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Meet Kate

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Kate is Contemplating Canines founder and teacher. Her vision is to bring together a community of dog lovers to inspire learning. She brings a wealth of experience to her online tutoring and ‘real world’ classes.

Kate holds an advanced diploma in Canine Behaviour Management (with distinction) from Compass Education Ltd and a Teacher’s Diploma and Certificate in Puppy Education from Learning About Dogs Ltd. Kate is a founder member of an international behaviour organisation, a member of the Pet Professional Guild and runs Contemplating Canines, her force-free behavior and training business, in East Devon, UK. She is author of Home Alone & Happy, a book about preventing separation anxiety, and is a regular contributor to magazines including Animal Therapy Magazine. She contributed to Jan Allegretti’s Complete Holistic Dog book and has worked in television as an assistant trainer for clicker training pets.

Kate’s special interests lie in errorless learning, problem prevention and canine enrichment, concepts she incorporates into her behaviour consultations. With a passion for nutrition and holism, she frequently takes referrals from a homeopathic vet practice and sees first-hand the powerful synergy of a mind-body-soul approach to wellness.

Seeing the many benefits of canine enrichment in her behaviour practice in 2017 Kate founded PickPocket Fabric Food Foragers, supplier of washable fleece toys suitable for young and old dogs alike, for mental stimulation and gentle exercise through nose work.

Along with her husband Paul, Kate is guardian to four dogs. She enjoys long walks with the dogs and escaping to the beach as often as possible.

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