Kirsten is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist who has worked in the field since 2009. Kirsten's specialism in the canine world is working with assistance dogs for mental health. With a wealth of experience in training and behaviour across a variety of animal species, Kirsten can offer a wide spectrum of services to suit an extensive variety of client requirements. Kirsten understands the difficulties that modern life can throw up and offers realistic training and behaviour protocols that work around her clients.
Kirsten strongly believes in the 'Positive Reinforcement' method of training animals.
“As we embrace a brave new world of communication, understanding, trust and respect, we move away from outdated and disproven theories such as ‘pack leadership’, ‘rank’ and ‘dominance’. Communication and education is my goal. I use only the least intrusive, proven, force free methods based on the scientific research of behaviour and learning. Using methodologies such as positive reinforcement with proven success, I look to advance the understanding of animal learning.” Kirsten Dillon
Kirsten lives in Surrey with her husband, two children and rescued/rehomed animals: Fiddy Scent the Chihuahua, and Dave the Maine Coon.
Kirsten is DBS checked and fully insured.
Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management
Instructor at PACT (Professional Association for Canine Trainers)
Consultant Behaviourist at Natural Instinct
Consultant Behaviourist at Dartmoor Zoological Park
Assessor and Trainer for Dog Assistance In Disability (A.I.D.)
Expert Contributor for Dogs Monthly
Former Head of Training for Veterans With Dogs
Member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association
Member of the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals
Registered Instructor at the ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council)
Animal Behaviour Therapy
How does it work?
I work in a methodical and logical 4 step manner which includes: (1) Understanding the problem, (2) Giving the recommendations, (3) Starting the training and (4) Checking progress.
I will read your pets detailed history and visit them in their natural environment to see first-hand what is going on. Based on this, I will be able to provide an initial idea of what is likely to be happening (or going wrong) and why. I’ll then be able to explain what I recommend both in person and in writing, with plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions and gain a thorough understanding.
We will then begin our training sessions together where I will explain, demonstrate and coach until you are able to take over the training yourself. The length of these sessions is completely personal, depending on the issues, the animal and what you prefer.
I’ll continuously monitor the sessions and your animal's progress. We will regroup and evaluate the effectiveness of the training sessions once our initial plan is complete. I’ll remain available until you are 100% happy that the issue has improved and you are confident enough to manage the situation moving forward.
It is my absolute mission to ensure that my methods are always (1) Evidence based, (2) Humane (for you and your animal), (3) Non-judgemental and (4) Affordable.
I believe it is imperative to stay up to date with the latest research and training techniques to ensure that you can train your animals using modern, rational and effective methods for optimal results. I do not believe in any use of intimidation or force in training, and only ever strive to leave you and your animal relaxed and keen to learn more after each session.
There is no place for blame in animal training, the most responsible thing an animal owner can do is to ask for help if they are experiencing issues. We are meant to enjoy life with our furry friends and improving/ modifying unwanted behaviour is necessary for this to happen. I also endeavour to be able to transfer the training skills to you, as the animal’s owner, in order to keep the training as cost effective as possible.