Rachel Woollven

I first fell in love with dogs as a child but was never allowed to have one. Instead I would seek out all friends and family who had dogs and spend hours playing with them. My first dog came as a young adult in the form of a very bouncy, floppy eared Weimaraner named Henry.

I owe this dog everything as I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. I am extremely lucky to still have him in my life at the grand old age of 13yrs. Henry and I faced many challenges together in the early days but I was determined not to give up. I started to take him to training, read extensively about positive reinforcement methods and attended various courses, workshops and seminars. It was in 2009, having worked in the substance misuse field for a number of years I decided to take the plunge and take my career in a completely new direction. So, I completed my Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training and Behaviour with COAPE and Canine Connection was born.


  • Introduction to Canine Psychology – Animal Care College, 2009
  • Dogwise Award in Dog Training and Behaviour – COAPE, 2010
  • Canine First Aid – Animal Aiders, 2011 and 2017
  • Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training – COAPE, 2011

Courses & Seminars Attended

  • COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers – Dog, the law and how to cope with the reactive ones, May 2011
  • Learning About Dogs – Rehab: building the confident dog, June 2011
  • Learning About Dogs – Life skills, August 2011
  • Learning About Dogs – Teaching life skills and rehabilitation, August 2011
  • U.K.R.C.B (UK Registry of Canine Behaviour) – Learning for Life: Considering a new approach to educating puppies, September 2011
  • Sarah Whitehead – Dog aggression masterclass, October 2011
  • Learning About Dogs – Teaching puppies and adolescents, November 2011
  • Learning About Dogs – Teachers workshops, June 2012
  • COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers – Dogs and what they can do, May 2013
  • Ken Ramirez – 2 day seminar, May 2013
  • Sarah Whitehead – Learn to talk dog, August 2013
  • Kathy Sdao – 2 day seminar, November 2013
  • Diamond Dog – Agility  Instructors Course, April 2014
  • Learning About Dogs – ‘Outside the Box’, November 2014
  • Ken Ramirez – Training from core to complex, May 2015
  • IMDT – Grumpy Dogs, July 2015
  • IMDT – Injecting fun and creativity into classes, July 2015
  • IMDT – Happy Recallers, August 2015
  • IMDT – Loose Leaders, August 2015
  • Learning About Dogs – Clicker training weekend, August 2015
  • Positive Animal Solutions – Clicker Expo, November 2016
  • Domesticated Manners – 3 day Woof conference, February 2017
  • Ken Ramirez – 2 day seminar, May 2017
  • Animal Events U.K.  – 3 day puppy conference, January 2018

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