As founder of The Confident K9 I am lucky enough to have been brought up with a large variety of pets and livestock which has given me a wealth of hands on experience. Having grown up as an expat in Botswana and Oman for my father’s job with MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), now known as DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), I moved to England in 1991.
Completing my education in Oxford, I then in 2002 went on to complete BSc (Hons) in International Equine and Agricultural Business Management at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. During my degree, I took a particular interest in the Bioveterinary Science, Animal Behaviour and Welfare modules.
This led to me working at a prestigious equine establishment in Lambourn, Berkshire and gained a number of different farming experiences with Blenheim Estate Farms and The Great Tew Estate, Oxfordshire to name but a few. I have developed an abundance of knowledge in pet care having myself owned not only cats and dogs, but tropical/marine fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and of course my beloved horse Monty who sadly passed away in 2019.
I have volunteered for Northamptonshire Police, St John Ambulance and West Midlands Ambulance Service and am fully insured and DBS checked. I have always been an advocate for supporting charities and regularly volunteered in local dog rescues.
Having fully qualified as an accredited dog trainer with The IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) in 2017, I only use force free training methods and am continually building my knowledge and experience with dog training and behaviour attending a variety of courses and workshops to ensure I am up to date with the latest information. Learning and education, in something I am are completely passionate about, is addictive! The IMDT is the leading education provider for Dog Trainers and Behaviourists and is a Registered Learning Centre for The Open College Network where I also completed Level 3 Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour.
In 2019 I focused on gaining Bronze and Silver Instructor qualifications with UK Sniffer Dogs and became and accredited scentwork instructor. Scentwork encompasses many aspects such as medical detection, animal tracking, narcotics, search and rescue to name a few, but I have specialised in scent detection, mantrailing and tracking. Having completed additional scent courses with Absolute Dogs and the School of Canine Science, I continue to specialise in scentwork. These skills and knowledge has lead me to understand the phenomenal benefits of scentwork in dogs, the release of dopamine and I have a particular interest in using scentwork with behavioural cases. For this I have also set up a specialised scentwork part of the business Elite Scentwork.
I am an approved instructor of The Dog Training College. We are committed to training dogs using only fun, fair and effective training methods. Our core values that underpin our ethos are:
FUN – to ensure that training is fun for both owner and dog.
FAIR – to never use any aversive training equipment (Prong Collars, Checks, Chokes, E-Collars, Slip Leads, Pet Corrector etc).
EFFECTIVE – to ensure that we are always progressing our own knowledge with modern and up to date methods to ensure our clients are consistently seeing results.
Amongst other pet organisations, I am a Platinum Professional Member of the Pet Professional Network. The Pet Professional Network is an international force-free organisation for pet professionals. They promote a people-centred mindset and offer business support to their members.
Having undergone a rigorous one to one platinum coaching programme and assessment process, ensuring I meet their high standards and force free philosophy, showing exceptional progress in both my personal and business journey and the willingness to support other professionals, I am now a member of ICAN (the International Companion Animal Network).
ICAN were formed in order to meet the profound need for solidarity, mutual support, communication and cooperation between professionals working in the animal behaviour and training realm.
They also set and maintain high standards within what is currently an unregulated industry.
I accept veterinary referrals and am mentored by a fully qualified APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Councillors) behaviourist who is fully veterinary approved including insurance cases.
All my passion and drive provide dog training services for The Confident K9 and Elite Scentwork as a full-time career and absolutely love my job. I would never swap it for the world! Thanks for reading!
Adelaide Stewart-Jones BSc (Hons) IMDT
Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant & Elite Scentwork Instructor