Rachel Birt

Rachel has had dogs in her life for over fifty years, she lives in Christchurch near Bournemouth in Dorset and shares her life with five dogs and one very understanding husband. 

Rachel spent twenty years working hard to gain a reputation as a responsible and reputable breeder and trainer of working dogs under her affix Raezhaven breeding first border collies and then moving to working cocker spaniels, breeding her final litter in 2017.

Rachel finally took the step to leave the service industry in 2015 and make her part-time profession a full-time career by forming Four Paws Learning and as we get set to move in to 2021 she has launched her new business Canine Scent Intelligence. Rachel's nose centred approach to training incorporates all things ACE and by combining this with scentwork and science based teaching, she provides learning and coaching experiences from One on One sessions to small intimate group courses.
Believing that you and your dog have so much to learn about each other and deserve to be the best you can be, she shares her knowledge in a nurturing and supportive way, so guardians genuinely interested in discovering the uniqueness of their dog, can learn to understand them and grow as a team. 

Her drive and desire to understand all dogs and their guardians and in particular those who struggle with their mental health, has culminated in the founding of the Community Interest Company M.A.D for Dogs. Making A Difference by supporting the dogs that fill the role of companion, support or assistance dogs for those in the military or emergency services.

​Professional Qualifications:
Animal Centred Education (ACE) Advanced Tutor 2019
Tellington TTouch  Practitioner P1 2018
Ambassador UKCSD 2020
C & G Assured Scent Detection Handler & Instructor 2020 UKCSD
Accredited Scent Detection Instructor UKCSD 2019
Accredited Detection Dog Handler UKCSD 2018
Assistance Dog Educator with the UKCSD. 2019
A Certified Trainer & Full Member-Association of INTODogs since 2018
Affiliate Member of INTO Rescue  2019
Force free Dog Training Professional and Full Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) since 2015
ISCP Affiliate Member 2018