Meet The Team

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Danielle Beck, PGDip/MSc ABTC-CAB/ATI

Clinical Animal Behaviourist & Rehabilitation Trainer

Danielle Beck owns  Danielle Beck, Clinical Animal Behaviour and she is the founder of Control The Meerkat. Danielle has been supporting and coaching dogs and their owners since 2009!

Danielle is a professionally assessed, qualified & Insured Clinical Animal Behaviourist. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Councillors and specialises in aggression and trauma. Danielle is also a Registered Animal Training Instructor and full member of PACT (Professional Association of Canine Trainers)

Danielle is an enthusiastic, passionate and empathetic person and understands the turmoil owners face when living with reactive dogs. 

It’s Danielle’s goal to provide a safe place for owners with reactive dogs to talk, share their journey and receive peer support alongside professional coaching as they work through the rehabilitation with their dogs.

Gemma Stephen, BSc (hons),

Clinical Animal Behaviourist & Rehabilitation Trainer

Gemma owns Natures Companions Dog Behaviour & Training and has been supporting and coaching dogs and their owners since 2008!

Gemma is a professionally assessed, qualified & Insured Clinical Animal Behaviourist. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Councillors & on the Animal Behaviour & Training Council register as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist & Animal Training Instructor.

Gemma is  extremely empathetic in working with both the dogs & clients wellbeing and needs. Gemma offers understanding & support without judgement.

Gemma’s focus and empathy makes her a perfect member of our team as she supports the control the meerkat ethos to to provide safe, kind & effective training support and coaching to families and their dogs, using successful methods that are backed up by science & evidence.

Emma Phillips, BSc (hons),

Clinical Animal Behaviourist & Rehabilitation Trainer

Emma owns The Centre of Animal behaviour, and has been working with animals for over 18 years. Emma originally started working in Zoos before moving on to aquariums and then onto dog training starting with out in puppy classes before going on to study for a BSc in Canine Behaviour Management

Emma has recently started a Masters degree in Applied Animal behaviour. She has a real passion for helping fearful and reactive dogs and seeing these dogs start to gain confidence, gives her a lot of pleasure.

When  Emma is not studying or working with clients, she spends her time with her two children, training her working cocker spaniel puppy, cuddling her 2 kittens or spending time with Diego the African Pygmy Hedgehog!

Kayleigh Holcroft, BSc,

Rehabilitation Trainer

Kayleigh has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour from Liverpool John Moores University, and been working with animals for over 15 years. 

Kayleigh was a VSPDT approved trainer and mentor and ran her own dog walking and training business for 9 years before taking a short career break.

Kayleigh grew up with large breeds including Rottweilers and Belgian Malinois and specialises in dog reactivity and rehabilitation

Ellen Coop,

Rehabilitation Trainer

Ellen is currently working towards a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton University and is a graduate of CBST of Companion Animal Science Institute.

She is an approved dog trainer with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (APDT No. 01465) & IMDT.

Ellen runs her own dog training and dog walking business and joined the team to further her career development and help more people with their dogs.

Ellen specialises in Border Collies and other herding breeds.

Josie Shahabeddin

Rehabilitation Trainer

Josie is an accredited trainer with the Victoria Stillwell Academy of Dog Training & Behaviour. Whilst she works with all forms of training & behaviour, Josie specialises in dog and baby safety.
Josie runs her own business offering training classes & individual training services to clientele in and around Preston.
To further her knowledge and help more clientele, Josie has joined the Control the Meerkat team.

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Michelle Walker, BSc

Rehabilitation Trainer

Michelle owns and runs Michelle’s Canine Care, she is passionate about dogs and opened her business in 2017 after working with dogs professionally in a variety of dog care industries, including stray dog kennels, doggy daycare and dog walking.Michelle has studied animal behaviour for many years having completed a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care, BSc Hons in Animal Behaviour, City & Guilds in Work-Related Animal Management (Manchester Dogs Home) and is currently studying towards her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University.

Michelle is a qualified dog trainer through completing her NOCN Certificate in The Practical Aspects of Teaching People and Training Dogs (WaggaWuffins Canine College). She has also completed the International Dog Parkour Association – Instructor Certification, Trick Trainer UK – Instructor Certification and Uk Sniffer Dogs Bronze Instructor Certification, so you are in very capable hands.

Michelle currently shares her home with her 3 Staffordshire Bull Terriers and a tortoise called Sheldon! Having owned and bred staffies for 13 years, Michelle knows a thing or two about her favourite breed!

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