Debbie Potter (Head Trainer)
I am the Director and Head Trainer of Potter Paws, an independent family run business specialising in Family Dog Training based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. After many years wanting to work in a dog related profession but getting side-tracked into office work, I finally made the jump when my youngest daughter started school and Potter Paws was born.
My passion is helping families with their dog-parenting role, by providing a variety of fun training courses and workshops to help families meet the needs of their dog and create the perfect 4-legged family member to make every day life a little easier. I strive to help both ends of the lead reach their goals by focussing not just to teaching skills to dogs but also by empowering owners and helping them to overcome the emotional and practical side of living with and overcoming challenges with their dog.
As a child I was always surrounded by a number of family dogs. Just a couple of months after moving into my own home our first dog, Leo arrived, he was the best dog anyone could have wished for. 10 years later, puppy Dave arrived and Leo did a wonderful job of teaching him some good house manners in their time together. The next addition, Remus, has possibly been the most challenging of dogs but I am a firm believer that the dog chooses you and that families/trainers learn something new with each and every dog they are lucky enough to spend time with. Our most recent addition, Fred, is again a totally different character with different needs and quirks to teach me yet more tricks and methods to help him reach his full potential.
Due to the dog training industry currently being un-regulated, I have been assessed and accredited as a Full Member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) ensuring my ability to work with your dog. I continue to undertake numerous hours of CPD and learning via many differenet sources and organisations to continue to keep my knowledge up to date. My accreditations are a kite-mark of quality, knowledge and understanding which ensures you and your dog have a great experience.
I teach many of our dog training classes and workshops at our training venue in Stoke Mandeville and also provide 1-2-1 private training in the area surrounding Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. I deliver our online programmes and host a weekly Podcast designed to help you become a Dynamic Dog Owner.
I can help you with all aspects of training but have a passion for Puppies, Loose-Lead Walking, Parkour, Scent Detection and Labradors!
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