Kyra was born in Amsterdam and moved to London in 2004. She lives in Notting Hill, London with her family and rescue Jack Russel, ‘Flip’. Kyra’s love for animals, dogs in particular, started when she was two years old. Her first dog was a boxer with whom she played endlessly and who always watched over her.
While working in interior design for many years, her love for animals never left her. When she realised how pervasive miscommunication between dogs and their owners is, she decided to do her part to help and started her training in dog behaviourism and psychology.
Kyra combines positive reinforcement with the latest developments in dog science. She offers tailor made training solutions and behaviour programmes. Using only positive reinforcement to alter a dog’s behaviour, Kyra firmly believes that dogs learn best when there are happy. Guiding her clients with clear steps and professional advice, she encourages the strengthening of the bond between owner and dog in order to promote a mutual understanding and a happy relationship.
Kyra is also a fervent animal welfare advocate. Animals can’t speak for themselves so we have to be sure we raise our voice on their behalf. She has raised funds for several animal welfare charities and during her trips around the world (Ecuador in particular - where she had her furniture made) she worked to educate a rural community on how best to take care for and live with their dogs.
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Kyra has completed the “Basic Handling and Training Skills” and “Practical and Effective Dog Training” courses at the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour.
She has completed a one-year course on healing small animals with Elizabeth Whiter, which focused on a holistic approach to animal wellbeing including nutrition, physiology and anatomy.
Kyra is in the process of completing her “Think Dog” certificate with the famous Dog behaviourist Sarah Whitehead. Next to her private training commitments, Kyra works at the Glendee Rescue Centre where she trains traumatised dogs.
One to One training sessions
All training session are one to one tailored around the needs of your puppy or adult dog.
Kyra provides your puppy with toilet training, loose lead training, recall training, jumping up, play biting, nipping, chewing and much more. She will show you how to strengthen your bond with your dog, to make your dog more engaged.
A puppy and dog who are more engaged and willing to bond with its owner will be happy and thus more obedient dog. Training sessions will take place in guardians house, garden.
One to one Behavioural sessions
All behavioural sessions are tailor made to the needs of your dog and you. Kyra works with dogs with underlying fear issues often resulting from past traumas.
Fear lies in the heart of most behavioural problems.
Fear is one of most powerful emotion in dogs and in humans. Behavioural issues are rather complex and Kyra will work as a detective to get to bottom of the problem and to come with clear and practical solutions. To alter a dogs unwanted behaviour will take time, patience and dedication. The end result is very rewarding for your dog and yourself.
Kyra’s hands on experience is key to getting a rewarding end result. She can help you with separation anxiety issues, aggression towards humans, aggression towards dogs and resource guarding just to name a few.