A LLANGOLLEN dog trainer is celebrating the launch of a new book aimed at owners of rescue pups.

Called the 'Rescue Dog Rehoming Remedies', this book brings together contributions from 11 top class dog trainers with the aim of helping rescue dogs across the UK.

Karen Boyce - originally from Shrewsbury but now living in Froncysyllte - has been helping families and their pets for 20 years, as part of her Beastly Thoughts Professional Dog Services (BTPDS) business.

This week, she saw the book appear for sell on Amazon for the first time.

The 57-year-old said: “It’s just brilliant that such a group of trainers have managed to put together this great book, filled with actionable, practical, useful and inspiring rescue dog training stories and advice.”

“Getting a rescue dog is sometimes one of the most emotional decisions a person, couple or family can make. I really appreciate that there are owners out there that want to give dogs that might have had a really bad start a great new life.”

“Last weekend we launched this book and we are hoping it is going to raise a lot of money for dog rescue charities across the UK.”

The inspiration for the book comes from Dominic Hodgson, a dog trainer and pet business mentor, who last year cycled the country rising money for local rescues.

Karen was coordinator for the North Wales and North Shropshire section of the tour and approximately a thousand pounds was raised for the three local charities; Ark Angels (Chester), Almost Home Dog Rescue (Mold) and Hector’s Greyhound Rescue.

Karen continued: “Now, we are hoping to raise even more money for these wonderful, hard working organisations. Our local rescues often get forgotten beside the UK’s larger well backed charities. Now it’s time to shine a light on the local heroes!”

Mum-of-two Karen has a team of nine instructors and runs weekly classes for puppies and older dogs. Karen also specialises in reactive dogs.

A former consultant in the transport industry, Karen was inspired to retrain as a pet professional when her own dog Gem showed signs of aggression. She now has three dogs, German Shepherds Jasmine and Evie and Shetland Sheepdog Benjamin.

She said: “I am so proud to be a contributing author to this book and to shine the light for rescue dogs and for Wales.”