12th June 2014
are already into June and having quite a mix of weather. Thankfully
the weather doesn’t stop training with such a choice of indoor
and outdoor facilities. No sooner said, we had a freak rain storm
on Monday 9th June that created a tidal wave which swept through
my indoor trainiing area, thankfully it dried up quite quickly and
having spent two days cleaning it, it looks great. We also have
a new shelter for the field to store equipment and afford us respite
from showers and sun.
parking at Grove House
car park is getting uplift over the next week or two. There will
be an option to park across the road, but the dog training clients
are welcome to park down by the indoor training area. Please drive
carefully there maybe horses and children about and make sure you
don’t block field and horse entrances.
have an exciting event in September.
Gundog training day, with Lez Graham. Back to Basics. Aimed at the
pet gundog owner.
is booking fast and handler places are limited, so book early so
as not to be disappointed. If you miss a handler place there is
plenty of room for spectators.
of the nature of our classes, which run weekly, we often have clients
who come for a few weeks and then stop or just continue to attend
forever with the occasional week off.
appreciate that life takes over and the priority to let us know
that you may not be attending is not high on the list. That’s
ok. However if you decide that the classes are not for you or you
have gained enough knowledge and feel that you no longer need us
then please make sure that you let me know. Feedback is essential
to make sure the business is addressing any problems and to of course
provide the excellent service that we strive to give.
I take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support, without
you and your wonderful canine friends SIT Dog Training just wouldn’t
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15th March 2014
there...half way through March already and so grateful for our indoor
training facilities, the wet windy weather meant that had we not
had it we would have cancelled training classes for around 3 months.
The last couple of weeks has risen our spirits, the field is drying
up and we have had some lovely sunny sessions outside.
very settled now at GHS, new signs installed at the main entrance....
recently spent four days at Crufts, mainly working on The Guild
of Dog Trainers stand where I thoroughly enjoyed being with fellow
members. meeting and talking to the general public and we also signed
on some new members. I spent a couple of hours on the Friday with
fellow trainer Colin Spender on the Dogs Monthly stand giving free
training advice. During the four days I managed to visit most of
the trade stands and watched some great demonstrations and competitions.
Crufts is so immense that you would be hard pushed to see everything
in one day. I was thrilled to be presented with a lovely GSD Statue
as a thank you for my dedication to the guild as editor.
I was away I left my class clients in the capable hands of Rachel,
Ellen and Hannah. So glad to have them on board, such a huge support
and full of fresh ideas. Thank you Girls.
Birthday to my dog Malic (paddy de espinavessa) 8 years on St Patricks
day. My GSD Kia will be 1 year old on the 31st March, where does
time go? Kia has become a valuable asset in puppy class, helping
them to settle in and demonstrating her skills.
3rd January 2014
New Year, I hope that you all had a great christmas and didn't overdo
classes resume from Wednesday 8th January. The Wednesday evening
agility class will be starting again, we have the lovely indoor
training area now, so we don't have to wait for the light evenings,
this will be from 7pm- 8pm.
am adding another puppy class starting on Thursday evening 6pm -
7pm. Hopefully this will cater for those who cannot make the daytime
sessions. because of this I am moving forward the time for the next
class, Good Dog Obedience to 7.15pm.
Plans in the pipeline for
2014 are some fun agility competitions and hopefully some more workshops.
17th Dec 2013
to an appointment at the hospital for me I have had to cancel puppy
class tomorrow, Wednesday 18th Dec. You are very welcome to join
Saturday's class instead so that you don't miss out on the Christmas
The last classes will be on Saturday 21st December Starting back
on Wednesday 8th January 2014.
for 2014. Wednesday evening agility will start once again on the
8th January. I a planning to add another puppy class on Thursday
evenings at 6pm. We will be arranging some workshops, our own and
some with invited guests. There are also some fun agility competitions
in the pipeline.
we wish everyone a great Christmas and a happy and Healthy New Year.
27th Nov 2013
is approaching fast and it doesn't seem five minutes when we were
discussing the year ahead. SDT has seen some changes this year.
