Meet the team

Contented PetCare Team
Contented PetCare Team
Contented PetCare Team

Hi I’m Nicola!

I have been lucky enough to have grown up with dogs since I was a toddler and I adore them! Sharing our homes and lives with dogs is a truly unique experience, and anyone who has ever welcomed a dog into their family will know how enriching that can be! The relationship we have with our dogs is wonderful – and as dog owners we are fitter, healthier and calmer! They provide us companionship and friendship, and we provide them food and shelter and the same in return!

As well as sharing my home with dogs, I have now been working with dogs for over 10 years. My previous work experience includes veterinary nursing, and volunteering as a dog walker, dog trainer and home checker for several animal rescues

In 2008 after training my own dog for several years I took the Dog Training Behaviour and Instructors Course at Derbyshire Canine Centre. In 2009 I was assessed and accepted for membership by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. In 2011 I passed my Learning About Dogs Clicker Trainers Competency Assessment Programme at Level 1 with distinction.

Since 2008 I have worked with dozens of dogs and their owners in their own homes and in that time have resolved all manner of problems. For the past 8 years I have taught regular weekly training classes in Glossop and surrounding areas helping dogs and their owners to master the basics of dog training from puppy socialisation skills and basic pet dog obedience to fun classes like tricks, rally and agility.

My training assistants Kat and Emma are experienced dog owners with years of dog training between them. Emma is currently studying for her BSc. in Canine Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College, and Kat is currently studying for the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Dog Training Instructors Course. Both Emma and Kat assist and teach at my training classes as well as assisting with home training sessions.

My pet sitting team has been carefully chosen and extensively trained by myself. All of our pet sitters are experienced, fully insured and police checked. We also regularly attend Canine First Aid Training for extra peace of mind.

As a team we continue our training and education by regularly attending seminars and workshops across the UK to ensure we using the most up to date effective methods.

So what are you waiting for? 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.


The courses we have attended include;

WOOF 2017 – European Behaviour and Training Conference
Chirag Patel, Bob Bailey, Jean Donaldson, Susan Friedman, Kay Laurence, Sarah Whitehead, Susan Schneider, Steve Martin, Clive Wynne, Theresa McKeon, Pam McKinnon

Veronica Boutelle

Fixing the Unfixeable – a new look at Separation Anxiety
Malena DeMartini

Canine First Aid and CPR
Rachel Bean RVN

Dog Law Seminar
Trevor Cooper

ClickerExpo Europe 2014
Karen Pryor, Ken Ramirez, Michele Pouliot, Cecilie Koste

‘Do As I Do’ Using social learning to train dogs
Claudia Fugazza

STOP! COME! CLICK! Reliable Recall and Controlling Chase Workshop
Jane Ardern

Behavioural Adjustment Training for Puppies through to Adult Dogs
Grisha Stewart

APDT Conference ‘Thyroid Problems and Vaccine Protocol’
Jean Dodds

Clicker Trainers Competency Assessment Programme Level One (CAP1)
Jane Ardern on behalf of Learning About Dogs

The Brand New World of Dog Training
Roger Abrantes

Canine Aggression Workshop
Paddy Driscoll

Behaviour/Instructors Course Parts 1 to 3
Sheila Bailey

What our customers say

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Since we got our chocolate Labrador Hugo six months ago we have had numerous training classes with Contented Canines Training School.

We immediately started with one to one sessions with myself, Hugo and Nicola the trainer while waiting for the next available set of training classes. 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. Following completion of the classes and sessions we needed additional help with training heel and recall as Hugo is a very inquisitive and easily distracted dog! Due to work commitments attending further sessions proved a little more difficult and Nicola was able to take Hugo out alone to patiently work with Hugo and feedback to us in additional sessions her methods of training which were specifically adapted to suit Hugo’s personality.

Having experienced all three methods of training we can without doubt recommend Contented Canines for each. 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 Entwistle with Hugo 10/13/2016

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Our whole family have attended the puppy training courses run by Nicola and her team with our dog, Buster. We all learnt invaluable skills that have eased us into being dog owners, and Buster loved meeting other dogs each week of the courses. Nicola is always very calm and clear in her instructions, and will guide you if, and when you go wrong. My daughter was inspired to take the agility course too, and this has now become one of her hobbies. Thanks to Contented Pets for all your help.

Rhoda Badge with Buster 09/09/2016