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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


Judging at Kingstone Fun Dog Show

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I had a fabulous day on Sunday at Kingstone dog show. The dogs were well-behaved (the owners were too) and the sun shone. Thanks to Kate and Sue for asking me to Judge the show.  You can see photos taken by Tim Dale Photography here.     On the day, the show raised £345.00 for Longtown Mountain Rescue and I understand there will be a cash donation from Bulmer’s Cider of £200 to add to this – excellent!




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

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!

Training schedule update

Due to the Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme Bronze award assessment being held in June, I’ve decided to delay my holiday until July.  I’ve updated my training schedule to reflect these changes.

Festive fun and games

Christmas fun & games at GVDTC

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Yesterday was my last training class of 2013 so instead of the normal training routine, I decided we should all get into the Christmas spirit.  Seasonal music, games, prizes (presents) and fun for all.  Tim took some photos which can be seen/downloaded from his website.  Thanks to everyone who came – I really enjoyed myself.  It was great to see the progress that you’ve all made since we started and I’m looking forward to working with you all again in 2014.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all.

Phoebe triumphs at her first agility comp.

Phoebe wins 2nd place in her first agility comp

Phoebe wins 2nd place in her first agility comp

Phoebe gains a second place in her first ever agility competition.

Obedience trainer post at GVDTC

I’m really pleased that I’ve been asked to take on the 6-months+ dog training obedience classes at the Golden Valley Dog Training Club.  The club have a great team of experienced trainers and I’m delighted to be joining them.  GVDTC is associated with the Kennel Club and I will be training at all levels.

I train beginner upwards and, for those that want to, I will work towards the Good Citizens Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.  I’ll be running two classes on a Thursday at 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm so do come along and join in.

Phoebe wins a 1st at Rally-O

First prize in beginners Rally O for Phoebe at the Kingstone Dog Show!  We had a great day with Toby and Phoebe at the Kingstone show.  Both dogs were entered in the beginners class and I had high hopes for Toby.  They both really enjoyed the day but it was Phoebe that sparkled.  I was really pleased as this was the first time she’d been entered in any competition.  Despite all the activity going on around us and the tempting smell of hot dogs she was very focused and had a faultless round.

Phoebe walking to heel

Phoebe wait and walk-around

Phoebe wait and walk-around

Toby presenting after recall

Toby presenting after recall

Pheebs winnings

Phoebe’s first prize rosette, a prize and some treats

Joined Golden Valley Dog Training Club

As we’re now settled in our new home, I’ve joined the Golden Valley Dog Training Club.  This is a fantastic club that just happens to be on my doorstep – how lucky am I!  Toby and Phoebe are enjoying taking part in the agility classes already.