The move to Grove House Stables has been a little stressful but
we are all settled in now and it feels like home, but what a brilliant
venue it is. We do get looked after. The events that we put on were
a great success and the peice d resistance has been the recently
finished indoor training arena. Lots of sweat mainly by my Husband
John, making the wooden picket fencing and then hours wacker plating
the surface to be able to lay the green astroturf flooring, which
was supplied by playrite.co.uk.
It looks like a mini Crufts. So no more worrries when it rains and
we can train at night. new equipment has been ordered for the agility
classs to keep indoors, as soon as it arrives we will be starting
Wednesday evening training again.
also welcome on board. Rachel & Hannah. They are my assistant
trainers who both have a wealth of experience in the dog training
world. My Assistant Melissa is engaged and busily arranging her
marriage to Barry next year. We also have on board a delightful
young lady, Heather, doing work experience.
reception area and shop has now been moved to the indoor arena in
the commentary box. So please check in for classes there from now
will be celebrating Christmas at each of the last class sessions
with a few mince pies and games.
The last class will be on Saturday 21st December Starting back on
Wednesday 8th January 2014.
and her team and all at Grove House wish you all a
Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
8th Oct 2013 Hi Everyone,
recovering after the tremendous weekend with Dima and The Mayflower
Show, we couldn’t have wished for better weather. With the
wine & cheese social raffle & quiz and the have a go agility
on Sunday we raised £74.50, well done everyone.
Lots of photos on facebook.
Canine First Aid Workshop is this weekend, Sunday at 1pm –
4.30pm. Run by Rachel Bean RVN. £25 per person, paid in advance.
Payment methods There are still some places left! Refreshments will
be provided by Judy & Pip in the Dovecote
Cafe. Rachel is a fellow Guild member and really knows her stuff.
She is always in great demand to run these workshops. Having this
knowledge may one day save yours or someone’s dogs life. http://canineevents.co.uk/?event=canine-first-aid-workshop-4
30th Sep 2013 - Classes are Cancelled on Saturday 5th October
because of the Dima Yeremenko Event.
They are also cancelled on Saturday 19th October, SIT Dog Training
is taking the agililty on the road to Lakeside Doncaster for the
Amcuk Show You are welcome at both
the events! Fun Dog Show this
Sunday 6th October. Canine First Aid
Workshop, Sunday 13th October
27th Sep 2013 - Show Schedule
ready for the Fun Dog Show on the 6th October 2013.
24th Sep 2013 - The new dog training reception is now open
in the portacabin nearest to the training field. Myself or Melissa
will be in there to take your class fees 15 minutes before class
starts. The shop is also now situated within reception, although
I will always have a selection of treats for sale in the training
area. If you arrive late then we will attend to the fees after class.
Andrew has kindly let me use his office and the space is small and
so practically we are not allowing dogs in there, there is a small
risk of toileting and also conflict between dogs in a small space.
Chris has made us a tethering point outside the reception. See signs
is new to us too, so please be patient.
new picket fence for the indoor training area is now finished with
a huge thanks to my Hubby John and hopefully we will be able to
source an appropriate surface very soon.
our first weekend of events is fast approaching, next week in fact
and I am trying not to panic… we would love your support.
Raffle prizes for the Friday evening wine & cheese event would
be very gratefully received.
12th Aug 2013 - Beginners Agility classes are no longer
available, everyone will be able to attend any of the three Fun
Agility & Flyball classes from this week. Wed 6.30. Thursday
10.30 and the new time of 12pm on Saturday. The cost is still £8
a session, the session lasts for one hour and fifteen minutes.
10th May 2013 - I can't believe that we have been at Grove
House Stables for two weeks tomorrow...everyone has said what a
lovely place it is. Refreshments have been had at the Dovecote Cafe.
used the indoor arena last night for the Good Dog Obedience class
due to high winds and rain, it was fabulous. One problem that arose,
was the parking on a Saturday, there is a verge across the road,
outside the centres overflow car park field, so please park on there.
have seen some lovely new Clients starting classes, four new puppies
starting class in the morning...I love the puppies.
day. Fun Agility Competitions, charity garden party for the local
dog rescues and more....
