About Me, Sara Davies

Image: The business logo for Dr Sara Davies BVMS MRCVS CTC - vet, behaviour counsellor & trainer ‘working for pets and their people’ - and contact information: 37 Mt Pleasant Rd, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9RP; 01803 859634; petsandtheirpeople@yahoo.co.uk

Image: Rita and me in my office at home with her two best motivators - food and her ball

This is me with my dog, Rita. See if you can guess what three breeds are in her...answer at the bottom of the page

In a nutshell, I am a ‘pet advocate’. I take all my current knowledge, assimilate that with new research coming out and lectures I attend, and translate it into useful bite-size chunks for the public and professionals to use practically; in doing so I hope to expand understanding of the needs of pets and improve their welfare. I now spend the majority of my working week on ‘prevention’, such as my puppy training and socialisation classes, and the rest of my time on ‘cure’ with pets who already exhibit problem behaviours. It is good that the public have people to turn to when things go wrong with their pets’ behaviour but I also feel it’s an uneconomic use of my time and expertise to just concentrate on this, which is why I spend so much more time on prevention and education. 

Image: Rita on my sofa, just 15 weeks old

Rita at 15 weeks old on my sofa at home

Relevant Qualifications

Relevant Experience

Image: Rita on a hot day at my agility venue, a field in Dartington near Totnes

Adult Rita enjoying a summer's day at my agility venue. Guessed what she is yet?

Relevant Professional Memberships

I am a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). Both of these organisations require certain levels of experience and academic achievement in order to join. I am also registered by The Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) as a ‘Veterinary Behaviourist’ and a ‘Clinical Animal Behaviourist’. This is important as the ABTC is the closest thing we have to a regulatory body for behaviourists and trainers in the UK, all be it currently voluntary. As part of my continuing membership of these organisations I have to complete a minimum of 35 hours CPD (continuing professional development) per year to update my knowledge and skills; I have far, far exceeded this each year since 2010.

And Rita...

Have you guessed what she is yet? She is mostly Chihuahua with a bit of Border Terrier and Toy Poodle thrown in; she and her five littermates were the result of a 'happy accident' between two dogs in the same household. She is very partial to cats - in a good way!

Image: Rita and CJ, one of my chickens from the British Hen Welfare Trust, in my back garden

And here she is with CJ, one of my old back yard chickens, making friends

Links to the professional organisations mentioned above

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

The Academy for Dog Trainers

The Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE)

Fear Free

The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC)

The Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC)

And follow these links to find out more about what I can do for you

Click here for all the info on my puppy training & socialisation classes

Click here for all the info on what can follow the puppy course

Click here for all the info on educational talks

Click here for full contact info

Messages from my clients

Image: Milo the Collie x Cocker Spaniel on Dartmoor

“Thanks for all your help Sara, you seem to have endless energy, enthusiasm and knowledge when it comes to caring for our canine friends.  We really enjoyed the puppy classes, learnt loads, and will be signing up for the After School Club.  I'd thoroughly recommend you as a trainer to anyone, and to quote you, anyone considering puppy training, shouldn't 'dilly dally' in getting started.” Tim and Lin Clyburn & Milo the Collie x Cocker Spaniel

Image: Molly the Chihuahua x Jack Russell Terrier with her people

We took our new pet puppy along to puppy classes

As such time of easy learning

By both sides so very soon passes

And so she might be

Socialised with other dogs before maturity

 

There was a Newfoundland

And a Bichon Frise,

Two Shih-tzu crosses and a Cockerpoo

That had all come there

For puppy training too

 

The classes were run by Sara Davies

A fine teacher who is as such acclaimed

Who could and did work doggy miracles

With just a few treats and nicely timed usage

Of each of our puppies’ names

 

We did wonder mind if in another life

A ballerina she might have been

As she moved among the puppies with such grace

As if she had danced Swan Lake

Or as Titania the fairy queen

 

She even knew how to handle our Chihuahua cross Jack

Who being full of vim and verve

Could out run all the others by using a technique that

Resembled a half roll followed

By a full judo-like body swerve

 

It is hoped soon that our puppy

Will progress week by week

And on graduation be the kind of dog that everyone likes to meet

When out walking in the park

Or on the pavement in the street

 

A dog you see is not to us just

A thing that sniffs, poos and pees

But a living creature that we

Will love and hope to have be a credit to us

Who are now its adopted family!

 

Kevin Pyne, Clare Thorp, and Molly the Chihuahua x Jack Russell Terrier

Image: The business logo for Dr Sara Davies BVMS MRCVS CTC - vet, behaviour counsellor & trainer ‘working for pets and their people’ - and contact information: 37 Mt Pleasant Rd, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9RP; 01803 859634; petsandtheirpeople@yahoo.co.uk

Image: Logos for The Academy for Dog Trainers, Fear Free, the APBC (of which I am a full member) and the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) with whom I am registered as both a ‘veterinary behaviourist’ and a ‘clinical animal behaviourist'


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