Caroline Spencer

Caroline Spencer is a guru in the dog training world and has written books and even designed specialist products to help you and your dog to really understand each other.

Caroline is the author of “Why Does my Dog do That?” and also co-authored (with Lesley Harris) “Parenting your new Puppy” so if there’s anyone who can decipher your dog’s bizarre behaviours, it’s Caroline.

Caroline has also designed the Ultimate Happy at Heel Harness (made by Ancol Pet Products Ltd.). This is a side attachment which is used to gently guide a pulling dog towards you, helping to improve the connection between you. This also has the benefit of improving recall when your pooch is off the lead.

Caroline has had experience in training both pet and working dogs. After feeling limited by traditional methods (dog sit, dog stay, dog heel, treat training, non-treat training, clicker training, etc.) she delved deeper into doggie psychology. This was when she discovered that us silly humans were working against a dog’s natural instincts rather than with them. She also questioned the existing belief that dogs could not be trained after 2 years.

Basically, she challenged all the rubbish doggie dogma and came up with a new way of doing things based on using empathy, consistency and other constructive approaches.

Since 2009, Caroline has been running Pure Dog Listeners where she works alongside several like-minded behaviourists to help put the word out and work with dogs in more areas.This is the fourth year running we have been blessed with Caroline’s presence here at Woofstock. Visit to find out more about what Caroline and her team do. You can also find Caroline’s books on Amazon.

Catherine Bashford


Catherine qualified from Liverpool University in 1984. She is a small animal vet and worked in practice in London after qualifying, before moving to Devon in 1999. Catherine enjoys most aspects of small animal work but is particularly interested in feline medicine. When she is not at work, Catherine spends her time dog walking and kayaking.

We are thrilled to have Catherine at this year’s Woofstock.

Ross Porter


Ross Porter is a small animal vet based in Dart Vale Veterinary Practice
in South Devon he is someone who is deeply passionate about animal
welfare and care. Harry loves Ross and was paramount in his care and
referral to Patrick Ridge. Harry often refuses to leave Ross even after
consultation which shows the bond Ross has with animals.
Ross qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2013 and started
working as a mixed vet at Dart Vale in 2014. In 2016 Ross went travelling in
Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada returning to Dart Vale 9 months
later as a small animal vet. Ross says his favourite elements of veterinary
practice are first opinion consultations.

We are delighted that Ross is coming to Woofstock UK 2019 for the second
time as a judge.