Our Team

Train with us and have a happy and well-behaved dog

Sarah Hickmott

Sarah Hickmott BSc (Hons)

Head Trainer And Clinical Animal Behaviourist

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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.
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She is a registered Animal Training Instructor and Clinical Animal Behaviourist with The Animal Behaviour and Training Council.  Sarah has achieved a certificate in Advanced Training and Behaviour with The Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) and is a recognised trainer for Scentwork UK levels 1 & 2.

 

Sarah has worked with dogs all her life and has been working in the dog training industry for over 19 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.

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Sarah shares her life with George, an 11 year old rescue cross-breed.  She has owned, fostered and cared for many dogs in the past so is experienced in living with an array of different breeds.

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Sarah also kept pet rats for many years, which she clicker trained to perform exercises such as to retrieve and touch targets … what fun!

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Sarah holds a certificate in Canine First Aid, with Animal Aiders, and is DBS checked for your peace of mind.

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Sarah has qualified as a Nature’s Menu Raw Food Advisor.

Nicola Tanner

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Nicola Tanner

Nicola is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT01098), making her a certified dog trainer.  She has been working with Sarah since 2007.

 

  • Nicola is a registered trainer with The Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC).
  • 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.
  • She is a recognised trainer for Scentwork UK levels 1 & 2.
  • Nicola shares her life with Jaffa and Kia, two Sheltie’s.  Her passion is agility, which she competes in.
  • She has previously competed in Heelwork to Music to a high standard.
  • 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 has a certificate in Canine First Aid, with Animal Aiders, and is DBS checked for your peace of mind.

Julia Hardy

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Julia Hardy

Julia is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT01313) and the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT).  In 2019 Julia completed her qualifications to become a registered behaviourist with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDTB).  She has been working with Sarah since 2014.

 

Julia has attended many courses in dog training and behaviour by the Association 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)
  • Open College Network Level 5 “Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour (2019)

 

She shares her life with the lovely Luca, a Lurcher.

 

Julia has a certificate in Canine First Aid, with Animal Aiders.

Kerry Jenkinson

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Kerry is a member of the Tellington TTouch Training UK Guild (P2).  She started working with Sarah in 2009.

  • Kerry has been a BHS Qualified Riding Instructor for over 25 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 owns Wilbur, a Daschund x French Bulldog and Dudley, a rescue crossbreed. She also owned Trevor, a Battersea Dogs Home rescue Staffie x Whippet who she sadly lost to old age.
  • 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.

Lucy Tyrrell

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Lucy Tyrrell is a Galen Myotherapist gaining her level 3 Galen Myotherapy Diploma in 2015.  She has been working with Sarah since 2017.

  • Lucy is now also one of the tutors for The Galen Myotherapy Diploma and works with the students on their practical hands on training.
  • She is a member of the International Association of Animal Therapists.
  • Lucy works with many of the vets in the area who regularly refer dogs to her meaning she plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of these dogs.
  • Lucy and Sarah met in 2017 when Sarah contacted Lucy to find out more about Galen Myotherapy and to arrange holding workshops together.
  • She has also treated Sarah’s dogs Harvey and George.  She has three dogs herself; Westies called Maisie, Betty and Peggy.  She is often to be found in Richmond Park trying to distract them from all the squirrels!