The Trainers and their dogs
I have been teaching tricks to my own dogs for the last 12 years and running trick training classes for 6 years, between my 4 dogs they have a repertoire of 160+ tricks, I have competed in agility for nearly eleven years and have been teaching agility to others for 9 years.
I compete with my own dogs in Agility at both infrequently with the Kennel Club and enjoy long weekend competitions at UKA where we compete at Championship level, we have qualified for the National Finals four times and competed in it twice along with the UKA Games Challenge finals. I have also gained my UKA judge status.
I have personal experience of working with and teaching tricks and dog sports to rescue dogs, dogs with repetitive behaviour displays or OCD, personalising training for disabled dogs and handlers and working with reactive dogs.
I have run a trick course for dogs in rescue centres where it was imperative that each dog was treated as an individual and had their learning style tailored to their own motivational factors and past experiences to ensure each dog received the most benefit from the class.
All trainers and assessors are coached and trained in house by me to ensure that all methods used are both ethical and promote force free training. At all times we all ensure that our training methods are positive reinforcement based only whilst promoting as much independence and autonomy of choice and decision making by the dog. My training methods used have always been and will always be force free and focus on the dog and human having fun and forging bonds, strengthening relationships and building trust and team work.
I disagree with the perception that to compete or take part in any dog sports or to be a successful trick dog one breed is better than another. In my years of teaching trick classes we have worked with various breed from Borzoi, Beagles, Chihuahuas to collies, spaniels and Bully Breeds, all breeds have their own quirks, their differing strengths, motivational factors and learning styles but through personalisation, treating each dog and handler as an individual I work hard to make the box fit the team rather than make the team fit the box.
My own dogs all have special needs in their own way and by working with and through issues has made me a better trainer who is able to work with both able and disabled dogs towards having fun with tricks.
I hold diploma’s and qualifications in:
· Canine Coaching and Behaviour
· Holistic Canine Behaviour
· Puppy Care and Development
· Rescue Dog Rehabilitation and Cognition
· Animal Assisted Therapy
· Animal Welfare
· Canine Holistic Health and Therapy
· Grief and Bereavement Counselling
· Pet Bereavement Counselling
· Animal Reiki
· Animal Crystal Healing
· First Aid
Maisie is an 11 year old collie cross who lost the sight in her left eye after a run in with a bramble bush, Maisie competes regularly in Agility Competitions, takes part in flyball, Rally-O, Trick training and Doggie Dancing, and often steps in as a demo dog to allow novice handlers to practice their agility moves, when she's not training loves to play football, go for long walks and thoroughly enjoys lying in muddy puddles.
Pickle is a highly energetic 6 year old Springer Spaniel, Pickle finished her second year competing finishing 4th in the UK in the gun dog league and progressing through the levels to Champion level and is thoroughly enjoying every minute of training and competing. Pickle enjoys taking part in Rally-O and trick training and Flyball with the other club members. When Pickle isn’t training she enjoys running in the woods and playing with her large collection of teddy bears.
Ernest is a 6 year old Springer Spaniel, Ernest was born with genetic defects which resulted in major surgery on his leg when he was 10 months old leaving him with plates and pins, due to his surgery Ernest cannot do any of the sports which would put pressure on his legs. Ernest loves trick training and Rally-O. When he isn’t practicing his tricks he enjoys running in big circles at the park, playing with his squeaky toys and cuddles.
I began working with dogs after a period of shadowing at Trick and Agility classes, when I began I didn’t have a dog of my own but soon began to work Maisie at both agility and tricks to allow me to learn how to work effectively as a team and teaching through positive reinforcement methods. I compete regularly with Maisie in agility competitions and hope to one day compete with my own rescue dog. I lead the dog walking service The Barking Tricksters offer and thoroughly enjoy offering the dogs in my care a variety of enriching walks. I have first-hand experience of working with reactive dogs and because of this I offer a personalised one to one service for reactive dogs. I currently hold qualifications in Dog Walking and Care and First Aid and am working towards a Canine Behaviour certificate.
Cassiel is a two year old puppy farm survivor, when she first came to use she was completely shut down and unable to offer even the simplest of behaviours such as taking a treat. Cassiel is a second generation puppy farm dog, she was born in the puppy farm and bred at each opportunity from 6 months old, this has left Cassiel with physical deformities to her stomach which will require surgery in the future. Cassiel is doing incredibly well in her rehabilitation and a cheeky little beagle is starting to emerge, however psychologically her rehabilitation will take many years to complete but she is starting to understand how to be a dog and enjoying her time trying out the agility equipment.
Meah is a 16 month old Sproker Spaniel who has grown up watching her family compete in agility. Meah started her trick work at 8 weeks old with the basic simple tricks, she now has a repertoire of around 20 tricks and loves showing them off in trick class. Meah also trains in agility and is incredibly fast and loves to leave her handler trailing behind. Meah recently took part in her first fun agility show and came 1st in her class. When Meah isn't working she loves playing her with ball, running with her pack, cuddling on the settee, terrorising her beagle friend and barking.
I first got into agility when we attended a fete and I took my old dog Bessie into the have a go ring, we started attending training courses around 5 years ago. I started taking Bessie to Trick Training classes around 4 years ago and have been teaching others for around 3 and a half years, I teach Trick Training, Basic Obedience, Doggy dancing, Canine Freestyle Heelwork to Music and Rally-O, working with a terrier was a challenge but it’s a challenge that has helped me develop my skill set as a trainer, I now work with a Miniature poodle Toby.
Toby is a 7 year old poodle, Toby takes part in Agility, Rally-O, Doggy Dancing and Trick Training. Toby is a flamboyant lad who enjoys his trick work and loves to get recognition and applause when carrying out his tricks. When Toby isn't working he enjoys terrorising the local neighbourhood cats and going for strolls and holidays with his family.
Jan AKA Hobbit
Having lost our lovely dog Ali the last of our 4 dear companions I started to go along to agility competitions to support Jeni and now The Barking Tricksters students as a wingman, helping to get the dogs and owners ready, get them to the right ring at the right time and the very important reward delivery at the end of the runs.
When the trick training classes started I went along every Monday to watch I was amazed how the dogs progressed from learning to sit to completing a fabulous routine. I absolutely love the club the dogs and their lovely owners and having spent a year watching and learning I was given the honour of helping out as a trainee which I find so rewarding.
I take part in Flyball and Trick Training with my grand dog Maisie, having worked in the group with the other students learning the sport of Flyball from the teaching the box turn to the send always over the hurdles, and am looking forward to being part of The Barking Tricksters Flyball team and hope one day to compete.
I suffer badly with arthritis and as such could not take part in the more strenuous sports such as agility without my own dog to work consistently with distance handling to prevent me having to move too much. I am taking part in Hoopers classes learning distance handling which means I haven't got to move too much. I would encourage anyone with physical issues who may be unable to run or dedicate the time needed to teach distance agility to try Trick Training or Flyball, its such good fun good, exercise for the dogs and doesn’t put any strain on the body.
Jamie is a 16 month old Sproker Spaniel, Jamie takes part in Hoopers, trick class and goes to agility training with my daughter. Jamie loves to work and thoroughly enjoys his night at trick class where he likes to show off his tricks and run around saying hello to his fellow trick class dogs. Jamie has just taken part in his first fun agility competition and came 3rd. When Jamie isn't working he loves walking, going on holiday in his caravan and playing ball.