We teach some very special dogs and handlers at Daybreak, so picking just one dog training star and one agility star is tough! But the team and I thought we'd give it a go to honour the effort and commitment our clients show to their wonderful dogs.
January Star Dog Trainer
Ian Smith & Indy, Miniature Schnauzer
I'm very lucky to be teaching a Silver/ Gold training group which is made up of dogs and handlers who have been with our training program since puppyhood. It means we're all thinking along the same lines and it's a dream of a class to teach.
Indy blew us all away when we were working on the 'Stop The Dog' exercise from the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Gold award test. Not only was he able to stop on his way towards his Auntie Gemma + food bowl (an amazing achievement in itself!), he also demonstrated 'magnet like' understanding of his heel work position. Ian simply cued the behaviour with Indy in front of him, and he went into position like there was a magnet attracting him there - fantastic training that deserves this January's Gold Star & a selection of goodies from our Shop.
January Star Agility Trainer
Sue Richards & Alfie, Working Cocker Spaniel
This category is hotly contested as we have over 70 agility dogs that train with us throughout each week. What we're looking for is people that have gone that extra mile, or stood out for rising up to a challenge.
Which is exactly what Sue did when she came along to her first ever 'Run The Course' session. She and Alfie have been doing agility together for well over a year now, but Sue has been a little nervous about the thought of competing because of remembering the course plan the judge sets at the speed Alfie likes to run agility! He really can shift! So Martin was particularly proud to have them step up to the line and have a go, but even more so when they did really well too :) Fantastic achievement that deserves this January's Gold Star & a selection of goodies from our Shop.