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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?

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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!

Rally at Poston Mill

This week’s session at Poston Mill was an introduction to Rally.  After outlining the concept of Rally and explaining what is required for some of the signs.  We set up a novice course with Level 1 exercises for the group and, after some initial hesitation, everyone managed to manoeuvre their way around the course while having lots of fun.  All agreed that they’d like to see Rally included as one of the regular group activities.  You can find more information on Rally on the Kennel Club Rally web site.

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.