Paws 4 Training first started in 2015 as an outdoor dog training class held at Abandoned Animals, Prestatyn where all proceeds went to the charity. The classes proved very successful and as well as handlers and dogs from outside the sanctuary, we also had dogs within the sanctuary and were able to give them a good grounding before they went to their ‘forever’ home. On the back of this success I decided I would like to try and find an indoor venue for instructing, the weather might have had something to do with this decision! It has taken a long time to secure the right venue suitable for training but at last I have!
I am a member of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme and qualified with the PDTI (Pet Dog Training Instructors) at Intermediate Level with a Merit. All three of my dogs are also registered Pets as Therapy Dogs.
Jane Stacey: My name is Jane Stacey, ADPTI, and I have had dogs all of my life. I started to train my first Border Collie dog, Flip, when I was 10 years old, and as the saying goes, you may have many dogs, but there is always one that is extra special and Flip was the one!
From Flip there were many more dogs, all special in their own right and all broke my heart when they left. Some I took to training school but not all dogs thrive in a classroom environment and it wasn’t until 20 years ago that I took up obedience training in earnest. I rescued an 18 month old Jack Russell dog who had been living rough for at least 2 weeks that we were aware of. Mr Chips as he was called, was in a bad way with no ID and terrified of men and other dogs, and so it began. I started going to a dog training club purely as an exercise to socialise Mr Chips and went on to do Bronze, Silver and Gold kennel club awards with him, followed by the club’s own tests of Platinum, Ruby and Emerald. We were also chosen to become part of the Obedience Training Team and took place in various displays at local dog shows. In 2010 I acquired two Border Collie pups Del and Flynn. Flynn has done his Bronze, Silver and Gold KC Award and Del her Bronze. Not forgetting Dougie, my little Shitzu, who has also completed his Good Citizen Awards and whom you will be meeting in the classes!
In 2012 I made the decision that apart from doing obedience dog training I also wanted to do some instructing, having helped various people over the years. I started assisting at my local club and also attended two other clubs as I wanted to experience other people’s methods of training, and believe me they do vary from club to club. This helped me gage which method might be best suited to individual dogs and owners!
In July 2015 I attended a week long course with the PDTI (Pet Dog Training Instructors) at Harper Adams University in Telford, Shropshire which was a course aimed at Instructors with the emphasis on pet dog training. It was a tough course with up to 12 hour days but I learnt an awful lot and I am pleased to say I passed my Instructors Course at Intermediate Level with a Merit. I still continue to attend various day and weekend courses as you are always learning and picking up ideas! I also have attended a Pet First Aid Course with Mochdre Vets and this year the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) course for the Perfect Puppy Foundations, two courses with Kay Attwood and the cream on all that, one of my dogs Dougie achieved his Gold Good Citizen Award! :)
My dogs are also all registered as PAT dogs (Pets for Therapy) and we attend a local Primary School where we teach the children the correct way to approach a dog, the 'do's and dont's' of treating your dog in a home environment and basic handling of a dog. I have to say there are a lot of potentially good junior handlers out there! We also help in the reading class where the children read to Del! This helps their confidence in reading out loud.
Michelle Roberts: After running her own boarding cattery for 20 years Michelle decided to sell up and have a change of direction. She has always owned dogs and had an interest in dog training.
Two years ago Michelle acquired a standard poodle puppy to add to her Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua, both rescued dogs. Stella is a high energy dog and a real challenge so Michelle decided to start dog training classes and this is where her love of dog training began. You see it gets to us all! She has completed both bronze and silver Kennel Club Good Citizen Awards and is currently working towards Gold.
Michelle has also completed a correspondence course in 2018 in Canine Behaviour Level 3 IMDT: Motivation and Reinforcement with a merit and also passed a canine first aid course.
In November 2017 Michelle approached me to ask if she could assist in our Puppy Classes and is a great asset to our club. In July 2018 she followed in my footsteps and attended the PDTI (Pet Dog Training Instructors) Course at Harper Adams University where she completed and gained the Introductory Award with Excellence AND became the first recipient to receive the certificate for 'Most Improved Student 2018'. It's not for the faint hearted but she learnt a lot! Michelle has also achieved IMDT Level 4 Open College Network Accreditation in consultations, foundations and function of behaviour correspondence course. She has also passed her IMDT assessment with a merit, PDTI dog training skills award with an excellence. As if that wasn't enough she took on another Standard Poodle pup in 2019 Anna who has already achieved her puppy foundation, Bronze and Silver Good Citizen Awards!
Tara Young: Although Tara is our youngest assistant she has many years experience behind her, having started when she was 7 years old to help her Nan train her German Shepherd. Betty was a well respected lady within the dog training world and encouraged Tara to follow in her footsteps. Tara is a credit to her and Betty would be so proud! Tara has a great affinity with dogs and is quick to pick out handlers and dogs with specific problems.
Siani Harper: Siani has had dogs all of her life. When she was a child her family had a collie Labrador cross called Jenny and Barney a black Labrador and Siani helped her parents with their training. In her late teens they went on to have Rex a Fox-red Labrador and she was able to take the lead a little more in his training. Since moving into her own home Siani was able to get ‘her own’ dog, that’s when Bailey the cockapoo came along! He is a bundle of energy, and as Siani understood the importance of early socialisation, she thoroughly researched the local clubs and (I am pleased to say) she felt P4T stood out because of my own personal story and that whilst covering the basic obedience and good manners side of dog training, P4T felt that ‘fun’ in our training was very relevant, helping dogs and handlers relax and bond with each other. Bailey and Siani started in the Beginners class in 2018 and have come a long way from where they started and we hope that Siani and Bailey will complete their Bronze award soon, it may have taken them a while but Bailey and Siani have grown so much in their skills, and Bailey is beginning to calm down a little bit!
Siani has always been interested in different training techniques and through attending the classes has got the bug! In 2019 we recognised Siani's skills and empathy with both the dogs and their handlers and asked Siani to join us as an assistant. We consider ourselves lucky that she jumped at the chance! Already she is beginning to take on more responsibility, attending courses and hopefully 2020 will see her take on a more formal qualification with the Pet Dog Training Instructors. (PDTI).
Christine Twist: Chris has many years experience in the dog world and currently has 2 Irish water spaniels and 2 Goldendoodles, not for the faint hearted! Chris shows her dogs all over the country, including Crufts where in 2019 she achieved a 1st!!! We were all very proud of her. Chris's knowledge and experience both in the show ring and obedience is invaluable and I am pleased to have her on the team.
Summary: Paws 4 Training has an excellent team to help and advise you and you will find us easy to approach and friendly!!! We are all dog fanatics with the dog's welfare being our primary concern. We attend regular seminars and training programs and keep up to date with changes and regulations within the dog world, which we hope to share with you. All members of the team also hold their Basic Pet First Aid certificate.