I'm Ali, I set up Brighton Dog Training in 2010. I studied Psychology at Sussex University with a view to working in clinical psychology, however, as I progressed through my degree I started to pick more and more modules on learning theory and animal behaviour and chose a different path.
I worked for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for ten years and have worked and volunteered with several other rescue centres. While at Battersea, I fostered puppies for several years, building up about 10,000 hours experience with my foster pups. I became the first person in the country to become a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI) specialising in rescue and rehoming and worked as a mentor for the accreditation scheme. As well as running Brighton Dog Training, I am also a Recognised Assistance Dog Trainer for Dog A.I.D (Assistance in Disability). I am a full member of the Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT) and a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC).
I have now worked with dogs for 19 years, my day-to-day work involves helping dogs and their owners to get the most out of life together, I also act as an expert advisor for a few local authorities on dog-related matters. I attend seminars, conferences and courses regularly to keep my theoretical knowledge up to date.
I live in Hove with my family and our two dogs, Bodie a labrador and Kima who is a newfoundland.