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Meet our Trainers

Sara Sarre 
Chairperson & Trainer

Sara has been brought up in the company of dogs throughout her life, starting with family owned English Springer Spaniels and other breeds.  Sara went on to owning her own English Springer Spaniels and then breeding.  Sara owns her own business – Top Dog (established 2014) that offers Home Boarding and One to One Training, this is on top of being a trainer at the Island Dog Training Club (2002) where she takes classes from puppies, junior handlers, beginners and intermediate.   Sara often provides training for the trainers at the Island Dog Training club on teaching techniques, knowledge and understanding of different dog training techniques and learning styles of people and dogs.  Sara actively competes in obedience with several of her dogs and having completed several Pet Dog Training Instructors Courses – passing at the top level and is now a tutor for the one week residential Course annually. 

 

However, Sara’s full-time employment is as a Teacher at Les Voies School which caters for students with social, emotional and behavioural problems, many have autism and other challenges.  Sara has three dogs that are trained and qualified to go into school to assist with the students learning, Sara worked tirelessly with education to make this possible and continues to work very closely with them to ensure a robust and strict criteria will be maintained.

 

Sara has over 19 Years of teaching experience and 17 years experience in dog training, wishing to combine these two passions and after meeting Sharon at a dog training course they carried out extensive research into the use, benefits and legal requirements of training, owning and qualification of therapy and assistance dogs and the possible demand and use within the Baliwick and Guernsey.

 

Sara has completed the following courses:

 

  • Pet Dog Training Instructors (PDTI) – Advanced Instructor – 2015 (Tutor on the course every year since)

  • First Aid (Canine) – With GSPCA – Feb 2014

  • First Aid (Human) – St Johns – June 2016

  • 2016 - The Kennel Club Confirmation and Movement, Points of Dog Assessor

  • 09/10/2015 - The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze and Silver Assessor

  • Child safeguarding training – annually updated

  • Guild of Dog Trainers - Master Trainer - 2018

Karen Seward
Secretary & Trainer

Karen has many years of experience within dog ownership and training, she was raised with dogs throughout her life and competes in obedience and breed showing.  Karen is currently a trainer at the Island Dog Training Club (IDTC) and has been involved with the club in many roles since 1989.

 

IDTC Social Secretary – 1989 – 1992

IDTC Vice President – 2005 – 2006

IDTC President – 2006 – 2012

IDTC Trainer – 2009 - Present

IDTC Vice President – 2016 – Present

 

Karen is now employed by the State but prior to this had experience working within veterinary practice for over 10 years. 

 

Karen has completed the following courses:

 

  • 2012 - Pet Dog Training Instructors (PDTI) – Instructor

  • 2013 - The Kennel Club Obedience Judge

  • Feb 2014 – First Aid (Canine) – GSPCA

  • April 2014 – Pet Bereavement Training - GSPCA

  • 09/10/2015 - The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze and Silver Assessor

  • June 2016 – First Aid (Human) – St John’s

  • 2016 - The Kennel Club Confirmation and Movement, Points of Dog Assessor

Beki Le Cheminant
Trainer

Beki has only recently become involved in the world of dog training 5 years ago when she got her first family dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Lucy. Beki has now been an assistant trainer at the Island Dog Training Club (IDTC) since, helping out with puppy groups and beginner classes on a weekly basis whilst competing in obedience shows locally.

 

Beki is a qualified golf coach with 6 years coaching experience working at The Golf Club @ St Pierre Park.

 

Beki has completed the following courses:

  • June 2018 - First Aid (Human) - St John's

  • November 2018 - First Aid (Dog) 

Jo Ouseley
Assessor

Jo's family has owned dogs since she was very young. Her first experience of living with a dog was at around 18 months old when they looked after her grandmother's Griffin, Sindy , for a few months. One of her earliest memories is of going to collect their first puppy a Corgi Jack Russell cross called Pippa, from a farm in St Peters and is convinced that she can identify the exact farm. Her family went on to own four Yorkshire Terriers, one of which was a rescue. After marrying when looking for her first family dog her choice of a Border Terrier might have been subconsciously influenced by that early experience of living with Sindy, although she did research the breed, as everyone should, and found that they did meet her requirement of being a great family dog.

 

Jo has competed in obedience and competes in agility. She has been a member of the IDTC since 2009, becoming an assistant trainer a couple of years later than a trainer.

 

Jo has completed the following courses:

  • 2012 Pet Dog Training Instructors (PDTI) 

  • June 2016 First Aid (Human) St Johns

  • 2015 Your End Of the Lead an on line course by Janet Finlay T Touch practitioner

  • 2016 One day Introduction to T Touch 

  • 2018 1 Day IMDT Canine Body Language

  • 2018 1 Day IMDT Canine Aggression & Rehabilitation