Our Trainers

The underlying principle to all our training is that it should be fun for dog and handler. Dogs learn by repetition, and a repeated behaviour that is rewarded in a manner that has value to the dog will be learned quickly and become second nature. Rewards increase motivation and focus in the dog, which leads in turn to an enhanced desire to learn. Any breed will respond to a reward based training approach and the result can be either a well behaved companion, or a partnership that will succeed in competition or both! Equally, rewarding the wrong behaviour will get bad habits!

Pet training and Obedience trainers

Susie Thomson

Susie & Dixie

Susie & Dixie

Susie takes the pet obedience and competitive obedience classes. She uses food rewards and tuggy toys to achieve the behaviour she asks of her dogs. She competes very successfully at Open obedience shows with her German Shepherd Dogs.

Pat Jones

Pat in class

Pat in class

Pat, with Susie takes the pet obedience classes. Pat enjoys training her own dogs and others’, but has chosen to compete only in the Club team events. Pat is instrumental in ensuring that all the pet training methods we use are up to date and suitable for the classes we run.

Jill Sims

Jill & Pip

Jill & Pip

Jill takes the Super Dog class relieving Pat and Susie occasionally and giving a different take on the exercises. Jill principally competes at Agility. She is an accredited Kennel Club judge. She has 3 dogs, Pip who competes at agility, Pancho a rescue dog from Spain and Nutmeg a Beardie/Jack Russell who also competes at agility

Liz Davis

Liz & Jago winning at the Ten Team rallyPresent

Liz & Jago winning at the Ten Team rally

Liz competed very successfully at Open obedience shows before retiring her current dog.

Doreen and Susie talking at the Town Hall

Doreen and Susie talking at the Town Hall

We also have trainers  including Angie Swann, and Liz Steele. They teach some of the exercises in the Friday night classes. Doreen Hoskins helps Pat and Susie take the puppy and Liz the good dog classes.

Agility Trainers

Alison Edgington

Alison Edgington and Elsie-Jo

Alison Edgington and Elsie-Jo

Alison has an agility trainers qualification andtakes the competitive agility classes. With 25 years experience of agility training and competing, she now teaches agility full time and regularly judges at Kennel Club Open agility shows.

Julie Bearder

Tali

Tali

Julie is currently competing with Jester a Manchester Terrier. Julie is a qualified Kennel Club Agility judge.

 

Michèle Phillips

Michèle Phillips with Lily at Dogfest 2015

Michèle Phillips with Lily at Dogfest 2015

Michèle takes beginner and pre-competition classes.

Caroline & Simon Coventry

Caroline & Simon compete regularly with their collies, Tia at Grade 6 and Maddy, grade 5 . They also compete with Violet and Blu, two terrier crosses. Caroline & Simon teach pre-compettion classes and more advanced classes.