Dog Trainer / Manager

Lauren Thomas

Assistant Trainer Dog Trainer


Head Dog Trainer/ Animal Behaviourist

About the team;

Tracy 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 DTS, She trains all the other trainers in-house but also sends her main trainers on courses twice a year alongside her.

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

BSc Hons Animal Behaviour Science Degree
National Diploma in Animal Care and Management
Qualified Guide Dog Trainer for Guide dogs for the blind
An Award of Excellence from Millennium Volunteers
Trained as a trainee veterinary nurse and groomer
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
Passed step 1 and step 2 pets at home management levels.
Certified in Animal Fist Aid (redone qualification in 2011)
Certificate in pet store management
Certificate in safe use of veterinary medicines
Qualified Nutrition Counsellor
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

A student member for APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)
A Full Member of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA)
Level 3 certificate in Canine Hydrotherapy with small animals from Hawksmoor Training Centre
Buddy's Award from Hawksmoor for the student that showed the most outstanding contribution during their assessment day in the hydrotherapy pool.
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
Dolphin Training Academy Basic Award Training, Mexico
Dolphin Training Academy Advanced Award Training, Mexico
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

APDT activity weekend 2019

APDT assessment for membership on Sept 28th 2019

Tracy has been working with dogs since 2000. She has also previously worked for a large organisation as a full time dog trainer, teaching puppy & adult obedience courses, agility classes for beginners & advanced, one to one training, good citizen classes (bronze, silver and gold), training for boarding dogs and working in their dog creche facility. She also has worked in a canine hydrotherapy pool for 3 years for a dog centre doing fun and medical swims. She has also been a kennel manager for a large kennels in Cheshire and has done over 600 hours of volunteering in vets, kennels and groomers. All this hands on experience alongside her qualifications and working as a guide dogs trainer, tracy has a very good understanding of how dogs think and learn. She owns two dogs, a Labrador Paddy & an Italian Spinone Woody.

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