I joined the L&DCS in 2001. I enjoyed training my dogs, Ben (cross) to gold good citizen and Fern (GSD cross) to Silver as well as taking part in agility and entering several fun competitions
I took a break for a few years and returned in 2011 with Douglas, a cross collie Labrador. I was very quickly asked to join the committee and to lend a hand in the good citizen classes. I became a good citizen class instructor, then Good Citizen coordinator, and have now been qualified by the Kennel Club to assess good citizen awards to gold level.
I have organised the annual companion (fun) dog show since 2015 with the help and support of the committee (this is very much a team effort!)
I entered my first rally competition in 2014 and Douglas has now qualified at Rally Level 4 and competes in Level 5 and 6. I am also a qualified KC Rally judge. I was assistant manager on the Crufts Inter Regional Rally Team in 2017 and 2018.
I am a member of the Kennel Club Accreditation for Instructors (KCAI) scheme, working towards accreditation. I have attended several courses by some well known dog trainers and behaviorists as well as several online courses.