Sunday 21st April 2013
exciting! Our move to Grove house Equestrian centre is planned for
this week, to start our regular classes on Saturday 27th April 2013.
Friday 19th April
Thank you to everyone who have helped to find a field. Nothing for
weeks and then they have arrived like the proverbial buses this
I am excited to announce that I have secured a fantastic establishment
for the continued operation of SIT Dog training classes.
Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre, in Misterton are welcoming
us to their high class facilities, which include:
A 60m X 20m, secure training field specifically for our use. This
will be maintained by GHS.
Toilets including disabled facilities.
Car parking on hard standing
Café The Dovecote Cafe http://www.dovecotecafe.co.uk/index.htm
Indoor Floodlit arena with heated commentary box, tannoy & music
Seminar & training rooms.
First Aiders on site.
Full Event Facilities.
The owners put on equestrian events there and have also expressed
an interest in having agility and flyball in attendance at these.
The Class times and days will remain the same but due to higher
rental costs which reflect the quality and care at the venue I will
be making an increase in the class prices as follows.
All Puppy, Agility & Flyball classes will be £8 per session.
But pay as you go.
Good Dog Obedience will be £10, PAYGO.
If you have any of your remaining sessions left then these will
still stand until they run out.
I would therefore be most grateful if you could confirm your interest
in continuing to attend classes at this lovely new venue.
I will of course confirm the start date, which will hopefully be
very soon. I have missed you.
Until then the puppy classes and Good dog obedience will continue
at my home.
16th April 2013; Puppy classes will commence temporarily at my home
from this Wednesday 17th April at 10.30 and Saturday 20th April,
10.30. Good Dog Obedience will also start at my home this Thursday
18th April at 7pm. You will be provided with my address on enrolling.
A new venue for the agility and flyball classes is being discussed
Tuesday 9th April 2013: Training Latest!
I have returned from a lovely Easter break in Dumfries & Galloway,
which did suitably recharge my batteries. However the worries of
losing the training venue and the hunt for another gave me some
sleepless nights I can tell you.
I have put in an offer to buy a field, but this of course will take
time. I am still awaiting a reply to my offer and then if it is
accepted then I have to apply for change of use and then if that
is successful then the ground will need preparing and fenced, but
it will be worth it in the end to have a place I can call my own.
the meantime I have continued to call various contacts given to
me and emailed others, so far nothing has come up, I am still trying.
I have had an offer to rent a field on Bawtry Rd, Doncaster, which
we haven’t had the time nor the weather to go and view it
again properly, my main concern when I first went to see it was
that it has horses in and the ground is covered with manure and
isn’t very level, so again this will require some preparation,
I haven’t ruled it out and it could be an option.
the meantime I have decided to run the puppy classes and Good dog
obedience at my home. The back garden is of fair size to do obedience
and the back of my house leads on to tracks and fields. There is
room for a couple of cars on my drive; the rest can park up the
track next to my house on the grass verge. I plan to start these
next week at the usual training times Puppies - Wed 17th April 10.30am
and Saturday 20th April 10.30am.
Good dog Obedience Thursday 7pm. The GDO always pay on a weekly
basis and I am following suit for the rest of the classes for the
foreseeable future. I know that the priority for most with puppies
is for the socialisation and I hope that this will tick the boxes.
do apologise to the keen Agilityees for the delay, I just can’t
fit a course in my back garden!
Hopefully something will come up soon and I thank everyone who has
helped and is still helping to look for somewhere. Please don’t
contact me privately for my address or if you have any news or you
need anymore information.
Saturday 23rd Mar 2013: Training Latest!
Sadly and very disappointingly, I have decided to
cancel today’s puppy walk and agility classes. There is a
few centimeters of snow along with a strong bitterly cold wind.
I was hoping we could at least have made the most of the last training
day at this venue. The dogs will love playing in the snow, but not
safe to do agility. Keep safe and warm and as soon as I have news
of a new venue, I will let you all know. Thank you everyone for
your kind help and support. See you soon x
Saturday 18th Mar 2013: Training Latest!
