I was born in a small village in Staffordshire in 1967. It seems I had an innate love of and desire to be with animals, right from the start.
Unable to have a dog of my own as a child because of a family illness, I spent all of my formative years borrowing other peoples dogs to walk and train, riding my pony or other horses deemed unsafe or troubled or dangerous, talking to my chickens, hamster and rabbit, or working on sheep and cattle farms.
When I wasnt walking, riding or working, I sat down, as I was very tired. And when I sat, I sat in fields, woods, or by streams or rivers, where I would watch and sometimes interact with, both domestic and wild animals. I was utterly fascinated by them all. People completely baffled me at that time, whereas animals seemed to me much more sensible, logical and kinder to one another. Apart from when they were eating one another.
I wasnt always great with animals though, the first dog I walked pulled me over and broke my collar bone at just 5 years old. The first horse I rode, broke my arm, twice. I had many other subsequent falls, breaks and mishaps but my love for animals never waned.
After leaving school I began a successful career working in a large corporate business and ultimately attained a middle management position, during which time I began to start to like and better understand, people. As well as studying animal training and behaviour, I now began to study people and people behaviour and studied psychology, psychiatry, counselling, spirituality as well as my growing love of quantum mechanics and physics.
Then I had another riding accident, resulting in a severe head injury and a transformative and life changing, near death experience, which completely altered my life view. It also left me with permanent damage to my eyes and some minor brain damage, which I have learned to live with.
My life priorities shifted dramatically after that experience and I started to ponder the rest of my life and what to do with it. In January 2001 I quit my career in IT and started CaDeLac dog training and behaviour and that has been my sole income and preoccupation ever since.
Since that time I have been involved with over 10,000 puppies and dogs and over 15,000 dog people, which gives me a unique insight into the lives of people who own dogs, and dogs who own people.
My first book A Dog Behaviourists Diary, is the stories of some of those people and dogs, as well as some of the most traumatic, brilliant, terrifying, or hilarious moments of my own dog owning history.
Though the book is in James Herriot story telling style, devoid of jargon, full of humour, it is loaded with crucial learning points that dance their way through the emotional lives of dogs and their owners.
This is entertainment, that educates!
I hope that you enjoy reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Sunday Telegraph 30 October 2016 Letters Page (21)
SIR You report (October 23) that the Kennel Club wants dog owner to stop tying their animals hair up in bows.
In A Dog Behaviourists Diary, Denise McLeod, describes what she calls The biggest dog behaviour problem in the UK, but with the simplest of solutions.
She lists a range of symptoms which include snapping at hands, bumping into furniture and cowering at loud noises. Dogs that display these symptoms may also struggle to connect with their owners.
The cause may be that these dogs eyes are covered by fur, and they cannot see the world around them. Cutting their fringes and eyebrows could make them happier animals. Sarah Smith, West Hill, Devon.
Book http://www.k9magazine.com/book-club-dogs-have-taught-me-about-more-than-animal-behaviour-theyve-taught-me-about-people-too/excerpt from k9 magazine.
5.0 out of 5 stars
I could not put this book down!
ByAmazon Customeron 3 October 2016
A Dog Behaviourists Diary gives an understanding of dog behaviour using real cases experienced by the author Denise. It made me laugh, cry and even cringe in places when reading of mistakes made. Denise's passion for happy positive relationships between dogs and their owners is clear as is the depth of her knowledge and experience. This book is not a technical 'how to' book but more of a James Herriot type description of life as a dog trainer/behaviourist which can be enjoyed by all. I certainly recommend this book and hope that there is more to come from Denise.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Byjohn warneron 28 September 2016
I don't normally read books but my wife left it on the table and I picked it up and started to read it after a few pages found I couldn't put it down. The authors writing was brilliant and well written about her life as a dog trainer all the ups and downs but all written with a depth of feeling. It is obviously a book that is easy to read and a must for everybody. john warner
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not just for dog owners
ByL. Thomason 28 September 2016
thank you to who ever left this book outside the door to the library where I work. I wasn't sure if they left it for us to sell or to add to our stock so I had a little read. The first case study brought tears to my eyes, it was so moving and profound. If all the stories are as good as that then I am definitely adding it to our stock. These are real case studies of owners and dogs with behavioural problems. I am not a dog owner but I was many years ago but I do have a friend who is going through a very tough time dealing with a tragic loss of her husband and that first case study brought something in perspective.