“Lucy has infectious enthusiasm when it comes to dogs and training – she makes you look at your dog in a whole new light”
Hi I’m Lucy! I’m a professional dog trainer with nearly 16 years experience and at heart I’m still just that little girl who is obsessed with dogs. I’m a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (01143) and I only use kind, reward based training methods.
I’m probably most well known for reaching the final of Britain’s Got Talent with my little pal Trip Hazard, and for our enormous following on TikTok (1.7 million).
I started out my training journey with Lincs Dog Training, where I was mentored on my way to becoming a dog training instructor and passed my assessments with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. I taught for Lincs Dog Training alongside my day job as a post lady for Royal Mail until I eventually left Royal Mail to set up my own dog training.
From 2014 I worked as Head Animal Trainer at The Company of Animals Training and Behaviour Centre in Surrey, teaching a huge variety of different training classes and workshops, 121 training, implementing follow up training with clients for the behaviourists and assisting expert witnesses Dr Roger Mugford and Dr Kendall Shepherd in assessments of dogs seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
After reaching the final of Britain’s Got Talent with Trip, I was able to change my life and focus entirely on my passion for training and performing with my own dogs and teaching others how to train tricks and Heelwork to Music.
My biggest passion is my dog display team work. I love giving entertaining and educational performances all over the UK with my own dogs, getting the audience engaged and involved.
I specialise in Heelwork to Music – having qualified for the Crufts finals (the top 10 in the UK) 14 times and been selected for Heelwork to Music Team GB 4 times with 3 different dogs. I am also a qualified Heelwork to Music judge.
I also work as an animal trainer and handler for film and television. Some of the more recent projects I have worked on are the John Lewis Christmas advert (Charlotte Wilde Film & TV Animals), the hit Netflix series Bridgerton, training and handling Queen Charlotte’s Pomeranians in series 1 and series 2 (Birds & Animals UK), new movie release The Electrical Life of Louis Wain with Benedict Cumberbatch (Charlotte Wilde Film & TV Animals) and the ITV series The Secret Life of Our Pets (Charlotte Wilde Film & TV Animals). Trip is also in the current Anchor Butter advert (Charlotte Wilde Film & TV Animals) and in the ITV Drama vs Reality ident with Olivia Attwood and Anna Friel (Charlotte Wilde Film & TV Animals).
As well as training and handling animals behind the scenes, my dogs and I have made frequent television appearances over the years including That Dog Can Dance, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Britain’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got More Talent, This Morning, CBBC How to be Epic at Everything and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
I enjoy many activities with my dogs such as canicross, stand up paddle boarding, hiking and dock jumping.
Indie is 14 years old now and has retired – she loves to do training for fun and charge about on our walks like a 3 year old. Indie has been one of the top Heelwork to Music dogs in the UK for many years, taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the finals at Crufts. Indie also won the ITV show That Dog Can Dance, judged by Sharon Osborne, Bill Bailey and Ashleigh Butler. I don’t know what I would do without this girl – I owe her everything and she owes me nothing.
Trip is an 8 year old Pomeranian cross Maltese and he is an absolute legend. Trip made it to the final of Britain’s Got Talent, has starred in pantomime at the Liverpool Echo Arena and is a very well trained and experienced film dog, having starred in many adverts and had bit parts in TV series such as Ted Lasso and Pennyworth. He has also been a very successful Heelwork to Music Freestyle dog and is about to make his third appearance in the Crufts finals. That aside, he is an absolutely hilarious character, always “talking” in his strange little gurgles and dancing for no reason. He adores people and other dogs and has the innate ability to brighten up anyone’s day with his character.
Foxy is a 9 year old Border Collie. She is an advanced Heelwork to Music and Freestyle dog, but prefers to do her athletic tricks and fly through the air catching frisbees in our event displays! Foxy is a real sweetheart and we joke that she has a built in “emotion detector” – if you are sad, before the first tear even falls, she will be snuggled up to you in concern! When she is working however, she is an absolute nutter!
Strike is 4 years old and has recently taken a starring role in ITV’s “The Secret Life of Our Pets”. As soon as Strike was old enough to compete, the pandemic started, so he had a late start. He has blossomed into the most fantastic performer and really gives 100% to everything he does. He has flown up through the classes and finishes his first year of competing as an Advanced (top level) Freestyle dog. He is a mummy’s boy through and through, and can be a bit shy with people he doesn’t know.
Tempo is a 1 year old Border Collie. She was bred by my friends Lucy and Rob Creek. I loved her parents so much that when I saw they had mated them, I just had to enquire! I am so glad I did. She is everything I could have hoped for and more. She is a sweet, friendly dog with a lovely nature, and when it comes to training and working she is as fast as lightening and so incredibly keen, focused and motivated. She was with us through much of the 2021 event season, doing puppy talks with me on the stage at Dog Fest.
Dizzy, better known as Tiny D, is a 6 year old Pomeranian cross Maltese. She is related to Trip but is a very different dog. She weighs in at a tiny 1.5kg and can’t even jump onto our sofa at home, but she absolutely adores training and showing off! She loves being held, stroked and fawned over by anyone who comes to see us at events.
Peach is a 9 month old Maltese. She is absolutely crazy in the best of ways! All of my dogs love her, she loves all people, all dogs, she is just a very gregarious and outgoing character! She is coming on amazing with her training, she learns very quickly and is incredibly fast!
Ash was my first proper “dog of my own” and passed away a couple of weeks before his 16th birthday. In his prime he was a super agility dog and dabbled in Heelwork to Music Freestyle, working at Intermediate level with points towards Advanced. He always took part in my event demonstrations and also did film work. Ash liked every dog and every person. You would most likely see Ash at events with us letting him have a wander around the stalls, hoping for some freebie treats!
Trent was a pedigree Smooth Collie – a vulnerable native breed. Trent was a sensitive boy who tried his paws at everything with me – Heelwork to Music, Agility, Obedience. Trent made it to Crufts in 2015 as part of team Smooth Collie in the Obreedience competition. He gained a Silver Versatility award with the Rough and Smooth Collie Training Association. Most of all, he was my buddy. He loved me and he loved every person he met, with his wagging tail and his excited “pufflecheeks”. He left us at 13 years old due to a mystery illness that the vets could not figure out.