Maidstone Activity Dogs

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About Us


Maidstone Activity Dogs was set up in 2014 and now runs as a very successful Agility Club with dogs competing regularly with excellent results. The club has Kennel Club Listed Status for both Agility and The Good Citizen Dog Scheme and runs 2 Kennel Club Agility Shows through the summer and an independent series of 4 shows through the winter.


Agility classes are run by Katie who has over 12 years experience of working with Dogs including Military and Police Dogs and dogs trained for private security companies.  Katie has a certificate in education and training and also been a swimming teacher for 7 years so has plenty of experience in teaching.  She currently has 6 dogs of her own, a Labrador called Brian, 4 Malinios, Heidi, Kody, Chaos and Bridget (Puppy)  and a Dutch Shepherd called Brenda. In the past she has owned Malinois called Megan & Shelly, a German Shepherd called Pip and a Collie cross called Max.


Katie competes in Agility with Heidi and Chaos who are both Grade 4. Kody retired from Agility at the end of 2015 at Grade 6. Katie and Chaos have been selected to be on the Great Britain Team for the Belgian Shepherd World Championships in Germany in 2017. Katie is also a Kennel Club judge for Agility.

From 2017 Conor will be running additional classes for us. These will include Scent Work, Shaping, Obedience and more.


Conor has 17 years experience of handling and training working dogs. Whilst Serving in the Royal Military Police Conor was one of the few handlers employed as an explosive detection dog handler providing reactive and proactive searches in support of operations to ensure the security of High Ranking Officers, Members of Parliament and the Royal Family. Conor was also the Kennel Manager for the Police Dog Section in Aldershot. Since leaving the Army Conor has taught Search work all over the world including France, Slovakia, Africa, Iraq and America.


Conor and Katie have trained Security Dogs and Handlers in Handler Protection, Building search, Location Work, Tracking and advanced obedience. Conor has trained security search dogs in narcotics and explosives detection and is also experienced at training dogs in specialist applications upon request. 

 

Conor's passion lies in the study of behaviour, behaviour modification and how animals learn through Operant Conditioning and in particular shaping behavior. As such Conor is our go to person for all things relating to Shaping and reward based training. He is a qualified Agility Instructor, competition coach.


Conor is also an approved assessor for the Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizen Test and an assessor for BIPDT Security Division.