Owner Ami said “It takes a huge amount of commitment, patience, good communication skills and above all a real love of dogs to become a 1st class dog trainer. The 2 recruits we have chosen have displayed those qualities and we are all looking forward to 2013 and contributing to the continuing success of Cheshire Dog School together”.
As well as traditional dog and puppy training classes, Cheshire Dog School offers private home visits and lessons, dog agility classes and fun workshops. Ami & Mike have also added classes in “Rally” which is a relatively new sport in the UK for dogs – recently recognised officially by the Kennel Club.
Ami Sekhon has trained under top UK and International dog training experts, including the world-renowned Silvia Trkman and Dr. Ian Dunbar. She is also a grade 7 handler, the highest grade achievable in Dog Agility and competes in Agility Championship classes with her dog Kiri.
Mike Markey is qualified as a dog trainer with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT) and competes at Agility with his Labrador at grade 6 which is exceptionally high for a Lab.
Both Cheshire Dog School instructors are members of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour, Working Towards Accreditation (KCAI).
Co-owner Mike said “All of our classes are always well attended and the emphasis is on fun as well as learning commands (and tricks!). The bond that owners build up with their dogs as a result is wonderful to see. But it also takes hard work from all and having committed and qualified trainers is something that a dog-owner expects and deserves. Ami and I continue to develop our own skills and our clients know they are receiving the best quality up-to-date advice and service. This is why our two new recruits had to be 100% suitable for the new roles because standing still is not something we are prepared to do at Cheshire Dog School – professional development is a key priority”.
One of the new recruits, Kelly Cookson-Todd – who starts early January - currently runs a popular dog-walking business called Doggy Dash, based in and around Runcorn.
Kelly said “I have attended puppy training classes at Cheshire Dog School with one of my own dogs Pyro and we had such a fabulous time, made lots of friends as well as achieving the ultimate aim of a well-behaved puppy! I adore dogs of all breeds and I can’t wait to start learning with Ami & Mike. Being a dog trainer will compliment my own business and being a dog walker means I can bring a lot of experience to the role already”.
The other new trainee dog-instructor, Peta Brandwood, has already started working with Ami and Mike.
Peta said "Initially I took my new dog Ellie, to the puppy training classes at CDS and really enjoyed it. I now take Ellie to the agility classes and it is a great way to learn new skills to help me and my dog and have fun at the same time! Ami and Mike use positive reward methods in all their training and for me, this is the best training method. It's a win/win for owners and their dogs.
I currently have two dogs of my own and between us my family have a total of 20 dogs! I pet-sit for them on a regular basis, staying for weekends and longer, while family members take a dog-free holiday. I couldn't imagine my life without a dog and I am delighted to have the opportunity to fulfil my ambition to train to become a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor. To be able to do this with Ami and Mike at CDS is just brilliant!”
For lots more information about the classes run by Cheshire Dog School, visit their website at http://www.cheshiredogschool.com/
There are a variety of times and locations to suit different needs and the new recruits will help towards making dates and times even more flexible.
Ami and Mike believe in communicating with their clients and offer a lot of advise and tips via their own social media platforms – find “Cheshire Dog School” on Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn as well as on twitter (as @UKDogSchool)
If you have any questions about dog and puppy training classes around Warrington, Runcorn and other parts of Cheshire then contact Ami on 07825 119 188 or Mike on 0777 563 4228. Alternatively email at email@example.com