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.

Owner and head trainer – Collette May

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 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 is a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and an accredited Gundog Club instructor and assessor.

Collette has since moved to Mid Wales with her partner Colin Pelham to set up her gundog training facility which offers residential training and gundog training holidays. More details can be found in that page of this website. She also continues to offer online training to her Surrey clients and new clients who are not local to her.

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

Trainer – Louise Pawley

Louise joined Lead and Listen in 2016 when she was spotted by Collette as a very talented handler whist attending puppy classes. Lou is our trainer in Surrey and runs all the Surrey classes, workshops and 1:1’s.

Louise has since qualified as a full IMDT member and is currently studying with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers to achieve an Open College Network Level four qualification in Canine Behaviour: Analysis and Application. This rigorous level of continued professional development is to ensure she is up to date with relevant methods and the latest research which allows Louise to cater for the needs of all breeds.

Louise is passionate about using science based non-aversive, kind methods to bring out the best in both dogs and their owners alike. Louise has used these methods with her own dog’s Dougal, a Sprocker and Mac a working Labrador and continues to find fun ways to build on their relationship by making learning as fun as possible.