Alison Winters owns Lincolnshire based business Pet Potential, offering dog training and behaviour solutions with the help of the very knowledgeable Maxine – volunteer extraordinaire! While they both have extensive knowledge about all things dog, their forte is puppies.
Alison’s not from around these parts … you’ll realise that when you hear her accent! Her warmth and openness originates from County Durham in the North East, as well as her love of a “proper” cup of strong tea!
Fun. Positive. Supportive.
Alison: I enjoy helping owners to develop a fun and rewarding relationship with their pet; and have a commitment to using force-free methods based on up-to-date scientific research, and an ability to treat both animals and humans with compassion and respect.
Helping people improve their relationships with their pets is my main goal
Meg taking part in a research project to help further our understanding of canine behaviour
With a strong academic background in human psychology I enjoyed many years as a Human Resources Manager for large blue chip companies in both London and Northampton.
After a major career change, I became self-employed in 2010 as a dog trainer, and later an animal behaviourist.
I spent many hours studying at Bishop Burton College and the University of Lincoln, gained much practical experience working with clients in Northampton and across Lincolnshire, and being assessed both practically and academically to become a full member of both the Association of Pet Dog Trainers – UK, and the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors in 2011 – you cannot become a member of these organisations by simply paying an annual fee!
Attending several educational conferences, seminars, and webinars each year, I continue to grow and learn as an animal behaviourist and trainer.
- BA (Hons) Psychology & Sociology 1993
- MSc Occupational Psychology 1996
- FdSc Canine Behaviour & Training 2013
- MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour 2015
- Full APBC member www.apbc.org.uk
- Member of the APDT UK (member 01128) www.apdt.co.uk
- Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor with the ABTC www.abtcouncil.org.uk
With my current dog, Meg (a beautiful 9 year old working line Labrador), I have trained and competed in many dog sports including gundog work, agility, and scentwork all using the amazing clicker training which I love sharing with my clients. She’s not perfect, and I use my experiences of her frustrating puppyhood and my ongoing need to manage her reactive behaviour towards other dogs, to help clients today.
She isn’t my first dog though … that would be Sally, a Lakeland terrier who was very talented at biting people! I’ll put most of that down to the unfortunate training techniques of the 1970’s/80’s … a major reason why I don’t advocate coercive and very outdated training techniques. My experiences with both Sally and Meg have helped me be the more understanding trainer and behaviourist I am today.
I’m looking forward to working with you and your hairy family member … and don’t forget the “proper” cup of tea!