For the last puppy classes this week at this venue
on Wednesday & Saturday, we will be going for a puppy walk to
Furlong Nature Reserve. The walk will take about one hour. Please
make sure you wear suitable footwear for wet ground and clothing,
as the weather is not going to stop us. Please also arrive at 10.15,
so we can start promptly. There will be an opportunity to let them
off lead, but this is not compulsory and entirely your choice.
11th March 2013; I am not taking anymore on for my classes until
after Easter as I have sadly lost my present venue. I am actively
looking for a new one as I write this and hopefully it will not
be too long before classes can continue... If you wish to go on
my waiting list please contact me and I will email you. Alternatively
please watch this space, look on my facebook Page. So
sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment.
9th Mar 2013: Training Latest!
How life can change in a wink. Upsetting
news today. The new family who own my training premises, who are
only two weeks into owning it have had complaints from the neighbours
about my dog training. I have been there just over 3 years. I have
to leave by Easter. So the last training day will be Saturday 23rd
March. I am completely devastated but will be pulling out all the
stops to find a new training ground. I am still looking to buy my
own field. So please bear with me. Payment over the next two weeks
to be paid weekly and I will reimburse clients if they have any
payments outstanding. I thought everything was ok up to this morning.
The reasons given are Dogs barking and traffic......apparently,
it has been ok since November 2010..The new family are very upset,
they wanted me to stay but you can see it from their point of view,
they don't want disputes to interfere with their plans. I am there
a maximum of 10 hours a week and not late at night, dogs sometimes
bark when they are excited...normal. There are dogs in the immediate
area that bark constantly most of the week...but because I do dog
training I will probably get blamed for them too.
4th Mar 2013: Training Latest!
How encouraging the weather has been lately, making outdoor training
a pleasure. Due to demand I have added an extra Beginners Agility
& Flyball class, starting this Thursday 7th March at 12pm.
Due to the improvement works
with the new owners, the existing toilet facilities are temporarily
closed. However do not worry, I have just ordered a toilet tent
and toilet, which should arrive before classes this week. Also for
safety please keep within the training area and carpark. Thank you
for your patience.
Sunday 24th Feb 2013: Training Latest!
Wednesday evening agility will resume this Wednesday 27th Feb 2013
at 6.30. It will be in the new barn, which is bigger and the lighting
is a little better. But of course still open to the elements, so
please dress warmly. We will be back outside as soon as it is light
enough. The new owners are happy for us to stay, but did report
finding some dog poo in the paddock next to the car park yesterday,
PLEASE PICK UP AND DISPOSE OF IN THE BINS PROVIDED! This thoughtlessness
could lose us this lovely venue.
18th Feb 2013: Training Latest! At
last, we moved into the new barn next to the training field yesterday.
Work still in progress on the site over the next few months, with
workmen coming and going, so please be patient. I have just renamed
my pre-Agility class to just Puppy Class, the class content and
aims remain the same. It became clear that people didn't understand
that pre-Agility was predominantly a puppy and adolescent dog training
class with just a little bit of agility. So hopefully changing the
name will make it more straight forward. I knew what I meant.
14th Feb 2013: Training Latest! Sorry,
Fun Agility cancelled this morning! Hopefully I have managed to
ring everyone. The ground is saturated and snow still around. Normally
we would set up in the barn, but they still haven't been sorted
as yet. I shall be catching up on my paperwork. Have a good day
and see you all next week...weather permitting.
13th Feb 2013: Training Latest! Good
Dog Obedience is cancelled tomorrow...due to Valentines Day... Agility
in the morning may be cancelled if the snow doesn't clear. All have
been informed by text. The weather is supposed to be turning warmer
for the weekend.
28th January 2013: Training Latest! The
training facility is being bought by the next door neighbour and
the contracts should be exchanged this week. They want SIT Dog Training
to continue there and are very enthusiastic and accommodating. I
will be having a differant and better barn with good lighting and
also the use of the shelter next to the original field, which has
been made bigger as they have moved the fence line, all still in
progress this week, the paint on the agility equipment is dry. At
writing I see no reason that classes cannot start this Saturday....please
bare with me being a little upside down for the next few weeks....
