All Positive Dog Services offers a wide range of dog behaviour and training services to owners living in Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow and surrounding areas. Our training and behaviour classes have a fun, friendly atmosphere and are designed to help owners develop positive relationships with their dogs.
Having grown up with dogs in The Netherlands, Rick knew from a very young age that he wanted to work with dogs some day. He became fascinated by the behaviour of dogs and completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology (MSc) (as there were no Animal Behaviour qualifications at the time).
Rick has a wealth of experience working within the Rehabilitation Department at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, as a Higher Education Lecturer teaching canine behaviour and also managing the dog department at one of the largest rescue centres in The Netherlands.
After encountering many dog behavioural problems through his work, Rick moved back to the UK, with a dream to help dogs and their owners and prevent them from ending up in rescue centres. And so began All Positive Dog Services...
Rick is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT 01501) and an Animal Training and Behaviour Council (ABTC) registered Animal Training Instructor. He is an accredited Trainer & Faculty Advisor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy, as well as a full member of the British Psychological Society (member 247659), International Association Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Pet Professionals Guild (number 45960150) and the Dog Welfare Alliance. He continues to attend courses and conferences each year with some of the world's top dog trainers and behaviourists.
Sam met Rick at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, whilst she was working with the Cat Behaviour department. Sam was involved in rehoming and assessing both cats and dogs.
With a HND in Animal Science & Behaviour, Sam has worked as a Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and as a Cat Department Manager at one of the largest European rescue centres in The Netherlands: focusing on behavioural assessment, procedures and rehoming.
Sam is a qualified UK Parkour instructor and currently works as a Behaviour & Training Retail Advisor at Leominster Pet Centre, and often helps Rick behind-the-scenes with his admin tasks. She has recently taken on the role of Assistant Trainer and is completing a Canine Behaviour level 6 course and will be running her own Parkour classes, and will be in charge of some new services including the Puppy Pre School.
Sarah grew up with numerous pets in Berkshire and whilst in education, she spent all weekends and holidays outside with the dogs and horses. She became a Project Manager, traveling and being away from home a lot. But, in 2011 she had a career break and took this opportunity to train as a dog groomer and trainer.
Sarah is an accredited dog trainer and behaviour consultant with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and an accredited trainer with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT member 01473).
She also volunteers for the Border Collie Spot rescue.
She is specifically interested in the effects of diet on the behaviour of dogs and is currently studying to gain a qualification in Canine Nutrition.
Sarah has always enjoyed doing activities with her dogs. She has trained and competed in agility, canicross, scent work and man trailing. She lives with two rescue Border Collies, Pip and Ollie and Griff, the Jack Russell.
Jen has been animal obsessed her entire life, growing up with her family dogs (Cocker Spaniels and a Flat Coated Retriever), cats, horses, guinea pigs and rabbits. In 2015, a Lagotto puppy called Basil walked into her life and changed the course of her future.
Basil was excitable, confident and needed to engage his brain. Jen did the usual puppy classes and then set about searching for something to build her relationship with Basil and use his drive and motivation. Together they found Heelwork To Music and fell in love with dog training!
Now Jen is a qualified dog trainer with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and has a passion for trick training and scent work. Jen is a qualified instructor with Scentwork UK and is committed to her continued professional develop, regularly taking courses with various educational providers. Jen shares her life and sofa with Basil, Etta and now a Border Collie puppy called East.