meet the team

Matt Founder at Rooddog

Founder –  matt rood

Matt has a friendly, warm manner that infuses trust in anxious owners and confidence in animals in his care. Having dogs of his own helps him understand the worries that owners have leaving their pets in someone else’s care. Matt prides himself on his superb customer service skills gained from his experience as a first class cabin crew member at British Airways. Matt has impeccable manners and you can be sure you and your pets will be given the first class treatment each and every time you meet.

Matt was lucky enough to be trained by the number 1 Kennel Club Behaviorist Angela White. He has completed his dog behaviour training, in all positive methods, at the International Animal Behaviour Training College (IABTC) based in Doncaster. Matt is also part of the highly esteemed Kennel Club Accreditation scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI).

Matt’s Experience

Matt Rood is the founder of ROODDOG, he has years of experience within the dog services industry and is a highly qualified dog trainer. If you think you have seen his face before you probably have on the reality TV show “The Dog Hotel” or perhaps your little ones have seen Matts puppy tips on the CBBC’s animaltastic? Matt is the proud owner of two beautiful Hungarian Vizsla’s and has worked with dogs for over 8 years, showing his own dogs up to Crufts level. Matt has a remarkable amount of experience working with dogs from all breeds and temperaments.  Highly qualified and extremely passionate about what he does, you will feel at ease leaving your precious dogs in his very capable hands.

matt rood
steve wardlaw

Business Development –  Steve Wardlaw

Steve is a life-long dog lover, from his first Retriever, William, when he was a teenager, to his current fur-babies Calvin (Standard Schnauzer) and Jasper (Welsh Terrier). Steve trained as a lawyer and throughout his career has helped businesses develop and grow. He is currently chairman of the insurer Emerald Life, which also provides pet insurance to dogs and cats all over the country.

Steve has known Matt for two years and been assisting Matt to grow the business since then. We are delighted that he is going to spend even more time now helping Rooddog to grow and making sure that we keep the smiles on the faces of all our doggie customers!

about Rich

Hey, I’m Rich. I currently live in Hove with my fiancee and my 2-year-old English Bullmastiff, Betty.

I’ve been working with Matt for over a year now after deciding to make a big career change from the construction world to pursue my love of canine creatures. Being the proud dog-father of Betty, means I know how important it is for your furry companions to have a great time socialising and exploring on their daily walks. I plan to further my training in 2021 to include dog behaviour training so that in the future i can offer 1:1 training. Soon, I will also be offering home boarding.

Whilst out with the ROODOG pack, I aim to maintain a happy and calm atmosphere to ensure your dogs have the best experience during their walk. I am experienced in walking and confident in handling large breeds as well as little ones. 

I will provide a reliable, trustworthy, and friendly service ensuring your dogs feel safe and content throughout their time with me.
I have my Canine First Aid qualification and have undertaken extensive training with Matt, who graduated from the International Animal Behaviour Training College (IABTC). This enables me to deliver a first-class service to my clients offering assurance that their dogs are in safe hands.

Jordan Wade
about Jordan Wade
Jordan is a local lad who has spent all of his life caring for and being around dogs. As a young boy, he grew up with a canine best friend in the form of Robbie the Rough Collie. He now has two beautiful Rough Collie boys of his own Toby and Jasper, who are impeccably behaved and a joy to be around. Jordan is a warm and confident individual with the ability to lead the pack and reassure you that your dog is in safe hands.
about Jake

Hey I’m Jake! Growing up in Shropshire I’ve always had a love for nature. Living by the farm started my love for animals leading to me getting my old English sheepdog mickey! Mickey is a fun-loving boy who still thinks he’s a puppy!

He now has a little sister Zulu who keeps him on his toes! Five years ago I moved to the seaside in Brighton. Mickey and Zulu love coming to the beach with me and watching me paddleboard! I have several years of experience in customer service working in management roles dealing with different people every day. I love meeting new people and gaining trust especially when it comes to something as important as someone’s fur baby!

about Louise

Hi I'm Louise, I currently live in Hailsham but am originally from Brighton. I live with my fiancé and 2 chihuahuas Rambo and Ripley, who are age 9 and 10.

I have worked in the leisure industry for over 20 years but during lockdown decided on a change of career. As a dog owner myself I have always loved animals so this is my dream job. What could possibly be better than to be out walking with some furry friends enjoying the fresh air and nature.

I love to meet new people, coming from a customer service background, I want to ensure that i provide you an excellent customer service experience. I look forward to meeting you and your dogs, and will make it a positive and fun experience for all.

Dog Walker Brighton
about Donna

Hi everyone!

My name is Donna, I currently live in Hove, I moved here 14 years ago from Surrey. My background is working as a freelance makeup artist in London and have over 25 years of retail management and customer service experience. When I moved to Brighton, I had the pleasure of working at Choccywoccydoodah as a Retail Manager for 10 years.

Over the years I have had many fur babies and because of my love and passion for dogs, I have now decided to have a complete change of career. I am currently studying to do my level 3 diploma in Canine Care, Welfare and Behaviour.

I am so excited to be joining the “ROODDOG” team and to spend my day in the great outdoors walking all your gorgeous dogs. Whilst your furry friends are in my care, I will give great customer service. I am reliable, trustworthy and will make sure your furry friends are safe, well looked after and have the best time on their walks.

Abbie Wardle
About Abbie
Jade Hannelly Rooddog Dog Walker
Jade Hannelly
Remy Corder Dog Walker
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