My name is Caroline Ward and I have always loved animals.
As a child we had a family dog, Monty, a cocker spaniel as well as a variety of small pets.
Circumstances meant that I was unable to have a second dog for many years but eventually we were able to welcome Bella, a papillon, into our home who enjoys training, especially in Rally, tricks and scent work. Darcy, a Shetland sheep dog came into our lives as a re-home in 2013 and Rally has helped to build up the bond between us. In 2016 we welcomed a second papillon Joey into our family.
In 2014 I joined FITdogs to train rally and became a volunteer instructor. Since then I have gained my IABTC Level 1,2 and 3 Clicker and Target Training (currently working towards Level 4), and have also attended workshops and courses including; Dog Handling and Bite Prevention; and Canine First Responder. I am working towards accreditation for my KCAI.
I now take my own classes and have passed my IABTC Instructor. I am also a trainer for the Charity Dog Aid.
I am especially interested in how dogs learn and feel, and I am an advocate for the smaller dog breeds who I feel have great potential.
Sarah Louise Stridgeon
My name is Sarah Louise Stridgeon and I have always loved being around animals. I am currently studying at Bishop Burton College (In association with Hull University) to gain my degree in Canine Behaviour.
From exotic reptiles, to horses to dogs. My first dog Jake was a Labrador Retriever and a Working Gundog. He was the first dog I trained alongside my dad.
In 2015 I bought a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy, Apollo. Little did I know that this chubby little puppy would take me all the way to Crufts, coming second in Level 1 in the Inter-regional Rally Competition 2017. Apollo has his Gold Good Citizen award and competes in KC Rally. He also enjoys training tricks and doing fun agility.
I attended classes at FITdogs to train Apollo in Rally and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, realising my passion for dog training. I enjoy learning through continued personal development and I have currently been on several workshops in puppy training, lifeskills and canine cognition.
I am very interested in canine cognition and how it has developed as a science in recent years