The unique combination of knowledge, practical skills and experience I have acquired over the years informs and guides my multidimensional approach when considering, designing and working on projects with dogs, owners and other professionals.
I am a freelance consultant, in Greece and in the UK, with broad experience in dog behaviour, training, welfare and management. I have senior managerial experience in operational and educational design, management and evaluation of personnel working in dog programmes. Additionally, I am the author of three books about dogs and currently researching Dog Assisted Interventions, human – dog bond and welfare.
I began my career as a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler 26 years ago, culminating in my appointment as Head Manager of the MWD programme of the Hellenic (Greek) Air Force. In parallel, I have continuously sought to gain a holistic view of the human – dog relationship. This endeavour lead me to study in the UK and obtain a BSc in Social Sciences with Psychological Studies and an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. I am currently a PhD candidate and visiting lecturer at the University of Thessaly in Greece. I see dogs and, occasionally, cats, birds, rats, rabbits and horses on behavioural referral from veterinary surgeons.