Meet the team

Hi, we are The Award Winning Team who make Claire's Comfy Canine's possible. 

As people who are passionate about dogs, we know how important it is to make sure your dog get’s the care, attention and love it deserves when you aren’t around to provide it.

I set up Claire’s Comfy Canines for one reason – I love dogs (well all animals really) and I believe I can provide the high standard of care your dog needs when you aren’t around, but also with a professional service so you can rely on us when you need to.
I have owned and cared for dogs, horses, pigs, cats, chickens and various other animals my whole life so you can be sure your dog is being left with someone who understands them and will provide them with the best care and plenty of love.

Here is an opportunity to find out a bit about the people who make this all possible.  But if you would like to know more then please just ask.

Hi, I am Claire
Founder, Owner and Managing Director
I live with my husband Tom, toddler Archie and Bertha our Chocolate lab
Although I have had many dogs and horses my whole life, my passion for dogs started when my husband and I decided to get our first dog together.

We picked up Belle, our first English Bull Terrier when she was 12 weeks old and we were both smitten immediately.
It was when we decided we needed a dog walker once a week that I realised I couldn't trust anyone with my dog and also didn't want to leave her when I was at work.
Looking back over 11 years ago it seems mad that I decided to leave a fantastic career in recruitment to walk dogs for a living.  But a decision I will never regret.
Soon after I started dog walking, I knew I wanted to offer dog owners, like me, something better for their dogs but it took a while to put the plan in place and eventually "Doggy Day Care" was born.  A safe and secure place where dogs are supervised all day and their owners can go to work in the knowledge their beloved dogs will be here, happy and content when they pick them up.
My specific interests lie within dog nutrition and I am constantly speaking with manufacturers, nutritionists and suppliers to broaden my horizons and knowledge.  So if you have any questions or concerns relating to your dogs diet please don't hesitate to ask.
I sit on the Board of Directors for the Pet Industry Federation and have been priviledge to offer guidance to DEFRA on the new animal activities licensing which came into force in 2018.
 

Hi I’m Laura!
General Manager


Previously I was working as a Health club Manager and Personal Trainer for the Hilton hotel, however when an opportunity arrived with Claire I jumped at the chance.  I have always loved dogs and enjoyed training my own dog in agility and field dog trials.

Working a lot with trainers to help raise my first beautiful but very naughty Labrador Puppy called Poppy. I  learnt that the best way to help raise and keep a well mannered dog was to give them plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, be very patient with them and to both have lots of fun!  All of which happens every day at Claires Comfy Canines and I absolutely love being a part of it.

My role as General Manager covers many things, including planning and running play time, providing important feedback to owners, managing bookings and the on-going job of making sure our facility is kept clean and smelling lovely.
                                                                                                                                                   

Hi I’m Gemma
Doggy Day Care Assistant & PAWs


After completing Uniformed Public Service at college I set up my own business childminding for 3 years covering the early years foundation stage required by OFSTED.
I knew my love for animals had to be part of my career so moved on to a Kennels and Cattery with hydrotherapy and grooming.
Since then I could not refuse an opportunity to join Claire's Comfy Canines and the lovely team in which my previous experiences both professionally and personally have been a great fit in the values here.
My love for animals started when I was very young, having everything from snails and stick insects to chipmunks and cats.
But my real passion for dogs started when we bought home our first puppy, Lola, a Japanese Shiba Inu.
Since then we have added two more to our family and have spent most of my spare time training, grooming and attending dog shows and have been lucky enough to qualifying for Crufts the last few years.
I enjoy furthering my education about dogs and have completed 50 Points of the Dog, Stewarding and Conformation and Movement and I am currently studying a Level 3 accredited Canine Behaviour Diploma from British College of Canine Studies. I am also interested in dog law.
Gemma also holds the very important role of Puppy Awareness Supervisor, you can find out more about this here.

Hi I’m Hannah,
Doggy Day Care Assistant

For as long as I can remember animals have always been my love and passion. I have predominantly worked in the equine
industry since I was young, and have successfully competed in many shows, local and national.
Another passion of mine is dogs. Throughout my life we have always had dogs in the family, so that’s where my love of animals began. At around the age of 14 I started a small dog walking business in my local area which I absolutely loved.
This group of dogs ranged from red setters to Yorkshire terriers.
Another industry I have a keen interest in is dog grooming.
My dream job is to one day have my own grooming salon.
Working at Claires comfy canines enables me to observe all kinds of dog behaviour and see how each dog grows physically and mentally. This I find really interesting. I love meeting new people and can’t wait to meet new clients and their dogs!



 

My name is Matthew
Doggy Day Care Assistant & BARK

I studied Level 3 Animal Management at Berkshire College of Agriculture, where I worked part time on the Zoo and British wildlife departments; however, I quickly realised that this job wasn’t hands on enough for me so I ventured into the world of dogs.
I worked in a dog rescue for several years before moving into boarding and day care.
I started working at Claire’s Comfy Canines in August 2019 and I thoroughly enjoy every minute of it.
I love meeting all of the clients and their owners, and especially love seeing them grow and play, and make friends.
At home I have two dogs of my own, a mixed bully breed called Mabel and a feisty miniature chihuahua called Dobby.
Mathew also holds the integral role of BARK (Behaviour Assessor or Rookie K9s). You can read all about it here.










My name is Georgia
Doggy Day Care Assistant

From a young age I have always wanted to work with animals, but my love for dogs grew when we rescued our family dog, Freddie, a border collie.
I studied Animal Management Level 3 extended diploma at Berkshire College of Agriculture and I am currently completing a course in Dog Training with the Centre of Excellence.
When the job opportunity came up at Claire’s Comfy Canines I thought it sounded exactly what I was looking for. I love working with all the dogs ,making sure their days are full of fun and they enjoy themselves .                  

 

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