Rachel Birt


Rachel has lived with dogs for over forty years and worked with them as a trainer and breeder for the past twenty. She shares her life with a canine family of five and one very understanding husband.

Rachel set up Four Paws Learning in 2015 when her passion for teaching and expanding and sharing the learning journey became a full-time profession. Rachel is a qualified Tellington TTouch Practitioner, and ACE Tutor and an Accredited Scent Instructor with UKCSD.  A full member of   INTO Dogs and an Affiliate Member of INTO Rescue.  A professional force free trainer and full member of the   Pet Professional Guild (PPGBI) and an   ISCP Affiliate Member.  

Rachel is passionate about nose-work and began as a volunteer with Dorset Search Dogs in 2012 where she learnt alongside an operational search team as a handler for two years.  She then spent three years learning with Talking Dogs Scentwork ending in her accreditation as a Trainer and taught TDS workshops throughout 2016/17. 

Rachel has since attended and successfully completed intensive learning courses at the UK College of Scent Dogs ( UKCSD) including the seven day OCN Accredited Detection Dog Handler Course, the six day PTSD Assistance Dog Instructors Course, the Search & Rescue two day seminar and the six day Accredited Scentwork Instructors course. Rachel will continue to work with the College and involvement in support of the  Bravehound charity.