Toni Shelbourne




Toni Shelbourne started her career with animals in 1989, when she was employed by The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. She quickly progressed from kennel staff to supervisor and then on to the staff training department, where she managed all the City and Guilds kennel programmes.

In 1997 Toni studied under Linda Tellington-Jones and other top Tellington TTouch Instructors to become a Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner. She was one of the first to qualify in the UK, and has really seen TTouch grow over the years in Britain and around the world.

In September 2000 she left GDBA to pursue her passion for the Tellington TTouch Training Method and has been practising ever since. As a level 3 Practitioner, Toni is now one of the highest qualified practitioners in the UK. In 2004 she dual qualified as an equine practitioner, although she chooses to concentrate on companion and captive wild animals.

For ten years she worked with socialized wolves at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust as a senior handler and education officer, and left in 2011 to concentrate on her animal behaviour business and writing.

Toni writes articles for national dog magazines and rescue society newsletters. Her first book, The Truth about Wolves and Dogs, (Dispelling the Myths of Dog Training), was published 2012. It has had amazing reviews. In 2013 Toni teamed up with MSW Media to create four short videos for YouTube to accompany the book. She has since gone on to write Among the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wild Handler, and four other books in a series called HELP! My Dog….. which covers various canine behaviour problems.

Toni has experience working with domesticated, wild, exotic and zoo animals. As well as seeing private clients, Toni runs workshops and gives talks and demos. She teaches staff from all sorts of animal organizations, including zoos. She continues to add to her skills and is a certified animal behaviourist and Real Dog Yoga Instructor. She lives in Oxfordshire, England.

You can use the drop-down box on the 'Articles' section on this website to read articles written by Toni. You can also read an interview with Toni about her work with wolves and dogs.

Facebook page: Toni Shelbourne Animal Behaviourist & Author

For the HELP! My Dog… book series visit

Twitter: @tonishelbourne

YouTube: The Truth about Wolves & dogs Video One - Why I wrote the book Video Two - The Wolf Pack Video Three - Canines / Humans Video Four - The Art of Canine Communication