Dog At Heart
At Dog At Heart, we only use reward-based and humane training techniques as we understand that dog training is a science that needs to be executed with with compassion. We value teaching dogs the life skills they need to live successfully in our human world and empowering them with the ability to make choices, over traditionally harsh obedience training. Our dogs can indeed learn effectively through positive reinforcement and without physical punishment, or even the threat of it, no matter what issues they may have.
RACHEL FORDAY, VSA-CDT
Rachel began her journey of training dogs while volunteering at SPCA Singapore since Nov 2016. Alongside a former full-time job in sound engineering, Rachel went to the SPCA every week to walk and train the many different shelter dogs there. With guidance from a reputable force-free trainer in Singapore, Rachel and a team of fellow Dog Mentors provided these shelter dogs with enrichment and worked with them on issues such as reactivity, leash pulling, and jumping up, as well as crate training, and measures for cooperative care like The Bucket Game and Muzzle Training.
Through her experience with shelter dogs, Rachel organically gained a passion for dog training and wanted to help more dogs and their owners. She then attended the Victoria Stilwell Academy's in-person Dog Trainer Course, which she graduated from with distinction. During this time, Rachel also adopted a dog from SPCA Singapore and brought him over to Liverpool where she is now based in.
Rachel strongly believes in continuing education as dog training is indeed a science and an art that has to be kept up with to provide the best help possible to dog owners and their dogs. Since graduating from the Victoria Stilwell Academy, she has done the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification and is now taking on the Aggressive In Dogs Master Course.
Outside of training dogs, Rachel also occasionally trains cats and freelances as a sound engineer for a game audio company.
DAVE THE DOG
Dave, a typical Singaporean mongrel, was adopted from SPCA Singapore to Liverpool by Rachel in July 2019. Rachel had been Dave's mentor since early 2017 and did not realise at the time that she would make the big leap into adopting him a couple of years later. She worked with him on dog reactivity, muzzle training, and crate training while he was at the shelter.
Dave is now 10 years old and he is a brilliant training partner and canine educator. He recently earned his Novice Trick Dog title from Do More With Your Dog. With his soulful eyes and signature smirk, he also has quite the following on Instagram. You can check him out here!
QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION
Dog Trainer Course
(Graduated with Distinction)
Animal Trainer Program
Fear Free Shelters
(Since Jan 2021)
Certified Control Unleashed Instructor
(Since Mar 2021)
Advanced Animal Training
Developing and Implementing Shelter Enrichment Programs Workshops
Trainer & Behaviourist COVID-19 Certificate
Shelter Behavior & Enrichment Virtual Conference
Cooperative Care Certificate Level 1
Certificate of Attendance
Husbandry and Aggression - How To Navigate Blurred Lines Webinar
Certificate of Attendance
(Oct - Nov 2020)
Fear Free Nail Trims Course
Train Your Cat
The University of Edinburgh
Animal Behaviour and Welfare