Thursday 22nd November 2012; Last
class training day will be Saturday 8th December 2012, then closed
until Saturday 2nd February 2013, weather permitting.
Thursday 7th June 2012; New
class starting on Thursday 21st June at 7pm - 8.30pm, Good
Tuesday 8th May 2012; Due
to the evening light increasing Wednesday Fun Agility will now start
at a later time of 6.30pm, hopefully giving everyone more time to
Sunday 6th May; Training
is well under way outside and so far we have been lucky with the
weather. We have been graced with a wonderful canine photographer
David, who has taken some lovely photos of my Agility clients. Please
take a look at his gallery
Wednesday 4th April 2102, Sorry
Guys! due to the horrible weather conditions here in Haxey, I have
decided to cancel the classes today. Keep warm, dry and safe...Happy
Friday 23rd March 2012, Theclocks
go forward this weekend, at last, Wednesday evening training will
be outside. Easter Training! Notes for your diary!
No Classes on Thursday 5th April, Saturday 7th April (Easter Sat)
My glamorous assistant will be running classes for the following
week, unfortunately she can't do Wednesday evening, 10th April,
and so this will have to be cancelled too. New green fencing has
arrived for the Flyball run! Can't wait to get it outside! More
videos for you to watch on my YouTube.
Sunday 4th March 2012, Hurrah!
the lights in the barn are now mended, it was the pesky mice who
caused the damage! Training will resume this Wednesday 7th March
Wednesday 22nd February 2012, Unfortunately
the lights are still not working in the barn and so Wednesday training
will be postponed until further notice. Until either they are mended
or the light nights draw out. You are very welcome to come to one
of the other sessions in the meantime if you can make it.
Tuesday 14th February 2012, The
snow has all gone. Unfortunately it seems to have scuppered the
lighting in the barn and so training on Wednesday evening will have
to be postponed until we can find the fault. All other training
is as normal.
Friday 10th February 2012, Training
is on tomorrow. Restricted to the barn. Still very cold, so please
dress up warmly. Take care on the roads, could be icy.
Wednesday 7th February 2012, We
managed to run pre-agility this morning but were very limited to
obedience on the spot with no agility, as the barn had large patches
of ice. The field is still full of snow and the contact equipment
is covered in hard frozen ice. And so unless we have a sudden heatwave,
I have decided to cancel training tonight and tomorrow and will
assess the situation on Friday to see if Saturday training is an
option. Apologies for any inconvenience. Keep warm and safe.
Monday 6th February 2012, The
snow well and truly landed, timing it well as we finished last Saturday's
classes. I may cancel classes this week if the snow lingers. It
is very snowy here in Haxey and the fog is getting thicker today.
Not so much a problem as we can train in the barn, but all the water
pipes are frozen, including the toilet. First classes are on Wednesday,
so I will wait until then to make a decision.....Watch this space
and contact me if you are not sure.
Monday 30th January 2012, Well
here we are, I recently became one year older and glad to be back
in full swing with training. It has been a little cold, but we have
been blessed so far wth warm sunshine, that's it! probably jinxed
it now. I am enjoying monthly heelwork to music classes at my colleague
Angela White's training centre with my dog Malic, check it out,
she has some brilliant courses and seminars. IABTC.
Congratulations to Bridie, she has graduated from Pre-Agility into
Beginners. Also congratulations to Pepper & Lucy, both graduated
from beginners to Fun Agility.
Saturday 31st December 2011, New Years Eve, I
hope that you are suitably refreshed so far after a lovely Christmas
and looking forward to the New Year. In the pipeline is a new obedience
class, aimed at the companion dog...this will include good manners,
walking on a loose lead, retrieve and recall and much more and so
watch this space! Sue will be very interested to hear from you if
this is something you would like to do with your dog. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 11th Nov 2011, Flyball
box and jumps have arrived! At present I don’t plan to have
a separate class for this, it will be integrated into the existing
fun Agility classes to do Flyagility!
get your dogs mad about retrieving tennis balls!