The Team

Our experienced trainers can offer one-to-ones or group sessions to help you deal with any training issue you may be experiencing. You can also arrange private training with your friends and their dogs. Just get in touch and we can find out what's right for you.

Lydia Burke


Lydia Burke, Life Coach and Manager at Friendly Creatures has worked with and owned animals all her life and is based in East London and East Sussex.  She trained her first dogs aged 14 years old and worked with dogs and horses during the summer holidays. Learning to move sheep on and off Dartmoor the old-fashioned way on horseback using border collies was inspiring. Over the years, Lydia has partnered her dogs in Dog AgilityPets as Therapy, and Assistance dogs.  She also uses her horses for Equine Therapy.  Lydia has full insurance, is DBS-checked and has accredited canine First Aid skills. She has undertaken professional training and is a member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers which supports ethical dog training methods. She specializes in helping animals with anxiety including separation anxiety. Lydia has considerable knowledge of animal behaviour and human behaviour and works as a Life Coach for human animals (see her Positive Creatures website).


Vanda Dongó

20160904_182208-1 (794x800)-56dcb31009196716b5a91d966f457573.jpgVanda has owned dogs most of her life and has a strong interest in dog behaviour and educating owners in how to offer a good quality of life to their dogs.  She is committed to the IMDT training methods and has completed numerous IMDT courses, as well as courses by Chirag Patel.  She has completed the Victoria Stillwell Academy Dog Trainer course.  She is also qualified as a small animal hydrotherapist.  Vanda does 1 2 1 training, puppy home visits and runs many of the group courses.  She can be reached at  Tel:  07935632383 

Martina Luisetti

Screen Shot 2019-02-19 at 15.24.33-e660025bca999b36af0ba3f9e65cf572.pngMartina rescued her beloved Ulisse who led to her enthusiasm for all things dogs.  Ulisse assisted Martina on some of the courses she attended, including the IMDT Four Days as an Instructor.  Martina has also undertaken Complete Canine Wellness with Dr. Isla Fishburne, Canine Body Language with Mustafa Ozmus, PTSD- The Scent of Nightmares with Robert Hewings, Dog aggression  with Chirag Patel, Resource Guarding and Noise sensitivity phobia with Dave Brice and the Karen Pryor Foundation course.  She is passionate about neuroscience and understanding animals emotions.  She also has a keen interest in the science of dog behaviour and training.

Martina is on and Instagram ULi Puplandia 

Holly Lieberson

Holly has been one of the Friendly Creatures Team trainers for the past five years. She worked at Battersea Dogs Home for 8 years as a dog socialiser and walker, where she  gained experience with a wide variety of dogs often experiencing stressful situations, and  also received up to date training in modern science based dog training and behaviour. She has attended training with Grisha Stewart, Sarah Fisher, Ian Dunbar, Chirag Patel and IMDT. Along with many other courses and workshops, she is also trained in Animal Assisted Therapy with children and young people who have emotional, social, and a variety of complex needs. In this field she works alongside one of her dogs, Parker the poodle.  Like Lydia, she is also trained in Equine Assisted Therapy.  She has a multi-pet household and is guardian to three dogs and one cat at this time. Holly is also a qualified Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People.

Nicola Stephens


Nicola runs Happy Paws Pet Care in Hawkhurst, Kent as well as being the Administrator for Friendly Creatures. Nicola loves animals and has been dog walking and pet sitting for years. She can be contacted on 07715618238 or email