She holds a diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology and was awarded a distinction.
Petrina is also a Separation Anxiety Specialist and graduated from an intensive training program Malena De Martini as a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer in 2019 – the only one of its kind in the world to certify dog trainers to work with separation related behaviours and isolation distress.
Malena is the author of Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs and a widely-recognised authority in effective treatment protocols for the anxiety disorder that are based in scientific principles of behaviour modification.
Petrina is always continuing with her professional development and her study of Separation Anxiety as a Separation Anxiety Pro with Julie Naismith of Subthreshold Dog in 2020.
All of Petrina’s work is based on effective, humane, evidence-based principles and as a full member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (01238) and the COAPE Association of Applied Pet Behaviourists and Trainers is committed to the code of practice they both work to. She also sits on the committees of both and is highly involved in both organisations development to promote kind, fair and effective training and behaviour modification.