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Caroline Ward

My name is Caroline Ward and I have always loved animals.

As a child we had a family dog, Monty, a cocker spaniel as well as a variety of small pets.

Circumstances meant that I was unable to have a second dog for many years but eventually we were able to welcome Bella, a papillon, into our home who enjoys training, especially in Rally, tricks and scent work. Darcy, a Shetland sheep dog came into our lives as a re-home in 2013 and Rally has helped to build up the bond between us.  In 2016 we welcomed a second papillon Joey into our family.

In 2014 I joined FITdogs to train rally and became a volunteer instructor. Since then I have gained my IIABTC Level 1 and 2 Clicker and Target Training (currently working towards Level 3), and have also attended workshops and courses including; Dog Handling and Bite Prevention; and Canine First Responder. I am working towards accreditation for my KCAI.

I now take my own classes and have achieved my IABTC Assistant Instructor - I am currently working towards full Instructor. I am also a trainer for the Charity Dog Aid.

I am especially interested in how dogs learn and feel, and I am an advocate for the smaller dog breeds who I feel have great potential.


Sarah Louise Stridgeon

My name is Sarah Louise Stridgeon and I have always loved being around animals

From exotic reptiles, to horses to dogs. My first dog Jake was a Labrador Retriever and a Working Gundog.  He was the first dog I trained alongside my dad.

In 2015 I bought a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy, Apollo.  Little did I know that this chubby little puppy would take me all the way to Crufts, coming second in Level 1 in the Inter-regional Rally Competition 2017.  Apollo has his Gold Good Citizen award and competes in KC Rally.  He also enjoys training tricks and doing fun agility.

I attended classes at FITdogs to train Apollo in Rally and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, realising my passion for dog training. I enjoy learning through continued personal development and I have currently been on several workshops in puppy training, lifeskills and canine cognition.

I am very interested in canine cognition and how it has developed as a science in recent years.


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