I’m looking forward to seeing clients old and new in the very near future!
This month sees the start of the summer holidays and I usually get a chance to catch up with my admin and paperwork ready for the new puppies in September. I do run a July/August course but it's always very quiet so I've been able to focus on Rupert and Edie.
The Bronze and Silver classes took their exams and they all did very well! The Bronze class was particularly good especially as Edie FINALLY PASSED!! It was her sixth attempt. Now, you would think that I wouldn't tell you all that, but it just shows that with patience and training you can teach a dog anything no matter what age. And that I am, first and foremost, a dog owner. I was so proud of her!
Despite the slow down, it's been a busy few weekends with Bedlington Terrier Rescue attending the Midland Bedlington Terrier Club Champ Show in Nottingham. Edie and Rupert took 3rd place in the "have a go" classes. Ringcraft is new to me but I'm working on teaching him (and me) the right way to stand and what to expect. It's a completely new experience!
I was also at the Age Concern Dog Show at Nonsuch Park which formed part of the Golden Days Festival on Sunday 2nd July. It was a lovely day, brilliant sunshine and so many people turned up that it was very difficult to judge the dogs! Rupert and Edie joined me for a little practice in the ring and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Am hoping they will put this on again next year.
As a trainer, it's always good to attend conferences and seminars and I was at the Dog Bite Prevention conference at Kingston University on the 24th and 25th June. The two-day conference was absolutely amazing with some world renowned speakers. It's given me the chance to work on updating my skills and I'll be doing more training to include behavioural work. It was nice to meet lots more people who have the same passion for dogs that I have.
So, I hope you enjoy the summer and spend some time with your dogs. The next Good Citizen courses will start in September and there will be some social sessions too. I am planning to do some day time walks in the park so let me know if you are interested.
Sara, Edie and Rupert.
It's been a very busy month having been away on holiday and then back into the classes. The Good Citizen Bronze and Silver groups are working very hard on their exercises with exams due on the 16th June.
The dog show at Gibraltar Rec in Ewell on the 21st May was well attended and it was lovely to see so many clients old and new. The new products are going down well, especially the Snufflemat. Don't forget you can order harnesses, leads, dog treats and the mats through me at any time. I am going to be at the Age Concern Dog Show in July which I'm very much looking forward to. I'll be judging which is always fun!
Finally, after seeing loads of dogs in Central Park, I promised you all a fluffy surprise...
Introducing Rupert our new team member! He's 21 weeks now and has settled in with Edie like he's always been with us. Best of all his lovely breeder has done so much to help him before he left home (bringing his toys much to Edie's delight). I'll be bringing him to classes now and again so you will be able to see how he develops. He has some big paws to fill but I think he's going to be fine.
Hope to see you all soon,
Sara, Edie and Rupert
PS. There is a small dog social session at 10am on Sunday 4th June and a Big Dog session at 11am. Please text me on 07504 925341 to let me know if you are coming.
Thank you to everyone who texted, messaged, emailed and sent their sympathies for our loss of Bertie. I am so glad that he was so well loved and certainly he was a character that no one could forget! The last small dog social raised £25 for Bedlington Terrier Rescue in his honour.
April was a busy month with lots of classes as well as the social session. I am now offering 1-2-1 Behavioural Adjustment Training sessions too. If your dog needs a little more help with a particular issue, I am happy to come along and devise a programme for your dog to work to.
As you might remember, I did an interview on Brooklands Radio earlier in the year and the link for this is below. In the meantime, I've been featured in a local newspaper "The Good Life" in Surbiton but also there is an article about me and how I changed my career in this week's "People's Friend" (out on 3rd May 2017). It's strange to find myself in the magazine that my family have read for years but it's very exciting!
