For many years, I was a dog training instructor but, more recently, I have decided to concentrate entirely on my role as a Kennel Club A1 Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examiner. I no longer provide dog training instruction.
After studying for two years at Warwickshire College I gained a Distinction in my NOCN Certificate in Canine Training and Behaviour. My two dogs are trained to Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold standard and I’ve trained and taken part in lots of different activities including agility, working trials, flyball, heelwork to music, gun-dog, rally obedience and scent work.
I’m a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT, Membership No 01230.) and an ‘A1’ listed Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze , Silver and Gold Award Examiner. I trained as a Canine Hydrotherapist and have worked with dogs to aid their recovery from injury and increase their fitness through swimming.
My two cocker spaniels – Toby and Phoebe are both are trained to Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold standard. Phoebe gained her Gold Award at the ripe old age of 18 months. She enjoys agility and scent work which she is showing a real flair for. Phoebe attended one of Richard Curtis’ ‘Freestyle’ workshops and she loved it. Toby did a similar workshop a few years ago and he really enjoyed it too. Phoebe is currently working her way through the Gundog Club awards. I regularly use the freestyle moves and gundog exercises in my training sessions to keep them fun and to add variety.
Toby also enjoys agility, flyball and is a qualified Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog. PAT dogs help to spread a little happiness to people that are in a hospital or a nursing home. Toby is currently visiting a local rural school where he is helping children improve their reading and communication skills under the Pets As Therapy Read2Dogs scheme.
Toby and I have represented Pets As Therapy at Discover Dogs. We also took part in the Young Kennel Club (YKC) event ‘Stop the Clock – Jump with Rufus’. This initiative was to help promote the YKC by getting children to take part in basic agility in the arena using PAT dogs.
Toby was a real star and took everything in his stride from the train journey into London and taxi ride to lots of hugs, strokes and general attention from everyone. We met loads of people and dogs and he kept a wagging tail throughout. We took part in the agility in the YKC arena and he ran with 4 children who all enjoyed themselves and collected rosettes. He even kept up with the Border Collies and didn’t put a foot wrong. In 2012 Toby also represented Pets As Therapy at Crufts – again he enjoyed all the attention and helped highlight the charity. Well done Tubster!