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Agility Team GB member many times, Dave has consistently been at the top of the Agility World for many years. From gaining an individual Bronze Medal in 2005 with Billy at the FCi World Agility Championships, individual Silver Medal in 2010 with Dobby at the FCi World Agility Championship to the present day running the current Highest Internationally Placed Dog in the UK gaining Bronze in both Individual and Team at the FCi World Agility Championships, Gold at the World Agility Open Championship and both 2017 and 2018 Crufts Agility Champion and current Crufts 2020 Singles Agility Champion at home, Dave is regarded by many as one, if not the best handler in the UK.
As Agility has evolved Dave has responded, changed and adapted the training for his own and student’s dogs to continually get the best results, passing his personal knowledge and experience on in his wide range of training videos. Hosting training seminars across the world from Australia to America to meet the requests of students at home and overseas, Dave began to offer online training back in 2011. Over the last couple of years Dave has seen the popularity of training videos surge with many agility handlers offering Online Training, however this is usually based on second hand knowledge and experience of only a very small number of dogs and as important as teaching what you should do in an online video is having the knowledge to be able to advise what you shouldn’t do and what to do when problems arise. Training with Dave you will get first hand advice that Dave knows will work, 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 and should you hit a problem, Dave will have seen it all before and be able to help you navigate round it and continue to work towards your goals.
Care of the Agility Dog is also paramount to Dave and with a BSC Hons Degree in Human and Animal Osteopathy, Dave will only set up and offer exercises which are age relevant very carefully thought out and adapted to minimize any injuries.
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 Crufts winners. Focusing on consistency as the key training element, he has created his own World level handling system which time and time again helps to produce phenomenal canine athletes and amazing partnerships.
2020 Crufts Agility Singles Champion with Fame
2020 Crufts Team Reserve Champions with Fame
2019 OLYMPIA Small Agility Stakes Winner with Boost
2019 FCI Agility World Championships – Team Bronze Medal with Fame
2019 Crufts Agility Singles Champion Runner up with Fame
2018 OLYMPIA Small Agility Stakes Winner with Boost
2018 FCI Agility World Championships – Bronze Medal with Fame
2018 World Agility Open – Individual Gold Pentathlon with Fame
2018 Crufts Agility Singles Champion Runner up with Fame
2018 Crufts Agility Champion with Fame
2017 OLYMPIA Small Agility Stakes Winner with Boost
2017 OLYMPIA Senior Agility Stakes Winner with Fame
2017 Crufts Agility Champion with Fame
2017 Crufts Singles Champion with Fame
2017 European Open – Team Silver Medal with Fame
2017 World Agility Open – Individual Gold Games with Boss
2016 European Open Championships – 5 th Place - Boss
2016 Crufts Singles Champion Runner up with Fame
2014 Agility Champion Status with Fame (currently holds 14 CC’s)
2011 European Open Championships – Great Britain Team Coach
2013 Agility Champion Status with Boss
2010 FCI World Championships – Silver Medal with Dobby
2010 European Open Championships – Agility Gold Medal with Dobby
2009 European Open Championships – Agility Gold Medal with Dobby
2009 Crufts International Winner - Dobby
2008 OLYMPIA Senior Agility Stakes Winner with Dobby
2008 Crufts Agility Champion with Dobby
2005 FCI World Championships – Bronze Medal with Billy
2005 Agility Champion Status with Billy
Having established a reputation as an inspirational, patient and effective trainer, Dave travels the world and has run Agility Workshops as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Canada, the USA and throughout Europe – including Hungary, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Following a 4 year degree qualification at the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, U.K., Dave has also trained and worked with one of the UK’s leading equine and canine osteopaths, Stuart McGregor to earn his Diploma in Animal Osteopathy. He uses this qualification to keep his own dogs in great condition as well as some of his regular students canine partners.
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.