard. I am passionate about herding breeds and from this I have trained my own dogs in flyball, obedience, herding, dog parkour, canine body awareness, scent work, bikejor and competed in canicross and trick titles. More recently I have also trained my Kelpie Cross to pick up on shoots in just over 4 months from a total novice to shoot day standard. I am excited to continue my work with Cunningshot and have recently started my IMDT level 4 behaviour course to continue to expand my own knowldege. I love being a member of Cunningshot's trainers and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me.
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