A little bit about me.


‘Elizabeth has a lovely manner with dogs and is very observant…She treats each dog as an individual, adapting her actions to the dog’s needs….Lovely to observe Elizabeth working with dogs.’

Lisa Hird (Canine Course Tutor and Head Behaviourist) Animal Jobs Direct

Theo & Friends was founded by and is run by me, Liz McCormick. Before starting my own business I worked full time in the social care sector. I loved having a dog but often found it was stop me working longer hours, going for drinks after work and getting household tasks done. He is an active dog and despite having a dog walker I often found he still had masses of energy in an evening. It was even hard to grab a chill on the sofa and watching television uninterrupted. That’s when I designed my adventure treks, so others like me can enjoy their lives without panicking to get home for the dog and actually returning to a happy and stress free pets.

I have always been an animal lover and have kept dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and mice. I currently share my home with Theo (Labrador), Molly (rescue Labrador), Hiro (rescue cat), Keiko (rescue cat) and various foster cats. I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2007 with a BSc in Psychology and have studied to Masters level. Since getting my Labrador, Theo, I have rediscovered my love of psychology and particularly its application to our animal friends. I have a keen interest in how the theories of conditioning have developed and how they are being applied in dog training. I love dog training!

I am always keen to increase my knowledge, experience and skills so I can offer my own and your pets a good life and excellent service. I currently volunteer with Cats Protection Durham both cat cuddling and with their TNR (trap, neuter, return) programme. I have also become a regular dog walker at Bryson’s Animal Shelter in Gateshead and foster cats for Helping Pets North East.

Theo & Friends is owned and run by myself so you will always know who is coming into your house, and who is interacting with your pet.

See what training courses I have attended
  • Kennel Club Good Citizen Puppy Foundation – Muttamorphosis (December 2016 with Theo, June 2018 with Molly)
  • Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze (with Theo) - Muttamorphosis (February 2017)
  • Interactive Play Workshop - Craig Ogilvie and Durham Dogs (February 2017)
  • Canine First Aid – Muttamorphosis and Emma Foxall RVN (April 2017)
  • Kennel Club Good Citizen Silver (with Theo) - Muttamorphosis (September 2017)
  • Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold (with Theo) - Muttamorphosis (November 2017)
  • Talking Dogs Scentwork Level 1 (with Theo) – Morag Heirs (November 2017)
  • Two day dog behaviour and training practical – Animal Jobs Direct (November 2017)
  • Introduction to Working Trials (with Theo) – Dog Friendly, Dave and Jenny Olley (May and August 2018)
  • A Taste of the Foundations for Clicker Gundog Training (webinar) – Helen Phillips, Pet Professional Guild (May 2018)
  • Introduction to Scentwork for Pet Dogs Level One (with Molly) - Blue Dog Canine Services (July 2018)
  • Introduction to Fun Agility (with Molly) – Blue dog Canine Services (August 2018)
  • Interactive Play Guide (webinar) – Craig Ogilvie, Pet Professional Guild (August 2018)
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