Meet The Team
Louise - Founder & Trainer
Canine Friends was founded by Louise in 2018 with the view of providing the best in dog services in West Sussex.
Having years before trained as a Veterinary Nurse it has always been a dream of hers to run her own business working with animals. From her background of veterinary nursing & dog walking to providing training to many clients in and around Haywards Heath - she has quickly become a sought after trainer in the area.
Her experience working with a variety of breeds has given her a wealth of knowledge to pass on to her many fantastic clients. She absolutely loves working with puppies and their owners to achieve well balanced and happy adult dogs.
She is a proud member and registered Canine Training Professional of the Pet Professional Guild - the association of force free pet professionals. She holds qualifications in canine coaching, dog walking, pet sitting & canine first aid. She is currently undertaking the Level 4 Puppy Training Certificate with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training, Level 5 Canine Coaching Accredited Diploma & Level 5 Canine Behavioural Accredited Diploma with Canine Principles.
"I could not be prouder of the level of service provided to our clients by the Canine Friends team."
Kiera - Dog Walker & Sitter
Kiera is a fantastic addition to the team bringing with her a wealth of hands on experience having worked professionally with dogs for 4 years. In addition to her experience she is qualified in Canine First Aid which was completed locally at the Mewes Vets.
Aside from her professional experience, she has been brought up around dogs and horses. Outside of work she spend time looking after her beautiful horse Misty and extremely cute Spaniel Oscar.
She approaches every dog with lots of love and care, which is what made her stand out on her trial day and gained her a place on the Canine Friends team. Any dog in her care will be throughly spoilt with affection and treated as if they are her own.
Kiera is also currently undertaking a Dog Grooming course one day a week which she is hoping to bring to the business within the next year.
Mel - Dog Walker
Mel has over 15 years hands on experience working with dogs in a variety of roles including dog walking and kennel management.
In addition to her extensive experience she also holds a Canine First Aid Diploma which provides her with enhanced training to deal with the most complex of first aid cases.
Mel is based in Burgess Hill and can provide private and secure field social walks to the surrounding areas.
Client feedback from Mel:
'I can honestly say I have rarely met a more committed and passionate individual. Mel cared for all of the dogs she looked after and took her responsibilities to dogs and their owners very seriously; the bond my dog developed with Mel was clear to see; she loved going for walks with Mel and it was always very evident that she was well looked after in Mel’s care.'
Any dog in Mel's care will be in excellent hands.
Victoria - Dog Walker & Admin Assistant
Victoria is our latest addition to the team bringing a wealth of knowledge with her having successfully completed Diploma's in Canine Communication, Pet Nutrition, Pet Psychology, Pet Sitting and Dog walking.
Victoria is passionate about providing each dog in her care a safe and loving environment as she does for her two rescue dogs at home - Biscuit and Scampi.
She is based in Handcross and can provide private walking and sitting services to clients in the surrounding areas.
A walk with Victoria will always involve lots of love, affection and fun with her bubbly personality shining through in every aspect of her care.