Meet the team…
Here you can meet the team and get to know the faces behind Happy Hounds Dog Training. All our team members – both two-legged and four-legged – help us to provide our range of services.
Susan McKeon – Principal Instructor
Susan owns and runs Happy Hounds Dog Training. She is a qualified dog trainer and a proud member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, UK (member no 01157), the Pet Professional Guild, provisional member* of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors; and is also recognised as a Registered Animal Training Instructor by the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC).
She also works (part-time), as Post-Homing Support Coordinator, for Forever Hounds Trust – a national charity which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of unwanted, abused or abandoned greyhounds and lurchers.
Susan currently shares her home with Ava, a young Greyhound; Sherlock, a young Saluki; and Matilda- the cat. She loves helping find practical solutions to help 21st Century dogs and their humans.
*Provisional membership is available for those who have achieved relevant academic accreditation to degree level or higher and are able to conduct behaviour consultations but have not yet received the requisite experience to become full members.
Ursula Kiedyk – Volunteer Class Assistant
Ursula attended our ‘Firm Foundations’ course with her second Greyhound – Billy-Bear – back in 2014.
Both Ursula and Billy-Bear loved learning and really enjoyed coming to class. So, after hearing that we had a vacancy for a volunteer class assistant, she jumped at the chance!
We couldn’t have run our classes without the wonderful Ursula – our dedicated volunteer class assistant. Although we no longer run classes, Ursula is still involved with supporting Happy Hounds at future workshops and events.
Meet our four-legged team…
As well as the human faces behind Happy Hounds Dog Behaviour and Boarding, our four-legged team members play an important role with our clients.
Ava, Greyhound, (2014 – present)
Ava is a pure-bred greyhound who was the result of an accidental mating in racing kennels, and joined Susan’s family when she was 13 weeks old. In the UK, you don’t tend to see many greyhound puppies (most are born and remain within the racing industry until they retire), so Ava certainly gets her fair share of attention.
Ava enjoys her training, and Susan is able to put her knowledge and skills to good use in helping to ensure that Ava gets the best start in life. Ava is being trained to recall to a whistle and enjoys clicker training, trick training and scentwork.
Ava (along with Susan) is also the first greyhound (in the UK) to achieve Talking Dogs Scentwork Accredited Handler Status!
Sherlock, Saluki, (2015 – present)
Sherlock is a saluki, one of the oldest known breeds of domesticated dogs, and joined the Happy Hounds family in August 2015 when he was just over 12 weeks old.
Sherlock has the rather posh kennel name of ‘Fernlark Birra Moretti’ (named after an Italian beer), but as that’s a bit of a mouthful to call out, we named him Sherlock (all he needs now is a deer-stalker hat)! Sherlock is very sociable with other dogs; he has excellent play skills and is very good at interpreting dog body language and communicating with other dogs.
Sherlock’s training is on-going and, like Ava, he enjoys trick training, clicker training and fun scentwork.
Matilda, Cat, (2015 – present)
Matilda (also known as ‘ninja kitty’) joined us in March 2016, as a little bundle of tortie loveliness. She is a lovely cat, who has a very loud purr and enjoys her cuddles. She has also earned the nickname of “TH” (Trip Hazard) due to her penchant to winding around my legs when I’m making my morning cup of coffee.
She is exceptionally friendly and is very confident around the hounds and home boarders.