Apologies for not updating this sooner but it’s been a super busy and successful time here at Rixton Dog School, with many things to celebrate!
Firstly I’d like to say a HUGE well done to all who did their Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards, I’m amazingly proud of you all!
Bronze Award : Archie & Joe, Benji & Sue, Daisy & Amanda, Eddie & Dee, Evie & Sharon, Fiaraidh & Stephanie, Fred & Colum, George & Philip, Hector & Emma, Humphrey & Tegan, Indie & Matt, Jess & Linda, Oscar & Ann, Reggie & Polly and Xan & Faith
Silver Award : Arnie & Lucy, Betty & Tegan, Thomas & Marlene and Travis & Paul
Gold Award : Freya & Michelle, Freya & Sharon and Lily & Elizabeth
I’d also like to say an enormous well done to our very own Charlotte for passing year 1 of the COAPE Higher Diploma (Certa Level 4 Diploma In The Principles of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training). This achievement has now made Charlotte into a Behaviour Advisor and allows her to use the letters Dip.CABT (QCF4) after her name.
Whilst on the subject of achievements, I’m very pleased, and rather proud, to announce that I can now assess the Bronze Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards having passed a Kennel Club examiners course, so I’m now on the A3 KC GCDS list! I’m also on the committee for the Black and Tan Coonhound Club of Great Britain, and had our ‘making history’ meeting just this week, and very productive it was too!
Charlotte and I have also been on an intense and amazing course to further our knowledge and abilities to teach agility. This course has allowed us to start teaching a variety of agility classes which will benefit those who want to do agility as well as those who want to build a more solid relationship with their dogs as well as mental awareness and impulse control. More to follow on these exciting new classes!
Whilst it’s been a busy and successful time here at RDS, it hasn’t all been plain sailing and joy. A lot of people say to me that I’m so lucky to be doing this job and I must have very well behaved dogs! The truth of the matter is yes, I am very lucky and I appreciate that but no, it’s not all playing with puppies and happy endings. And as for my dogs being very well behaved, I usually just smile and change the subject!