About us

Think Dog! courses are at the forefront of behavioural understanding. Our passion is to promote state-of-the-art knowledge and experience in training dogs, preventing and treating behavioural problems and helping owners and dogs have the best possible relationship.

We love sharing knowledge of our subject and believe that an integrated approach (where theory is applied to practice) is essential for all those who wish to ensure that their studies
can be successfully and practically applied.

All our courses are written and tutored by experienced practitioners – we pride ourselves on our all-inclusive approach, and practice what we preach.

We have a flexible approach to education which accommodates many different learning styles, experiences and goals. Whether this is a return to study after many years for you, or a continuation of learning, you will find that Think Dog! courses couldn’t be more different from traditional ‘school work’: indeed, students can submit work in many different formats and can focus on subject areas which they find most useful. Courses are fun, inspiring – even addictive!

If your dream is to start your own behaviour practice, run training classes or simply to extend your knowledge for the welfare of your own or other people’s animals, you are in the right place!

Sarah Whitehead, BA(Hons), MSc

Senior tutor, Sarah Whitehead is an international lecturer and pet behaviour counsellor who specialises in seeing dogs and cats with behavioural problems. She has an MSc in Animal Behaviour and is a member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors), and a member and past public relations executive for the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). She is also one of only a small number of specialists to have achieved the status of Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and is an Animal Behaviour Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist.

Sarah is a leading authority on puppy training, development and behaviour, aggression, and canine body language. She is the author of 24 behavioural and training books, booklets and DVDs, including ‘Clever Dog – the Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know’. Sarah appears regularly as a consultant on TV and radio, and she has just launched a new on-line dog training programme www.trainyourdogonline.com.

Sarah runs the Clever Dog Company chain of puppy and dog training classes, all based on the most modern methods of teaching both people and their pets with eighteen branches now established across the UK.

As well as animal behaviour, Sarah has a special interest in human psychology. She is an NLP Master Practitioner (a branch of cognitive psychology) and has a passion for successful strategies in adult learning and group dynamics.

Sarah and her husband live in Berkshire, UK, with three rescue dogs – Tao the Battersea crossbreed, Jackson the Chihuahua/JRT, Skye the Collie-cross, and two Maine Coon cats.



Karen Moore

Karen sees behaviour and training cases on a one-to-one basis and also runs a branch of the Clever Dog Company puppy and dog training classes. She is a highly experienced behavioural trainer and holds a Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour.

Karen has a special interest in the relationships between dogs and children. She is a full member of the APDT and an Animal Behaviour Training Council (ABTC) Registered Animal Training Instructor.

Karen Yeandle

Karen instructs puppy and dog training classes, and sees clients on a one-to-one basis.

As a Canine Behaviour Practitioner, Karen sees dog behaviour problems on vet referral. She holds a Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and a second Diploma in general Animal Behaviour, and has previously completed Think Dog, Talk Dog, Training for the Future and many other Alpha Education courses herself.

Karen is an Assessor for the APDT, is Deputy Editor of the APDT Trainer magazine and is an Animal Behaviour Training Council (ABTC) Registered Animal Training Instructor.

Stella Bagshaw

Stella is one of the country’s top positive reinforcement trainers. We call her the ‘Clicker Queen’!

Stella specialises in behaviour and training problems, and also ran puppy and dog training classes for many years too. She is an APDT member and is co-instructor on the Think Dog! Practical course with Sarah.

Stella also trains dogs for TV and film work and her own dogs have appeared in adverts, photo shoots and movies!

Clare Hamilton

Clare has a BA(Hons) in Animal Behavioural Management and has instructed puppy classes, fun agility, and one-to-one training for many years.

She has a passion for zoology and environmental enrichment for all captive animals, and has worked extensively with many different species including monkeys, pigs, small mammals and birds – using her positive reinforcement training skills to enhance their lives and facilitate stress-free management.

Clare is a full member of the APDT and owns an impressive number of animals herself. She is currently clicker training a horse to assist with his difficult behaviour.

In the office: Amanda

Amanda Viner

It’s always nice to see who you are talking to, and for most people, the first port of call will be Amanda in the HQ office.

Amanda is ably assisted by various dogs and cats!

A dog lover herself, Amanda has a gorgeous Cavapoo called Merlin.

Don’t forget – we’re here to help, so give us a call if you would like to chat.