About Wanderdog

Wanderdog is a fully insured and dedicated dog training, walking and pet sitting business. Essentially we're crazy about dogs! 

We understand how important your dog’s happiness and wellbeing is to you, as it is incredibly important to us too. Whether you’re thinking of getting a new puppy, have just added a new addition to your family, or you have an older dog with extra training requirements we are here to help and guide you. We treat all our Wanderdogs with the highest respect, and tailor our services to meet yours and their personal circumstances, understanding each dog's individual needs. 

We use positive reinforcement techniques, based on modern science and research, as these are proven to be safer, more effective and have longer lasting results. Our aim is to make training fun for all involved!

We offer one-to-one private puppy and dog training, so you and your Wanderdog can learn within the comfort of your own home. We also hold interactive group puppy classes and intermediate follow-on classes at the Bermondsey Village Hall. See our service pages for more information regarding our training packages and group classes. 

We also offer local group walks and one-to-one training walks, covering a small area of Bermondsey so we can make sure that our Wanderdogs get their time playing in the park. Please check our service page for a map of where we can pick up from. Our aim is to make sure that all our dogs have something to really look forward to each day, and that you have complete peace of mind that they are safe and happy on their adventures. We keep our walks exciting, and mentally enriching, with lots of opportunities to express normal doggie behaviours, and to take part in positive play time with their furry friends! 

For more information about all of our current services, please refer to our individual service pages, or contact us directly. We would be more than happy to assist with any questions you may have. 

 

Meet the Wanderdog Team

Kay

Head Dog Trainer & Founder

Hannah

Dog Trainer & Pet Carer

Ben

Puppy Class Assistant

Lucy

The Original Wanderdog

A Little About Kay and Lucy 

As a baby my first word was dog – no kidding! However, the excitement that erupted in my parents by my ability to point at my family dog and successfully say ‘dog’, was short lived when I immediately pointed at everything in sight and proudly proclaimed each as ‘dog’. I think this inborn ability to see dogs just about everywhere, has only continued on to my later life and considerably spurred my interest in all dog related topics.

After forming such a close bond with Lucy and finding that I wanted the very best for her in every way, I quickly developed my interests in dog nutrition, health and behaviour. I have since spent countless hours reading, watching educational programmes and generally researching all sorts of doggie topics. 

Growing up I have always lived with dogs and known that I wanted to work with them. During my second year studying Sociology at the University of Bristol, I caved into temptation, and found my very own Springer Spaniel Lucy (aka Lucy Woo Woo – or the Original Wanderdog), who’s been my better, furrier half ever since.

 

Lucy is now nearly 12 years old, and still my best friend! She has slowed down a bit after being diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis, so we keep her doing short but frequent walks, lots of indoor enrichment games, and take her to hydrotherapy to do gentle impact exercise.  

I began dog walking and pet sitting in 2010, in-and-around my education and full time work. I also worked in rescue centres and have fostered dogs in the past. This includes two American Cocker Spaniels - Myra and Cole. I worked with these adorable dogs until a forever family was eventually found for them.

 

After a few years working in office environments, I came to realise that working with dogs is my greatest passion in life, so I created Wanderdog in January 2017.

At the end of 2017, I graduated with distinction from the  Victoria Stilwell Dog Trainer Academy, and became a qualified professional dog trainer. My style of dog training focuses entirely on modern, 'positive reinforcement' techniques that are kind, more effective and backed by scientific research. Since graduating I continue to attend relevant seminars, courses and conferences to keep my knowledge as up-to-date as possible, as dog training is a  continually evolving science. 

I am currently studying an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University (Sept 19 - Sept 20). I feel very grateful that this course allows me the opportunity to learn directly from the UK's first Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine and internationally famous animal behaviour researcher, Dr. Daniel Mills. 

 

In late 2020, Wanderdog will also begin to take on behavioural consultations.

My interest also extends to pet nutrition. In the past, I worked as a customer care representative at an organic and natural pet food company called Lily’s Kitchen. At this job, I particularly enjoyed chatting to customers directly about their pets, their well being, and giving advice on the benefits of healthy eating and other dietary advice. I have continued since, to research and absorb any and all new science and news about dog nutrition. I have future plans to offer professional nutritionist advice. Watch this space.

Feel free to follow my blog, Facebook and Instagram which will all include fun photos of our Wanderdogs, training tips, and all sorts of doggie information regarding health, nutrition, behaviour, science, doggie recipes and any other exciting or quirky dog news.

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A Little About Hannah 

Feel free to follow my blog, Facebook and Instagram which will all include fun photos of our Wanderdogs, training tips, and all sorts of doggie information regarding health, nutrition, behaviour, science, doggie recipes and any other exciting or quirky dog news.

Meet the Wanderdog Team

Kay

Head Dog Trainer & Founder

Hannah

Dog Trainer & Pet Carer

Ben

Puppy Class Assistant

Lucy

The Original Wanderdog

A Little About Kay and Lucy 

As a baby my first word was dog – no kidding! However, the excitement that erupted in my parents by my ability to point at my family dog and successfully say ‘dog’, was short lived when I immediately pointed at everything in sight and proudly proclaimed each as ‘dog’. I think this inborn ability to see dogs just about everywhere, has only continued on to my later life and considerably spurred my interest in all dog related topics.

