I have owned GSDs for 35 years, and have bred a couple of litters. I have competed in obedience and entered confirmation shows with some success, and have done agility for 11 years - I have been part of a display team for 10 years with Karla, who has been brilliant, but at 12 years old, age is finally catching up with her.
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 5 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 for the last 2 years. I have attended instructional method courses with my job with the NHS, weekend courses with John McNeil, and an agility instructors weekend with Kim Hunt. I love taking the agility training on a Sunday.
To me, training must be fun, both for the dog and handler - if either get bored, you get nowhere. I try to make my classes interesting and different.
I have owned dogs for over 20 years, German Shepherds for the past 12.
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.