Meet The Staff

Our Academy of Modern Canine Behaviour & Training Team of Dog Training Instructors & Canine Behaviour Experts!

Simply The Best ...... 
We Travel across the Country, including Portsmouth, 
Portchester, Southsea, Southampton, Gosport & Havant!!!
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Academy Founder and CEO

Russell Becque FAMCBT, KCAI, BehA, ObA, CdA
Expert Canine Behaviour Consultant and Dog Training Instructor.

Russell is widely regarded as one of the UK’s Top Canine Behaviour and Training Experts, he has the coveted KCAI (Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour) qualification in no less than THREE different Disciplines ALL AT ADVANCED LEVEL, Behavioural Training, Competitive Obedience and also Companion Dog Training, he was a finalist in the KCAI Trainer of the year 2015.

Russell has been training his own dogs for Competition Obedience since 1981 and has been Instructing Obedience Dog Training Classes since 1983. He has trained his own dogs to compete at Championship level in obedience competition, running his own Dog Training Clubs as well as taking classes at other clubs. Advising and curing many social, behavioural, aggressive and training problems in dogs over the years has given him a wealth of experience and knowledge in this field. He is the first to admit however, that he is always still learning and is constantly striving to develop and learn new methods and techniques. Russell is also a regular Fully Qualified Kennel Club Championship Class ‘C’ Obedience Show Judge and was very proud to have been honoured by The Kennel Club, to Judge The Y.K.C. Obedience Finals at Crufts Dog Show in 2013 and again at Crufts in 2016 judging The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Special Pre-Beginner Stakes Final.

Russell is a devout dog lover through and through, his methods are based entirely on building confidence and ‘the want to do it factor’ in the dog. Russell is currently taking classes at The Academy of Modern Canine Behaviour and Training, Portsmouth Branch as well as seeing clients whose dogs have behaviour issues at the centre but mainly in their own homes countrywide.

Russell can be seen and is a valued trainer on televisions ‘The Underdog Show’.
Although very discreet, trustworthy and not a name dropper, among his clients are Prominent Celebrities, Top Business People as well as a Lord and Lady!
Russell is regularly asked by Barristers, Solicitors and Insurance Companies to perform behaviour assessments and reports on dogs accused of behaviour issues and their owners are therefore subject to Legal Action, he also performs assessments and compiles full Court reports on Dog owners accused of having an out of control or dangerous dog and are also subjects of legal and/or court action. He has appeared in court in defence of many wrongly accused dogs in recent years, in one prominent case in 2012 was praised by the Judge for his informative, honest and in depth testimony which greatly contributed to a dog owner wrongly accused of having an aggressive and out of control dog being found not guilty and no action taken against owner or dog.
Forthcoming Educational Courses
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Branch Manager: 
Portchester and 
Havant Branches.

Juanita Rogers AMCBTq

As a canine behaviour and dog training instructor, Juanita has gone from strength to strength within the academy. Her drive, determination and academy loyalty now sees her as manager of three branches.

She originally started as a trainee instructor in 2009, having trained her American Bulldog puppy to gold level in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme. Following a break from instructing to complete her level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management, Juanita returned to instructing at the academy in 2013. Juanita passed her academy instructors exam in 2014, is canine first aid trained and is currently working towards her KCAI accreditation.

Juanita has been assisting Russell with undertaking one-to-one training and behavioural consultations on a part time basis for some time now and is training to become a full time behavioural consultant. She is now performing consultations on her own very successfully. Her thirst for knowledge and ambition to succeed is inspiring!
Although she is a lover of all dogs great and small, Juanita specialises in Bull breeds and owns 2 very stubborn American Bulldogs!

When not training or working, Juanita enjoys long walks with her dogs, reading watching and performing anything to do with dog training, behaviour and agility training.
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Branch Manager: 
Southsea Branch.

Jo Edwards AMCBTq

As an advanced dog training instructor, Jo Edwards has been with The Academy of Modern Canine Behaviour and Training for 7 years and is now the Branch Manager and Head Instructor at Southsea branch. Prior to this, she was a club member working her dogs through the classes to competition class level. Her passion and hobby is Competition Obedience and all the training and socialising that goes with it. As well as working her own dogs, Jo is a qualified Kennel Club Obedience Show Judge.

