Ryan Dillon BSc(hons) MSc PACT-KSA ABTC-ATI
Ryan is the owner of Oxfordshire Animal Behaviour and Training (OABT) and has worked with over 1,000 clients and their pets. Because of his enthusiastic and upbeat approach to teaching, he often leads the puppy classes which have gained popularity around Abingdon. Ryan also takes on behaviour consultation cases with Charlotte, runs OABT’s behaviour rehab training sessions and produces tutorial videos and handouts for clients. His empathetic and supportive approach makes Ryan popular amongst his clients.
Ryan is a qualified dog trainer with the Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT) and a recognised animal training instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). He is currently recognised as a pre-certified clinical animal behaviourist with the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and a candidate member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians. He is working towards full membership of both organisations (certified clinical animal behaviourist and full member, respectively).
Ryan earned a distinction in the BSc(hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree at Oxford Brookes University in 2019 and a distinction in the Clinical Animal Behaviour Master’s degree at the University of Lincoln in 2020. He has made plans to start a PhD in 2021 in Animal Behaviour and Cognition. Ryan takes an interest in academia and is enthusiatic about research. As such, he is currently working towards publishing his dissertation and thesis from both degrees.
Alongside running OABT, Ryan is also a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and Abingdon and Witney College, teaching on the animal behaviour-related degrees. He is also a tutor and assessor at PACT, whereby he teaches and supports students on their journey to becoming qualified dog trainers.
Charlotte Freeborn BSc(hons)
Animal Behaviourist and Trainer
Charlotte graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc (hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Clinical)
After graduation she has worked as an Animal Care Assistant for the RSPCA – rehabilitating and rehoming rescue animals. She then worked for Battersea as a Rehoming and Welfare Coordinator – managing a team of welfare and rehoming assistants, assessing dog behaviour, providing training and behaviour modification for rescue dogs in preparation for their new home.
Currently, Charlotte is employed part time as a Behaviour and Welfare Advisor for a local RSPCA centre which she does alongside seeing private dog behaviour clients and volunteering for OABT. Charlotte has experience working with abused and neglected dogs many of which have a variety of difficult behaviour issues.
She is also provisional member of the Association Pet Behaviour Counsellors. The APBC represents a network of behaviour counsellors that have achieved the highest proven academic and practical standards available in the field of companion animal behavioural therapy. APBC members abide by a strict code of conduct and continually develop their professional knowledge in the light of new research.
Charlotte thoroughly enjoys helping owners to understand their animals, to help strengthen the dog and owner bond. She has a particular soft spot for rescue dogs, border terriers and senior dogs!
Lara Hackney BSc(hons)
Assistant Rehabilitation Trainer
Lara graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a 2:1 in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (2021). Lara has a wide range of experience working with different species and local charities. For example, Lara has previously worked with donkeys, pigs and chickens at a Donkey Sanctuary. Likewise, she also has previous experience volunteering with the Blue Cross as an Animal Welfare Assistant and completed a two-week work experience in a South African game reserve. Alongside volunteering with OABT as an assistant rehabilitation trainer, Lara applies her academic skills and knowledge to provide top-notch customer service at Pets Corner, advising on a range of different products.
Lara has two pets: an 11-year-old Shih Tzu and a 12-year-old Moggy.
Cerys Watson LLB(hons) PgDip LPC PACT-KSA ABTC-ATI
Cerys has previously spent a couple of years volunteering at Battersea Dogs Home, whereby she gained a range of skills that she now applies in puppy classes. From here, Cerys studied to become a lawyer. After working as a lawyer, she decided that she wanted to revisit working with dogs and retrained to become a qualified dog trainer. Cerys passed her dog training assessment with PACT in September 2021 and is now a fully qualified dog trainer.
Now, Cerys currently supports Ryan during the puppy classes, providing individualised feedback to clients. Cerys enjoys working with clients and her bubbly personality has quickly made her popular amongst clients.