At South Durham Dog Agility Club, our trainers are here to help you improve your handling and ability in the fantastic sport of Dog Agility.
Hi, I am Suzie
Hi, I'm Ashleigh
My name is Lorraine and I have totally ignored the saying 'Never work with children and animals' as I am a teacher by day and a trainer in my spare time.
I have been involved in the agility world since 2004 and I was fortunate to have started out in a club where Anthony Clarke was a trainer. I continued training my own dogs with Anthony both in groups and 1:1 and learnt a lot from him.
I am qualified as a dog trainer in obedience and have taught that, but my passion has always been agility. Since moving from the South to up here, I have only focussed on the agility side of dog training, preferring the enthusiasm, excitement and craziness of the agility world.
In 2018, I came across South Durham Dog Agility Club on an internet search and went along for a session. I loved it and joined the club. I have happily been with them ever since then, both training and competing with my own dogs.
I have two border collies, Maisie, who is nine and Lewis is six. I started agility over twenty five years ago with my collie, Mac. We did well, reaching the final of Scottish Agility Dog of the Year and the semi-final of novice agility at Stoneleigh. Most weekends in the summer we would go off in the caravan to shows but as Mac grew older I realised that I needed a puppy to bring on. The rest is history and Lewis is my sixth collie! All my dogs have been great to compete with, some more challenging than others. I reached grade 7 with one of the dogs but sadly she developed lymphoma and died suddenly, aged seven. For various reasons I have not competed since the pandemic but I have fun with my dogs doing agility once a week. I enjoy taking the Saturday group and seeing how handler and dog bond and gain confidence and surprise themselves with what they can achieve.