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Contented PetCare Team
Contented PetCare Team
Contented PetCare Team

Hi I’m Nicola!

I’ve got a confession to make…

I wasn’t supposed to work with dogs.

That wasn’t how my career path had been planned out.

But sometimes life takes you on journeys that you weren’t expecting, and this is mine!

I grew up in rural Lincolnshire, the oldest of 7 children (yes you read that right!)

At school I loved animals and art, and thought I had to choose between the two. I was rubbish at science so I chose art.

I went to University in Liverpool and took a degree in Architecture. I was training to be an architect.

I spent 5 years after I graduated working for various architectural firms but nothing quite seemed to fit.

Then in 2005 we decided to get a dog!

I had grown up with Labrador and lab-crosses so that seemed the sensible choice (go with what you know!), but I soon realised I actually knew nothing!!!

I fell madly in love with Joey, my little black bundle of fluff (and teeth and claws) and it broke my heart leaving him at home every day while I went to work.

In the evenings I would try to understand Joey better by taking him to dog training classes and absolutely loved it!

I travelled around the area working with lots of different trainers learning different techniques and practising on Joey who was my poor guinea pig (sorry Joey!!!)

I became really interested in learning theory and dog behaviour, and around my full-time job I started reading everything I could find about dogs and dog training and behaviour.

Then I started to have this niggling idea that I just might be able to have a go at teaching dog training classes. And wouldn’t it be great if Joey could come to work with me?

I came across a course which looked like a great introduction for me, and on finishing I took the leap, handed in my notice (which was terrifying!) and set up my first classes on a Sunday evening.

And that was how it all started!

Looking back I made lots of mistakes and I still carry on making mistakes now!

I hadn’t the first idea about running my own business and was very naïve about what would actually be involved.

I’m still getting the hang of it now, trying to keep up with changes in marketing, social media as well as the latest dog training techniques.

I tried a range of training methods before I found what felt right for me.

Some of the techniques I used I really regret (yes, I sprayed Joey in the face with a water bottle, and was told to ignore him because he was getting dominant! Luckily he has forgiven me!)

But I learn from my mistakes and I’m sure there will be many more to come which will continue to educate me!

I have worked with some brilliant trainers who I owe a lot too, and with a brilliant team of staff who have been very patient with me learning the ropes of ‘being a boss’ .

And most of all I have learnt so much from all of the wonderful dogs and clients I have worked with.

Every day really is a school day in this business and dogs are wonderful teachers if we take the time to listen to them.

In the past 10 years I have worked with hundreds of dogs and their owners in their own homes and in classes, and in that time have resolved all kinds of problems.

I am also mum to Thomas aged 9, and use my experience with kids and dogs to work with families training their new puppies or dogs, and teaching children about dog safety.

Whether you have a specific problem to solve, need some help with the basics of dog training, or you want to start a new hobby with your dog, we would love to show you what a difference we can make to you and your dogs lives!

Nicola x

What our customers say

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The one to one sessions were a great start to understanding why Hugo did certain things and how to train him to heel and recall. This was then expanded upon during group training classes, which also a brilliant environment to help socialise and train Hugo with other dogs.

Nicola has helped us to understand why Hugo acts in certain manners and how to train him in a way that works for him. The training methods are kind and Hugo enjoys the praise and reward he gets when learning new things and adapting his behaviour.

Rebecca with Hugo

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Dear all,
This week we had a fab talk about being safe around dogs. One of our parents Nicola Davies is a dog trainer, she offered to come in to school and talk to the children about dogs and how to keep yourself safe around them. She used songs and pictures from ‘Dog Stars’ to help the children remember the key messages. She also used quizzes and acting to reinforce things. All our children enjoyed it and learned something, as did the staff. I know she would love to get into other schools to spread the message. If you would like to find out more her details are below.

Email sent to heads of Derbyshire Schools by Mrs A Littlehailes, St Lukes Primary