When and how did you get into dog training?
I trained my first dog in 1973 a Border Collie called Joey. I
worked for the local newspaper and they did an article with
me and the trainer at the time who was Barbara
Woodhouse. I began teaching in around 1999 shortly after I met my
wife at dog agility, I enjoyed every moment of it and still
continue to do so
What do you like the most about dog training?
Firstly, the best thing has to be that though dog training I met
my wife Melanie
I enjoy the challenge of taking a raw handler and dog and
turning them into a team that has a special bond. The best feeling
is seeing the dog and handler at the end of each session with a
smile on their faces
How long have you been part of the KCAI scheme?
I originally joined the scheme many years ago but due to
pressure of work I couldn't carry on at that time. I returned to
the scheme about three years ago to finish my accreditations
Why are you a member of the KCAI Scheme?
I think it is the best dog training scheme around because it is
designed to set standards in lots of disciplines and encourages you
to learn more than just teaching. It also encourages you to keep
those skills up to date, gives the public confidence that they are
getting a reputable trainer using positive reward
methods and is supported by the biggest dog organisation in
the UK the KC.
What would you say your biggest achievements in your career
have been so far?
- Qualifying Mist as an area Search Dog and also reaching
championship status with her in UK Agility and also qualifying her
for Crufts in the Breed Ring.
- Training Hesky one of my dogs to his first Challenge
Certificate in the show ring in 2003.
- Being part of the British Flyball Association team of the Year
in Flyball with my dog Skye in 1999
- Being asked to judge my own breed at a championship breed
show in June next year
- Being responsible for running the Border Collie breed booth and
winning best stand twice Discover Dogs
Is there any work that you do with or for dogs, in addition to
dog training instructing?
I have been a qualified Search and Rescue Dog Handler for six
years and currently work for Search Dog Buckinghamshire and also
hold the post of Training Officer within that organisation. Search
Dogs Bucks is all voluntary and part of Lowland Rescue. I, along
with my qualified dog Mist have attended around 150 searches. My
wife is also a qualified Search Dog handler with Bodger and
I also run my own Hydrotherapy pool and work with clients to
help rehabilitate their dogs after injury and to keep dogs
fit with ongoing problems .
Do you own a dog yourself and if so what is its
I along with my wife own eight Border Collies under our Shemella
affix - Bodger, Mist, Mercury, Jupiter, Shadow, Sirius, Dream and
Drift. Bodger and Mist are brother and sister and are seven years
old, Mercury, Jupiter and Shadow are brothers and sister aged five.
Sirius aged 2 is Mist's son and Dream and Drift aged 10 months are
Shadow's daughters. Not forgetting the cat Hermione!
Comments made by individuals that nominated Iain
- 'Iain has infinite patience and makes training fun,
enabling learning. He has an ability to understand the dog's
personality thus helping the handlers to learn by understanding
their dogs. He is an active member of search and rescue in
- 'Iain is amazing!!! He goes out of his way to get the best out
of you and your dog. He is also very happy to help on a one to one
basis if you are struggling with something. Never screams or shouts
if you do things wrong and gives you the confidence that you can do
- 'This man never ceases to amaze me with all his dedication and
hard work in a variety of fields in the dog world. His agility
classes are the best he is the most dedicated reliable and honest
man and is there to help anyone and of course most importantly
their dogs. He does tireless work with search and rescue, talks
with children to help educate, teaches agility does hydrotherapy,
judging this is just a few things among a long list, so to try and
put into words how this man has helped is nearly impossible as he
works tirelessly for everyone and deserves the recognition and
- 'Iain has given myself and my dog confidence in ourselves, I
have struggled with confidence most of my life and my dog knows my
emotions, Iain has had lots of patience teaching us agility for
nearly 2 years, and taking part in this activity has given both of
us confidence as Iain is always encouraging even when I mess up! I
admire how he puts lots of hours into his search and rescue dog
team, saving lives in the community with him and his wife's much
loved border collies. He is always cheerful and encouraging, I look
forward to our lessons each week as our success in learning is
having a very positive effect on myself and my dog, at the
beginning she was unsure and concerned at the see-saw apparatus,
but Iain has spent time encouraging her always in a kind positive
way and she enjoys all the equipment now.'