The Dog Hut
Animal Welfare takes priority within every aspect of Dean and Sara's lives. They both continue to strive in making positive change within the dog grooming, dog training and dog behaviour industries where, in some situations, the welfare of the animals is poor and commercial greed dictates.
They have recently returned from sabbatical leave in Sicily where they have established a new 'not for profit' animal centre. While this property is being renovated they have returned from leave to manage their business in the UK.
In early 2019 they established a new Professional Qualification and this is currently being assessed for a recognised accreditation.
This Professional Award is purely designed to promote best practice in animal welfare within animal care and animal management.
For details of this new award please visit https://welfare-winners.org/
About The Dog Hut owners, Dean and Sara Hart.
Dean Hart a canine behaviourist and accomplished lecturer has been working as a Behavioural Consultant on Veterinary Referral for the past 19 years. He is one of Britain's top behaviourists and a Full Member of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association, the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals and a research member of the EU Science Citizenship and a Scholarly Member of the Animals & Society Institute. Dean has worked with many different and more challenging domestic breeds and specialises in fear-based problems and phobias. His particular interests within behaviour are the application of animal learning theories, neuroscience, dietary influences on behaviour and interspecies communication. He is currently in his last year of studies for his PhD in Clinical Psychology.
As well as running the busy Behavioural Clinic and helping in the grooming salon when needed, Dean also works as an adviser to several local welfare and rescue centers
, is an adviser to the Canine Concern Charity and is an accomplished college lecturer. He has also piloted programs for television including Channel 4, and has appeared on Ultimate Questions, and BBC South East as a behaviour specialist he was also involved in a local documentary regarding responsible pet ownership liaising with a local 6th Form College. Dean is currently completing work his research paper that explores links between emotional stress and inappropriate handling on the grooming table leading to a more objective approach in assisting in promoting welfare within this industry. He is also working on a research project exploring successful labour division in ants. He is well known for delivering lively lectures where audience participation is actively encouraged and has delivered talks for several organisations including The Pet Industry Federation, the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists, The Kennel Club, The National Dog Grooming Championships, Canine Hydrotherapy Association, The Kit Wilson Trust, Raystede Animal Welfare Centre, and the Canine Association of Accredited Myotherapists. Dean raises money for several local and national charities throughout the year by delivering his entertaining talks. He is also available to deliver talks for local dog clubs.
His postgraduate studies include Ethology, Human Psychology, The English Legal System, Animal Learning Theories, Reflective Learning. Planning professional development through CPD. He has a Master's Degree in Reflective Learner in Professional Practice and is near to completion of his PhD.
Teaching and Assessing Award (TAQA). Certificate in Training & Development, Advanced Canine Behaviour, Print & Design, Personal & Professional Development.
Dean is also studying a BSc Natural Sciences at the Open University to broaden his interests in conservation and evolutionary biology and is studying to speak Italian to support his work in Sicily!
Sara Hart is a specialist and expert dog groomer and highly accomplished lecturer. Sara has worked as a Professional Grooming Tutor for the past twelve years and also taught dog grooming at Plumpton Agricultural College before establishing her International Award-winning College in East Sussex. Sara is an associate to the Institute of Learning and is qualified in Teaching, Assessing, and Quality Assurance. Sara has extensive experience in professional grooming and assists with problem dogs at the Behaviour Clinic. Sara is in her fifth year as an External Examiner for City & Guilds and travels the UK assessing students as part of her examination duties.
As the demand for Sara's Grooming courses increased in 2011, she had to step down as Services Director of The Pet Care Trust (now the Pet Industry Federation) to enable more time to manage the grooming salon and balance her teaching role. Sara was involved in a local film documentary in 2013 as a specialist providing information on responsible dog ownership.
She has written and produced many of the City & Guilds course support materials for professional grooming courses and teaches to an exceptional standard winning the distinguished City and Guilds Medal for Excellence for Tutors one of only 48 Worldwide in 2018. Sara's students consistently pass with high grades, 99% pass with Distinction. For the past three years running her students have also won the prestigious City & Guilds Medal of Excellence for their Portfolio of Work competing with other students across the globe. Sara possesses huge amounts of patience, is calm and compassionate towards all animals.
Sara's has a medical and dental background and was a successful medical representative for several years specialising in wound healing. Her professional interests are researching and promoting canine welfare within professional grooming, where she insists on appropriate handling at all times and understanding complex skin conditions. Sara promises to have her first book available for publishing soon??! Qualifications: Professional Recognition Award LCGI, Assessing and Teaching Award, City & Guilds Dog Grooming, Certificate in Training and Development, Advanced Canine Behaviour, Advanced Dog Handling Skills, Dog Training Instruction, Small Animal Hydrotherapy, Canine First Aid, Human First Aid, Small Animal Microchipping.
Sara is studying dental techniques and applications in domestic pets and is also studying the Italian language to assist with their Sicily Animal Support charity work in the UK and Sicily.