After my visit to Crufts and the chance to meet up with some suppliers, I am delighted to confirm that I am now a reseller for the wonderful "Sea Treats" fish products. I talk about high value treats in the class and these certainly are high value! They are great for keeping your dog's teeth clean and the Salmon oil is good for dogs joints and general well being. I will be launching the sales at the GIBRALTAR RECREATION GROUND DOG SHOW on 21st May but if you are interested in buying any of these 100% natural and sustainable fish treats then please contact me.
I am still selling the Dog-Games harnesses and leads - free fitting sessions available. These harnesses really do make a difference to your dog's balance and walking. I was asked if I thought they encouraged pulling - I can tell you that Bertie had one and he was the worst puller ever! But he didn't pull in his harness. I still use these products on Edie so you know that I wouldn't recommend them unless I was happy to put my dogs in them.
Finally, the latest product and the one I am most excited about is the Snufflemat. This product has been recommended by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT UK) and is a great way to encourage your dog to use their noses as well as mentally stimulating them.
Don't forget the next Bronze and Silver Good Citizen courses start on Friday 19th May and I'm planning to run a Gold course later in the year!
I am on holiday for the first two weeks of May and will be answering emails only. And when I get back I might have a very small, fluffy surprise for you all...
Enjoy the bank holiday!
Sara and Edie
Some very sad news...
I hope you all had a lovely Easter and are enjoying the sunshine and the good weather at the moment. This time of year is always special and my dogs enjoy getting out and about and smelling all the new flowers.
Unfortunately, Bertie had been very poorly for the last couple of months and sadly we lost him on 13 April. I can't tell you how devastated the whole family are because he was such a big character. Edie, in particular, has been struggling being on her own but she is doing fine and has had lots of friends visit so that she doesn't mope.
Bertie was 15 when he passed but he had a very long and fulfilling life. He came to us from Battersea Dogs Home and was the reason that I started dog training. He inspired me to help owners who just wanted to have fun with their dogs. He was truly a dog in a million and will never be forgotten.
Our thanks go out to the whole team at Aspen Vets in Tolworth who have helped us during this very difficult time.
Hope to see you all soon,
Sara and Edie.
I can't believe it's a year since I set up Rewards Dog Training! And what a year it's been. I've seen old clients, new clients, been to Discover Dogs with Edie, joined Bedlington Terrier Rescue as a coordinator and I've met lots and lots of dogs!
With the spring now in full bloom, I'm launching the social sessions with a special birthday party at The River Club on Sunday March 12th at 10.30am. As usual, there will be some social training, some off-lead time and a few games with prizes too.
£10 for one dog, £15 for two. Please text me on 07504 925341 to let me know if you are coming along so I can text (just in case it rains) to reschedule. It also helps me to know what numbers to expect.
Finally, the February Bronze group did really well in their exam and I started the latest Bronze course on the 3rd March. The next course starts again in May so please email me if you want to join the class and see how much fun you can have with your dog.
Looking forward to seeing you at the party!
Sara, Bertie and Edie.
Spring is on it's way!
Hello everyone and a very belated Happy New Year. I hope that 2017 is going well for you already and that your dogs had a good time over the festivities.
The puppy classes restarted in January and I am now taking bookings for the February/March courses. It's a pleasure to be working with the local vets and I'm really enjoying seeing so many pups having fun.
On Friday 3rd March the next Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze course will be starting and I'll be running a Silver course soon again so if anyone wants to take the silver exam again, please let me know so I can add you to the list.
Finally, my thanks to everyone for supporting me during a very difficult 2016. It was without doubt, my worst year ever! But I can say that Bertie, Edie and I are now looking forward to starting the small dog socials again in March and seeing you all again soon.
Sara, Bertie and Edie.
The end of summer!
Well it's been a very busy few weeks for me and the Rewards dogs. Bertie is doing well after his stroke earlier this year and is now settling into his retirement!
The September workshops at The River Club were well attended and the weather held for them. It was nice to work outdoors in the sunshine!
Puppy classes started up again in September at Aspen and Ewell Vets and I'm delighted to confirm that I am now working out of Chessington Vets each Thursday evening.
