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Dave has been closely involved with animals all his life, riding and training horses and also handling dogs at the highest level. Now passionately focused on the canine world, Dave has achieved extraordinary success in dog agility, having won medals at world level – bronze with Billy in 2005 and silver with Dobby in 2010. He is a regular Team GB member and has competed at both Crufts and Olympia on many occasions.
FCI World Championships – Bronze Medal in 2005 with Billy
FCI World Championships – Silver Medal in 2010 with Dobby
European Open Championships – Agility Gold Medal in 2009 with Dobby
European Open Championships – Agility Gold Medal in 2010 with Dobby
European Open Championships – Great Britain Team Coach 2011
Crufts singles and championship winner 2017
Olympia small and Large G6/7 winner 2017
First handler in the world to own and train four large dogs to UK Agility Champion status
Having established a reputation as an inspirational, patient and effective trainer, Dave travels the world running agility workshops as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Canada, the USA and throughout Europe – including Hungary, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.
With a firm belief that agility should be fun for both dog and handler, Dave uses only very positive methods to train every level from puppies and beginners to national competitors. Focusing on consistency as the key training element, he has created his own handling system.
He understands that every dog/handler team is different in personality, style and ability. Therefore to get the best out of everyone, he adapts the application of his system and his teaching methods accordingly. Time and again he helps to produce phenomenal canine athletes and amazing partnerships. With a firm belief in modern training methods, Dave uses both operant and classical conditioning and mainly positive reinforcement. He has no faith in the “pack” theories and never uses positive punishment.
Following a degree qualification at the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, it seemed natural that Dave should continue on to a post graduate diploma in animal osteopathy. To further develop his knowledge, Dave has also trained and worked with one of the UK’s leading equine and canine osteopaths, Stuart McGregor. From a base in Newbury, he has built up an osteopathy business, mainly treating horses and dogs.
Dave firmly believes in consistency and has designed his handling system to avoid any confusion. You can choose to integrate the Q-Me techniques into those you are already ready using or change completely to the new system - dogs are very adaptable.
No, you can start from the basics or pick and choose sections which will help you improve the level your dog has already reached.
Absolutely - it can make it easier for you to progress by creating more drive in the dog and more consistency in your handling.
It's never too late to improve! Q-Me agility will give you new and fresh ideas from a different point of view and will inspire you to train more and become a better handler.
Verbal cues are a key part of the handling system - this means dogs can be handled at a distance whether from behind, in front or from the side.
Absolutely! - Q-Me agility is all about making it fun for the dogs and caters for all levels - from those who just want to enjoy working with their dogs right through to potential world champions.
Yes it certainly is suitable for beginners. It's offered in very small, easy to digest sections which start by covering the early foundations of building a great working relationship with your dog and the basic stages of Dave's training system. You choose which sections are right for your level.
You can choose whether you want to follow the system right from the foundations, or just watch sections on specific handling areas which will add to the work you are already doing rather than conflicting.