Diamond Dogz Trainers
I have been around agility for more years than I care to remember.
My proper job, as non-Doggy people would say is was a PE teacher and School Sports Development Manager within schools in the Watford area.
In the evenings and most summer weekends I turn into a full time AA (Agility Addict!).
I am a Agility Club Approved Instructor (ACAI) and 7 years ago I was able to set up my own club, Diamond Dogz. I have a fantastic bunch of members, all of whom are fantastic and they range from complete beginners up to highly competitive handlers and dogs.
Since starting Diamond Dogz in 2010 the medium team has qualified for the finals at Crufts in 2016 and 2017 this was an unforgettable experience, we have progressed from Division 4 to Division 1 in the agility league, Compete in a local winter club league.
Other involvements in agility and when I am not training or competing; I am a Kennel Club judge.I have been a tutor on the Agility Club Instructors course.
Any and every spare moment that is left is given over to my 4 dogs, 2 of which compete; Yoyo (Grade 4)., Indy (Grade 4) .Jess and Smudgie retired at Grade 6 and Hatti my first agility dog retired when she was Advanced (Grade 7)
I started in agility in 2000 with my much loved ( and missed ) Lagotto Romagnolo -Totti- with absolutely no idea of what I was letting myself in for! All I knew I wanted was an activity which would improve our bond…Wow! Did agility deliver! And more!
I was persuaded to take my Agility Club Instructors course and began teaching about 10 years ago, I still get a real kick out of seeing dogs and their handlers learn and improve together- but most of all have fun together.
Agility sparked an interest in dog behaviour and training which is ongoing, and has given me a fabulous set of friends I would never have met otherwise!
I started Agility in 1994 with my first German Shepherd Tara. Whilst I still was working Tara, I bought my next GSD Misty in 1995 from Nyrvana kennels near Biggleswade .
Misty was to prove an exceptional dog and I qualified for the ABC finals at Tatton park in 2000, the same year that I qualified as an Agility Club Approved Instructor.
In 1998 along came another GSD Kerry, followed in 2005 by Dusty.
In 2009 I swapped from my beloved GSD’s to my first Collie, Mr. Chips who is grade 6. In 2013 Teasel another BC joined the family, she is currently grade 5. The home now contains three GSD’s and two BC’s all of whom get along pretty well together.
I am now looking forward to the day I can retire and spend more time with my dogs.