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I hold a professional qualification from the Academy of Dog Training & Behaviour (ADTB) and have completed courses in both Dog on Dog Aggression with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training (CIDBT) and First Aid for Dogs with Animal Aiders.

I am a lifelong dog addict and I am currently owned by a beautiful lab/GSD cross rescue dog called Tilly. It has been a passion and ambition of mine to work with dogs, so by realising an opportunity the concept of The Waggy Dog Crèche was born.


Becky Hodgson


My journey with Waggy Dog began when the doors opened in 2013. I started as a volunteer and for the first three months I practically lived there. I have always remained in touch with the crèche even when I started a full time job, continuing to volunteer during my holidays. When I was offered a position at the Waggy Dog Crèche in 2015 I couldn’t turn it down. I love everything about this job.

Working with dogs each day is incredibly rewarding and it’s great getting to know so many amazing owners. As I am an aspiring artist in my spare time I am lucky enough be inspired everyday by our lovely crèche dogs. I’m so proud to be working at Waggy Dog with such an amazing team and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.


Phillippa Taylor


I have always wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember, at the age of 5 I dreamed of becoming a vet or a veterinary nurse and would insist that we should cross the road to see any dog! My son is exactly the same! I was fortunate enough to become a volunteer at the newly created Waggy Dog Creche in March 2014 which I am now very proud to now be an employee of. I have the opportunity of working with a set of amazing colleagues and the best bunch of lovely doggies!

I am extremely lucky to be able to say I love my job. I have a young Whippet called Wilf (Wilfred when he is cheeky!) And also a Bengal Cross called Ra. In my spare time apart from spending time with my family I like to read, cook and go on as many adventures as possible.



I have always had dogs from a young age, but having pestered my family for a beagle for what seemed like years I was able to have an input on their development, we were fortunate to pick Savvy out of a pack of new born puppy beagles. From 8 weeks old I enjoyed training and encouraging her to do all the good things puppies love. We then as a family rescued Maddy (Savvy’s sister) who unfortunately had very little training as a puppy. I took this under my wing to improve her ability and encourage her to become more like Savvy.

I began volunteering at the crèche before becoming a groomer and crèche assistant. In 2015 I gained a City in Guilds certificate in dog grooming which goes alongside my diploma and certificate in canine grooming, styling and advanced techniques awarded from the grooming academy, this therefore makes me a professional dog stylist. My most recent achievement was a gold certificate diploma through the academy of dog training and behaviour. All of which I put into practice every day at the crèche.

I have a lot of experience and understanding with dogs and have worked in a kennels before the crèche as work experience. I couldn’t live without dogs and appreciate them so much for all the love, companionship and loyalty they give us!


Madeleine Risingham


I have always known that I wanted to work with dogs and in 2014 I completed my degree at Bishop Burton College, BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Training and also a course in Canine First Aid (Rhodes 2 Safety). I have had past experience working with dogs, horses and cats and I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that I look forward to coming to everyday, meeting so many lovely dogs and their owners! I am currently owned by my family’s cheeky Welsh Springer Spaniel, Jessie who I enjoy taking for long walks and teaching tricks!




I’ve always loved animals, and I’ve always wanted to work with them, but it wasn’t until I had finished sixth form that I decided to dedicate myself to studying them. I moved from Newcastle to York to study Animal Management at Askham Bryan College, and during that time I started doing placement at The Waggy Dog Creche in February 2014. After completing my work placement hours, I carried on volunteering while I was studying, and even completed my dissertation using the dogs there! I completed my BSc in Animal Management with Honours in 2015, and about 6 months after graduating I started working at the crèche and I haven’t been happier anywhere else.

I’m surrounded by a great team and the most amazing pooches and I am only looking forward to what the future holds for us!



I am currently studying Animal Management in my second year at college working toward my level 3 extended diploma. I have always loved animals from a young age, and so working with all the dogs at the crèche is a dream come true! I started out as a volunteer here at the crèche back in 2014 when I completed my year 10 work placement and loved it so much that I came to help out whenever I could. Since working with all the dogs at the crèche I managed to persuade my parents to let me have a dog for myself and now I have a revoked springer spaniel called Jess. I love working here at the crèche and couldn’t be happier working alongside my fellow waggettes!



From a young age, I have always wanted to work with animals especially dogs as they were a huge part of my life growing up. I have a Lhasa Apso called Milo who I love spending all my time with (He loves going on walks and playing with his toys!)

Throughout my previous employment I struggled to work where I wasn’t in a animal based environment as it wasn’t much fun and it’s not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I never thought I would have an opportunity to work with animals until now. I was looking for a apprenticeship that would help me gain experience and a qualification in animal care. I now work full time at the Creche surrounded by amazing dogs and my fellow waggettes as well as studying for my Keits level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care. I couldn’t be happier now knowing that I have found a job that I enjoy and look forward to going to everyday. In the future I would like to progress with the creche and hopefully gain future qualifications to become a dog groomer.