Claire - Founder and Owner of Outward Hounds
Following a 20 year career in Design, marketing and PR, Claire decided the office was no longer her happy place. She had always had a passion for dogs and being outdoors and turned this passion into a profession. She grew up around dogs and cats, as her Mum bred Golden Retrievers and Persian cats. She cannot remember a time when animals were not a big part of her life. Claire is fully qualified in pet first aid and has qualifications from the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers in Canine Behaviour and Training. Claire has her own very cheeky and adorable dog – a chocolate Cockapoo called Maddie. Maddie spends the days in the countryside with Claire and all her friends, which makes her very happy. Other members of Claire’s household are a tabby cat called Flo and her daughter’s Chihuahua, Lola. She has kept rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs in the past.
A country girl at heart, Andrea grew up a keen rider and spent many hours reschooling and nurturing troubled horses. Her sister is a vet and her mother runs her local cats protection league. She feels most at home in muddy wellies with wind swept hair and dogs at her feet. She has two mischievous French bull dogs call Ronnie and Reggie and two beautiful daughters, Emily and Holly who are also budding dog whisperers!
Lynette’s love of animals began early in life when she did her work experience at the vets in Steventon. She has grown up surrounded by animals. Her parents fostered cats when she was young. There isn’t a dog alive that doesn’t love Lynette! She loves nothing more than getting out into the fields with a group of dogs to set all tails wagging and have lots of fun. Lynette has a jack russell cross pomeranian called Alfie and a rescued crossbreed called Peggy. She is also experienced in reptile care.
Often referred to as the glamourous member of the team – Jenny will often be found with her pack of dogs on the Ridgeway looking good in her sunnies and cap! She has owned dogs, cats and small furries all her life. Her dogs Lola, a jorkie, and Alfie, a rescue alsation cross, are a huge part of her life. Jenny’s patient and calm manner makes her great with the more nervous dogs.
Previously a customer, Natalie is proud owner of Tim a nutty Vizla and Mario a terrier cross. She also has three guinea pigs and a one-eyed cat called Milky, who was rescued in Dubai. Natalie’s experience with gundogs and her conscientious attitude is very valuable to the team.
Stevie has grown up around dogs in the family home all through her childhood and right up to the present day. Her first dog was a fun, loving Staffordshire bull terrier named Tia who could be quite tricky with other dogs at times. Stevie had Tia from a puppy but she sadly passed away a few years ago aged 14. She spent most of her younger years in the Devon countryside before moving to Oxfordshire in 2013. Stevie is an independant Army wife who looks after her two children and Dobermann Vinnie. Alongside her dog walking, Stevie also works as a Healthcare Assistant for the NHS.