A little about me:

My name is Natasha and I live in Poole with my partner and my Rhodesian Ridgeback Maya. I have always been an animal lover and have had horses, gerbils, dogs, and ferrets over the years. Unfortunately I wasn't in a position to get my own dog until 9 years ago. This was when a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback called Alfie came into our lives. He was such a lovely boy but he had some issues and was a very difficult dog. Life was not easy but we managed the best we could. When we looked to get help for Alfie it was a minefield and after some bad advise alongside some bad management on our part. I finally found a wonderful lady who set us on the right path. This lead me to undertake some dog training courses to help understand and work with Alfie. After a few courses I was hooked and although I was working full time as a Group Operations Manager I continued training in my spare time. It became clear that dog's and training were my passion. So I prepared, saved, passed my dog trainer assessment and set up Dorset Muscahounds.


Dorset Muscahounds was born from my bad experience as a dog owner trying to obtain help. My primary aim is to provide knowledgeable, reliable, caring services that enhance the life's of dogs and their owners. I can really empathise with how difficult life can be as I have been there and I am here to help.

I am a fully member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers)

I am a member of I train dogs

I am a supporter of ICAN (International companion animal network)

I continually work to improve and increase my knowledge by working with other trainers / behaviourists, participating in different dog activities, attending courses / seminars, listening to podcasts and reading books. 

My Tribute to Alfie     13.9.2010 - 4.7.2019

To my gorgeous crazy, loving boy that made me laugh everyday and gave the best kisses and cuddles.


From the moment I saw you I was smitten and our lives changed forever. Your arrival was a baptism of fire and we certainly had our ups and downs along the way. Together though we learned how to manage our issues and the world around us. Its because of you I started my journey to becoming a dog trainer and our life together started to improve. I learned so much from you and you have made me the dog trainer I am today. For that I owe you so much. The love and bond we shared was just amazing. I wouldn't change a second of it and I would do it all again tomorrow if I could.

You will be forever missed RIP.


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