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Auntie Claire

As a child I wanted to be Dr Doolittle but I didn’t want the animals to speak to me in English, I wanted to learn to speak their language.  This is what has driven me to become an animal behaviourist and I may not quite be a doctor yet (watch this space) but through a lifetime of experience and education with a large variety of animals I have become an expert on their evolution, physiology and behaviour. This is essential to fully understand their needs and motivations so that we can give them the best lives possible and provide the highest welfare standards for the precious animals in our lives, because they truly deserve it.

Working with dogs is such a great job. They constantly surprise and amaze us and as a scientist I know that we have only scratched the surface of their abilities.

I am highly qualified with a Master’s degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, which means I not only understand the theory of training and behaviour modification but have practical skills at that level too. 


Uncle Matt

"From a young age I have always loved working with animals especially dogs and I knew when I was old enough I was going to work with them to enrich their lives. I have a triple distinction star in level 3 animal management and completed canine first aid. I also have a level 2 in ICT. In my spare time I like to learn learn facts about a wide range of topics, one of which, photography which I combine with my love of countryside walks with my cocker spaniel Bilbo."


Auntie Neve

"From an early age, I have always felt that I have a special connection with nature and animals. For me, dogs especially, are calming, therapeutic and rely on us humans to understand their needs to help give them the best life possible!

I have a 15 year old dog who I've had since he was 12 weeks old and watching him grow through different stages of life really encouraged me to learn more about their behaviour.

I have a Level 2 Work-Based Animal Care and a Level 3 in Animal Care and Welfare both completed at Barka Lounge .

I find working with dogs is extremely rewarding; creating a bond with each dog, watching them grow and develop into amazing, intelligent and loving companions."


Uncle Jarrod


"I've always had a passion for working with animals and have owned & looked after dogs all my life. I have a Level 3 in Animal Management and a Degree in Animal Conservation and Zoo Biology. In my spare time I love walking and playing with my own dog, a Border Terrier called Izzy."

Auntie Lizzie


"I love working with animals as there is a sense of achievement at the end of every day. It's something I have always enjoyed, as it is very rewarding, feeling like you've played a part in an animal's care. For that reason, I chose to study a Level 3 in Animal Management, Level 4 HNC in Animal Welfare and Behaviour, and I am currently studying towards a Level 5 in Canine Massage Therapy. I have two Cocker Spaniels, Spencer & Penny, and an African Pygmy Hedgehog called Humphrey."

Auntie Lindsay


"I have worked with dogs since 2015 as a dog walker and volunteer for local dog rescues. I hold a Level 3 in animal management, and have completed canine first aid course, as well as being a qualified pet microchip implanter. I am currently working towards a Level 4 in Canine Behaviour. Alongside working at Barka Lounge, I work with my family farming sheep and goats and often teach the public about how they are kept and where they came from."

We welcome applications to volunteer and for placements from local colleges and schools. Dog behaviour is our expertise, so come learn hands on.

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