Coaching Canines is owned and run by professional dog trainer Esme Primrose Wheeler. Esme trained with the Professional Association of Canine Trainers successfully completing a year long process of practical and theoretical assessments and passing with a distinction. Esme is a registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) which regulates appropriately qualified professionals. Esme is starting an MSc in clinical animal behaviour at the University of Lincoln in September 2019.
Esme has worked in kennel environments, volunteered with rescue centres and worked as an assistant coach with the Dogs Trust Dog School. Esme is an approved fosterer and recently spent two months fostering and rehabilitating a ten month old Podenco who arrived emaciated and terrified. Esme has two rescue dogs of her own and is particularly passionate about raising awareness of the plight of podencos and galgos- Spanish hunting dogs which are considered to be the worlds most abused dogs. In November 2018 Esme spent a month in the Nepalese Himalaya scaling the rarely climbed and technical mountain -Kyajo Ri -and reaching 6000 meters on the peak. This trip raised over 1000 euros for a small charity which rescues Spanish hunting dogs and was documented on the facebook page Power to the Podenco – see here.
Esme worked in public health and has a first class BSc (hons) from the University of York and an MSc with merit from UCL in Global health. Esme is a qualified teacher with a PGCE and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
These academic qualifications were put to good use in roles in both the NHS and University sector and Esme has been employed as a sexual health advisor (NHS), a teaching fellow (Surrey University) a senior lecturer (London South Bank University) and most recently as a practice educator in community health (NHS).
Inti spent two years in a pound in Spain before he was adopted by Esme in March 2018. He is a true podenco (Spanish hunting dog) who had been abandoned in a terrible condition on the side of a road. Inti adores scentwork and canicross! He has completed two half marathons.
Esme founded Coaching Canines in 2019 after completing the PACT and ABTC dog training course and is currently furthering her studies at Lincoln University with a Masters degree in Animal Behaviour
Inca is a one year old Malinois adopted from the Dogs Trust in January 2019. She too had been abandoned and was a frustrated, angry young lady when she first arrived home. She is insanely intelligent and ball obsessed!
Maple was Esme’s first foster dog. She arrived from Spain in a truly deplorable state, emaciated and terrified of everything Maple was a very traumatised young dog. She spent three months being rehabilitated by Esme before going to a wonderful home in the countryside where her progress continues to this day. She wore a blue jumper for a long time due to being so thin and bony ☹