Meet the Team

I’m very lucky to have a fantastic group of people working for me at Standish Dog Trainer.  All of my team  are properly qualified in canine studies, animal behaviour, canine psychology and how dogs learn. They are all passionate about working with dogs, about the welfare of dogs and are committed to increasing their knowledge.

Kayleigh Holcroft

Hi I’m Kayleigh! I teach Twinkle Stars in our Wigan venue and assist at the Standish Dog Agility classes, I also teach KC Rally obedience. I graduated from Liverpool John Moores with BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour in 2011.

As part of my ongoing learning, I’m currently studying the Higher Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management (Compass). Additionally, I have attended seminars and workshops including; Victoria Stilwell’s ‘Dog Smarts: Unleash Your Dog’s Intelligence’, IABTC Introduction to Clicker and Target Training workshop with Angela White achieving IABTC C&T1 certification and David Ryan’s ‘How to Change Predatory Chase Behaviour’ & ‘Dogs that Bite and Fight’.

I have been showing dogs for many years and am a committee member of North West Labrador Retriever Club.  I also work as a dog walker, specialising in walking the more difficult dogs who need that extra support.

Amy Brown

Hello I’m Amy. I have passed the Extended Diploma in Small Animal Management as St Helens College. I teach and assist in Twinkle Stars, Super Stars, KC Rally Obedience and Agility classes,  I also teach Nosey Parkers, Scent work 1-2-1 training.

I  have attended the IABTC Introduction to Clicker and Target  Training workshop with Angela White achieving IABTC C&T1 certification and the Dog Smarts-Unleash Your Dog’s Intelligence seminar with Victoria Stilwell.

I found Standish Dog Trainer when I completed Twinkle Stars and Super Stars with my Jack Russell-Poodle cross, Skeeter. Working for Jo has opened up a range of opportunities for me and provided me with a great deal of knowledge which I can use with my own dog and hopefully further in my career.

Emma Hill

Hi, I’m Emma. I assist Kayleigh in the Wigan Twinkle Stars and Super Stars classes. I really enjoy helping people create a rewarding relationship with their dogs.

I studied Animal management at college and went on to University to gain a Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare; Completing my Dissertation in a Canine Hydrotherapy unit, focusing on body language to assess the dogs’ emotional state. During my time studying I worked part time at a boarding kennels. I’m currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour management with Compass Education.

In 2009 I set up a dog walking business Muddy Mutt Adventures and have loved every minute of it.

I work with a variety of dogs that each have very different personalities, this has been extremely valuable for learning.

While working I’ve put a lot of my spare time into continued learning. I’ve attended many workshops and seminars. Gained my IABTC C&T 1 award, this I achieved with my lovely old golden retriever Mango, she was 11 at the time and a lot of the work was new to her, she loved it. In 2014 I attended Clicker Expo a 3 day conference on the science and application of clicker training. Recently I’ve attended a bite prevention weekend, Recall and Chase weekend and Mindful Handler weekend. I am also canine first aid trained.

I currently own Autumn a lovely Working Golden Retriever, who we brought home in December 2014. I’m really enjoying training Autumn, she has achieved her Kennel Club Bronze, Silver and Gold Good Citizen Dog Awards. We also attend regular rally and agility training at Standish Dog Trainer. We previously had another beautiful working Golden retriever called Mango who I took on as a 7 year old, she needed lots of training and help dealing with the world, she enjoyed scent work. Having the two girls together taught me about managing the needs of two dogs in one household.

Molly Scott

Hello, I’m Molly! I’m currently in Year ten at high school and have just began studying for my GCSE’s in 2019. I began by volunteering and now assist at the Twinkle Stars and Superstars Classes on a Saturday and volunteer on a Tuesday. I also volunteer at Rally-Obedience and Agility on a Monday night.

I have attended many courses of a wide range to develop my knowledge such as: a CPD course with Clare Russell in 2016; a Tellington Touch course with Rachel Jackson; a Scent 5 course with Morag Heirs; a K-9 Cognition course with Kay Attwood and, finally, with my own dog Millie, my Bichon x Toy Poodle Mix  demonstrated with Victoria for the Victoria Stilwell Academy students for two days of the seven day intensive, in 2017. Working with Jo has opened a wide range of opportunities for me. As well as increasing my knowledge in all areas, it has given me confidence, experience and made some great relationships with both humans and canines!

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