The Team

Lydia Burke MSC BSc PGCE

Lydia Burke

Lydia Burke PGCE has worked with and owned animals all her life. She trained her first dogs aged 14 years old.  She worked with dogs and horses every summer moving sheep on and off Dartmoor the old-fashioned way on horseback using border collies. Over the years, Lydia has trained and competed her own dogs in Dog Agility. She also has considerable knowledge of horse and cat behaviour which she is now formalizing with further studies.

Whilst working with humans in the NHS and Middlesex University, Lydia gained experience in therapeutic human/animal interactions such as Pets as Therapy, Assistance dogs and Equine Therapy.  Ten years ago she decided to follow her passion and work with dog owners and their dogs full-time. Over the years she has developed and progressed her dog training skills according to modern effective methods.  She has undertaken professional training and is a member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers which supports ethical dog training methods.  

Lydia has full insurance, is CRB-checked and has accredited canine First Aid skills. She uses positive reinforcement methods because these are proven to work better than the traditional corrective methods. She works on what the clients perceive to be the issues, rather than dictate old-fashioned tasks. Based in East London Lydia can travel to any area of London and surrounding counties.

Vanda Dongó  

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Vanda 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 IMDT courses on Dog Aggression, Separation Anxiety and Practical Skills.  Due to her own dog's injury, Vanda has developed a passion for canine physical rehabilitation and has qualified as a small animal hydrotherapist.


Douglas Thackway


Doug’s life has been taken over by dogs as he runs  a successful dog walking, daycare and boarding business (Doug’s Dogs). With his own dog and a team of walkers, he spends every day with dogs.  Having trained to use positive techniques with his packs, he decided to complete the IMDT dog trainer courses in order to offer a more in depth behavioural support service to his clients.

Tony Hart 

Image24695-334d4ca5f4b40b6f3ee537449da65923.jpgTony has owned and trained dogs all his adult life.  He assists in our dog training classes and with dog-minding help in East London.  




Marnie Winter BSc


Marnie Winter has a background in Anthropology and is an assistant dog trainer who is passionate about natural and humane training methods. She has been working with Lydia for the past four years and assists in dog training and puppy classes.