Sara Thurgood Affiliated to the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers - Certificate in Instructional TechniquesSara is our lead Instructor and is qualified with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers in both Obedience training and Agility training. She has had many years experience training dogs of all breeds and has also had training in solving behavioural problems in our Canine friends. Sara spent 15 years re-homing English Springer Spaniels and has managed to find “forever” homes for over 300 unwanted dogs. The owner of several dogs herself, Sara has competed in obedience, Gundog Trials and Showing classes including Crufts. Her main aim when training at Club and in Clients homes is to try and make it fun for both handler and the dogs. A happy dog is a trained dog!
Debs CollingDebs is our agility intsructor and is a KCA I member working towards accreditation. Debs began doing agility in 2002 with her Working Sheep Dog, Splash. Initially it was just for fun but she was soon persuaded to have a go at competition and quickly became hooked! She has been competing since 2003 and now runs Splash (grade 6) in anysize, Asbo in grade 5 and Ruby in grade 3. Debs has been teaching since 2007 and regularly teaches for 3 local clubs as well as teaching privately from home. She is also a qualified KC agility judge and regulary acts as secretary for agility shows. Debs and her family regularly travel far and wide to compete at some of the larger agility shows in the country.
Chris Knox Affiliated to the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers - Certificate in Basic Instructional TechniquesChris works with Sara in obedience training and is qualified with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers. She becamce an instructor after training her naughty labrador and realised how rewarding it can be to have a well trained dog (and handler!). She has experience of training a wide range of breeds and abilities and like Sara, believes that training should be fun and geared to the needs of the handler and dog. Chris also participates in agility shows and dog shows.
CommitteeLapford Dog Club is supported by an indispensable committee who set up and take down often heavy and unwieldy equipment, mop those little accidents that young and not so young dogs sometimes have, and generally ensure the smooth running of the club.
Trish Mumford Affiliated to the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers - Certificate in Basic Instructional TechniquesTrish works with Chris and Sara and is also qualified with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers. She has had a variety of dogs for most of her life which include Dalmatians, a rescue Collie cross and now Flatcoated Retrievers. She has trained for obedience and heal work to music, but for the last 10 years has concentrated on agility and gundog work, competing with varying success. She believes that success in training comes with building a partnership with a dog through reward based methods in a fun environment.