Phil Hammond

We are so pleased to welcome Phil Hammond to The Haven Dog Centre’s team.

Phil began working at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe in 2016, starting out as a Canine Carer before later joining the centre’s Training and Behaviour Team as a Dog Trainer. He’s now also on hand to assist Rachael and the team with evening classes at the Haven Dog Centre.

His role at Dogs Trust involves the practical implementation of training programmes for the centre’s dogs, to help prepare them in the best way possible for life in a home. He also assesses the dogs that come in to the centre, helping with the decisions regarding which homes they require and what behaviour modification programmes they will need to undertake.

He also conducts training 1-2-1s and pre-adoption talks with adopters, giving them the advice and tools needed to settle their rescue dogs in to home life, and helps to train and mentor other members of staff.

After studying Journalism at The University of Sheffield and then working in PR and Marketing for 3 years, Phil decided to change career and follow his true passion – dogs – a passion that started with his first dog, a border collie called Duke, whom he grew up with.

Now he lives in Braunton with two pugs, one whom was his partner Ashleigh’s when they met, Bronson, and their second, Kolo, a rescue from Dogs Trust. Two little dogs with big personalities!

He loves nothing more than seeing progress in rescue dogs and seeing them go on to flourish in homes, and is now enjoying seeing both owner’s and their dog’s confidence soar as they progress through classes. He also has a keen interest in dog behaviour and welfare.