I have always had a passion for dogs and have owned and trained a range of breeds from collies to rotweillers, both from puppies and rescues.
As well as being a professional dog trainer and instructor, I compete in conformation showing, IGP and competitive obedience. At the moment I am campaigning my bitch Aspen, AKA 'Mianna's Cracklin Rose at Luftez JW BH AD IPO3', with a range of achievements including winning a Challenge Certificate and Best of Breed at a championship dog show, gaining her 'Junior Warrant' title, winning 'Best Obedience Partnership' at Birmingham Dobermann Club and obtaining her BH, AD & IPO3 titles in IPO. I am also competing in IGP with her two homebred youngsters, Nova AKA "Luftez Hypernova BH IGP3' and Saul AKA "Luftez Solstice BH IGP1".
In 2016 I started Northampton IGP club with my friend and fellow trainer Emma Woodruff and today I am the head trainer for a small group of dedicated and passionate individuals in the sport.
I qualified as a dog training instructor at Harper Adams University in Shropshire with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, obtaining a 1st Grade and certificate in instructional techniques. I believe in continuous personal and professional development, so I am always attending workshops, courses and seminars to improve my knowledge
I am currently working towards KCAI accreditation, which is a City & Guilds recognised qualification and is the mark of quality in dog training, canine behaviour and canine activities. Accredited members must be able to show a wealth of practical experience training, handling and living with dogs, as well as demonstrate teaching skills and academic knowledge, along with a dedication to their profession. They must abide by the Scheme Code of Conduct and demonstrate that their knowledge and experience satisfies the high criteria set by the Scheme.
I have a passion for the Dobermann breed and have held the 'Luftez' affix since 2011. I feel strongly about maintaining excellent breed type, temperament, working ability and health; all of my dobermanns are fully health tested and are excellent examples of their breed. I am a qualified Dobermann judge and am on 'C' list as a breed specialist for the Birmingham, Midland, Northern and South East of England Dobermann Clubs.
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