About dog trainer Odette
Odette is a qualified professional dog trainer and a proud member of both the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT UK), the two leading professional bodies for dog training and behaviour with stringent assessment criteria for membership.
Crazy about dogs
Her love for all things dog started with her first family dog, a boisterous Bouvier girl. Odette was ten years old and was immediately hooked.
As an adult Odette developed a successful career in marketing and PR, but after 17 years of immersing herself in human communications she said a fond farewell to London life and moved to West Sussex with two newly adopted rescue dogs: Kiki a Rottweiler girl, and Tigger an American Bulldog cross boy.
They were joined by Hippo, a rescue Staffordshire Bull-Terrier boy a few years later. Poppy, an eight-month Rottie girl, with an unfortunate start in life, followed in Kiki’s paw steps after her passing.
Passionate about dog welfare
Odette is passionate about animal welfare. She has been a Dogs Trust volunteer since 2009 and volunteered at the RSPCA head office helping out with fundraising during 2013.
Odette is a positive reinforcement and clicker trainer. She strongly believes that the use of pain or force impede the dog from learning. Instead she will set your dog up for success and help him become a good decision maker so that you can enjoy a more harmonious, contented life together.
Positive reinforcement and clicker trainer
Odette is a qualified IMDT and APDT trainer as well as a Certified Trick Dog Instructor
(CTDI) and Force Free Trick Trainer (FFTT).
Her dogs are Kennel Club Good Citizen graduates. Tigger is an experienced stooge dog, wizened in the ways of Behavioural Adjustment Training and helps client dogs with dog-dog aggression issues. Tigger and Hippo also hold various trick titles. Tigger achieved the Guru level and Hippo is a DMWYD Advanced Trick Dog.
You can watch Odette's own dogs and some of her clients' dogs on the Muttley Matters You Tube channel.
Odette's dog training experience:
- Volunteer dog trainer, walker and home visitor for the Dogs Trust,
Shoreham, since November 2009
- Dog Training Club Secretary and Trainer in Horsham, 2010-2012
- Achieved a Certificate in Canine Behaviour (OCN Level Three), July 2011
- Trainer at Muttley Matters since August 2012
- Trainer at Sussex County Dog Training since February 2014
- Qualified as a Force Free Trick Trainer (FFTT), February 2015
- Qualified as a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), January 2017
- Achieved a Diploma in Canine Behaviour (OCN Level Four), Deceomber 2017