Collette May

Lead & Listen was set up by Collette May in 2012, when looking for a new career that would fulfill her passion of working with dogs and fit around family commitments. In the last few years the business has grown and developed. Collette completed extensive theoretical and practical training in order to fulfill this dream. She is passionate about dogs and takes pride in her work by ensuring that their emotional and physical needs as well as individual training requirements are all met. She finds it rewarding to help owners train their dogs, to improve their relationship and reduce problems at home and on walks.

Collette has a particular interest in how we can communicate more effectively with our dogs by reading their body language and also by being more aware of our own. People often think their dogs can read their minds, but they are simply watching their every move which helps them to predict what is coming next. Understanding our canine friends is the secret to increased cooperation and general obedience.

In her work, Collette only uses science based positive training methods to reinforce the behaviours that are desirable from our dogs. Positive reinforcement training is force free, fun and very effective.

Collette has used these methods with great success to train her two Labrador Retrievers and won numerous awards in gundog working tests, a hugely rewarding hobby for her and her dogs, in which they have to work together as a team to get the job done. It fulfills the dogs’ natural drive to retrieve game which makes for happy and content gundogs. She regularly works at a shoot and competes in field trials, which are the top level of gundog competition.

Collette occasionally travels to deliver gundog workshops. Get in touch if you would like to invite Collette to teach at your location.