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Laura Ward

Laura has spent ten years working in veterinary practice as a registered veterinary nurse and has always had a passion for how animals think and feel.

Being a strong believer in up to date theoretical knowledge, over the years she has completed accredited qualifications in behaviour and training including an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour.  

Small Animal:

Laura's professional experience includes puppy socialisation classes, beginner, intermediate and advanced dog training,  gun dog training, agility training, scent work and behaviour consulting.  Laura believes all training should be fun for both human and animal. We understand how stressful it can be to have a training or behaviour problem, and take a sympathetic and approachable stance to resolving issues. A veterinary nursing background has provided a good grounding in nutrition and medical factors which may affect behaviour, and Laura prides in a good working relationship with a number of veterinary practices. 


Laura believes that the behaviour and training industry should be regulated just as veterinary nursing and other medical and counselling professions are. Currently,  it is not a legal requirement to subscribe to a professional organisation or follow any sort of code of conduct. However,  Laura is affiliated with the organisations below, supporting industry regulation. 

    • Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Practitioner

    • Full member Association Pet Dog Trainers (01184)

    This means that she has undertaken a written and practical exam illustrating that she possess the skills and knowledge required to apply training techniques based on up to date, researched, methods whilst being empathetic and considerate of the animal’s emotional state.

    • Full member The Canine Training and Behaviour Society

    • Provisional member Association Pet Behaviour Counsellors  which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications she is gaining the practical experience necessary for ''full membership” as detailed here:, and she is working towards full membership.

    • Scentwork UK instructor

 Laura is covered by professional indemnity cover and public liability insurance.

Maggie Yates

Maggie runs the weekend classes for Minds Alike Animal Training and Behaviour, as well as providing 121 training sessions. Maggie has over thirty years experience with training and grooming dogs, and is currently working towards her Association Pet Dog Trainers examinations.

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