Instructors at the club.
Maria has been training Pembroke Corgis at the club for many years, and is our president. She is always there at club to introduce the new members to their classes and to give them an explanatory chat before they join in. She continues to be successful with her Corgis and has nearly every year been selected to run for the Western Team at Crufts in the Inter Regional Obedience competition.
Melvin has been a member for several years, and is now on the committee. He and his wife Julie bring their Black Labradors Archie and Ollie to club. Archie now competing for us in matches and Ollie is well on his way. Melvin is now taking Class One for adults.
Emma has a lovely willing crossbred rescued dog,Kenzie, with Weimaraner in his pedigree. And now a new girl, also a rescue from Ireland,Neala, not to mention Brodie who has now joined the 'Black Gang'. Emma and Kenzie have many achievements, both in the team for the club and also in open show competition. Kenzie is out of Novice early in his second season of competition and has a first and several places in Class A.
Sandra has worked German Shepherds in Trials and Obedience for many years. Qualifying her dogs in the highest stakes and classes. Several years being picked to represent the Midlands in the Crufts Inter-Regional Competition. She has also experience of working small dogs, vicky, her little crossbred, and Toby, her Papillon, and going almost to the top with them too. She has instructed for many years in private training classes and courses.
Janet worked with dogs in five different breed kennels and one large commercial boarding kennel before running her own clipping and grooming business for thirty years. She has been a member since 1956 when the club started. She has trained and competed for many years - mainly with Beardies, one up to ticket, but also had a Border Collie up to ticket, a German Shepherd CDex. TDex. And a Border Terrier CDex. She has been Obedience Correspondent for Our Dogs since the early 70's. She has instructed at club since 1968.
Vicky has been a member of the club since September 2007.. Lola, her tricolour collie, has somewhat an inventive character and has not been entirely straightforward to train but she is now 'growing up' and Vicky won out of Pre-Beginners in 2011 and has been an extremely valuable member of the club team in the league matches and the Ten teams Rally. She took on the post of Club secretary in 2010 and is now starting to instruct as well.
Claire has a Dobermann cross called Bosch, a Labrador cross called Sapphire and a Collie called Carney. She has been a member since 2001. She has now achieved (many congratulations!) an BSc (Hons) to add to her FdSc in Canine Behaviour and Training. She has competed for the Club in the South Western League and while Bosch has decided that he prefers the sofa to the training field she is competing in Obedience with Sapphire and Carney and has put three dogs through to Gold Level in the Kennel Club Good Citizens Tests.
Mike has been a member since 1993. He joined to train his wicked little Jack Russell cross to be a bit better behaved!! And succeeded. He has worked Border Collies.. Now he has a Duck Tolling Retriever and is interested in Working Trials as well. He has attended the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour and has his Bronze level Award. Mike is always on hand to act as reserve instructor and takes a very good class at any level.
Jan has been a member of the club since 1961, remaining loyal to her Pembroke Corgis. She competes on a regular basis with consistent successes throughout the year. She has been instructing for many years at all levels and is a member of the Academy of Dog Training Instructors, where she has achieved her Bronze, Silver and Gold level Award.
Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training
and Canine Behaviour
The Accreditation Scheme is designed to establish a national register of qualified instructors and to encourage consistency in standards and methods of dog training. Anybody interested in joining the scheme has to gather together evidence of their experience with all aspects of dogs and dog training and submit it to the Kennel Club. Points are awarded depending on how much experience a person has and, once enough points have been accrued, different grades can be applied for.