JEFF SASSE

Jeff started training as a young boy, entering the various family dogs into local dog shows, and has been involved with dogs all his life.

He began his career in pet dog training when he and his wife Miranda created Sussex Pet Sitters, now believed to be the largest pet-sitting / walking business in the south. The need for qualified professionals to help clients with the training process was evident from the start, and whilst Jeff still worked in management he looked to expand his knowledge taking training classes in a club with a respected local dog trainer. Whilst training people in his previous job, it became quite apparent as to how similar motivation and reward based training in people, could easily be adapted for dogs. Jeff then spent the next few years studying positive-reinforcement training in dogs, and now puts to use these theories whilst training Agility, Obedience and Search and Rescue dogs.

In 2008 Jeff and Miranda moved all dog training to a purpose built dog training centre and Sussex County Dog Training as we now know it was born.

Jeff is extremely passionate about positive reinforcement training methods that build on the relationship between the dog and his/her owners, and equally against traditional punitive, dominance-based training techniques.

He has been asked to guest train at other dog clubs across the country, written articles for magazines, and is a member of the committee with Lowland Search Dogs Sussex, an organization that works with the police to search for missing and vulnerable people.

Jeff Sasse MAPDT 01083 is also a very proud member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).

MIRANDA SASSE

Miranda has been involved with dogs all her adult working life, as a Trainer and through Sussex Pet Sitters which she set up with her husband Jeff. She has also in the past worked in veterinary surgeries and as a volunteer for the RSPCA and Pets as Therapy.

Miranda has been a trainer for several different dog training organisations across the south but now concentrates her time working at Sussex County Dog Training where she teaches The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, Obedience, Agility and consults clients on a one to one basis.

She is a dog handler for Lowland Search Dogs Sussex, an organisation that work with the police to find missing and venerable people. Miranda and Minna her German shepherd dog, are proud to be able to give something back to the community.

Miranda Sasse MAPDT 01084 is also member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and several further bodies who strive to promote continuous professional development of kind, fair and effective training techniques.

NINA-MARIA JOHNSON

Nina joined the company nearly a year ago having used our boarding and training sessions for her Chocolate Labrador "Chocolate" who is a regular at daycare. Nina has been a dance teacher for many years but after having a year of organising the Mini Show Jumping Teams with Goodwood Pony Club she decided to have a change of career. Nina deals with all daycare, boarding, training and walking bookings, she also helps manage Jeff and Miranda's diaries. Nina's daughter Paris also assists Jeff with agility.

ANNA NUSSEY

"I had wanted a dog ever since a young child. My parents finally gave in at age 15 when I got my first dog - Pesto a Heinz '57 mongrel. 8 months later and Zigana, a Hungarian Vizsla, joined the family. From that point I immediately fell in love with dog training and behaviour leading to gaining a degree in BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Hons) at Chester University."

"During my 2nd year at uni we participated in a 6 week work placement which I took at the assistance dog charity, Canine Partners. On finishing my degree I immediately went back to Canine Partners where I trained the dogs from puppyhood to placement with their new owners. I discovered a passion more for the behavioural side of the job so in September 2011 I moved to Sussex County Dog Training to further develop this passion both as a trainer (one-to-ones, agility foundation and young handlers classes) and working in the daycare centre."

"Other hobbies of mine include volunteering for Lowland Search Dogs (Sussex), walking (miles and miles with my dogs), agility, and training my own dogs using clicker training."

MANDY CARTWRIGHT

"I have been working as a dog walker and Petsitter for Miranda for 5 years now and as of September I moved into the doggie daycare centre as well as doing one walk of doggies in the morning. I really enjoy teaching agility and love seeing the dogs and owners having so much fun together. I can truly say I love my job and there's never a dull moment from fantastic walks in the woods, playing ball in the daycare centre and of course lots of cuddles. I compete at agility with my border terrier sky and I am starting to train my young collie cross beanie at agility. I also have a Labrador named KT who has very bad joints but still enjoys life to the full. My non doggie pets include 2 ponies ( remmi and hardy) and two cats (Sox and Topaz ) oooo and a snake or two."

ANNA COYNE

"I have worked in the day care centre in the mornings since we opened and really enjoy seeing all the dogs each day. I got the dog training bug many years ago when I started training my current German Shepherd Dog: Benji and I am now a training assistant for the obedience and fearful fido classes. I also have dogs to stay with me and work as a Pet Minder with Sussex Petsitters. The dogs own currently are Benji the German Shepherd Dog and Shadow a German Shepherd x Husky, in the past I have also owned a Labrador and other breeds. I have worked with horses in the past as well and love all animals."

GEMMA PALMER

Gemma started her career by volunteering for a variety of animal rescue centres. Helping to re-home dogs and helping dogs with training for their settling in period. She then went on to study and achieved a Masters in Applied Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter in 2004.

Gemma was a trainer and instructor for a top assistance dogs charity Canine Partners. During her time there she trained Labradors, retrievers and poodles to assist people in wheelchairs with tasks like picking items up from the floor, opening doors, emptying the washing machine, fetching inhalers or help in a emergency and accompanying people through town. During her time there she transformed the lives of many disabled people by enabling to become more independent. She also instructed Jo and Kaiser on their course together, who later became the Friends for life 2011 Crufts champion. She was with Sally Hyder on her first Ben Nevis attempt and is mentioned in the book “Finding Harmony”. Gemma has also given a demo of assistant dog work to Prince Harry. Her time training dogs at Canine Partners focused on a variety of areas; basic obedience, building confidence, increasing recalls, socialising dogs and clicker training a variety of tasks.

Gemma volunteered for Jeff and Miranda in a variety of classes before joining the team. She has two rescue dogs, a Lab cross Collie and a Lurcher. Horton the Lab cross Collie has had extensive training to overcome his many fears, and Buzz the Lurcher is learning scent work, agility and obedience at the moment.

For your peace of mind, each of our sitters undergoes a Full Police Check.

All of our sitters and walkers are animal owners and lovers; some have veterinary experience, some participate in pet rescue, and some have professional animal training experience.

The common thread between us all is our deep love and care for animals. Our goal is to provide each client with a sitter living in their own area. This way we can assure the most reliable and personalised service. We would never send any dog to a home that we would not have sent our own to!

When you sign up for service, we make every effort to ensure they stay on as your long-term pet carer. A free in-home consultation provides you with the opportunity to meet with your sitter to ensure a good fit for all. If a new sitter is assigned, we will notify you and you will always have the opportunity to meet them before your next service begins.