Category Archives: Obedience training

GCDS examining at Govilon, Abergavenny – 25th January 2017

Today I was invited by Canine Connections to examine a Bronze and Silver award for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme at Govilon near Abergavenny.  Such a fab group of dogs and handlers – here are photos of those who passed.  Congratulations everyone!

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Otis and Ronnie with their Bronze awards

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Primrose, Stan, Merry and Duke with their Silver awards

 

Bronze award testing in the sun – 7th August 2016

I was invited by Tracey Prall of Canine Connections to examine a GCDS Bronze award this morning.  The sun shone and I met some lovely dogs and handlers – these are the ones that passed – well done to everyone!

Tracey with Primrose, JD and their handlers

Tracey with Primrose, JD and their handlers

Bronze award – May 2016

I was invited by Tracey Prall at Canine Connections to examine a group of dogs for their GCDS Bronze award over at Abergavenny last night. These are the dogs that passed – well done to everyone!

GCDS Bronze award Abergavenny Community Centre 2016

Flossie, Millie, Mali & Malaika with their awards

GCDS Silver Awards

I was examining more KC GCDS Silver Awards this week at Walford near Ross-on-Wye.  Three dogs passed – well done to everyone.

Meg, Merry and Harry with their Silver awards

Meg, Merry and Harry with their Silver awards

 

GCDS Silver Awards

Still very busy examining and this week it was the KC GCDS Silver Award at Walford near Ross-on-Wye.  Two dogs passed and had very proud and pleased owners!

Pi and Bailey with their Silver award certificates and rosettes

Pi and Bailey with their Silver awards

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme – Bronze Award

I was invited to examine at Walford and Dymock this week for the KC GCDS  Bronze award.  These are the dogs that Passed.  Well done everyone!

GCDS Bronze award

Heinz, Hudson, Pip and Daisy

GCDS Bronze award

Ziggy, Keiser and Arlo

Achieved Kennel Club GCDS Gold Examiner

Yesterday, I travelled to Runcorn in Cheshire so I could get a good night’s sleep before being assessed today by the Kennel Club as a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award Examiner.  It’s the ultimate test as an examiner for the Good Citizen Dog Scheme but I’m pleased to say that I passed.  I’m now an  ‘A1’ listed GCDS Examiner and can examine Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Who won the Gold?

Who won the Gold?

GCDS Silver Award Success!

Well done to members of my GVDTC Thursday Obedience class who took their GCDS Silver award today.  The weather was very wet but I’m delighted to say that nine dogs passed!  Congratulations to Natasha Harrison & Rufus, Kathy Williams & Barney Rubble, Bill Harman & Maddie, Tina Smith with Judy & Hermione, Jenny Shore & Jumble, Gail Clark & Gem, Carol Lloyd & Sox and Heather Suff & Ben.  Special thanks to the examiner, Anne Weston.  Here’s a photo of the group.

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KCGCDS Silver Award – October 2014

Training schedule updated

I’ve updated my training schedule to show the new classes, additional training and the GVDTC in-house instructor course I am running with Anne Weston.

GCDS Bronze Award Success!

Well done to members of my GVDTC Thursday Obedience class who took their GCDS Bronze award today. Everyone passed and it was lovely to see such a mixed group of Spaniels; a Clumber, Welsh Springer, Working Cocker and two English Springers! Congratulations to Sarah Cundy & Blossom, Tina Smith & Judy, Gail Clark & Gem, Kathy Williams & Barney Rubble and Natasha Harrison and Lulu. I’m very proud of you all. Special thanks to the examiner, Anne Weston and to club members for allowing us exclusive use of the club grounds for the award. Tim is working on the photos but for now here is one of the group.

KC GCDS Bronze Award – October 2014

Achieved Kennel Club GCDS Silver Examiner

On Friday I travelled to Hockley, near Southend, Essex as the following day I was assessed by the Kennel Club as a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award Examiner.  It was a long way to go but thankfully worth the effort as I’m really chuffed to say that I passed.  I’m now an  ‘A’ listed GCDS Silver Examiner.  Next I’ll be going for Gold!

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Passed assessment for APDT

I’ve been a little bit distracted the last couple of weeks as I’ve been waiting on tenterhooks for the results of my assessment for membership of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).  After submitting written papers, being assessed at training a group of unknown dogs and handlers all at various levels of ability in an indoor location that I’d never been to, followed by an in-depth 45 minute oral exam, I’m delighted to say that I passed with 91% and have been invited to join the APDT.  Massive grins and something bubbly to celebrate this evening!

