Cheltenham and District Dog Training Club



Several of our long standing members make up our core training team.

The Team


Emma Galbraith

Emma has had a lovely succession of willing crossbred rescue dogs, the most successful of which was Kenzie, a Weimeraner/Labrador cross. Kenzie won out of Novice early in his second season of competition and gained many rosettes in A and B. Now she has Riley, a very large mixed breed of Rottie and German Shepherd, and has recently added Border Collie Quin to her family. She has already done well with Riley and Quin. Riley has won himself out of Novice and Quin has also started well this year with several good places.

Emma has now taken on the post of show manager and did a very good job her first time in 2016. 


Julie Harding

Julie has been a member since 2002, first she came with her daughter, Harriet, who joined to train her delightful but rather naughty little dog called Sadie. Julie now has a tribe of black and white Border Collies: Cassie, Becks, Izzy and Phoebe. Cassie is now resting as she is reached retirement. She has been a consistently successful dog for Julie. She has had a habit of winning every obedience class she is entered in even though Julie’s first competitive activity has been Agility. Julie runs a successful dog day care business, K9-Minder.

Harriet Harding

Harriet has been a member since joining us when she was still at school. With a break or two for university and trips abroad and other interests she is back with us now and regularly assists in class 2. Jumping in to demonstrate when needed with one of several collies that her family own and also now with Mac, a young Malinois they rescued. Dog training is Harriet's passion with Agility as her main competitive sport, having the ability to connect and communicate with your dog is essential and obedience offers an excellent way to learn!


Sandra Hill

Sandra has worked German Shepherds in Trials and Obedience for many years. Qualifying her dogs in the highest stakes and classes. Several years being picked to represent the Midlands in the Crufts Inter-Regional Competition. She has also experience of working small dogs, Vicky, her little crossbred, and Toby, her Papillon, and going almost to the top with them too. Her latest dog,Rowan, has had a very good year in 2016. With several wins to his credit he is now working the two top obedience classes only and is adding working trials to his CV. She has instructed for many years in private training classes and courses. She is now available to help fill in and take a class when a regular instructor is away for any reason.


Jackie Hughes

Jackie joined the club a while ago to train Barney, a lively and strong dog of mixed parentage, Kelpie/Border Collie. She has worked her way up to classes three/four and Barney is now a dog to be proud of. She works in education and has also taught horse riding. Jackie takes Class 1 for Adult dogs.


Toni Manders

Toni has grown up around Belgian and German Shepherds, and has had some success in the show world. She bred the first BSD's to be used as Guide dogs for the blind in the UK, Lex and Leon were retired back to her care at the end of their guiding career, she has also bred dogs that have successfully become police dogs. Toni is a qualified and insured pet microchipper. Toni studied as a mature student to gain her BSc (hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, writing her dissertation on gait analysis difference between the working and show dogs. She continued this work in her Master's degree (MRes) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, this investigated the effect of gait while the dog was using a collar and lead compared to a harness. Toni is currently working 2 of her 4 BSD's in scentwork as well as reigniting her passion for obedience.


Janet Martineau

Janet worked with dogs in five different breed kennels and one large commercial boarding kennel before running her own clipping and grooming business for thirty years. She has been a member since 1956 when the club started. Janet has trained and competed for many years - mainly with Beardies, and has worked a Beardie and a Border Collie to Championship C level. She has also competed in Working Trials with a German Shepherd and a Border Terrier. Janet has been Obedience Correspondent for Our Dogs since the early 70's until 2013 and has instructed at club since 1968.


Jan West

Jan has been a member of the club since 1961, remaining loyal to her Pembroke Corgis. She competes on a regular basis with consistent successes throughout the year. She has been instructing for many years at all levels and is a member of the Academy of Dog Training Instructors, where she has achieved her Bronze, Silver and Gold level Award.

Behind the scenes

In addition to our valuable trainers, the club would be lost without:


Maria Carter

Maria has been training Pembroke Corgis at the club for many years. She is always there at club to introduce the new members to their classes and to give them an explanatory chat before they join in. She continues to be successful with her Corgis and has had the distinction of being chosen to judge the Obreedience competition at Crufts 2015. Her Corgis are movie stars – appearing in ‘The Kings Speech’ as well as other productions.


Sally, Sheila and Ann.

Our dream team behind the scenes! The club would not be able to function without these three remarkable ladies. Their smiling faces will greet you each week at the check-in desk and they ensure the hall is ready for classes to start on a Wednesday evening and tidy it up long after most of us have left.


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