Young dog owners in Sussex are invited to boost their canine training skills and try out different activities by attending a fun training day organised by the Young Kennel Club (YKC) in Chichester, Sussex.
The training day, which is for beginners, will take place at Sussex County Dog Training at the Dog Barn on Saturday 6th August 2016. All YKC members aged 6-24 years are welcome, and they will be able to experience a range of activities such as obedience, agility and flyball, as well as a session in scent work, for the first time.
The day will offer members access to top trainers within each activity. Miranda Batterbee will be leading the obedience and flyball sessions having been involved with dogs all her adult working life and has been a trainer for several different dog training organisations but now concentrates her time working at Sussex County DTC, where she teaches obedience, flyball and agility. For agility, members will be taught by Josie Spurling, who has been training for Sussex County for three years as a qualified Agility 1st Instructor. She competes at agility with her Sprocker Eva and has just qualified for the UKA Finals. For the scent training session, members will be taught by Anna Coyne, who has been working for SCDT for nine years and currently teaches obedience classes, recall and scent work.
Philip Slade, YKC Membership Development Coordinator, said: “The Sussex Dog Training day is perfect for any young person who wishes to try out agility, flyball and obedience for the first time.
“Our training days are for a must for any young dog lovers who want to start competing in dog activities, it’s the perfect way of discovering where your skills lie and what you enjoy doing the most. It’s also a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and life-long friendships are often formed along the way.”
The Young Kennel Club is the Kennel Club’s group for young dog lovers aged from 6-24 and members can take part in dedicated events and activities that educate young people in the care and training of dogs in a fun and friendly environment.
To find out more about the Sussex Training day, please contact the YKC team: YKC@thekennelclub.org.uk. The day costs £15 per member, and is open to 20 members, though spaces are limited. Everyone will be able to try all the activities on offer, splitting the 20 members into two groups of ten. Members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, but they will attend free of charge. Any breed of dog, providing it is fit and healthy, can take part. However due to the nature of the training, the YKC cannot accept dogs under 12 calendar months onto the course.
To apply to attend the training day, please fill out the online form on the website.