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, Whisper and Cato who worked Class B, up until their retirement last year; and Dixie who is now working Class A

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 four dogs, Tessie who is a retired agility dog, Pip who competes at agility, though Pip is successful at obedience too, Pancho a rescue dog from Spain and Nutmeg a Beardie/Jack Russell.

Liz Davis

Liz & Jago winning at the Ten Team rallyPresent

Liz & Jago winning at the Ten Team rally

Liz competes very successfully at Open obedience shows. She started competing with Shelties but now works Belgian Shepherds. She owns Jago who now competes in Class B and C. Liz shares teaching the competitive obedience classes with Susie and coaches the Club team for obedience competitions.

Doreen and Susie talking at the Town Hall

Doreen and Susie talking at the Town Hall

We also have new trainers learning their craft, 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, as well as competing with her terrier Elsie-Jo, who has now reached Grade 7.

Julie Bearder

Tali

Tali

Julie is a rescue German Shepherd enthusiast, who is currently competing with Tali at Grade 3, and has a young Romanian rescue, Bella. Bella is trained and run by Julie’s 11 year old daughter. Julie is a qualified Kennel Club Agility judge, fulfilling a variety of judging appointments.

Pete Gibbons

Dyl is Pete Gibbons' 4 year old Sheltie

Dyl is Pete Gibbons’ 4 year old Sheltie

Peter runs a 4 year old Sheltie called Dyl in grade 6 and has been involved in the world of agility for over 20 years. He also runs Tess in anysize or veteran as he will be celebrating her 10th gotcha year this year. Peter is registered with the Kennel Club, KCAI training scheme. He works part-time for Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

Michèle Phillips

Michèle Phillips with Lily at Dogfest 2015

Michèle Phillips with Lily at Dogfest 2015

Michèle currently runs two dogs at agility, Lily a German Shorthaired pointer, who reached Grade 6 an exceptional achievement for a GSP, and Roo an Australian Kelpie, who runs at Grade 5. She also has a Romanian Rescue dog, Mocha. Michelle takes beginner and pre-competition classes.

Caroline & Simon Coventry

Caroline & Simon compete regularly with their collies, Tia at Grade 6 and Maddy, grade 5 . Kye and Lex (both grade 4) are retired.There are two new puppies in their household, Violet and Blu. We hope will turn out to be a great agility dogs. Caroline & Simon teach pre-compettion classes and more advanced classes.