Jo has trained and worked a dog, her Jesse, up to class ‘ C ‘, and her current youngster Chase, age 2 yrs, started competing last season and has had several rosettes and won his first Novice. She was introduced to Competition Obedience when she took her Labrador cross Tex to puppy classes where she fell in love with Border Collies. She got her first Border Collie, Jesse as a pup and learnt so much about Obedience through him. Sadly both Tex and Jesse have recently gone to Rainbow Bridge. She also has Tia, a rescue Border Collie who is 8 yrs old.

Jo is currently working towards her KCAI accreditation. She has also taken up Agility with Chase and is enjoying the challenge of learning another dog sport. When she has time to relax, Jo loves to walk on The South Downs with her dogs and the beach at Hayling Island especially when the tide is out. Jo states “ Being a Dog Training Instructor is very rewarding and I enjoy passing on my expertise from what I have learned throughout my training career.I am still learning, both through the KCAI and all the courses that I attend, both on Behaviour and Training.I aim to continue learning and transferring my knowledge on to others who come to The Academy of Modern Canine Behaviour and Training with their dogs”.
Head instructor

Branch Manager: 
Bishopstoke & Gosport Branches.

Juliet Andrews AMCBTq

Juliet is a newly promoted manager at the academy, heading up our newest branches at Bishopstoke and Gosport with a very bubbly and endearing personality. She is now very much at the standard of being able to manage her own branches, as well as being a very capable qualified instructor. She started training her own dogs through the academy and also enjoys attending various instructor and behaviour courses. Juliet has a chocolate Labrador ‘Nessy’, black Labrador ‘Ninja’ and the newest addition a black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ‘Fudge’.

She recently started agility with Ninja and is also animal first aid trained.

Juliet enjoys helping owners train their own dogs and seeing the progress they make from start to the end.
She has a keen interest in canine behaviour psychology and believes every dog deserves a second chance, with this belief comes the back-up that Juliet takes into her home unwanted dogs, rehabilitates them and finds them new homes, a very commendable action.

Her spare time is taken up with studying and researching dog training and behaviour, she has a never ending thirst for knowledge!!!

Juliet is also working hard toward her KCAI Accreditation. 
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Canine Beautician

Kirsten Becque N.P.T.C.

Married to Russell (we all have our crosses to bear), Kirsten has been involved with Academy Of Modern Canine Behaviour & Training for over ten years.

As well as running the academy shop, she supplies high-quality dog food and training equipment for the academy members. She also shares her vast knowledge with them.

A qualified City and Guilds dog groomer, Kirsten offers a grooming service in the local area also specialising in the grooming of difficult dogs! Kirsten owns 3 Border collies, one that she has bred from her bitch and is currently working in obedience competitions and also a 12-year-old rescue dog who had been badly abused and came with horrendous distrust issues but is now a lovely and loving pet. She is currently rehabilitating a puppy for a well-known rescue society.

Kirsten competes with her dogs in obedience shows all over the country along with Russell. She is a valued part of his Championship Judging Ring Party.

She has previously worked as a dog walker and a dog warden with Havant Borough Council.
Kirsten has also started agility training with Jinx and also has a big love of horses and anything to do with horses!
Kirsten also tends to like Sir Cliff Richard but then we are all allowed one lapse in taste!
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Instructor: 
Southsea Branch

Fiona Bird AMCBTq

Fiona has been taking classes at The Academy since September 2014 and is now a valued Instructor at the Southsea Branch. She is currently taking her own classes at Southsea Branch and graduated as a Qualified Academy Instructor in November 2016. Fiona states she is “loving every minute of it”. Fiona is also working toward her KCAI Accreditation. 

After taking a redundancy from FE teaching, Fiona has been running her own dog walking business called Bark n Ride since January 2015. Her red van is a familiar sight to all her doggy customers in the Drayton area and she has built an enviable reputation in this field.
Fiona has an infectious personality and thirst for learning, she is physically extremely fit and a bit of an adrenaline junkie!

She has endeared herself greatly with academy staff and clients alike with her knowledge, enthusiasm and personality.

Fiona has a gorgeous Boxer called Tia who she began training with the academy in February 2015 where she completed classes all the way up to and passed gold level.

