I have owned GSDs for 40 years, and have bred a couple of litters. I have competed in obedience and showing classes with some success, and have done agility for 16 years. I have been part of a display team for 10 years with my brilliant dog Karla, who has since departed this world at the age of 14 years old. I have now started with a very high maintenance girl, Kara who is 2 years old and hard work.
I have passed the Intermediate and Advanced BAGSD Instructors Course and have also attended a weekend course at John McNeil's.
I work for Hampden Vets in Aylesbury, where I have been for 10 years.
I am one of the original founder members of the club, which started in 2003, and I have been the Treasurer since then (so my book keeping can't be that bad!).
I have been a member of the club since 2005, and instructing since 2008. I have attended many courses and seminars including weekend courses with John McNeil (a vastly respected trainer), and an agility instructor's weekend with Kim Hunt. In 2014 after attending a 4 day intensive course I attained 'Agility Club Approved Instructor' status. I love taking the agility training on a Sunday and with a partner, started a fun agility business for all breeds during the week (Just Pawfect Fun Agility).
To me, training must be fun, both for the dog and handler - if either get bored, you get nowhere. My classes are interesting and different, all about the relationship between handler and dog. From a child I always remember there being a German Shepherd in the house, and presently I have Freya and Otis, both of whom have been to club since they were puppies.
I have owned dogs for over 23 years, German Shepherds for the past 15.
I have been instructing since 2005.
I like to give handlers the tools with which they can train any exercise, building on firm foundations and understanding.
Dog training is straight forward and does not need to be frustrating for handler or dog.
I look for consistent commands and behavior from handlers and this returns results almost immediately.
I joined the team of instructors at Chequers in the summer of 2011 and I am very pleased to be part of such a warm and welcoming club.