Oliver was lucky enough to grow up with numerous animals in his life from dogs, horses, cows, sheep (yes they had 2 pet cows and 2 pet sheep for a time), ferrets, ducks and a cat. These all played a huge part in his life growing up, none more than his Border Terrier Sam whom spent many a day out following Oliver across the North Downs.
His first job as a teenager was at the local gundog kennels where he walked, fed, played and cared for the dogs.
After leaving School Oliver followed in his Dads footsteps and trained to be a Heating Engineer, he has spent the last 18 years working for the family business. However, dogs have never been far from his life and Oliver has played a big part in the training of our canine family.
Gundogs are Oliver’s passion and there is a special place in his heart for all things ginger, well the ginger Vizsla variety.
In 2016 Oliver wanted to help raise funds for the amazing Vizslamantes charity. He contacted them with his idea of a Calendar full of his favourite breed and set up a Facebook group and a competition. He has since raised nearly £2000.00 with the calendars and is hoping the competition and calendars will become an annual Vizsla event.
In 2017 Oliver felt he needed a career change and after some soul searching decided he wanted a career working with animals. Something he had wanted at school but was put off by a careers school advisor!
After much research, Oliver signed up for Victoria Stillwell’s Dog Training Academy. This intense 6 month course covered both theory and practical elements of dog training and behaviour. Taking Oliver off for 2 intensive week long courses, weekly training sessions shadowing a mentor, webinars, essays, exams and producing training videos. Oliver completed this all while still working full time. His hard work paid off and in January 2018 received news that he had passed the course and was a VSA graduate.
Since completing his course Oliver has continued to study and completed The Animal Emotion course by Illis ABC and is currently studying their Advanced Animal Training Course.
Oliver believes our animal’s emotions play a huge role in their behaviour and how we approach training with them. He is passionate about Canine Enrichment and especially enjoys working with more sensitive dogs that need patience and understanding.
In his spare time Oliver enjoys walking the canine family and enriching these walks with games such as search, find it and hide and seek. A walk with Oliver is never dull for the canine family! He also enjoys making music and has named his production label after his best boy ‘Ginger Dog Productions’.
Oliver Ringrose is a graduate of the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior and has been granted official status as a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (VSA-CDT). The Victoria Stilwell Academy is the world’s premier institution for professional dog trainer education founded by renowned dog behavior expert Victoria Stilwell, and graduates of VSA have been individually taught in-person by Stilwell and other VSA faculty. All VSA graduates have been rigorously assessed at the highest level for both skills and knowledge in the areas of dog training, behavior modification, canine ethology and creative problem-solving. Additionally, great emphasis is placed within VSA’s industry-leading curriculum upon effective and empathetic human communication skills. This unique focus results in professional dog trainers who are prepared not just to train dogs successfully using powerful force-free, positive reinforcement-based tools and techniques, but also to help dog owner clients to learn how to truly transform canine behavior and set their dogs up for success using the latest in modern behavioral science methods. Learn more about the Victoria Stilwell Academy here.