About Karen

About Karen

‘Dog Training Specialist of the Year’ 2024

Most Patient Dog Behaviourist’ in the South East 2022

‘Dog Trainer of the Year’ Hampshire 2022

I love helping dogs so much that I left a 20-year career in fashion PR to retrain as a dog behaviourist and trainer. I am fully qualified and accredited as a Dog Behaviourist by the IMDT – the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, and I’m proud to be vet-recommended.

No two dogs are the same and I approach each one uniquely and with empathy. My mindset extends to the dog’s owner, too; building a bond between owner and dog makes training a pleasure for you both.

I am passionate about staying up-to-date with science-based research and in 2021 I completed a year’s mentorship with Steve Mann, the founder of the IMDT and author of ‘Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy’ and Dave Brice, head of Dog Behaviour at the IMDT.

I offer behavioural modification programmes, scentwork and individually tailored puppy, dog and pet gundog training. I also have personal experience with anxious dogs: my beloved Jack Russell Tiggy was reactive and frightened and it was helping her regain confidence which inspired my switch in career.

I have studied Gundog Training extensively with the Gundog Trainers Academy, which was established to meet the increasing demand for ethical gundog training in the UK – the only gundog training organisation in the country to be accredited by the ABTC

In 2021 / 22 I was awarded ‘Dog Trainer of the Year’ Hampshire. In 2022 I was awarded ‘Most Patient Behaviourist, South East England’ You can read all about my experiences with dogs in this feature about me in The Telegraph

When I’m not working I’m usually with my family, out with our own dogs; we have five, including Fred, the rescue ‘Hound’ proudly honoured in my company name: Maher & Hound

Why Choose Maher & Hound

At Maher & Hound Dog Training, Karen blends expertise with passion to offer tailored training solutions that foster a harmonious bond between you and your dog. Karen’s commitment to positive reinforcement and individualised care sets her apart, ensuring that every session is as rewarding for your dog as it is for you.

Vet Recommended

Trusted by local veterinarians for our compassionate, science-based training methods that prioritise your pet's well-being

5* Reviews

Consistently rated 5 stars by dog owners for our personalised training programs and transformative behavioral techniques.

Award Winning

Recipient of the 2021/22 Dog Trainer Of The Year Hampshire, recognizing our commitment to excellence and outstanding results.

Dog Lover & Owner

Founded and operated by a passionate dog enthusiast who understand and cater to the unique needs of each canine companion.

Ready To Start Your Training Journey?

Book A Free Discovery Call Today To Find Out How Karen Can Help You!

‘Dog Training Specialist of the Year’ 2024 Most Patient Dog Behaviourist’ in the South East 2022  ‘Dog Trainer of the Year’ Hampshire 2021/22

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