Meet Us

tammy fitness for dogs

Hi I'm Tammy and creator of Fitness for Dogs. I'd like you to share a little about me, my dogs, and why I started this business.

About me & my dogs:

I am a big Rottweiler fan. They are very loving and intelligent dogs but they do have huge difficulties with their joints. My last Rottie lived until nearly 12 years old, which is a great age for this breed, but he did suffer from such an early age with osteoarthritis. I did have to make adjustments for him, learn how to keep his weight down and what supplements that would help him. I didn't want him to be on pharmaceutical products all his life as it is bad for their liver, so I looked into different natural products.

He was also quite a naughty dog and I wished I had taken him to training classes as a puppy, but I did learn a lot from this experience and definitely learnt what I wouldn't do in the future.

One of my current dogs is a Rottweiler cross that came from the Dogs Trust as a puppy, and I did take her to puppy classes, plus follow on classes. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to learn more. So I signed up for a college course and became a helper at a local puppy class, learning from the trainers. Again, because of her breed she also suffers from the same joint problems. So I take her to a physio and they have given me so much valuable advice and training in looking after her joints, conditioning and muscle-building.

My other dog is like an elite athlete and is a very busy girl. In fact, she would play fetch and run all day nonstop. Therefore I have to keep her stimulated, as I have a busy lifestyle myself and I can't take her out for hours on end. So I have adopted different activities that can keep both of them fit and healthy, that are not necessarily time-consuming. Both are very different but they still get what they need for the hour I take them out. On the odd occasions where I do not have an hour to spare, I will lead-walk them and spend time conditioning later, then do training in another part of the day.

 

My expertise:

  • I also volunteer at the Dogs Trust, as well as looking after friends dogs and train dogs for friends too. You could say I am dog-mad! 
  • I am always learning about dogs and training by reading, studying and working with trainers. I enjoy learning about dogs, as well as loving being around them.
  • I have qualifications in Canine Studies & Training and Canine Behaviour Training, dog first aid and I have completed courses on Canine Conditioning, Holistic Therapy. I am also furthering my studies on Nutrition, dog aggression, canine communication and dog behaviour.
  • I have worked in the pub industry all my life and been very successful at it but I decided it was time for me to move on, so I decided that working with dogs was what I wanted to do, and now I am the proud owner of Fitness For Dogs.
danielle fitness for dogs

Hi I'm Danielle, I am the sister of Tammy and I started off just helping out in 2016. Now I do part time doing mostly the 1-2-1 walks and the puppy sitting.

I do help with the group walks to cover sickness or holidays which are so much fun.

I learn a lot from Tammy about dogs behaviour, which I find fascinating and didn't realise how complex it was.

I do not have a dog at the moment, but I have looked after Tammy's most of my life when she has been working or away.  I have looked after quite a few friends dogs too.

I would like to do some dog courses in the future however my spare time is taken up with my young son who is huge dog lover. We have taught him how to behave around dogs and what signs to look for when they are not happy with him. He is also learning about canine behaviour.