I thought you might like to know a little bit about me and my background in the world of dog training.
- Member of The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme
- Heelwork To Music Judge
- Agility Competitor and Instructor of over 10 years
- Professional Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy
- Assoc. Member of Animal Care College
- Qualified Canine Beautician
I have been involved with dogs for as long as I can remember right from when I was young and had to make do with “borrowing” other peoples dogs to train. When I was 15 years old I got my first dog, a homebred Border Collie called Jill. Over my 35 years dog training I have competed successfully in Obedience, Showing, Working Trials, Agility and Heelwork to Music.
With Jill I competed in Obedience, our highest achievement was being placed 6th in Pedigree Chum South East Region Stakes when I was 17 years old. I have competed in showing with Shih Tzu’s and more recently with my Lowchen who qualified for Cruft’s 2010.
For the last 20 years I have competed in agility with my Border Collies, and Miniature Poodles. I have also competed in Working Trials qualifying through the stakes, CDex, UDex and WDex with my Border Collie Fin, who I also trained and competed with in Heelwork to Music, qualifying him through to Advanced Freestyle. We were invited to Discover Dogs and Crufts on several occasions by Richard Curtis to be part of his display team.
As well as training my own dogs I have been instructing for the last 35 years, in pet obedience, agility and heelwork to music. I enjoy going to workshops/seminars around the country, and firmly believe that you can always learn more!
I am an Associate member of the Animal Care College, a qualified canine beautician and hold a Professional Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy. I live with my very understanding husband (who also competes in Heelwork to Music) along with our 8 dogs; 2 Collies, 2 Miniature Poodles and 2 Lowchen, and 2 American Cocker Spaniels.