Emma Phillips (BSc, IMDT, UKCSD, WSDA) - head behaviourist & trainer
Paw by Paw Training in Dorchester is owned and run by Emma Phillips. Emma has been training dogs for six years and pursues an extremely active programme of continued professional development, both theoretically, as demonstrated by her undertaking a three year masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Edinburgh, and practically, demonstrated by her commitment to training her dogs professionally at least three times a week.
Emma currently holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Reading in Zoology, with a specialisation in animal behaviour, a full qualification with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), a tracking instructor qualification from the UK College of Scent Detection (UKCSD) and is a level one judge and trainer for the World Scent Detection Association (WSDA).
Emma specialises in serious problem behaviours, including aggression towards humans and other dogs, separation anxiety and nervous or fearful dogs, especially those nervous of being at the vets or groomers. Her experience with her own dogs has given her first-hand experience of how challenging it can be to live with a dog who has these problems so she is passionate about helping her clients through this. Emma addresses these issues in one to one sessions, working closely to support both owner and dog with whatever they need, as well as through her incredibly popular Reactive Rovers classes designed to help dog reactive dogs and introduce them to a class environment.
Pumba is a seven year old Patterdale terrier who has been with Emma since eight weeks old. He’s been an very challenging dog to work with as he has incredibly strong prey drive which means getting his attention out and about in the countryside has been a challenge at times! Due to bad experiences he’s also afraid of children and men.
Pumba is the reason Emma is so passionate about remedial life skills training as Emma recognises how much loose lead walking and training a solid recall have improved their day to day lives. Upon leaving the house or a training hall Pumba used to pretty much pay absolutely no attention to Emma no matter what she tried, what treats she had or how exciting she was! They’ve done extensive behaviour modification in the form of counterconditioning, desensitisation and shaping to help him overcome his fear of children and men. For fun Emma and Pumba do trick training, parkour, tracking, rally, obedience and agility. His show name is Call Me Mr Pig (hopefully some Lion King fans get the reference!). He currently has his novice, intermediate and advanced trick titles. He also has his first leg towards his Level 1 RallyOnline title (he needs two more under different judges to complete this title)!
Pumba suffers from a long term skin condition which means he needs regular medication in the form of an injection. In order to minimise the stress of these injections Emma has worked really hard to make the vets not only a fun place to be but to make injections as pleasant an experience as possible. Pumba is now able to have injections without any restraint or force whatsoever and as a result absolutely loves his monthly vet visits!
Pumba - Call me Mr Pig (ntd, itd, atd)
timon - timmy choos (ntd)
Timon is Pumba’s brother from the same litter. He is also a challenging dog but in very different ways from Pumba. Timon’s prey drive is much less extreme, therefore being easier to own day to day and simply take for a walk. However, he goes 0-100 in a blin which has been a challenge to learn to channel and control appropriately, especially when he just wants to go crazy! Anything overexciting leads to him jumping up (he can reach Emma’s face!) and snapping his mouth. He does not intend to bite but he can occasionally catch you in the process and it’s a little painful! After lots of hard work this is much less of an issue but the journey fixing it taught both Emma and Timon more than any textbook ever could.
As a team, Timon and Emma have struggled as soon as external pressure is placed onto training so their activities have mainly focused on just having fun together. Despite this, Timon has his novice trick dog title and they’re hoping to add a scent work title or two to his name over the course of this year (2020 not having any shows has adjusted competition plans somewhat)!
Timon is absolutely petrified of the vets and this is something Emma has been working on with him for a few years. They’ve worked on consensual handling at home and desensitisation to the vet practice which scent work has helped hugely. Timon has come on leaps and bounds, previously he would scream upon being driven into the car park. He’s now at a stage where he can enter the practice and do some tricks on pieces of equipment such as the scales and examination table, although he’s still very worried as soon as a vet comes near him which is still a work in progress. Going to the vets with your dog when they are ill or in pain is bad enough even when your dog doesn’t mind the vets too much so Emma is passionate about turning the vets into an experience Timon can tolerate if not enjoy.
Julia is a fabulous trainer who has diligently assisted at Paw by Paw’s classes for over a year whilst studying to become a fully qualified dog trainer herself. She has since qualified with the IMDT and will be running some classes and taking on some 121 clients over the course of 2020!
Julia tonner (IMDT) - Trainer
Our trainers are devoted to making your life with your dog easier, whatever that may mean for you. Our mission is to help you sculpt the life with your dog you envisioned when you brought them home.
Our trainers envision you enjoying training so much and having all of your day to day training or behaviour needs met that you continue to train your dog past what you need purely because you both enjoy the experience that much!