Meet the Team
Leanne is CentreBarks' Centre Manager and oversees the day-to-day running of the creche, as well as our accounts system. She is trained in animal care and canine first aid.
Leanne loves to spend her time with animals, in addition to all the dogs at CentreBarks, and feels very lucky to call this her job. The highlight for Leanne is seeing how happy the dogs are when they come to CentreBarks. Her own pets are a blue merle Border Collie called Milo, five pygmy goats - Bramble, Willow, Poppy, Sky, and Lily who live very happily with the 4 brown hens.
Kayleigh is our Activities Co-ordinator and Assistant Trainer. She attends to the needs of the dogs at creche each day, entertaining and playing games with them, setting up all the activities and training sessions etc. She also assists Heather at the regular Functional Character workshops.
Kayleigh has had a boost in her confidence since working at CentreBarks and is proud to care for, and work with, so many happy pets. She has completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course, which is an excellent achievement, and is now working towards the Dog Trainer Comprehensive level.
Kayleigh has been around dogs for as long as she can remember and currently owns two dogs - Ruby, a Boxer and Buddy, a French Bulldog. She also owns three guinea pigs and four cats.
Judith is our Canine Enrichment Co-ordinator, and also helps with the collections and deliveries of our canine students, driving the CentreBarks "Bark & Ride" dog bus.
She helps keep order during all the games, and whilst individual training sessions are taking place. Judith also attends to the needs of the dogs at creche each day, entertaining and playing games with them, and also gives out big hugs for those canine guests who like them.
Judith also helps to ensure controlled entry and exit for the creche dogs at the training room doorway, as all canine students get rather excited for their training sessions! Judith has recently taken on an 11-year old Chocolate Labrador called Max, and a 6-year old terrier mix called Barney who absolutely adores her!
Published in March 2021, Heather's book "Beyond the Breed", reveals a new way to know and understand dogs - a must-read for anyone interested in them.
Heather has been a dog trainer and behaviourist for nearly 4 decades and is one of the most advanced clicker trainers in the UK having completed the Dog Trainer Professional Programme with the Karen Pryor Academy in 2016. She is also a Registered Animal Trainer with the Animal Behaviour Training Council, a Full Member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association, a Master Trainer Member of the Guild of Dog Trainers, a Reiki Master, and a Recognised Assistance Dog Trainer for Dog AID. Heather is also qualified in canine first-aid.
Heather's expertise in training and dog behaviour, particularly her in-depth knowledge of Canine Functional Characters, is hugely beneficial and used to great advantage in both CentreBarks Doggie Daycare and her work with aggressive dogs at private sessions outside of creche.
Currently, Heather owns 3 rescue crossbreeds - KD, Wizzi, and Ava.