Today we’re talking to Kerstin Dimond who’s based in Colchester. She is a dog trainer, behaviour counsellor, dog sport expert, and, well many, many other things!
This is her story.
Tell us a bit about your background and how you got into dog training.
Although being an accountant for many years I had always wanted to train dogs.
I grew up with all types of spaniels and Jack Russells. I left full time employment in 2004 and was able to get a dog again (Loki, a GSP) I decided that I would not become a dog trainer without a good scientific grounding in the subject.
I gained my BSc (Hons) Canine Behaviour & Training in 2012 and my APDT, UK qualification in 2010.
I am now an assessor for the APDT. I compete in canicross and bikejor, this season concentrating with Aksel, my young Greyster.
Do you specialise in a certain behaviour?
All levels of training, including:
- advanced clicker training,
- conceptual behaviours,
- behavioural consults,
What one word would you choose to sum up your training style?
Do you have dogs yourself?
Two GSPs (Freyr and Prussia) and a Greyster (Aksel). (GSP are German Shorthaired Pointers).
What do you think are the most important qualities for anyone working with dogs?
You need to be a people person too, not just a dog person!
What’s the most common type of problem you see?
Recall, by far.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about dog ownership?
Nothing is more important than the bond with your dog!
What advice would you give to a frustrated dog owner who is having major issues with their dog?
Always seek out someone with a proper scientific background as well as experience.
How do you relax and recharge after a long week’s work?
Running with the dogs.
Finally, what is the one thing you wish all dog owners knew?
I wish we could finally put the “dominance” fallacy out of everyone’s mind.
Want to work with Kerstin?
Like what you hear? You can get in touch with Kerstin below:
Business name: Dogucation
Areas that are covered: Colchester