dog training
Training and Behaviour Coach

Lucy Aalders


C.C.B (Certified Canine Behaviourist) Intodogs
C.A.T (Certified Animal Trainer) ICAN
C.D.T (Certified Dog Trainer) IMDT

Lucy has over 10 years professional experience with dogs, as well as nearly 40 years of growing up with dogs. After studying Sculpture at university, Lucy went into working with children and young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. It was here that Lucy’s keen interest in behaviour and communication, began to flourish. In 2007 Lucy’s heart was stolen by a rescue lurcher named Tiggy. In an attempt to help Tiggy with her behaviour challenges, Lucy decided she needed to learn more about modern, science led methods. So she began attending Courses with Steve Mann @ the IMDT and has not looked back since. In 2010 Lucy took a leap and started her professional journey with dogs, with her own Dog walking and dog care Business, while she continued to study.  Over the last 10 years Lucy has gained experience in a wide range of areas of dog training and behaviour, working as a training and behaviour coach, both abroad and in the UK. She has worked with 100’s of dogs of varying ages, breeds and background. Lucy claims…“every dog I meet teaches me something new. i never underestimate how amazing they are! ”

Lucy is a fully certified member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) and a Fully Certified Canine Behaviourist with INTODOGS. Lucy continues to study and learn for her ongoing Professional Development.

Lucy’s doggy soft spot are Collies and Lurchers, but hasn’t met a dog yet that she does fall in love with.

A list of Lucy’s professional achievements can be found below:

  • 2 day career as a dog trainer at Alpha Dog Training School – Aug 2010
  • 4 day career as a dog trainer at Alpha Dog Training School – Oct 2010
  • 2 day seminar (aggression/rehabilitation, perfect puppy foundation, perfect clicker training, canine body language at IMDT – Oct 2011
  • Animal Aiders Dog First Aid Training course – Feb 2012
  • Gert De Bolster seminar- Aggression and Training Rehabilitation – Aug 2012
  • Grisha Stewart Seminar on BAT (Behaviour Adjustment Training) – Nov 2012
  • The Fearful, Anxious Dog with Jon Bowen MRCUS – Nov 2012
  • T-Touch with Sarah Fisher – Feb 2013
  • 3 day Agility Training with Alison Martin (IMDT)
  • K9 Freestyle – Dancing dogs with Richard Curtis – Feb 2013
  • Ian Dunbar – Jul 2013
  • Understanding Aggression with Jim Crosby 2013
  • Victoria Stilwell – Positively – Nov 2013
  • IMDT Rescue Puppy 5 day course – February 2014
  • Stop! Predatory Drive with David Ryan 2015
  • Happy Recallers with Nando Brown & Steve Mann (IMDT) 2014
  • Self Control with Helen Zulch 2015
  • IMDT 3 DAY Conference 2016
  • Tracking Level 1, 2 & 3 with Pat Taggs 2015 – 2016
  • BrokenTracks with Pat Taggs Oct 2016
  • Resource Guarding 2 Day Seminar with Dave Brice (IMDTB) Sep 2016
  • Separation Anxiety 2 Day Seminar with Dave Brice (IMDTB) Jan 2017
  • 1 Day ACE with Sarah Fisher @ Tilly Farm July 2019
  • 5 Days ACE with Sarah Fisher @ Tilley Farm Sept 2019
  • The international Dog Behaviour Conference May 2020

As a full accredited member of The Association of INTODogs ( and the IMDT (  I am able to display this symbol. Please check out the charter website to see what assurances this symbol brings

Training & Behaviour Coach


Howard has been training alongside Lucy at Leaps and Hounds for the last 5 years. Previous to working with Dogs, Howard has worked all over the world teaching as an outdoor instructor of various disciplines.  Howard is qualified to a high level in White Water Kayaking, Martial Arts, Scooba Diving and Mountaineering, to mention a few. His teaching levels have ranged from young children, through to Adults, from all walks of life. During his time over seas, Howard lived with and cared for a number of dogs he befriended along the way. He states… “allowing time and space to build trust is paramount to a good relationship”… When Howard returned to the UK to settle, Howard took on a Romanian rescue called Lola.  She had an abundance of love, as well as an abundance of Challenges. Howard claims;.. “Lola is my greatest teacher so far.” Howard began his profession with dogs, working as 121 Dog walker/Trainer, moving on to teaching group classes, as well as 121 support and development sessions. Alongside his work, Howard Regularly attends Tracking and Shepherding courses with Pat Taggs, to continue his development and learning, as well as attending seminars and courses in various dog behaviour related topics.  Howard believes if we learn to get the foundations of relationship right from the start, we can prevent miscommunication and behaviour challenges later on. Howard’s doggy soft spot are Shepherds and Labradors, but cannot resist any 4 legged woofer, especially puppies!!