I enjoy running the Kennel Club's Good Citizen dog training scheme as I think it's helpful to have goals to reach. I find it encourages people to focus on honing their dog training skills.
And in an increasingly dog-unfriendly world, I think it's important that us responsible dog owners do our best to fly the flag for these wonderful animals who give so much of themselves to us.
Having recently had the pleasure of being shown around the Medical Detection Dogs headquarters, I'm once again dumbfounded at how vital dogs are to our societies. Through their extraordinary scenting abilities they have the skills to give people with diabetes and other complex health conditions, their independence back - something so many of us take for granted.
Not to mention the pioneering work the cancer detection unit does there - truly life-changing stuff, and by such humble creatures. Really does bring a tear to your eye when you read some of the stories on their website.
So if you'd like to be an ambassador for dogs everywhere, why not sign up to our next Bronze training course? Or if you've enjoyed taking those classes, why not set your sights even higher and go for Silver & Gold?
One of my favourite parts of instructing is helping to develop the partnerships that join us during puppyhood, into the most amazing adults - dogs that people admire and enjoy spending time with because they epitomise all that is good about sharing your life with a dog.
And are all these dogs perfect, model citizens once they've passed their tests? Afraid not! They have good manners and are well-behaved, but they aren't robots - they are more than capable of being cheeky and won't always make the right choices because they are living, breathing animals after all.
But are they worth it? Oh yes, I think so. Don't you? :)