About Us

Nosey Barker Ltd was founded by Kim Kaye who has worked with dogs for over 10 years. Kim along with her husband Ryan are passionate about delivering friendly, fun and successful training.

At Nosey Barker we understand that not all families want to compete at Crufts in showing, agility or obedience, but we also know that families do want a well-mannered dog that they can enjoy spending time with. For over 10 years Kim has worked with dogs and in this time she has learnt that building a strong bond between a family and a dog is key to a successful relationship. It is this knowledge, experience and training that forms a golden thread throughout the school and has become the Nosey way.

We are proud to use reward-based methods to train every dog, but this doesn’t always mean using food or treats. Just like with humans there can be a variety of rewards that can encourage a repeat behaviour, perhaps shoes, holidays, money, a hug or praise. This scientific approach has been proven as effective and far less likely to lead to any behavioural problems.

Our group classes are mainly taught at our outdoor location where the dogs are able to get used to all the normal distractions they would encounter when out on a walk with you. We call this real-life training, we coach you to be able to connect with your dog and ask for appropriate behaviour when out and about in your community. One of the reasons our success rate is so high is because we offer small group classes; puppies and beginners have a maximum of 6 dogs and all other classes a maximum of 8. This means everyone has some individual time with our qualified trainers and are able to ask questions specific to their dog and their life.

Sometimes our canine pals need a different type of support to group classes, we are pleased to help you with private tuition and behaviour modification. We have a team of experts that are qualified and passionate about improving any difficulties you and your dog may be facing.

At Nosey Barker we take learning very seriously and are proud to continue to train and use the most up to date, scientific and kind methods. We are proud to host like minded trainers, behaviourists and leading professionals offering continual professional development to dog enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Kim Kaye
Kim Kaye, a canine professional for over 10 years, is doggedly obsessed with the bond between dog and caregiver. It is this Jedi focus on the dog-caregiver relationship upon which all of her training techniques and activities are taught. Equal to this is her passionate, unapologetic insistence that training be fun, real, enriching and kind. Kim is the Founder and Director of Nosey Barker Dog Training based in Essex. She is fully qualified with IMDT (The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers), LLA (Living and learning with animals), FFTT (force free trick trainer), Talking Dog Scentwork Instructor, Dog Yoga and Superdogs (assistance work). Kim is also a qualified Dog Groomer, microchip technician and fully DBS checked and clear. Kim shares her life with 5 Miniature Schnauzers and her husband Ryan, co-director of Nosey Barker.
Ryan Kaye
With his boundless enthusiasm, energy and passion, it might be said that Ryan has got a puppy-like nature! It is this fun Ryan brings to dog training, along with structure and focus. Ryan enjoys working with owners and their dogs and watching the bonds between them strengthen. Ryan has a keen interest in sports such as Parkour, Canicross and Agility. Along with sports Ryan has a passion for permission based handling which is especially useful for when visiting the vets and groomers. Ryan is the Nosey Barker human first aider, he is also a canine first aider. Ryan has been a qualified trainer with the IMDT (The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) since 2015 and a certified Dogfit Instructor since 2017.
Rachel Gallimore
Rachel has a degree in bioveterinary sciences with a 3rd year focus on behaviour. She has had dogs since childhood and currently spends much of her time finding new ways to entertain her 2 collies. Rachel has been training her own dogs with Nosey Barker for the last 18 months. You will find Rachel as a moderaror on the online community spreading enrichment ideas and helpful product reviews.
Callie Dennis
Callie, being passionate about all things canine, trains her own dog with Nosey Barker and together they are working their way through the Good Citizen awards. She has a keen interest in dog showing and you will regularly find her at Ringcraft classes and dog shows with her Chesapeake Bay Retriever Bella. Together, they qualified for Crufts 2019! Other interests of Callie’s include Canicross. She also has a full, clear DBS check.
Hellen Wheeler
Helen is a practising Brain Injury Case Manager, having originally qualified with a Bsc (hons) in Occupational Therapy back in 2007. Having enjoyed her personal journey rescuing a troubled Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and more recently sharing her life with a cheeky Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, she has ignited a passions for all things cannine, and decided to further her studies. Helen has recently commenced the advanced diploma in applied animal behaviour with compass education. She hopes to bring along her wealth of experience and skills of working with patients and there families, and anticipates that coupled with growing cannine behaviour knowledge, she will be able to offer a truly bespoke, well rounded and evidence behaviour service to our Nosey Barker clients.
Laura Anastasi
Laura is a key member of our team and firm favourite with the walking adventure dogs. As well as a main walker Laura assists in face to face classes and our many online training communities. Laura has had a passion for dog’s since a young age, she grew up around greyhounds and horses. Laura’s passion for dogs led her down the ring craft path with her boxer dog called she-ra at just 7 years old. Laura and She-ra qualified for CRUFTS as a young handler Laura has a diploma in dog walking and home pet sitting, attended the IMDT courses; career as a dog trainer and is Caine first aid trained. Laura’s daughter Ava-May has followed in this passion and loves to train and teach their cheeky mini schnauzer Luna tricks. When Laura is not working you may spot her and Luna taking part in canicross class with Ryan Kaye.
Victoria Schimpf
Victoria’s professional career was in IT for many years, managing networks and training staff on software.  She has enjoyed working with horses in her spare time for most of her life.  Victoria turned her attention to dogs back in 2009 when she qualified as a dog trainer.  She spent a lot of time volunteering with local shelters, assessing dogs and helping to prepare them for adoption.  After a few years, her focus became therapy work with her dog, Rosie.   They visited nursing homes, a mental health Wellness Clinic, and had many private clients whom Rosie helped overcome fears and phobias based around dogs.  All three of her children have inherited her passion for animals – one is training to be a Vet, the other studying for a degree in Zoology and her youngest is working towards her Level 2 Trick Dog certificate.
Victoria is now back, actively training, and excited to further her education in animal behaviour.