Hello. My name is Rachael Black, and I have been working with dogs professionally since 2014. My journey started as a dog walker working for a large company, walking lots of mismatched dogs together! I started my own business, Growlers, in 2016, providing walks, daycare and boarding.
I first began to study dog behaviour and training in 2019, and am currently studying a Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour (Canine).
Licenced with Brighton & Hove City Council #2021-01731-ANIBOD
Qualifications and experience
Level 4 Diploma
Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour
Level 3 Diploma
Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare
Student Member of I.S.P.A
International Society of Animal Professionals
Rescue Dog Experience
I have many years of experience of caring for and studying rescue dogs, as well as being a guardian to my own rescue pups. Most reputable rescue organisations will help you through the initial weeks of rehoming your new dog, but what happens after that? I can give you guidance on how to create a perfect environment for your new family member, as well as a training plan to tackle any issues.
Fear free/ Force free
I believe, through study and experience, that the most effective and humane way to train and care for our dogs is using the force free, fear free structure. I encourage the use of positive reinforcement and enrichment, as they have been proven to improve the welfare of dogs. I am against the use of aversive punishment of any dog. Punishment increases the risk of pain, stress and aggression. I will never use aversive methods on your dog.
Science based approach
I use scientifically proven methods to ensure that the dogs I work with are getting all their needs met. As a cynologist, I am continuously learning about dogs, and I ensure that I am up to date with modern studies as well as animal law. I regularly attend seminars on dog welfare and behaviour. I am currently studying with Compass Education and Training, accredited by the Institute for Animal Care Education.
Are you a dog behaviourist?
No - not yet! I refer to myself as a cynologist. Dog training and behaviour is not a regulated industry, so literally anyone can call themselves a trainer or behaviourist. I provide qualified behavioural and training advice, and I specialise in dog behaviour.
Do you provide one-to-one help?
Yes I do! This can be in person, over the phone or via a zoom call. The first consultation usually takes around 2 hours, and this is followed up by a detailed report which includes a solid training plan & lots of qualified advice.
Can you fix my dog?
No! Dogs don't need to be fixed - they need to be understood. I can help you to have a greater understanding of your dog's behaviour, which in turn will create a stronger bond, and a happy, mostly stress-free home life!