All B.A.G.S.D. instructors are unpaid volunteers who have moved on from training their own dogs to teaching other members to train theirs.
They have all completed a training course organised by B.A.G.S.D. H.Q. where they are taught not only the exercises that handlers and dogs need to know but more important than that, how to teach them.
The instructors at Coventry B.A.G.S.D. have many, many years of experience in both training dogs and in instructing others in the art of dog handling they’re approaching 100 years of instructing experience between them!
Bob Joined Coventry BAGSD in 1995, training his dog at that time, “Buster”, to top class level. He qualified as an instructor in 1998. He has trained constantly at the branch since that time. He was chairman of the branch from 1998 to 2007. He has held the position of Head Instructor since 2008. He is currently the Vice chairman. His particular interest is puppy training and is passionate about this area of training, believing that starting puppies off on the right lines will hopefully ensure they develop into first class adult dogs.
Jenny has been a member of BAGSD Coventry branch since 1980. With her two previous dogs, Penny and Holly, she has trained at all levels of obedience. In the 1980s Jenny and her dog Penny were stalwarts of the branch display team. Jenny turned to instructing some ten years ago and has instructed at the branch ever since. She takes great pride in seeing her pupils advance through the various levels and becoming a credit to their owners and ambassadors for the breed.
Bob has been a member of B.A.G.S.D. since 1963. He qualified as an instructor in 1968. He is a Home Office Accredited Police Dog Training Instructor, qualifying in 1991. He is a full member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers. An instructor with National Association of Security Dog Users, and in 2010 was made a life member of U.K. Registry of Canine Behaviourists. His responsibilities at the Coventry branch include pre-training assessments, progress assessments and Kennel Club Good Citizen assessments.
Dave has been with Coventry BAGSD since 2010 and has helped train his German Shepherd “Tilly” to pass the Gold award. He became interested in becoming an instructor after feeling the enjoyment and pride in having a well trained dog, his thoughts being I’m sure I can help others to achieve this standard and to make it fun to learn. After passing his instructors course in 2013 he has been involved in helping with puppy training, so to set them on the road to progress. Dave has also achieved Level 1 award in dog safety awarded by N.A.S.D.U. . Dave is at present the Chairman of Coventry BAGSD.