I am still running Kennel Club Good Citizen classes on a Friday night. The latest Bronze course starts in November and there are a few places left. I'll be running the next Silver course in January. Don't forget you can come back to do the exam free of charge so if you weren't ready this time come back and try again.
Finally, as you can see from the picture, Edie and I went to Discover Dogs this past weekend to represent Bedlington Terrier Rescue. We travelled on the train, tube, DLR and finally the Emirates cable car! We were both exhausted but it was fun to talk about the breed and celebrate 40 years of the rescue.
Dont forget the clocks go back this weekend so it really is the end of the summer. Fireworks Night is fast approaching so if you need any advice please contact me.
Hope to see you soon Sara, Bertie and Edie
I can’t believe it, but Edie turned three years old today! And she was delighted to hold a birthday party at her favourite place – The River Club. Thank you to everyone who came along and we had a lovely training session in the sunshine before it got too warm. In her honour, I’m donating £25 to Bedlington Terrier Rescue.
Talking of which, I am now the London coordinator for BTR and we are going to be at Discover Dogs this year! If you want to find out more about this wonderful breed, please visit the website on www.bedlingtonrescue.co.uk or come and visit Bertie and Edie on our stand at the Alexandra Millennium Green Family Fun Dog Show which is being held on Saturday 10th September. For more information visit the Green Facebook page and come along to support this great, local natural asset. Registration starts at 11am and the show starts at 12 noon.
Finally, I am planning to run some workshops each Sunday at The River Club in September. The cost will be £20 per place or £60 if you attend all four and pay in advance. For more information, email me as places will be limited.
Have a good summer and see you all very soon,
Sara, Bertie and Edie
Congratulations to the Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze and Silver classes! They had their tests on Friday and I was delighted to see so may of them working hard with their dogs. Well done to those who passed and for those who are not quite ready, please come back and try again. It's a great way to socialise and have fun with your dogs so contact me for more information as places are limited.
Finally, an update on Bertie - I mentioned on the Facebook page that Bertie had a stroke a week ago. Although it was very frightening, my canine first aid course came in handy. We made him comfortable and got him to the vets as soon as possible. He has responded really well to his medication and is now pretty much back to his normal self. Big thanks to Aspen Vets for all their support.
Hope to see you all soon at one of the events,
Sara, Bertie and Edie
A busy day for us all at Rewards as we were at the Friends of Gibraltar Rec Dog Show in Ewell. I acted as the judge and have to say that all the dogs were brilliantly behaved and it was nice to see so many of them turning out for this lovely local asset. (If anyone has contacted me via the website can you please send another request through as I lost most of my emails recently.)
Below is the audio link for my interview with Brooklands Radio. Was so nice to see the working of the radio station and to meet the presenters. Am hoping to do some more public appearances soon!
Am really excited to confirm that I'll be a guest on Brooklands Radio "Just Women" programme on Tuesday 19th April at 1pm. You can download the podcast after the show or listen online on the day. For more info about the show visit the link http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk/justwomen.html
It's been a busy couple of weeks getting everything set up including new work wear in some very bright colours! No one will miss me in class now.
The puppy beginners classes are booking up and I am going to be running a Bronze and Silver Good Citizen course. I'll be contacting the Silver group next week but if you want any more information please drop me a line.
I'm also planning some new social sessions with the Small Dog Social and a new venue, Alexandra Millennium Green, for a Tuesday morning session. Details will be on the calendar or the Facebook page.
Finally, I'm taking on a few dog walking clients too. I'm offering a "Sniff and Stretch" walk for your dog or dogs (up to 2 per time). The dogs get a gentle walk on lead which helps them to learn to walk nicely and to get a good sniff in the local area. This may include street walks and walks in parks or wooded areas but it will all be tailored to your dog and your requirements. This is only going to be a limited number of clients so if you are interested, please contact me.