I have always had dogs and I have trained them all of my life. It's something I find natural and I enjoy watching how dogs transform while they learn.
I am an Instructor of:
I train agility instructors so they have a good knowledge of the different training methods.
Dog psychologist (behaviourist)
I live in a the countryside, in a quiet village in Brittany
where I have the space I need to welcome dogs and their owners.
At the moment, I have seven dogs. Yes, some of them just take up space on the settee, but they ALL have very active lives and enjoy walks, games, and learning new things. I do demonstrations which involves dancing, and heelwork. My dog has to move with me, to music, and execute certain moves such as him walking on two legs (I can already do this! )
I am passionate about agility, and compete regularly in France and UK up to championship level. I have been teaching agility for many years, and love to see how dogs and owners learn to work as a team.
Hoopers is relatively new to France, and is a sport that is similar to Agility in that dogs follow a course, guided by a handler. I have several agility students that also enjoy hoopers and the two sports complement each other in training and handling techniques.
Because agility is a sport practised off the lead, owners and dogs need a close bond and to have done lots of previous training to ensure their dog is very obedient.
During my years of training in clubs in France and the UK I see that the need for a different kind of training is long overdue.
I am also a dog psychologist and am constantly looking at how dogs react in certain situations and what makes them tick. I have always known that dogs love to learn new things. Training is a way of doing just that. But it's the type of training that makes all the difference. This knowledge is the basis of my diagnosing problems and finding solutions to behavioural problems. Again, good basic training is such a help and helps to avoid these problems in the first place. But fun training is what makes people more inclined to continue.
Therefore I have decided to offer what I hope is a more enjoyable way of learning for dogs and their owners in a relaxed and friendly setting.
There is no escaping the fact that basic training is the most important thing you and your dog can learn. But it doesn't have to be such hard work that once a basic training course is finished, dog owners have had enough! Training with me will be fun because I will always consider the needs of your dog.
I love dogs.! I especially love well behaved dogs. I like my own dogs to behave well when we go out.
Wouldn't you like the same thing?
My family of Dogs
Phoebe originally also came from the SPA as a puppy and it was just a lot of coincindences that she ended up in our house. She is small and gentle, and though you wouldn't think to look at her, her mother was a cocker spanial. This may not show in her looks but it certainly shows in her endless energy, obsession with playing ball, love of swimming and the ability to run at full speed with her nose 1 cm from the ground with her tail wagging non stop. She has a natural ability for search and rescue and can find anything, anywhere once told what it is. She is relentless in a search, and nothing stops her once she is on a mission. Brambles, nettles, walls, water, if she believes what she is looking for is there, she won't stop until she succeeds in finding it. I have never known her to fail yet. She once found a frisbee which had been lost for several days under 30 cm of snow. I showed her the other frisbee and asked her to look and off she went, working the field in sections until she started digging,and presented me with the frisbee.
She did compete very successfully, though if she had to choose agility over playing ball, swimming or running, agility would not by high on her list. She is also retired, though with her endless energy and high drive, she is still considered part of the 'young dog pack' in the house. She still does some agillity at home. Phoebe has more patience than any of our dogs, and is Quizz's adopted aunty.
Quizz is always smiling. I mean, always! He really enjoys learning things and knows so many things. Recently I taught him to open and close a cupboard door, and when he learns anything he likes to do it - a LOT. All that evening we could hear the cupboard door repeatedly opening, and then slamming shut !
He competed at the highest level in agility and also has a very large repetoire of tricks. He has done many dance routine demonstrations and enjoyed the crowds applause! He started his agility career and in the second year he qualified for the French championships!. He has impressed me with his success, winning the regional cup and overall winner beating every other dog in the pays de la loire. He also finished 17th in France in the GPF final. Unfortunately last year Quizz had an accident which left him paralised. We did many months of physio and hydrotherapy, and he is now walking, against the vets prognosis. He is happy, and enjoying life, and still enjoying walks, swimming, and playing ball. He has recently taken up Hoopers to replace agility, and is proving that he has not lost any of his directional skills. In many ways, his life has improved since his accident, and it hasn't made him feel left out or different. He is still the same Quizz he always was.