They now compete in competitive obedience where Fiona and Tia recently won pre-beginner at their first attempt proving that Boxers can do it too!

Alongside this, Fiona teaches climbing at a local wall as well as climbing herself regularly in her spare time.
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Trainee Instructor: Portsmouth Branch

Justine Allingham

Justine is another member who was training her dog at the academy and approached by Russell to become a trainee instructor, she has proven herself to be a great find! Even if a bit of a wind up merchant toward Russell (now that must be a plus!)

Justine takes classes from puppy through to gold Level at Portsmouth branch. She is popular and descriptive in her methods, methodical and highly talented. On the verge of taking her academy instructor exam and qualifying as an academy instructor.

Justine has trained her two crazy Cockapoos with the academy and has gone from puppy foundation through to and passing gold level with both, a huge achievement as anybody who knows our academy levels are not easily attainable!

Justine has been on a few instructor and behaviour courses to improve her ever growing knowledge and experience as a trainer and understanding of behavioural issues and how to overcome them.

When Justine is not training she is busy training in gymnastics or socialising with friends, yes apparently she has some!

Justine has a few notable achievements such as a degree in Criminology, winding Russell up and hopping on one foot, whilst rubbing her head and stomach, with her eyes closed and barking. Now that takes some skill and balance. (And was Russell’s revenge!). 
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Trainee Instructor: Portsmouth Branch

Lauren Haines

Lauren started with the academy after training her little spaniel Milo! Having a good eye for potential talent, Russell approached her to become a trainee instructor and neither of them have looked back. Lauren is a natural with people and has an ability to learn very precisely and quickly. She has become very popular within the academy with clients, members and staff alike and has the potential to become a truly inspired and inspiring dog trainer.

She is on the verge of taking her academy instructors exam and qualifying as an academy instructor.
Lauren keeps herself very grounded which is a lovely characteristic and if anything, underestimates her true talent.

Taking classes at the academy Portsmouth branch from puppy through to gold Level, Lauren is always very thorough, organised and exceptionally capable.

Lauren has attended behaviour courses, learning hands on more about canine behaviour and broadening her knowledge of the causes and ways to resolve issues. She has a true, deep love and affinity with dogs.

A little bonus fact: Lauren often resorts to wearing ripped jeans, which leads to Russell arranging charity collections to help dress her properly!
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Trainee Instructor: 
Portchester and 
Havant Branches.

Kimberley Moore

Kimberley is fast becoming a top performer as a trainee instructor at the academy. She assists in classes from puppy through to gold Level and also now takes her own classes.

From a young age Kimberley has been involved with the care of dogs in various roles such as dog walking, dog sitting and enjoyed participating in showing her first dog at canine charity events. Kimberley has also helped at the RSPCA Solent Branch (The Stubbington Ark) as a dog socialiser. Kimberley’s experience with the Academy has included attending weekend behaviour courses in understanding and overcoming behavioural problems in dogs as well as Advanced Instructor and assisting Russell with some 121 consultations.

Kimberley has taken her Border collie Dylan to puppy training classes and has recently had a go at voluntary experience in dog grooming. In her spare time Kimberley enjoys walking dogs with her family and friends. Kimberley is keen to expand her knowledge in dog training and animal welfare by researching the subject through reading, the internet and first-hand experience.

Kimberley’s long term goal is to obtain a career working with dogs.
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Trainee Instructor: 
Southsea Branch

Natalie Bowers

Natalie Bowers is a trainee dog training instructor at our Southsea Branch. She has been training her Border collie dogs obedience for the last 2 years, progressing very well and loving every minute of it.

Natalie has a big interest in dog training, competitive obedience, flyball and canine behaviour. Border collies being her favourite breed although she just has a deep passion for all things dog and doggy! A very personable young lady with a huge passion to learn and do well within the 'doggy' world.
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Trainee Instructor: 
Portsmouth Branch.

Nadine Redfearn

Nadine Redfearn is another one of our trainee dog instructors approached by Russell while training her pug puppy at the Portsmouth Branch. With being such a huge dog lover Nadine jumped at the chance to be able to work alongside the team members to assist with training classes..

Dogs have always been a huge part of Nadine's life from a very young age with one of her latest dogs being a rescue. Meaning the last few years she has spent working with its many behaviour issues with success, so she has a very large interest in assisting dogs with behavioural issues.

