Sheila is an ASAB Accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist for cats and
dogs, is a member of the ASAB Accreditation Committee and the Chairman of the Board of the UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists.
She has studied human psychology with the open university and has completed both a post graduate Diploma in Advanced
Studies, and an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton. Her research investigated
the effects of an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) on canine behaviour.
She is a lifelong owner
of dogs, cats, and other companion animals (horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters etc). Having graduated from Guy's
Hospital in London as a registered nurse, she spent six years working in the pharmaceutical industry followed by 21 years
of professional medical counselling in conjunction with raising a family, running her own dog obedience training school and
counselling those with pet behaviour problems.
She breeds English Working Springer Spaniels, has also shown in breed for the past 20
years (Beagles, Hamilton Stovares and Flat Coated Retrievers) and competed in obedience, agility and field trials. She is
a certified Lowland Search and Rescue Technician and is currently training her Flat Coat Retriever and German Shepherd Dog to
become Search and Rescue dogs. In addition she owns two working Springer Spaniels and a cat.
She works mainly
with cats and dogs, favouring a holistic approach to solving problem behaviour. Her knowledge, combined with many years of
counselling experience, helps owners reach an acceptable and sucessful solution. She has written a series of articles for
a number of journals both in the UK and the US and lectures both at home and abroad on a variety of topics.
lives with her husband Graham in Winkfield, Berkshire.