Mentorship & Coaching Scheme

with Danielle Beck, CAB & Gemma Stephen, CAB

Helping you thrive on your behaviour journey......

Being a dog trainer and behaviourist is challenging work. Not only are you flooded with complex cases, the cost of living crisis has pushed us to a breaking point mentally. You may be finding your workload too much to handle, and the emotional weight of the dogs you’re dealing with could be too much to bear. 

Or you’re a new trainer and behaviourist, and are desperate to get stuck into some more challenging behavioural cases. Knowing where to start can be tricky, and the general lack of support in the industry may be putting you off from pushing yourself.

You don’t need to go through this journey alone.

Control the Meerkat is a support network for behaviourists and trainers, dedicated to providing emotional and practical help in the field of animal behaviour. You’ll join a group of thriving mentees, who receive the perfect guidance to help them on their professional journey. Our expert mentors will coach you through every problem you’re having, and provide you with in-depth emotional support on those more difficult cases.

Our mentorship can help if you're:

  • Struggling with in-depth behaviour cases.
  • Kickstarting your behaviour work.
  • Looking to learn from expert animal behaviourists.
  • Unable to find a supportive community to suit your needs.
  • Desperate for practical help on your learning journey.
  • Striving to achieve a good work/life balance.

What is included?


Weekly Group Video Sessions - Consistent weekly support from mentees and expert animal behaviourists.

Private Social Media and Forum Group - Access to a private Facebook mentor group and Website Forum full to the brim with guides and support.

Case Shadowing - Sit in on online sessions and follow a dog through their entire rehabilitation from reactivity, anxiety, resource guarding or separation distress.

1-2-1 Coaching Sessions - Get in-depth time with our expert clinical animal behaviourists to discuss any challenges you may be facing.

Don't just take our word...

I have been a part of Danielle’s mentoring group since the beginning and have received more support than I could have asked for. The community of professional trainers is truly a safe space where you are met with invaluable support.. Rather than being stuck and isolated, I know I can reach out for assistance. I have been able to work through behaviour plans with Danielle, Gemma and other members to help walk into a case with a clear picture of what I need to do. Discussing similar cases, receiving insight and alternative views has helped me to support clients better and continually learn.

- Mentoring Student - June 2022 - 

Membership Levels & What is Included:

Each tier of mentorship has been designed to help you maximise your professional journey. They include:

Animal Professional

(Meerkat Member):


£49 per month


You'll Receive: 

-Access to our resource filled community forums, filled with case studies, tips and tricks.


-Our foundation course (Dogtor Spock and the Meerkat) containing eighty minutes of video tutorials on canine neuroscience, behaviour and arousal.


-Free recordings of all live videos.


-Once a month Q&A with Danielle Beck MSc to answer any burning questions you have about your caseload, discuss behaviour cases and more.


-Entrance into our exclusive Facebook support group.


-10% off individual mentoring sessions with Danielle Beck MSc.


Animal Behaviourist Mentorship (Meerkat Member): 


£89 per month


You’ll receive:

-Every included in the Canine Professional Tier.


-Weekly live behaviour case discussions with Danielle Beck and Gemma Stephens, our expert animal behaviourists.


-Access to regular special guest lectures from renowned animal behaviourists and professionals.


-20% discount on individual mentoring sessions with Danielle Beck MSc.


Ultimate Animal Behaviourist

Membership (Meerkat Member):


£189 per month


You’ll receive:

-Everything included in both previous tiers.


-An opportunity to sit in on 1 rehabilitation case a month and attend follow up sessions.


-One personalised mentorship session with Danielle Beck per month, with a 25% discount on follow up mentorship sessions.


Take back control of your professional life. Join our thriving community of pet professionals, learning from the top animal behaviourists in our field, and take your business to new heights.

Who are We?

Danielle Beck,



Danielle Beck is known mostly for her enthusiasm and passion.She has specialised in dog reactivity and trauma for over twenty years, and is the creator of the Trauma in Animals Conference and Control the Meerkat. She is dedicated to improving the welfare of animals by discussing the inner workings of their brain, and how that impacts their day to day life.


A mental health advocate, Danielle is passionate about helping others by sharing her eighteen years of theoretical and practical knowledge.  As a professional openly living with physical and mental disabilities, she welcomes all and wants to support others to find their niche in this industry.



  • MSc CABC in Lizard Welfare, 2015
  • University of Southampton
  • PGDip Companion Animal behaviour Counselling, 2010
  • University of Southampton
  • BSc Zoology, 2008
  • Bangor University
  • ND Animal Care/ Management, 2004
  • Myerscough College



Gemma Stephen,



Gemma is owner & head clinical animal behaviourist & trainer for Natures Companions. Gemma has been working with dog behaviour & training since 2008. 

She has a BSc Hons in Animal Behaviour & Welfare from the University of Chester, and is a professionally assessed full member of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist . Gemma is also a full member of the Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT) and is listed with them on the ABTC register as an Animal Training Instructor.

She specialises in all dog behaviour cases including everything from general behaviour issues & annoyances all the way to extreme trauma & aggression based cases. 




Take back control of your professional life. Join our thriving community of pet professionals, learning from the top animal behaviourists in our field, and take your business to new heights.


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