Having found the academy lessons so rewarding with training her pug who is now through silver level, she is keen to help others earn the same success and sense of achievement as she has, due to her hard working nature. 
Nadine now looks forward to building her knowledge and enhancing her skills with the academy. 
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 Training Assistant: 
Portchester Branch

David Bickerton

David Bickerton is first and foremost an animal lover and a people person.
He is a dog owner, who feels that correct care and training for any animal is essential.
So when his latest and smallest rescue dog, arrived with quite severe behavioural issues, he turned to his vet for help, who in turn recommended Russell at the academy.

Following a home visit from Russell, who demonstrated some very useful strategies, David decided to attend regular puppy classes. The objective was to learn more about the training techniques and expectations of other dog owners.
David has since taken his dog, with the help of some expert guidance, through bronze, silver and gold standard training. Both he and the dog have learned a lot and enjoyed the classes.

It is the ethos of the training he likes learning together in a fun way through reward and practice.
No prior expectations or forceful methods but common sense and helpful suggestions.

Learning together with others who love their pets and want the best for them in a relaxed and safe environment.
Although David’s dog has completed his training we still practice daily whilst exercising him or at home.

David decided to stay on as a volunteer, to help and encourage other dog owners by sharing what he’s learned. As well as giving something back, in a small way, to those who have been such a positive influence in his training.
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 Registration Assistant: 
Portchester Branch

Carolann Bickerton

Carolann Bickerton is an animal lover who has grown up in a family where pets and especially dogs were important. 
As a retired teacher, who worked for 35 years with children & people with Special Needs, she is also a people person.
She is a dog owner, so knows that correct care & training for any animal is essential. So when her latest & smallest rescue dog, arrived, quite unexpectedly, displaying severe behavioural issues, she contacted recommended behavioural expert Russell Becque at The Academy to ask for help.
Russell arranged a home visit and demonstrated some very useful strategies which helped reduce initial problems over a short period. 
Carolann decided to attend regular puppy classes, to reinforce the strategies learned and proceed with further behavioural training. The objective was to learn more about the techniques & discover expectations of other dog owners with similar problems. â€¨Carolann with her husband David, has since taken her dog, with the help of some expert guidance, through bronze, silver and gold standard training. 
Both Carolann and Elvi have learned a lot and enjoyed the classes where the training is relaxed and has a fun element to it. The ethos of learning together through reward and reinforcement is very close to her heart as an ex teacher. 
No prior expectations or forceful methods, are used, but common sense and helpful suggestions are there to aid success. 
Although Carolann's dog has completed his training things are still practiced daily whilst exercising him or in the home.
Carolann has decided to stay on as a volunteer, to help and encourage other dog owners in a safe and friendly environment, sharing what she has learned. As well as giving something back, in a small way, to those who have been such a positive influence in training Elvi. 
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Trainee Instructor: 
Portchester and 
Havant Branch.

Stacey Cole

Stacey is a trainee instructor at Portchester and Havant branches. She began training her own dogs through The Academy and showed great potential in becoming an instructor so was approached by Juanita and Russell. She has always had a keen interest and love of dogs....Stacey has completed various courses on training and behaviour and is due to complete her canine first aid course. She is currently awaiting to start a dog grooming course in February. Stacey can be 'blonde' at times and just does things the 'Stacey' way!  But keeps us all entertained. This along with her charming personality makes her a pleasure to work with and a great asset to The Academy!! 
"Russell came recommended to me he has changed mine and my dog's life. A rescued bully that hadn't experienced the outside or been socialised couldn't walk on a lead and displayed nervous aggression to every dog really doesn't make it the ideal dog. She had many previous owners by 18 months old. I think too many times people gave up on her and just got rid of her. I cannot believe the overnight improvement, seriously! I paid for a home visit from Russell which I thought would have cost a lot more than it did. On top of that I can call him any time if I need more advice or help. We have weekly visits to the academy to improve on her socialising. He is qualified which many behaviourists aren't. He has changed our lives and that is priceless. His prices reflect his dedication and love of dogs the back up and help included with the home visit is priceless. The results speak for themselves!"
- Ally Bella
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