Hilary Mears

Hilary is a dog training instructor from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire who focuses on socialisation and Obedience, encouraging clients through their own level of progress awards. She has been a KCAI Scheme member for three years and is working towards achieving accreditation as a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor.

We caught up with Hilary to find out a little more about her involvement in the canine world…

Hilary had a keen interest in dogs as a child, inspired by her father who was a police dog trainer and handler. She has been involved in dog training for over 40 years and started her own business six years ago by forming the family run training classes ‘DogWhys’ held by Hilary and  her daughter. Throughout her life with dogs she has been a trainer, judge, steward, a competitor and completed the agility judging course, gaining knowledge in the obedience and agility arenas. 

Hilary has found being a dog training instructor very rewarding by seeing positive results and partnerships being developed between dog and handler. She is very passionate about encouraging people to spend time with their dogs and says that a well behaved dog can be a real family friend but “seeing a reactive or nervous dog overcoming their fear is truly rewarding work and something I am proud to be part of.”

Speaking about her career achievements Hilary said “I am overwhelmed at being nominated for this prestigious award and reaching the final five, so this has to rank highly on my list” adding “every competition comes with a sense of achievement, made even more special if we are successful.” Hilary mentions again that working with a reactive/nervous dog and overcoming their fear or seeing them succeed working outside of their comfort zone is truly rewarding and just one of the things that makes her proud, especially when she said “owners say “we’ll never do that” and the day that they do and have a smile on their face are my proudest moments.”

Hilary organises various fund raising events to support dog charities and dog rescue. When she is not working she has her four dogs to care for.  This includes Teazle, a working sheepdog retired from agility, which achieved KCGC Silver and Agility Warrant Silver. She also has Toby, a working Sheepdog who competes at agility, and achieved KCGC Silver and Agility warrant Bronze, Rocco, an Australian Kelpie which competes at agility, and achieved KCGC Silver and is applying for Agility warrant Gold. Lastly, Miffy, is a working Sheepdog and is starting to train in obedience, agility and has already achieved KCGC puppy foundation.

Reflecting on her time as a dog training instructor Hilary said: “My motto as a trainer is the dog should work because it wants to, not because it has to. I strongly value the friendships I have made through my training.”

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