Dog Trainer wins National Accolade

Wymeswold dog trainer Joan Hubbard has been awarded a prestigious national accolade by the Kennel Club, and recently enjoyed a day in London to collect her trophy at an awards ceremony at the Club's Headquarters

Joan, of Mill Cottage in Wymeswold, has bred, shown and trained dog for many years and was a judge at Crufts in 2009. The training she runs includes the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme which uses “praise and reward” methods to teach socialisation, basic obedience and an awareness of the responsibilities of dog ownership.

Wymeswold Canine Citizens' scheme had over 110 dogs through the courses last year with participants from as far afield as Warwickshire and Lincolnshire as well as closer to home and Wymeswold village itself. The courses include 4 levels – puppy foundation, bronze, silver and gold.

Training clubs not registered with the Kennel Club are given a special section known as ‘Listed Status' organisations, and are able to support the training scheme and abide by the club's regulations.

There are 715 such clubs in Britain and each year they are invited to apply for the national award, which is assessed by a panel of judges from the Kennel Club. This year, Joan won first prize in the ‘Listed Status' section and travelled to London with her assistant Angi to collect the trophy.

Joan commented “This is a huge accolade for the Kennel Club to award the trophy to such a small village club”.

If you are interested in her training please contact Joan on 01509 880378. Although most of the training is held on Saturdays it is planned to have some week night classes in the summer. Numbers are limited so that everyone can benefit from time with the trainers in a happy and relaxed atmosphere.