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Judging the local dog show

I’ve been asked to judge the Kingstone Fun Dog Show on 31st August.  It should be a great day out for you and your dog with a class to suit everyone.  You’ll also be helping raise funds for Longtown Mountain Rescue, a charity close to my heart as I do a lot of hill walking in all weathers!  Do come along and have some fun while supporting this worthwhile charity.

Fun Dog Show Poster 2014

Training schedule updated for Bronze/Silver awards

I’ve updated my training schedule to reflect the extra lessons we’ll be doing in the run-up to the next Bronze and Silver Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards in September. There will also be mock tests which I have provisionally arranged for 4th September.

GCDS Bronze Award Success!

Massive congratulations to all my GVDTC Thursday class who took their Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award today! Six dogs tested and all six passed – well done guys you did me proud! The examiner was really impressed with your standard; in fact, she said you were all, at least in some areas, above Bronze level. See you all on 10th July when we’ll start working towards the Silver.

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award June 2014

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award June 2014

Achieved Kennel Club GCDS Bronze examiner

Today I travelled to Frampton Cotterell near Bristol to be assessed by the Kennel Club as a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award Examiner.  It was a long and tiring day but I’m pleased to say that I passed the written, oral and practical exams and I’m now an  ‘A’ listed  Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award Examiner.  Next stop Silver!

GCDS Bronze examiner certificate

GCDS Bronze examiner certificate

Mock GCDS Bronze award

On Thursday, the majority of my regular GVDTC took their mock test in advance of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award due on 26th June.  Understandably, everyone was a little bit nervous but they soon settled in and we had some good results.  There’s a week left before the actual examination so this gives dogs and handlers time to work on any areas they need to.  Good luck to all!

Second training session at Poston Mill

Well done today everyone.  I imagine all the dogs were tired when you got home as they had to concentrate and learn a range of new things today. There were some great results with each dog doing well on at least one activity. I was pleased to see that by the end of the session everyone had:

  • Got their dog to Wait while they walked on and called the dog to heel
  • Managed to get their dog doing a Figure-of-Eight through their legs
  • Managed to get their dog to Weave Walk through their legs
  • Got their dog to do some basic agility jumps both in a straight line and to the left
  • Got their dog to start Weaving through the poles

Remember to carry on and train the freestyle movements at home where there are no distractions. Keep your training to short but regular sessions so that your dog doesn’t get bored and always finish on a positive. If your dog finds a particular move difficult, then break it down into smaller pieces and gradually build it up to the full move. Keep doing this and you’ll soon see progress.

The next session is at 11.30am at Poston Mill on Tuesday 3rd June. Do bring along the Contact Marker I mentioned which is usually a small plastic lid.

Brilliant first training session at Poston Mill

After using Poston Mill as a winter venue, I was asked by the owners if I’d be willing to carry on with my own training sessions.  I decided to h0ld an obedience & freestyle class once a month to see what the take-up would be.  I’m pleased to say that my first class was a great success.

We concentrated on building some obedience work and incorporated some freestyle moves.  Jenny and Jumble were naturals at the freestyle and picked up the movements really quickly – a future candidate for Britain’s Got Talent, maybe?  Natasha did some fabulous loose-lead walking with Rufus.  He was totally focussed on her which is no mean feat for a spaniel in an open field!  Heather and Ben did a really steady wait and their recall was the best I’ve ever seen them do.

The immediate feedback was that everyone had fun and I was asked to increase to fortnightly classes so my training schedule now reflects the new timetable.  I had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the session in a beautiful location.  Well done everyone!

A reminder: The next session will now take place at Poston Mill on Tuesday 20th May 2014 at 11:30am.

 

New training schedule for 2014

I’ve just posted my official training schedule for the remainder of this year.  It includes my Thursday afternoon classes at Golden Valley Dog Training Club and my own training sessions at Poston Mill on the first Tuesday of each month at 11.30am.

My sessions at Poston Mill will cover general obedience with some heelwork to music moves and depending on demand, I will introduce some basic agility equipment for dogs to try. I also plan to target specific areas such as loose lead walking, building up a stay, recall etc.