Val Borland is an accredited dog trainer with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), a Tellington TTouch Practitioner (level 2) for Companion Animals and a full member of the Pet Professional Guild. She has been coaching others to train dogs for over 12 years and has supported a number of animal rescues with home-checking, behaviour assessments and has worked with individual animals to help address behaviour issues prior to rehoming. She has experience of a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, birds and small furries.
Val regularly delivers talks and teaches Tellington TTouch Training workshops to staff and volunteers at a number of animal rescue organisations and shelters including the Dogs Trust, Cats Protection, Scottish SPCA, the Scottish Kennel Club and a number of breed rescues. She has lectured at the College of Animal Welfare as part of their Continual Personal Development (CPD) programme.
She has a BSc. (Honours) in Biological Sciences, is qualified in the "Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour” with the Open College Network and is currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management with COMPAS. Val is Disclosure Scotland checked and is a qualified canine first responder.
Val continues to expand and update her knowledge and skills in science and reward based behaviour modification and training methods by regularly attending workshops and seminars. Specialist training courses and seminars have included aggression, separation anxiety, puppy training, effective behaviour modification, nutrition and canine communication taught by internationally renowned experts including Susan Friedman, Ken Ramerez, Chirag Patel, Nicole Wilde, Patricia McConnell, Jim Crosby, Victoria Stillwell and Daniel Mills amongst others.