Whittlesey Dog Training Society is Kennel Club Registered
and operates under KC Regulations.
We are so very PROUD to announce that Whittlesey Dog Training Society received an award at The Kennel Club Annual Awards Presentations 2015, we were awarded 2nd Place in the category of Kennel Club Registered Dog Training Club, this is a national award and we thank all instructors, committee members, members and their dogs for their hard work in making this award possible - CONGRATULATIONS and well done.
Initially established in Whittlesey, membership grew very quickly and a new hall was found in Peterborough where we trained at St. Pauls Church Hall for 18 years. In recent years we moved to Westwood before finally becoming firmly established at Orton Waterville Village Hall where we meet on a weekly basis on Monday & Tuesday evenings (excluding Bank Holidays).
I was always interested in dogs having been brought up with Rough Collies in the family home, but it was not until meeting my Wife in the late 1960's that I became interested in obedience training and showing. I used to watch her with Peggy her GSD, retrieving raw eggs and doing scent exercises, which at the time I found 'amazing'!
Although we were always heavily involved with dogs it was not until the late 1970's we started showing our GSD's, we travelled all over the Country, working together developing our own bloodline of "Carernwil" who were very successful in the show ring at Open, Championship shows and Crufts, but also much loved family pets who were brought up with our children and later our grandchildren providing us and them with wonderful memories.
I have handled, bred, shown and judged GSD's for around 30 years but moved into Cairn Terriers in 2009 a breed which I also now judge and a breed I am very much enjoying showing at Open and Championship level, Izzy is back in the ring after a beautiful litter of pups and has qualified for Crufts 2014 and our young puppy Harry who has also qualified for Crufts 2014 has already 2 Best Puppy and a Reserve Best Dog in Breed having only attended 3 shows.
With much trepidation I welcomed our Standard Poodle, Frankie, into our home at the end of 2012 having lost our last GSD Barney, however I must say I am 'smitten', Frankie is a wonderful family pet who we love dearly.
Position: Secretary, Treasurer & Instructor
Phone: 07562 314467
I have worked with dogs since leaving school at the age of 14 years, and although I started in boarding greyhounds kennels I went into grooming and trimming, once qualified I ran my own business for several years when I purchased my first Beagle.
In 1967 I started training at Whittlesey Dog Training Society and was hooked!
A few years later I was running a very busy boarding kennels for our late Chairman, Bill Bedford, we showed, worked and bred GSD's. About 1980 I started judging GSD's at Open Show level and also judging Obedience Open Shows up to Class A. After owning three Beagles as house pets I decided to try something a bit easier so purchased a Toy Poodle, Leo, who won at Breed and Obedience Shows, then came Chia, one of a kind, not show standard but she enjoyed Obedience and loved Demonstrations and being the centre of attention. My last one Sari was well known at the Club and we also went to a few Open Obedience Shows and sometimes even got placed! Now I have only Jacey and Hapi as I live in sheltered housing and they will not allow me to have more, and believe me I have tried!
About 35 years ago I qualified as an Instructor and I still really enjoy teaching obedience and ringcraft, although some dogs, and handlers, can be very trying it makes it all worth while when you see an unruly four legged horror turn into a well mannered pet.
20 years ago I became Secretary of this Club and in 1999 became Treasurer as well, so I still have plenty to keep me busy despite retiring 4 years ago.
Position: Committee Member & Instructor (EX OFFICIO)
Brought up with GSD's for me it really started at the age of 8 years when I won the Finals of the National Pets Club competition at Crystal Palace handling our family pet GSD named Meg, this started a life long love of dog training and I went on to compete with my own GSD Peggy from the age of 10 years working Open Shows at Test C level also doing Agility and Tracking until Peggy retired due to her age. During the 1960's I was introduced to breed showing while working a weekend job at the famous Ramacon Kennels.
In the late 1970's my Husband and I acquired our foundation bitch, Ramacon Wind at Carernwil (Elsa) who we successfully showed at Open & Championship shows and who's progeny Carernwil Donna Mia and Carernwil Innovation (to mention just a few) all went on to do a lot of winning together with our stud dog Carernwil Grenadier (Ace) who sired several Championship show winning puppies, but they were always our pets first and foremost and all dearly loved and remembered always.
In 1992 I qualified as an Instructor at Whittlesey Dog Training Society under the late Mr Bill Bedford and have sat on several assessments for WDTS Instructors, I have successfully shown, judged and bred GSD's for over 40 years becoming a KC Accredited Breeder in 2012 having 'down sized' to Cairn Terriers who I also now judge at Limited and Open show level, but show at Open and Championship Shows winning many awards including Best of Breeds. Having lost my last GSD Barney in 2012 I now work my Standard Poodle, Frankie, who I adore, in obedience and I am enjoyuing getting back into regular training with him, who at the very young age of only 9 months reached the top Advanced Class at WDTS.
Position: Committee Member & Instructor
I have had dogs all my life starting with my first puppy at the age of one! I have always had Jack Russell's and also several x-breeds many of which have been rescue dogs which have been a challenge but very worthwhile. The time and effort put in really paid off as they all had a very long and happy life.
I now have my first pedigree dog, a French Bulldog called Winston, this had been a challenge, I thought I was stubborn until I met Winston, he has such attitude and character.
We started at Whittlesey Dog Club in February 2015, Winston was a very shy dog and would not even walk through the door, so we just sat for a few weeks watching all the other dogs and socialising him before starting classes. What a turnaround, he has now passed his beginner obedience course, now working in the Intermediate class and working towards his Bronze KC Good Citizen Award while also continuing with his obedience classes.
We also work in the agility class which Winston absolutely loves, he really enjoys letting his hair down and no jump seems too high working at such speed, it's amazing to see a French Bulldog doing Agility, yes Agility!