About Toni Shelbourne

Toni Shelbourne has worked with domesticated and wild canids since 1989. After a long and successful career with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, she started her own business as a Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner. She is now one of the highest qualified Practitioners in the UK. In 2001 her skills in TTouch took Toni to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust were she meet a pack of socialised wolves. She went on to work with them for over a decade as a Senior Wolf Handler and Education Officer for the organisation.  Through observing the wolves she has a unique insight into their behaviour.  This led to her questioning the ingrained ideas about the alpha theory with dogs, ideas that were often in conflict with her own knowledge and observations. Today she advises wolf organisations and zoos on wolf behaviour and management.
Over the last decade Toni has been developing her writing. She spent two years editing and writing features for Wolf Print, the UK Wolf Conservation Trust’s international magazine. She went on to write for national dog magazines, rescue society newsletters and websites. Her first book, The Truth about Wolves & Dogs, was published in 2012. Since then she has published a number of books. (see book section). Her latest writing collaboration with author Karen Bush sees a series of books entitled Help… My Dog is. The first, Help…My Dog is Scared of Fireworks was a great success. More titles are planned.

Visit www.tonishelbourneandkarenbush.jimdo.com or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canine-Ebooks-by-Toni-Shelbourne-Karen-Bush/1559814977608635 for more details. Also visit the book section for details on how to order all Toni’s books.
Toni also has extensive experience in front of a camera having been filmed numerous times with the wolves. Her natural enthusiasm is easy to relate to and infectious. TV & radio work includes appearances in:

  • Talking to Animals – Tigress Productions
  • Newsround
  • Blue Peter
  • Countrywise
  • Ambassadors of the Wild – UK Wolf Conservation Trust’s promotional DVD
  • Local news segments
  • BBC Radio Berkshire
  • Dogcast Radio
  • Talk Radio Europe
  • Talkin Pets USA

She also has four webisodes on YouTube which accompany her first book The Truth about Wolves and Dogs, (See gallery)
Toni is on the expert panel for the Dog Welfare Alliance http://www.dogwelfarealliance.com/ and works closely with experts in many fields to help improve the lives of dogs, zoo and other animals.
She teaches all over the UK and abroad, works with clients’ one to one, writes and runs workshops.