Karen McCallum Puppy School Tutor
A quick look into Karen's life with her dogs
Karen has always had dogs in her life, growing up as a child, there were a mix of rescues and labradors and this is where her first love for the labrador developed. Dogs have always been her passion, so very shortly after setting up a home of her own, she was joined by Sam a rescue lurcher, Wispa a black labrador and later on Wispa's daughter Bonnie, a yellow labrador. During this time Karen worked with her 'girls' training them to compete in Novice gundog working tests, taking them out working on shoots locally and in the Scottish borders. With Sam she spent many happy hours training and competing in agility for fun. All of her dogs enjoyed full and happy lives, living to the ripe old ages of between 15 and 16 and a half! Karen now has another three labradors, Tia, her daughter Willow, her daughter Autumn and a Border Terrier, Foggy. Whilst first and foremost they are family pets, Tia and Willow are regularly seen out working with Karen on local shoots and Autumn is currently in training and Karen hopes to work and run her in tests in the future.
Karen worked for many years in the corporate world but in 2012 she decided to leave that all behind to follow her dreams and do something she feels very passionate about. Since then she has established a successful Pet Services Business, completed the Puppy School Tutor training programme and then became Puppy School Regional Manager for Herts, Beds, Bucks, Northants, Cambridge and Essex this year. She is currently studying for her Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management, has qualified to micro-chip pet animals and successfully bred her fourth litter of top quality labradors for both pet and working homes. Tia, Willow and Autumn are Karen's 3 generations of GaddyRow Gundogs.
Karen feels that by running Puppy School classes, she can make a real difference. By ensuring new owners and their puppies get the right start in life, it can prevent behaviour issues from arising in the future and help to stop the flow of young dogs into rescue when it goes wrong. Puppy School gives puppies the chance to become friendly, sociable dogs with good manners and provides a great basis for new owners to build a strong and trusting relationship with their new dogs.
Proud to support
Puppy School Herts, Beds & Bucks are proud to support Medical Detection Dogs as their chosen charity. Medical Detection Dogs is a charity that trains dogs to help people with life threatening health conditions and to identify the odour of cancer. To find out more about the amazing work they do, check out their website by clicking here.