I have now had 18 dogs in my 40+ years of dog ownership, not to mention the German Shepherd and the Cocker Spaniel that I grew up with. I currently have 6 living with me now. I train for and regularly compete in Championship Level Obedience Competitions with two of my Working Sheepdogs and with my Golden Retriever.
My interest in the training of obedience started back in 1981 when I watched a lady and her dog doing heelwork in our local field. Little did I realise that 27 years later it would have become a huge part of my life leading me to compete at the highest level including winning my class at Crufts in 2006 .
In 1999 I became an assistant instructor with Cheltenham and District Dog Training Club. I found I very much enjoyed working with people and their dogs and got almost as much pleasure from it as working with my own pack. As an instructor I started taking classes of puppies and progressed to adult starters and "problem dogs" taking them up to pre-competition and competition classes. I really love the challenge of "problem dogs" and even took on my own Staffordshire bull terrier rescue which had quite a few problems.
I felt that the practical experience I had acquired needed some theory behind it so I attended formal education in the following areas:
- Advanced Canine Training
- Canine Development
- Canine Welfare and Legislation
- Inappropriate Canine Behaviour
- Principles of Psychology and Basic Dog Training
I had long wanted to put all of this experience into a package that will enable me to do what I love the most, spending time with dogs, talking with and helping like minded people to achieve the bond with our dogs that is possible and so rewarding.
To that end I started RB Dog Training in January 2009 in Cheltenham which became well established club. We moved to West Wales in 2014 returning 2 years later to Malvern .