I have been training dogs now for over 20 years. As a Police dog handler, I handled two German Shepherds and a Springer Spaniel search dog, which were trained to the Home Office Standard.
After my retirement, I became an Animal Welfare Officer with Derbyshire Trading Standards for 8 years, passing both practical and written exams in Animal Welfare and Law.
In 2009, I began taking my puppy Connie, now 11, to Chris Allen’s Kennel Club “Good Citizens Dog Scheme” training class (GCDS), and soon realised how good the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme was. When Connie and I completed the Puppy and Bronze Award, Chris announced her retirement and asked if I knew anyone who wanted to take over the club. This led to a consultation between myself and the Kennel Club, and after being accepted as a trainer, A&S Dog Training was born.
From 1 night a week with 2 hours of classes, we now do 3 nights and 1 day time a week with 15 hours of classes.
In 2013, due to high demand, I decided to focus my attention on dog training full time, doing 1-2-1 sessions and behavioural issues.
I have listed status with the Kennel Club and I am an assessor and can judge the “Good Citizens Dog Scheme”.
Along with the Kennel Club qualifications and Police Dog Handler experience of training and working dogs, I look for ways to develop my practice by attending various different courses throughout the country, giving me a vast amount of experience and knowledge in all aspects of dog training.
I have also attended and passed the following courses:
John Rogerson – Companion Dog
John Rogerson – Ultimate Recall
Nando Brown – Trick Dog Training
I am also trained in Canine First Aid.
I have around 50 years experience training dogs, since I competed at the age of ten in both general obedience and show. At fourteen years of age, I made my dog- Grasscroft Becky’s Girl- a show champion.
We have recently increased our number of pet standard schnauzers to five, having bred with show champion Stella. I currently compete with three, all of which have won first prizes at Crufts in the Good Citizens Dog Scheme for the past six years. I am fortunate to have made our Stella, a show champion- Kennel name FivePits the Detonator. I have had great pleasure in helping other people achieve their ambition to show and have supported several people, over the years, with participating in display teams at Crufts- be this offering support with training, grooming or knowledge.
I enjoy charity work and have organised many raffles, tombola and have-a-go activities at Dogs Unleashed. These are often social events, many of which involve BBQs and camping. We look forward to welcoming you to these events in the future.
We support the Schnauzer Club of Great Britain by taking our dogs to events such as Discovery Dogs at Crufts and the Excel Centre at London.
We like to ensure that our training classes are inclusive for all family members and that whilst being informative, they are fun. I look forward to meeting you soon!