After forming such a close bond with Lucy and finding that I wanted the very best for her in every way, I quickly developed my interests in dog nutrition, health and behaviour. I have since spent countless hours reading, watching educational programmes and generally researching all sorts of doggie topics. 

Growing up I have always lived with dogs and known that I wanted to work with them. During my second year studying Sociology at the University of Bristol, I caved into temptation, and found my very own Springer Spaniel Lucy (aka Lucy Woo Woo – or the Original Wanderdog), who’s been my better, furrier half ever since.

 

Lucy is now nearly 12 years old, and still my best friend! She has slowed down a bit after being diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis, so we keep her doing short but frequent walks, lots of indoor enrichment games, and take her to hydrotherapy to do gentle impact exercise.  

I began dog walking and pet sitting in 2010, in-and-around my education and full time work. I also worked in rescue centres and have fostered dogs in the past. This includes two American Cocker Spaniels - Myra and Cole. I worked with these adorable dogs until a forever family was eventually found for them.

 

After a few years working in office environments, I came to realise that working with dogs is my greatest passion in life, so I created Wanderdog in January 2017.

At the end of 2017, I graduated with distinction from the  Victoria Stilwell Dog Trainer Academy, and became a qualified professional dog trainer. My style of dog training focuses entirely on modern, 'positive reinforcement' techniques that are kind, more effective and backed by scientific research. Since graduating I continue to attend relevant seminars, courses and conferences to keep my knowledge as up-to-date as possible, as dog training is a  continually evolving science. 

I am currently studying an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University (Sept 19 - Sept 20). I feel very grateful that this course allows me the opportunity to learn directly from the UK's first Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine and internationally famous animal behaviour researcher, Dr. Daniel Mills. 

 

In early 2021, Wanderdog will also begin to take on behavioural consultations.

My interest also extends to pet nutrition. In the past, I worked as a customer care representative at an organic and natural pet food company called Lily’s Kitchen. At this job, I particularly enjoyed chatting to customers directly about their pets, their well being, and giving advice on the benefits of healthy eating and other dietary advice. I have continued since, to research and absorb any and all new science and news about dog nutrition. I have future plans to offer professional nutritionist advice. Watch this space.

Feel free to follow my blog, Facebook and Instagram which will all include fun photos of our Wanderdogs, training tips, and all sorts of doggie information regarding health, nutrition, behaviour, science, doggie recipes and any other exciting or quirky dog news.

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A Little About Hannah 

I have been “barking mad” for dogs my whole life! From a young age, I was obsessed with anything and everything to do with animals, though dogs were always my favourite. If it had four legs and made a farmyard noise, I was interested. Pretty much as soon as I could walk and talk, I was gravitating towards animals. 

From the age of five, I was spending any free time I had at my local riding school. There, I really found my passion for animals and animal welfare.

At weekends and at school, I would hold bake sales in support of charities like RSPCA. I was an avid reader of the YoungRSPCA and PONY magazine and would talk to anyone who would listen about animals, and more specifically, dogs. In fact, my family often reference the time I sat on a skateboard and read from a book about animals during a “show” my childhood friends and I were putting on for our families.

This passion for animal welfare soon manifested itself as a fascination in animal behaviour. I soon became obsessed with natural horsemanship and as soon as I was old enough to use the computer began to spend all my free time watching videos of horses on YouTube.

Over time, I started to lose interest in horses and began to develop an interest in dogs. While I still loved horses, I began to wonder more about these wonderful animals we allowed into our homes, lives and hearts.

My family dog, Jake, soon because the recipient of all my love and affection. I loved to take him on walks and to play with him every second I could. One of my earliest memories is playing a game with him where I sat on the floor and got him to pull me around the room by holding onto his tug toy!

At age 18, I left school and went to university to study BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Plymouth. This opportunity afforded me the ability to learn not just about dogs, but gain a broader understanding of the world around me.

During my time at university, I took a placement year at the University of Portsmouth, working in their canine cognition department. This opportunity allowed me to be at the forefront of understanding canine cognition and gave me invaluable insights into the way dogs understand their world around them.

I was also lucky enough to work as a dog walker and trainer in my spare time. Spending all my waking hours around dogs allowed me to literally live, sleep and breathe dogs, and has all contributed to my passion and enthusiasm for the topic.

Most recently, I have studied MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln. This opportunity gave me the ability to truly focus my passion for dogs in a practical setting, whilst also allowing me to expand my theoretical knowledge base.

In the future, I look forward to bringing home a dog and calling it my own. I have a passion for dogs and am looking forward to helping make the world a more dog friendly place.

 

I am joining Wanderdog in July 2020 with a head full of dreams and a heart full of passion. Can’t wait to meet you all.

Testimonial - Louise with Kizzy

“I rescued Kizzy my French Bulldog from the shelter a few months ago. She was very nervous and as a result barked and jumped at other dogs. Hannah gave me lots of strategies and tips to help keep her calm on walks. She’s making great progress now.


Hannah was also amazing at teaching Kizzy to sit on command. I was really impressed with how quickly she taught her to do it. Hannah is very knowledgeable and not only did Kizzy learn a lot but I feel I can read her behaviours better and understand her motivations. I would highly recommend Hannah’s services”

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Bermondsey, London, SE1