Dog Trainer / Manager

Lauren Thomas

Assistant Trainer Dog Trainer


Head Dog Trainer/ Animal Behaviourist

About the team;

Tracy (pictured above) is our head animal trainer has been working with dogs since year 2000, She has a range of experience with working with many different species which helps refine her motor skills & ability to train. She is company director for the Happy Hounds

She owns Academy 4 Dogs daycare & pet services company in Stockport, she has completed:

Tracy's Higher qualifications

BSc Hons Animal Behaviour Science Degree
National Diploma in Animal Care and Management
Qualified Guide Dog Trainer for Guide dogs for the blind

Level 3 certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy with small animals from Hawksmoor Training Centre

Tracy's Memberships (qualified at)

A dog trainer for Association of Pet Dog Trainer
A Master Dog Trainer with Guild of dog Trainers
A Full Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers
A full member of Pet Professional Guild

Qualified Nutrition Counsellor

Certified in small animal Fist Aid & CPR
Certificate in pet store management

Pets as Therapy Volunteer with two of her pet dogs passed their pets as therapy exam

Tracy's Awards

An Award of Excellence from Millennium Volunteers

Buddy's Award from Hawksmoor for the student that showed the most outstanding contribution during their assessment day in the hydrotherapy pool.

Dolphin Training Academy Basic Award Training, Mexico
Dolphin Training Academy Advanced Award Training, Mexico

Tracy's Experience

Trained as a trainee veterinary nurse

Trained as a groomer
Did 400 hours of volunteering in vets, groomers, kennels & animal charities

Trained as a hydrotherapist

Tracy's Animal training courses & conferences attended

Certificate in Animal handling, training and Instructing- a course that put a rescue dog through the good citizen scheme

Attended T-touch workshops and courses, Aggression Seminars, Annual Day Seminars with Companion Animal Behaviour Study Group

Attended a day course in canine communication and body language.

BAT (Behaviour Adjustment Training) for Puppies through to Adult Dogs; Prevention and Rehabilitation of Aggression, fear and frustration Course
Managing & Training, Behaviour Counselling, Puppy & Adult Classes, a 4 day course by Dr Iain Dunbar
Dog Law course by Trevor Cooper
Victoria Stilwell (it's me or the dog) Seminar on Common dog issues and aggression in dogs.
Behaviour Adjustment Training Instructors Course for 5 days, passed the exam to become a CBATI
A Shadow day at School for Paws in Shrewsbury
Puppy Development course with IMDT (institute of Modern dog trainers)
4 day Instructors course with IMDT
A seminar in Force Free dog Training by Chriag Patel
Wag Together Conference at A4D talks on Dog Reactivity/aggression by James Carroll, Debbie Busby & Sarah HB
2 day Trick training course with Nando Brown
Agility 3 day Instructors course Level 1 Kim Hunt
Agility 3 day Instuctors course Level 2 Kim Hunt
Shadowing the UK champion in Agility Shaun Hunt
Scent work Level 1 by Helen Greenly
5 days shadowing Crufts Champion Di Martin in scent work & obedience
Bite Prevention Seminars - Victoria Stilwell MAY
Wag Together Conference at A4D talks by BUD programme, hearing dogs & Di Martin (crufts champion) doing a demo/talk
How to change predatory chase behaviour in dogs by David Ryan Seminar
Clicker Exp 3 Day conference 2014 & 2015 & 2019
Happy Recallers by Nando Brown in December
Canine Nutrition Course & raw feeding
Training Chickens level 1 with Chirag Patel
Professional Animal Trainers Level 1 course at Paradise Zoo in london
Training Chickens level 2 with Chirag Patel
Dog Assault course
Bite Prevention course 2014 & 2015
Ken Ramirez course
Chicken Training level 3- polishing a dog trainers motor skills
Grumpy Dog Course IMDT
Dog Training with Iain Dunbar
Susan Friedman 2 days course in animal behaviour
Visit to Amazing Animals
Separation Anxiety training course with Positive Animal Solutions
National Bite Prevention Course 2015, 2017, 2019
Dog Precision course
Dog KC Sports course
Woof Conference 2017 & 2019
Kathy Sado course
Dog Cognition course
Attended 2 x Dog Fest Festivals

Pet Industrial Summit in Orlando Florida

Puppy Conference 2018 (coming up)

Dinner with 8 trainers in London

Canine Conference 2019

Craig Oglive- workshop on impulse & high arousal in dogs 2019

She has 3 pet dogs of her own a Labrador Paddy & an Italian Spinone Woody & a 3/4 working Clumber x with a 1/4 working springer Lily. Two of which are Pets as Therapy dogs (which Lily will also qualify when she is 9 months old as only a puppy at moment). Her dogs have performed in demonstration teams at Family Pet Show for 6 years & National Pet Show at the NEC Birmingham. The demonstrations were in agility, obedience & canine hoopers. Woody works in schools also teaching children to read dogs & works on radio & tv too.

Tracy tries to keep her knowledge up to date by going on courses every year, each year she has courses booked in many countries to bring back cutting edge up to date methods.


Trainee Dog Trainer


Trainee Dog Trainer


Reactive Bootcamp Co-Instructor & lead work trainer

The Other Trainers in the team´╗┐ below (all in house trained & go on courses arranged by Tracy also)


Dog Trainer/Assistant Manager


Trainee Dog Trainer


Trainee Dog Trainer

A story of Woody's life has been done by Edition Magazine in Oct 2019.

Two of Tracy's pet dogs are qualified pets as therapy dogs