Hello, I’m Sophie, the Owner of Pawsitive Pet Services.
I have over 10 years of experience working with animals, however my passion started from a young age through reading books, watching David Attenborough documentaries and fawning over my Cocker Spaniel, Lucy. It was in my late teens that I realised I could have a career with animals, and I embarked on a National Diploma in Animal Management where I gained a Triple Distinction grade.
I decided to further my education through completing a BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare where I gained a First Class grade. The course provided me with a sound knowledge of animal care topics including: domestic and wild animal behaviour, positive reinforcement animal training and animal health.
During my studies, I had the opportunity to complete long term work experience placements in multiple zoos, wildlife parks and animal rescue shelters. My main interest in the field of animal studies is animal behaviour and training, so I tailored these placements to my interests. This led to me caring for a huge variety of species including: assisting in the training of California sea lions, flying parrots and birds of prey, rehabilitating injured wild European hedgehogs and undertaking behavioural observations of dogs in rescue centres.
After graduating from my degree, I took on a diverse range of roles in the animal care sector, including: working in a pet shop, delivering talks as a zoo presenter, working in a cattery, and teaching college students theoretical and practical animal care. I also worked at a children’s farm where I looked after over 100 birds and other livestock in my role as Head of Poultry.
In 2018, I made the decision to start Pawsitive Pet Services, so that I could share my knowledge and expertise of pet care and behaviour with owners across East Hertfordshire.
When I am not working, I enjoy travelling, wildlife watching, playing board games and fussing over my cockatiels, Chip and Fish.
Sophie was a friendly and conscientious dog walker. She arrived when agreed and discussed my needs with me prior to walking Boris.
She made a fuss of him and I could see he was at ease with her. She took photos during the walk and updated me afterwards to let know how it went.
Boris will be waiting for his next walk with her!
First Class BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Triple Distinction National Diploma in Animal Management
9 years of experience training animals through positive reinforcement.
10 years of experience working professionally in the animal care industry.
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