About Us

Pet Necessities Training & Behaviour

APDT%20new%20logoThe Pet Necessities’ Training Team.

Pet Necessities Professional Dog Training is run by Sarah Hickmott BSc (Hons). Being a professional dog trainer, in our mind, means you have completed educational studies and passed rigorous assessment procedures.  Sarah is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), meaning that not only has she been assessed for her standard, but she promises to conform to the association’s ethics of only using kind, reward-based training methods.  This is essential when looking for someone to help you train your best friend; anyone can state that they are a qualified dog trainer, but look for APDT membership as a seal of approval.  She is also a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), meaning she is a fully qualified canine behaviour specialist.


We also have a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) on our Team.

Institute of Modern Dog Trainers Full Member


By training with Pet Necessities, you can be sure of a quality, professional service during which only the best, up-to-date advice will be given.  Even today, there are many horrible dog training techniques used, but we will never recommend anything that will cause pain, discomfort, injury or stress in either you or your dog!


Sarah Hickmott BSc (Hons), APDT00930 – Head Trainer and Clinical Animal Behaviourist

sarah-119%20smallSarah is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Councellors (APBC), and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT00930).

  • Sarah is a registered Animal Training Instructor and Clinical Animal Behaviourist with The Animal Behaviour and Training Council.
  • She has achieved a certificate in Advanced Training and Behaviour with The Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE).
  • Sarah has worked with dogs all her life and has been working in the dog training industry for over 15 years.
  • She has completed a degree in Psychology with Birkbeck University in Central London, where she was awarded an Upper Class Second with Honours.  Her final year project was based on reversal learning in dogs, and the effects of breed, age and gender on performance.
  • Sarah shares her life with Harvey, an 12 year old rescue Pug and George, a 7 year old rescue cross-breed. She has fostered and cared for many dogs in the past so is experienced in living with an array of different breeds.  Sarah also kept pet rats for many years, which she clicker trained to perform exercises such as to retrieve and touch targets … what fun!
  • Sarah has a certificate in Canine First Aid, with Animal Aiders, and is DBS checked for your peace of mind.


Nicola Tanner (formerly Wilkinson) – Dog Trainer

  • Nicola Wilkinson - Pet NecessitiesNicola is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT01098), making her a certified dog training.  She is also a student member of The Institute for Animal Care Education.
  • She has been working with Sarah since 2007.
  • She has obtained a distinction in an Introductory Psychology course with The Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE).
  • She received a distinction in her Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management with Compass Education and Training.
  • Nicola shares her life with Jaffa and Kia, two Sheltie’s.  Her passion is Heelwork to Music and agility, and she competes in both sports.  Nicola’s previous Sheltie was called Robbie, who she sadly lost at 14.5 years of age.  She was able to demonstrate her abilities at Crufts with Robbie for four years in a row.
  • In August 2008, Nicola went to India on an Animal Rescue Programme, where she was involved in rearing abandoned puppies.
  • Nicola is the manager of Pet Necessities Dog Walking and Pet Care, and loves caring for your furry friends.
  • Nicola has a certificate in Canine First Aid, with Animal Aiders, and is DBS checked for your peace of mind.


Kerry Jenkinson- Tellington TTouch Practitioner, P2

Tellington TTouch Practitioner

  • Kerry is a member of the Tellington TTouch Training UK Guild and a BHS Qualified Riding Instructor.
  • She has been a riding instructor for over 20 years and ran a livery yard for 16 years.
  • She started TTouch Practitioner Training in 2004 after seeing an article in the Battersea Dogs Home newsletter which described how TTouch can help various animals overcome unwanted patterns of behaviour, and more…
  • She qualified as a Companion Animal Practitioner (P1) in 2006, as an Equine Practitioner (P1) in 2007 and obtained her P2 qualification in 2013.
  • Kerry and Sarah met at a dog show in 2007. Sarah booked Kerry to visit Billy, her Yorkshire Terrier, who became stressed when left alone at night-time due to old age. Kerry started running workshops for Pet Necessities in 2009.
  • Kerry owns Wilbur, a Daschund x French Bulldog and Dudley, a rescue crossbreed.  She also owned Trevor, a Battersea Dogs Home rescue Staffie x Whippet.  Trevor suffered from a lack of confidence which led to fear aggression towards other dogs.  TTouch helped him to grow in confidence and become a wonderful sociable dog.  She sadly lost him in in 2016.
  • She also shared her life with Oscar, an Irish Draught x Thoroughbred horse who she used to compete with in dressage. TTouch helped him to recover from a severe bout of laminitis by promoting his circulation and lowering his stress levels, allowing him to cope with being confined to his stable as he recovered.  Unfortunately Kerry lost Oscar to old age in 2012.

Julia Hardy – Dog Trainer

Julia Hardy - Pet Necessities

  • Julia is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT01313) and the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT).  She has been working working with Sarah since 2014.

Institute of Modern Dog Trainers Full Member

  • She has attended many courses in dog training and behaviour by the Assocation of Pet Dog Trainers and obtained certificates in:
    • APDT Foundation Dog Training Instructors Course (2014)
    • APDT Advanced Dog Training Instructors Course (2015)
    • APDT Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Dog Training Instructing (2015 & 2016)
    • Open College Network Level 3 “Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour” accreditation (2017)
  • She shares her life with the lovely Luca, a 2 year-old Lurcher.  Luca regularly attends classes and Trick Training Workshops with Pet Necessities, but is also a flyball champion!
  • Julia has a certificate in Canine First Aid, with Animal Aiders.

Julia Hardy IMDT Trainer at Pet Necessities