Loni comes from a diverse animal background growing up with a menagerie of animals at her Yorkshire farmhouse. From an early age Loni was at her most relaxed when outside caring for and getting to know the numerous sheep, ponies, hens, cats and dogs around our home. Loni was always particularly drawn to the ponies and this affinity continued as she developed a working knowledge of many different breeds and equestrian disciplines from Highland show ponies to Thoroughbred racehorses.
Loni developed her academic knowledge through completing a BSc(Hons) in Equine Science whilst continuing to work as an equine trainer and owner of a multi-discipline training and rehabilitation centre and during this time she developed a special interest in working with those animals displaying unwanted behaviours.
Loni wanted to expand her academic knowledge and gain a recognised behaviour qualification to use alongside her practical expertise so embarked upon an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from which she graduated with Distinction.
Today Loni continues to practice as a companion animal behaviourist specialising in horses, dogs and cats. Loni is as motivated and fulfilled now by a successful outcome for owners and their animals as she was fifteen years ago and feels this is reflected in the dedicated and compassionate support given to clients.
Loni is passionate about the health, behaviour and welfare of animals and aims to ensure that both owner and animal get the most out of their interactions with each other.
Loni is an ASAB Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and is an Accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist (ABTC-CAB) and Animal Training Instructor (ABTC-ATI) with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.
"Loni met me and Cocoa at our home and was really warm and friendly. She explained the reasons behind the way Cocoa was acting. She gave us a really clear step by step plan to reduce Cocoa's fear of fast passing objects and coached me so that I could help with the training. Now we can enjoy our walks again, fantastic!"
Clare, Cocoa's owner
"I have been very impressed by Loni's calm empathy with the animals that she encounters. I have very much enjoyed working with her on a number of horses where her insight and depth of knowledge has made a significant difference to their behavioural problems. I look forward to working with her in the future."
Alex, equine sports massage therapist, former jockey and Northern Racing College instructor
“I first asked Loni for help after having issues with my pony's pole phobia, she would veer half way across the school to avoid them. If I asked her to look at them she would simply stand there and snort and wouldn’t even lead over them! Loni spent time assessing May’s reactions and after some gentle reassurance and encouragement, both myself and May started to gain confidence. Now several months later she doesn’t think twice about trotting over those once scary objects and will even trot over them with very little guidance. A year ago I never thought I’d see the day when she would get excited about the prospect of doing pole work, but now I’m convinced it’s one of her favourite things!"
Ruby, May's carer
"After moving house a couple of times in a short space of time, my cats had decided the litter tray was not for them any more. Loni provided me with the perfect solutions which cured the problem... They also appear to be far happier all of the time now. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone with any kind of pet issue."
James, Lola and Monkey's owner