Rachel Trafford of Love Walkies (based in Leek, Staffordshire) is the behaviourist in charge of the project. She has worked with animals for 30 years, and in the last ten years her focus has been working with dogs. Having worked with various animal charities, she assesses and monitors the rehabilitation of many traumatised dogs that come into the care of the rescue.

​This gives her a wealth of knowledge and experience, addressing the many varied and diverse behavioural problems that may arise.

Rachel continues to complete educational courses and attend seminars, to ensure her knowledge is kept up to date, investing heavily in her professional development.

As a fully Certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants Rachel is required to demonstrate competency in six core areas including assessment and intervention strategies, consulting skills, knowledge of animal behaviour, and species-specific knowledge. Continuing professional development is essential to keep up to date with current scientific theories and development, as such Rachel attends many training courses with international top trainers.

Rachel is  a VSPDT – a Victoria Stilwell Positive Dog Trainer. VSPDT’s are and selected by Victoria to ensure they have the theoretical knowledge, training skills and most importantly the people skills required to become a top dog trainer.

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Moorlands Dog Rescue were a founding partner of Restart Dogs and helped with the set up of project. MDR are a small charity dedicated to rescuing dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds (as resources allow) with the aim of finding them the best possible permanent loving home as quickly as possible. When dogs are adopted MDR insist that the dog is returned to them if, for any reason whatsoever, the placement is no longer viable.


MDR are an all volunteer, foster home based organisation. We rely on the internet, ‘word of mouth’ and publicity events to promote our work, the opportunities to volunteer and the dogs available for adoption. Rescue dogs are those who are abandoned, homeless or unwanted and who come from homes, shelters, vets, boarding facilities or the street. Moorlands Dog Rescue also aims to raise public awareness of issues concerning dog health and welfare. We also serve our community and adopters by educating and encouraging responsible pet ownership with an emphasis on the need for spaying and neutering and we do our best to break down the stereotypes of many bull breeds

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