A Little About Us
Dedicated to Dogs was created in 2015 to provide Ilkley and the surrounding area with the very best in dog training services including puppy, adult and advanced dog training classes, behaviour consultations, one to one dog training, fun agility and specific problem workshops.
Over the years I have gathered lots of knowledge, including my degree in Animal Behaviour backed up by qualifications achieved with a number of dog training bodies. I have been in national publications and on TV including BBC One. You and your dogs are in very safe hands!
My pride and joy is my Border Collie Hope. I have owned her since she was 8 weeks old and she is the best teacher I could have asked for. She is a very intelligent dog, always keeping me on my toes and making me think of new ideas. She is my best friend, always by my side and I think myself incredibly lucky to have such an amazing dog in my life. We completed the Kennel Club Good Citizenship Gold award in 2015 and now work on general obedience, trick training, scentwork and rally. We also just enjoy being out in the fresh air enjoying each other’s company.
My passion is to provide dogs and their owners with the most ethical, up to date, scientific dog training. To understand each other, work as a team and enjoy being around one another. To create the behaviours we want using positive techniques. I spent hundreds of hours and thousands of pounds acquiring my knowledge and now I want to share it with you.
My accreditations currently are:
*BSc (hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
*Full member with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers
*Member with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
*First Class Agility Instructor with the Agility Club
*Level Three qualification from OCN Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour
You can also find certificates from all the seminars and workshops I have attended on the Dedicated to Dogs Facebook Page.
Rach teaches some of our puppy classes and our progression classes, as well as workshops.
Here is what she has to say for herself!
I have a 6 year old black Labrador, Bob, who is affectionately referred to as a ‘wonky donkey’ as he’s falling to bits and costing me a lot of money in vet’s bills! He’s an absolute trouper though and is eternally optimistic. Rather than spending ages exploring the dales like we used to, we now spend time doing sniff walks and learning new skills at home which is brilliant fun for both of us. When I’m not actively training him, I can be found with my head buried in training books and resources as I’m working hard to become accredited by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers.
Tamsin and I have known each other for many years, working closely together to help improve the lives of lots of wonderful doggies.
Beccy takes our agility and soon our hoopers classes. Below she tells you a little about herself and her journey.
Having grown up surrounded by and loving dogs and horses, I started my career working with animals, but over time diverted towards a more academic path, in nutritional and medical research. I missed having a canine presence in my life, so in 2014 I brought home a small bundle of fluff and energy, Chewiee, and my true passion was reignited.
While I am interested in all things dog training, I especially love dog sports. They are a wonderful way to utilise our dogs’ inherent abilities and at the same time increase our bond with our four-legged besties.
Mine and Chewiee’s dog sport journey started with tricks, rally obedience, and agility. Agility soon took priority and became our main focus until we sadly had to retire due to Chewiee’s lumbosacral disease diagnosis. In 2018 we discovered the newest dog sport on the block, Hoopers! Hoopers is a lower impact form of agility, and we are both hooked, competing regularly across the country. Last year we qualified for the National Finals and came 8th out of over 80 of the top hoopers-dogs in the country. We have also qualified for the 2021 finals so wish us luck!
I am an Accredited Canine Hoopers UK (CHUK) Instructor. CHUK is a stringent organisation that requires a high standard of teaching, scientific knowledge and continuing professional development – so you know you are in safe hands!