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.
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.
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.
Vicki grew up with dogs and a cat and has always had dogs in her life. She is very passionate about dogs and caring for them. She ran a mobile dog washing service for a few years but the franchise was run by an Australian company who took it back to Australia. This led her to change paths into managing houses for people with learning disabilities and then a busy estates help desk. Deep down Vicki had always wanted to work with dogs and decided to follow her dream and started her dog walking journey. Her recent role involved walking and working with some very nervous and reactive dogs which was challenging at times but very rewarding. Vicki has a lovely Collie cross lab called TJ who is an old boy now but still young at heart and her most faithful companion. She also has two grown up boys.