Andrew White has been around dogs all his life, quite literally from birth. He inherited his passion from his father who was considered to be a true ‘dog whisperer’, who in turn was schooled by his grandfather, who, as a forester in Poland prior to the second world war, gained a reputation for rescuing orphaned wolf cubs alongside his own working dogs.
In 2004, Andy decided it was time to return to his true passion for dogs, and as a full time behaviourist I’m pleased to say, hasn't’t looked back. Along the way, he qualified as a licensed patrol dog handler, ** (mainly for his dogs benefit I might add), and has achieved a certain notoriety with his two working dogs, Dylan and Ice, whose antics have made popular reading in his light hearted column, ‘Dear Dylan’, published in several local papers, and now also on this website.
I have known Andy for many years, but it wasn't’t until I was having unexpected difficulties with my own dog that I began to realise how good he was, and how mistaken I was, in believing I knew all about dogs. After all, I was also brought up with dogs, and like most people, thought I understood them.
This was back in the days when Barbra Woodhouse was all the rage, and Andy’s approach was considered quite revolutionary, however, it did enable him to save several dogs from being unnecessarily destroyed, contrary to other ‘expert’ advice. Knowing that self publicity is not his way, -he prefers word of mouth-, I readily agreed to write this editorial about him for club K9.
Whilst he is uncomfortable with the term ‘Dog Whisperer’, for most people, that is exactly what he is. His limitless passion for dogs, combined with years of experience and continuous study of K9 psychology make him quite unique. So, if your four legged friend needs help or just a day or two of fun and socialisation, there is no doubt in my mind that you are in very safe hands.
Don’t take my word for it, go and see for yourself, as Andy often says, ‘talk is easy, helping the dog now is what counts’.
J. Salter. Friend & Dog Lover.