About us

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Rachel Smith

Head trainer KCAI (CD) 

Rachel is the lead trainer at Furry Tails and draws on almost a decade of experience working with canine behaviour.  Rachel is responsible for the design and coordination of our courses, ensuring both you and your dog can build skills and confidence week by week, whether you are an experienced dog-owner or bringing your first puppy!

As well as being an Absolute dogs Pro Dog trainer, Rachel is also an accredited Kennel club companion dog instructor

https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/kcai/list-of-accredited-instructors

Rachel has professional qualifications in dog training from IMDT, Compass, The Centre of Excellence, Alpha Education, ‘Think Dog’ by Sarah Whitehead and a Level 3 Professional Daycare and Boarding Certificate.

Rachel has also trained alongside a Crufts Obedience winner who has taught her most of her skills she possesses today. Having previously held training classes and socialisation groups for a North West company, Rachel has successfully accredited dogs through all stages of the Kennel Club Good Citizen dog scheme. Rachel has a Level 3 qualification in Professional Daycare and Boarding.

Rachel has had a lifelong love of dogs and has long supported rescue dogs through The Dogs Trust charity and local rescue centres. Her own rescued furry friends helped to build her interest in behavioural therapy for dogs and she has rehabilitated her latest rescue, Katie, with positive behaviour techniques to bring out the happy, confident side of this lovely collie Cross. 

With this experience, Rachel is able to draw upon a wide range of techniques and skills to help people of all ages and abilities to successfully communicate with our canine friends in a fun and rewarding way.

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Adam collier

 

Daycare Dogfather

Adam has worked with furry Tails for 2 years now and absolutely loves working with his furry colleagues. In the past, he has worked for west mercia police as a witness care officer. Adam has been walking dogs and training with Furry Tails since early 2019 and has a Level 3 Professional Daycare and Boarding Certificate.  

He loves the outdoors and animals, especially dogs. Over the years he has spent time with Rachel, helping to improve his knowledge of these amazing animals and learning lots about positive-reinforcement dog training. 

 

he is a fully qualified dog first aider and is continuing his doggy knowledge through on-going training courses.

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Michelle Fisher

 

Trainer

Michelle is an dog trainer with furry tails and has helped with the company since the start-up over 2 years ago. 

 

Michelle has a passion for dogs and uses her teaching qualifications to help owners work with their doggies. michelle has had many different breeds and mixed breeds of dogs during her life and enjoys working with all different types of animals, not just dogs.

 

Michelle loves the outdoors and can often be found riding her bike around the Wirral and further away. 

 

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Claire Markotter
Furry dog mother

Claire has joined Furry Tails as an apprentice working towards a Level 2 Animal Care and Welfare Assistant qualification. Following her move from South Africa, she volunteered at Furry Tails and couldn't get enough of the dog life. This prompted a decision to make the career change and explore all that this new world could offer. 

 

Claire learnt to walk with the help of her Rottweiler Rocky and has not stopped walking with dogs since that day. In South Africa, she was a dogsitter, volunteered at shelters and ran charity drives for rescue organizations. She hopes to continue to contribute to animal welfare here, while growing and developing as a trusted canine companion to the Furry Tails family.  

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Cheryl Brown
Furry dog mother

CHERYL IS OUR APPRENTICE DOG DAYCARE ASSISTANT.  CHERYL IS COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH DOGS HAVING PREVIOUSLY UNDERTAKEN VOLUNTARY WORK FOR LOCAL VETS AND HELPING ALSO WITH DOG TRAINING CLASSES. 

 

PREVIOUSLY CHERYL HAS WORKED AS A DOG GROOMER AND UNDERTOOK HER LEVEL 2 DIPLOMA IN WORK BASED ANIMAL CARE AND SHE HAS ALSO RECENTLY COMPLETED A COURSE IN CANINE BEHAVIOUR. 

 

WHEN NOT IN WORK CHERYL ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH HER TWO LABRADORS DIESEL AND BEAR WHO ARE VERY ENERGETIC AND FULL OF FUN, SHE ALSO ENJOYS THE COMPANY OF HER TWO CATS TIGGER AND SOOTY TOO.

Furry Tails has a number of lovely support -trainers we call upon according to the specific requirements of the different classes we offer. We never exceed our maximum number of dogs per class and employ a minimum number of trainers to support you and your furry friend! Our trainers are all experienced dog-handlers and complete our induction course before joining any class.