RENEE RHOADES

Head Behaviourist & Trainer

I acquired my first dog at the age of 4. Born to a stray dog in my aunt’s back yard, Sparky and I were fast friends. When he died I was devastated, but his presence in my life started me on a lifetime path of dedication to dogs I am forever grateful for.

I began working with dogs when I was 14, volunteering at my local ASPCA. Wanting to do more to help dogs I became a Certified Veterinary Technician (Nurse) for a number of years before taking a more direct interest in dog behaviour and training. 

In 2013 I started my journey back into formal education, studying an Animal Management and Behaviour BSc at Sparsholt College. Wishing to have a canine-specific degree I am currently studying a Level 6 Advanced Diploma with The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour Ltd (ISCP). My next goal once finishing my ADip is a Masters in Canine Behaviour. Alongside my structured education, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one of my passions as it ensures I am always using modern and correct practices with your dog. You will find my various certificates in the CPD album on my Facebook page.

 

Alongside my 20+ years of hands-on experience in working together with dogs, I am:

  • A Fear Free® Certified Professional Trainer

  • An Approved Instructor with The Dog Training College

  • A Moderator for the Do No Harm Dog Training Group which follows the Hierarchy of Dog Needs 

  • Routinely endorsed and receive referrals from other professionals in the field of behaviour and training

  • The only referral behaviourist and trainer used by Pet Doctors Isle of Wight

  • Recommended by other veterinary practices, groomers, dog sitters and dog walkers in my area

And a proud member of these ethical organisations:

  • The Pet Professional Guild

  • The International Companion Animal Network

  • Dog Welfare Alliance

  • Certified member of Dr Ian Dunbar's Dog Training and Behaviour Academy (SIRIUS ®)

R+Dogs started in 2018 by me and supplies training and behaviour options to you in person, online and through go at your own pace courses. While I am physically based on the Isle of Wight for 1:1 in-person assistance my virtual sessions for training and behaviour are open dogs and their humans both in the UK and US. 

I specialise in reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety, puppy coaching and enrichment. When I train I only ever use positive, reward-based methods built around a solid framework of ethics and science. My ultimate goal is for you and your dog to have the best relationship possible and I strongly feel that a solid relationship starts out with an understanding of what your dog needs from you, their human. When dogs talk, we listen.

I look forward to helping you and your dog have the best relationship possible.

It is my profession, but more importantly, it is my passion.

 

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