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.

She has appeared along side Sarah Fisher (The UK's top TTouch Instructor) in the hit TV series 'Talking to Animals' and has also been featured in articles for 'Dogs Today' and 'Your Dog' magazine.

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 TTouch work 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.

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.

Between writing and working with dogs, for part of the year she also teaches children about farming and the environment. The charity she works part time for runs out of a thousand acre organic farm. Toni lives in Berkshire, England with her rescue dog, Bea.

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: The Truth about Wolves & Dogs

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