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Vesela Dimitrova

Trainer In Training

My name is Vesela and I am a final year student at Hartpury University, doing a degree in Human Animal Interaction. I have always loved dogs, ever since we got our first family dog when I was about 7.
This is why when I had the chance to train a dog for one of my second year modules at university I went home for the Easter holidays in order to meet and train my friend’s dog Mozzarella. She is a Maremma Sheepdog which had no previous training at the age of 3, so it was a little bit challenging, since it was also my first time training a dog. Within a week I managed to teach her to sit down, give paw, and lie down. It felt super rewarding and satisfying to see her work out what I want from her. There were some challenging moments, as it is not always easy to figure out the way dogs think and see the world, but that just made it even more satisfying in the end when we both figured it out.
This was when I decided that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, so I started volunteering at another dog training school in Cheltenham which I have been doing for a number of months now. I heard about the Trainer Mentorship programme at Barking Buds when Beth came to do a talk in one of my lectures, I knew that this was my opportunity to start doing what I want to do with my life, and become a dog trainer.