I am Clair Hickson, a highly qualified and experienced dog behaviourist.

I have undertaken 3 years of study with COAPE and now tutor for them myself. Since qualifying in 2008 I have undertaken hours of training particularly in behaviour and clicker training. My approach to all my work with dogs is to use positive, force free training methods.

I am an active committee member for CAPBT. I am a tutor in dog behaviour and canine and feline nutrition at COAPE. I also speak at seminars and conferences, particularly in the area of dog to dog aggression, clicker training and owner counselling. I have had several articles published in Dogs Monthly magazine. I grew up with, and loved dogs from an early age. It wasn’t until the mid 90’s that I was finally able to own my first dog, a rescue German Shepherd. Jake was scared of other dogs and also bit several people in his lifetime. I loved him with all my heart and he started my journey into dog behaviour as I learnt how to help him.

When I lost him from old age in 2004, I decided to channel my energy into learning about dog behaviour.

In 2009 I gave up my highly specialised career in nursing to start Talk to the Paw. My experience of nursing plays a role in all my dog related work as it has given me the skills of listening, counselling and empathising with my clients. Since those early days I have taught classes, workshops and seminars and have worked individually with hundreds of dogs to solve difficult behaviour. I am still learning all the time.

I currently have 3 dogs of my own, Ghillie is my German Shepherd and full of life. Scooby is from Spain and Poppy is our resident Jack Russell.

My code of professional conduct through CAPBT can be viewed here. All work is fully covered by professional indemnity and public liability insurance.