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ABOUT US

We are Nathan and Charlotte, a dog loving couple who started doing training together many years ago now under a different business. We are both passionate about all things dog and had a dream to create a business that was able to help dog owners navigate all aspects of dog care.

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OUR STORY

We have always been passionate about helping people and their dogs to achieve their goals, no matter the issues they're facing. Our dream was to create a business where other dog professionals could come together to have a place where dog owners could get advice and support each other on a wide variety of dog related topics.

 

So, in January 2021, we launched Holistic Hounds! In 2020, we met Tony Nevin from Zoo Ost Ltd when it was recommended by our vet to take our eldest dog (Kalle) to have Osteopathy treatment. While building a professional relationship through working with Kalle, we all realised how much of an impact it made on his behavioural issues when we were working on his pain related issues.

Seeing how much progress Kalle made receiving Osteopathic treatment, alongside training, we began working with Tony to offer regular Osteopathy clinics for our clients too, with great success!

After talking more about our dream, Tony fell in love with the dream too, and has since been supporting the business from the side lines since it launched, until officially joining the business and bringing a wealth of knowledge and professional expertise at the beginning of 2023!

So we are working hard together, partnering with other professionals within the industry to bring you a place where you can come to get advice, support, and help in any aspect of dog care and wellness.

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Award Winning Dog Training and Therapy

Proud to be:

Winners of the Thames Valley Business and Community Awards New Start-up of the Year 2022

Finalist of the Great British Business and Community Awards New Start-up of the Year 2023

Shortlisted at the Great British Business and Community Awards Employer of the Year 2023

Three Best Rated Top Three Dog Trainers in Reading 2023

MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

We are a team of professionals with over 20 years combined years of experience so there isn't much in the canine world that we haven't seen. 

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Nathan has a passion for helping people and their dogs find harmony and enjoyment in their relationship. He is also passionate at making sure we look at every aspect of your dog in a holistic way to see what may be affecting their behaviour like; nutrition, boundaries, exercise and the overall relationships. He is a naturally confident person who is comfortable dealing with aggression cases and has specialised in people aggression cases for years.

 

Qualifications:

10 years of experience

Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Level 3 Diploma in Canine Behaviour Training

Nathan Ledbrook
Director

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Charlotte has a heart for helping those who struggle with dog behavioural problems and don't know what else to do. She loves to be able to help people and their dogs to live the life they want to without fear of something going wrong. Charlotte has a very calm personality, making nervous dogs feel more comfortable around her and is experienced in working with dog reactivity cases.

Qualifications:

7 years of experience

Level 3 Diploma in Canine Holistic Health and Therapies

Level 3 Diploma in Canine First aid and CPR

Diploma in Animal Behaviour and Psychology

Get trained with Dorwest Herbs

Level 3 Diploma in Canine Behaviour Training

September 2022 - 4 day workshop with Cheri Lucas, Wellness Unleashed

Charlotte Ledbrook
Director

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Tony specialises in treating dogs with complicated compensatory movement patterns. These can be the result of a previous injury, abuse, or of developmental/congenital origin.

 

Working through these patterns using gentle techniques that engage with each patient, Tony helps to reset the resting state of the musculoskeletal system. By rebalancing the whole-body framework patients usually move with greater freedom and fluidity.

 

During his career, he has pioneered successful applications of osteopathic treatment to many species of animals, including birds, reptiles, and exotics.

Qualifications:

Over 30 years experience

BSc (Hons) Ost, D.O.

Tony Nevin BSc (Hons) Ost, D.O.
Animal Osteopath

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Sally McCabe
Admin Manager

Sally started with us as a client in 2020. She loved our business concept and was keen  to help us grow and develop. In June 2021, Sally started her new position running our admin - playing to her strengths of keeping us all organised and in line! With superb attention to detail, organisational skills and 20+ years admin experience, we can rest assured that things are run as smoothly as possible. 

 

Sally is a friendly mum-of-three and also a dog lover. Training her dog Lottie with us, has given her an excellent insight into how the company functions and what we strive to achieve. 

 

Qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Understanding Canine Anxiety

Level 3 Diploma in Dog Training

Level 3 Pet First Aid

Professional Dog Training Business CPD

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Jess Young
Trainee Dog Trainer 

Jess started with us as a client in 2021 after reaching out for help with her nervous Romanian Rescue Dog Lila. She has a natural affinity for training and reached out to us at the end of 2023 to get some advice as she was interested in becoming a dog trainer and so we organised her spending some days shadowing the team and supporting her on her journey. An opening became available in May 2024 and so we reached out to Jess and she joined the team shorty after! Jess will be spending the next few months shadowing our team, working with different dogs with different needs and learning all she can about dogs, behavior and training before taking on her own clients once she is ready! We're extremely excited to see her grow and learn more and can't wait to get her ready to take on her own clients!

