Meet The Team

Nikki Arden

Centre Manager

About: I first met Jo in early 2015 when I was searching for behavioural help with my Dogue De Bordeaux, Hugo. I was so pleased to find Jo, someone who had the same views as myself. After a few coaching sessions with her I started volunteering at Dog Trouble. The whole environment and energy there was breath-taking.

A couple of months later Jo offered me a job as centre manager and I was overjoyed, as I felt I had learnt so much and had been given tools, knowledge and understanding to do my job and continue to be educated on a daily basis. It’s fantastic when you see new boarding dogs become regulars and get to know the owners. Seeing happier owners and happier, healthier dogs, helped to be just dogs, is what it’s all about.

Sophie Hunter

Head of Boarding

About: I have always wanted a career working with dogs, and after doing the office thing for a few years I decided to actually try and make it happen. I originally contacted Jo to come in and volunteer for a couple of days a week, to see what it was all about and hopefully learn a thing or two, and my timing couldn’t have been better – I was offered a full time position at Dog Trouble!

I love working here because I am learning so much about dogs – behaviour, interaction, body language… It’s also great being around the dogs all day – it hardly feels like work. I have had my own dogs (Yorkshire Terriers) for over 10 years and this past year I’ve been involved in various canine-related activities. I have volunteered at Woodhaydown Gundogs learning how gun dogs are trained, attended puppy classes as a volunteer, and previously worked at Ambergate Boarding Kennels. I am interested in doing a Foundation Degree in Animal Management to further my experience and knowledge training and rehabilitating dogs.

Emma Popovic

Centre Assistant

About: I have always loved animals, especially dogs, but have had limited experience with them. I had heard about dog trouble through clients and decided to look into volunteering when I saw the job application on the website.

I love the environment and how well the dogs are matched together when they play and the calm energy that is maintained through the day no matter what the weather.

Becky Maul

Centre Assistant

About: After spending a few years in retail management, I was looking for a complete change in career to start doing something I really enjoyed everyday. For me, that was working with dogs. I heard of Dog Trouble through fellow dog owners who encouraged me to read up about the work that Jo does. Once I did, I knew it would be the perfect environment to work in so got in touch and after meeting the team, I was offered a full time position.

Since starting in 2016, I have learnt so much about mindfulness and how important it is to stay calm and respectful in order to have a balanced relationship with your dog. Everyday I continue to learn and I enjoy being taught the most effective ways to respond to various dog behaviours. I am even noticing a huge improvement with my own dog at home!

No two days are the same at Dog Trouble and I love that we see so many dogs, no matter what shape or size, learn and grow with us everyday – and their owners too!

Claire Mather

Centre Assistant – part time

About: After finishing a degree in theology, I was involved in setting up and running an animal care centre where I taught personal development courses to young people using horses, pigs, sheep, goats and a variety of small animals. During this time I also completed an NVQ3 in Animal Care and my BHS riding instructor qualifications and then spent the next several years teaching horse riding to the young people we worked with.

In 2013 my husband and I came to Dog Trouble for help with our dogs after going to several other behaviourists who were unable to help. I was so impressed with the way in which Jo understood our dogs and how she used her own pack of dogs to help them to learn, that I began to volunteer, which eventually led me to coming to work for Dog Trouble. The difference in my own dogs is incredible and I love coming to work each day knowing that we’re helping other dogs and owners to become happier too!

Denise Tull

Finance Manager

About: I have been working for Jo for about four years now and both my dogs, a German Shepherd called Murphy and a Terrier Cross called Amber, have regularly boarded at Dog Trouble. The great advantage of this is that both dogs have become better socialised as a result of their time spent at the centre and have also successfully switched to raw feeding which has greatly improved their overall health and fitness.