|I have now had 19 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 7 living with me and Mimi is the latest. I train for and regularly compete in Championship Level Obedience Competitions with two of my Working Sheepdogs and with my Golden Retriever do Gundog work.|
|Mimi at 6 month old|
|Gus working||..or not|
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 .