(Miya my Northern Inuit and me at Crufts 2015. GCDS SIlver Display Team).
Hi my name is Thomas Ambler and I live in Bishopbriggs. I have a passion for working with and helping dogs integrate into our society. This isn't always easy for dogs and most of what we call misbehaving is in actual fact usually a basic natural behaviour for dogs. I learned to work with and communicate with dogs more than 30 years ago when I first started working with my own dogs. Since then I have worked with many single and cross breed dogs. Each have their own personality and quirks.
To compliment the experience I have gained, I studied with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers gaining a certificate in Basic Instructional Techniques. Being fascinated by what motivates dogs I decided to study Canine Psychology with the Animal Care College and have both Introduction and Intermediate certificates in Canine Psychology. I am currently working through Advanced Canine Psychology at the moment. In 2015 I was accepted into and now a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild. And I am a member of the Kennel Club’s Accredited Instructors Scheme working towards accreditation.
In my spare time I volunteer as an assessor with German Shepherd Rescue Scotland. Helping to rehome German Shepherds into good loving homes.
Working with dogs means you have to remain calm and controlled at all times. Studying Buddhism and meditating regularly has really helped me focus my energy and keep me calm and in control when faced with challenging situations. This has proven to be very successful when working with dogs, (and people).
Teaching classes is great fun and the camaraderie can be very rewarding at times. But working one 2 one at my clients home is by far the most rewarding feeling there is. Being able to transform peoples lives by helping owners understand what motivates their dogs or even just teach them some basic skills which allows them to have happy dogs which listen and respond to their owners, is very satisfying.