 

Qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Dog Behavior

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Lily Hearmon-Cush
Trainee Dog Trainer and Training Walker

We met Lily in 2023 when she joined our Professional Handling Workshop as she's been running her own company doing dog walking and pet care for a while now. After adopting Logan earlier on this year, she expressed that she wanted to move more into a training role and so we snapped her up in June 2024! Lily will be heading up our NEW training walks services as she has experience as a dog walker and will also be learning with our team as a Trainee Dog Trainer. We're so excited to see her learn and grow and also to take on a lead role in our new training walks and seeing them grow.

 

Qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Dog Behavior

MEET THE PACK

The Brook Pack
The pack owned by our Directors

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India

Age: 11 years old

Breed: Pointer cross

Coat pattern/colour: Smooth. white, black and brown patches with light brown speckles

Personality: Energetic, independent and playful

Likes: The beach or anywhere she can run around and do her own thing

Dislikes: Having to walk slowly

Training level: 90% perfect but sometimes forgets what she's doing

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Lottie

Age: 7 years old

Breed: Spaniel mix

Coat pattern/colour: Longhaired. Red and white

Personality: Ultimate princess, eager to please, loyal, loving and always showing off

Likes: Working, playing, going to see the horse and tricks training

Dislikes: Having anything stuck to her fur

Training level: Ultimate teachers pet

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Age: 10 years old

Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Coat pattern/colour: Smooth. Red with black and white patches

Personality: Very loving and loyal, can be opinionated and vocal

Likes: Sunbathing, sleeping and playing with a ball

Dislikes: Being cold, wet or ignored

Training level: C grade, will do as she's told but may complain and take her time!

Peanut

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Nova

Age: 7 years old

Breed: German Shepherd

Coat pattern/colour: Shorthaired, black

Personality: Hyper, loyal, always eager to work, play and go out

Likes: Playing in water (clean or dirty!), running and playing

Dislikes: Not being able to go everywhere with Nathan!

Training level: Generally perfect, unless it's having to sit still or stay too far away from Nathan

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Age: 7 years old

Breed: Standard Dachshund

Coat pattern/colour: Smooth. Black and tan

Personality: Either lazy or spicy! Opinionated, doesn't like being left out, and very loving

Likes: Cuddling under a blanket, sunbathing, and treats

Dislikes: Being cold, wet or left out!

Training level: Always tries his best, isn't always perfect but always puts a lot of effort in

Odin

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Age: 12 years old

Breed: Jack Russel Terrier

Coat pattern/colour: Shorthaired, tri-coloured

Personality: Very excited about life, thinks he's still a 2 year old!

Likes: Everyone!

Dislikes: Going out when it's cold or wet

Training level: Beginner but a fast learner

Mario

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Age: 3 years old

Breed: French Bulldog

Coat pattern/colour: Shorthaired, black and tan

Personality: Cuddly, happy boy always enjoys being involved

Likes: Playing, snuggling on your lap and sunbathing

Dislikes: Not being involved especially when it's sunny

Training level: Knows his basics and is learning fast

Pablo

Our Team Dogs

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Age: 2 years old

Breed: Border Collie X Cocker Spaniel

Coat pattern/colour: Shorthaired. Black with white patches

Personality: Bit of a live wire, but soppy, loving and loyal deep down

Likes: Running around off lead and playing in the garden

Dislikes: Most things

Training level: Slow progress but despite her anxiety, shes made amazing progress

Owned by: Sally

Lottie

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Age: 3 years old

Breed: Stafforshire Bull Terrier

Coat pattern/colour: Shorthaired. Blue with white chest

Personality: The most loving, smart and gentle boy!

Likes: Having cuddles, playing ball, doing training and snacks!

Dislikes: Being cold and/or wet

Training level: Smarty pants

Owned by: Lily

Logan

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Age: 2 years old

Breed: Mastiff mix

Coat pattern/colour: Shorthaired. Light brown with white patches and black around the eyes.

Personality: The most gentle and loving girl you'll ever meet!

Likes: Cuddles, playing and more cuddles!

Dislikes: Being cold

Training level: Pretty good! She's a smart cookie who always try's her best

Owned by: Sally

Luna

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Age: 4 years old

Breed: Romanian mixed breed

Coat pattern/colour: Shorthaired. Black and tan with white chest

Personality: Can be shy but when she knows you, the most sweet and loving girl!

Likes: FOOD, Tricks training, going on long walks and exploring

Dislikes: Being left out!

Training level: Super smart cookie always willing to show off

Owned by: Jess

Lila

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Age: 5 years old

Breed: Border Terrier

Coat pattern/colour: Longhaired. Tan and black.

Personality: The kindest, calmest and most friendly boy!

Likes: Meeting new people, cuddles on the sofa and going for walks.

Dislikes: Not being involved!

Training level: Very clever and chilled boy

Owned by: Tony

Albert

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OUR VISION

To create a company full of dog professionals, who together can offer advice, support, and specialist help for any aspect of dog ownership, giving owners the tools and knowledge to raise healthy, happy, and well rounded family pets

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