About Us

meet the happy puppy site team

The Happy Puppy Site is brought to you by international best selling author Pippa Mattinson and her team of veterinarians, dog trainers, behaviorists and expert pet writers.  

Founder: Pippa Mattinson

An experienced trainer of working Labrador Retrievers and Spaniels, Pippa has a degree in Zoology and is passionate about improving welfare standards for dogs around the world. Pippa’s books include The Happy Puppy Handbook, The Labrador Handbook, and Total Recall. They have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been translated into many different languages. Find out more...  

Editor In Chief: Lucy Easton

As Pippa’s daughter, Lucy has lived and breathed dogs since before she could walk! She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a special interest in canine behavior. Lucy holds our team of editors together and ensures that we all meet high standards. She also loves to write and is the author of The Happy Cat Handbook.

Publishing Editor: Sarah Holloway

Sarah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a special interest in animal behavior and communication. Sarah joined us as our chief science writer and now leads our editorial team in their pursuit of great new articles to keep our readers informed and fascinated.

Science Editor: Sammie Austwick

Sammie Austwick is a doctor of medicine and gained her MBBS from King’s College London in 2005.  She leads the team at the Dogsnet Online Training School, and is currently filming their latest training course. Her role at The Happy Puppy Site is to ensure that we get our health facts straight!

Our Writers And Puppy Experts

Veterinarian: Nina Stahel

Nina has a degree from the Veterinary School in Zurich, Switzerland. Her master's track had a special focus on microbiological research and genome editing. Nina chose to go into small animal practice and her special interests are in internal medicine and pet nutrition. When she's not working or reading up on all things related to pet health, she loves to travel, surf, and do yoga.

Veterinarian: Pippa Elliott

Dr Pippa Elliott BVMS, MRCVS gained her degree in Veterinary medicine and surgery from the University of Glasgow in 1987. She has over 30 years experience in companion animal medicine.

Veterinarian: Tabitha Thompson

Dr Tabitha Thompson DVM CVA is a qualified veterinarian registered with the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association 

Dog Trainer: Jo Laurens

Jo specializes in force-free training. She is a full member of the Association For Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a registered practitioner with the Animal Behavior and Training Council (ABTC) and a certified BAT instructor. Jo is also an accredited assessor for The Gundog Club, has an advanced diploma in canine behavior management, presents the training podcast 'Hold The Line'  and is the author of Force Free Gundog Training. 

Dog Trainer: Liz London

Liz London is a certified dog trainer with the Certifying Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) & the Karen Pryor Academy (Dog Trainer Foundations Certification) She undertakes regular continuing education courses from top animal trainers from all over the world. She has trained zoo animals, search and rescue canines, gun dogs, and helped many people raise happy, healthy and well-behaved canines for over ten years.