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Canine behaviour and coaching enterprise in Hursley wins ‘Canine Coach of the 12 months’ and ‘Most Affected person Canine Behaviourist’ within the South East

LOCAL enterprise Maher & Hound was not too long ago titled ‘Most Affected person Canine Behaviourist’ within the South East after profitable Hampshire’s ‘Canine Coach of the 12 months’ in March.

Final week, Karen Maher came upon she was the fortunate winner of the Acquisition Worldwide Influential Businesswoman Awards ‘Most Affected person Canine Behaviourist’, with the 2022 award resulting from be introduced formally in July.

Each awards had been based mostly on the testimonials of Maher & Hound’s purchasers. The canine behaviourist and coach mentioned: “Nicely it’s wonderful and fairly sudden often because I didn’t know I’d been nominated and it’s actually flattering as a result of each awards are based mostly on my purchasers’ reviews- on my web site, on Fb and on Google.

“So it’s all based mostly on how comfortable my clients are and never simply with the work with the canine but in addition with how I’m with the individuals. Clearly, that’s an enormous a part of it too, reassuring individuals.

“It’s very flattering. I do work extremely arduous for my purchasers as I actually wish to get one of the best outcomes for them and their canine. I’m actually understanding as a result of I believe the factor is everybody loves their canine and so they come to me as a result of they love their canine a lot.

“Typically, if their canine has been operating off or leaping up at individuals within the park, generally they arrive to me and so they’re just a little bit embarrassed by that. I don’t decide individuals in any respect. I suppose that’s the place the endurance comes from and making individuals really feel prefer it’s not something they’ve carried out fallacious, it’s only a canine being a canine.”

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After 20 years working in PR in London, Karen, now based mostly in Hursley close to Winchester, retrained as a canine behaviourist and coach. The now 49-year-old has since turn into totally certified, vet-recommended and accredited as a behaviourist with the Institute of Trendy Canine Trainers (IMDT).

Hampshire Chronicle: Maher & Hound. Credit: 'Holly and The Dogs'

The canine behaviourist mentioned: “It was all the time behind my thoughts that I needed to work with canine. I’d all the time had canine, even once I lived in London and labored in PR, I had a canine which I took to work with me on a regular basis so I’ve all the time beloved canine.

“But it surely’s truly coming as much as 5 years in the past now, my aunt who was 58 on the time- she was given just some months to reside fairly all of a sudden. And I used to be actually near her and it simply made me realise that life is usually a bit brief.

“I simply thought that I ought to do one thing else that I actually wish to do. I beloved PR however on the similar time I’d carried out it for 20 years or one thing. That is the third yr of my enterprise having studied for a few years earlier than I began working.

“It was actually arduous to make the change as a result of your mind is so used to working in a method for years and years and if you’ve carried out a job for that lengthy, it’s nearly automated. And with the learning that I did, particularly for canine behaviour, there’s numerous science in it, numerous anatomy, numerous biology and so to must go and be taught all of that was actually fairly arduous to have interaction my mind in that manner.

“However I handed in order that’s good!”

Hampshire Chronicle: Maher & Hound. Credit: 'Holly and The Dogs'

Maher & Hound provides behavioural modification programmes for points together with aggression, separation anxiousness, recall, pulling on the lead and useful resource guarding and individually tailor-made pet, canine and pet gundog coaching. She additionally has private expertise with anxious canine: Karen’s personal Jack Russell Tiggy was reactive and frightened, and it was serving to her regain confidence which impressed the profession change.

The 49-year-old is all the time seeking to keep updated with the newest coaching. In 2021 she accomplished a yr’s mentorship with Steve Mann, the founding father of the IMDT and creator of ‘Straightforward Peasy Pet Squeezy’ and Dave Brice, head of Canine Behaviour on the IMDT.

The IMDT, fashions reward based mostly coaching with all of their trainers and behaviourists utilizing the hottest science-based canine coaching strategies which might be confirmed to be efficient and have the canine’s welfare at coronary heart.

Karen has moreover studied with pet behaviour counsellor, Sarah Whitehead (BA, MSc) and creator of the bestselling ebook ‘Intelligent Canine’.

The award-winning coach will rejoice her success together with her canine at dwelling. Though Karen has already thanked her purchasers, she’s but to seek out out who nominated her.

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