What can you expect from a Daybreak instructor?
Firstly, you can expect a high level of enthusiasm – at Daybreak training is FUN!
We are a small, but highly professional team of passionate dog lovers, who seek out the most up-to-date information to continuously improve our knowledge of dog training and behaviour for both our own personal enjoyment and for the information we bring to Daybreak classes.
Our instructors work on the principle that each dog and handler combination is different and we have a wealth of dog training experience to draw upon in finding the most suitable training method for you and your dog.
We understand that the various breed groups are genetically hardwired for specific purposes, and harnessing a breed’s natural motivation into the work that we want them to do is a key part of our training.
Our aim is to improve and build on the relationship you have with your dog so that any training avenue you wish to explore will be open to you.
Gemma teaches a range of our classes, from the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen scheme covering puppies and adult dogs, through to our experienced competition agility dogs in classes and 1-2-1 sessions. Proud member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT 01069), and Agility Club Approved Instructor 1st Class, her classes are both fun and extremely informative. She competes at Kennel Club agility shows at Grade 7 and Championship classes, the highest possible level available to British agility competitors. Click here to see her dog training CV.
I met Andrea when she asked if she could come and observe one of my puppy classes as she and her family were thinking about getting a spaniel puppy. You’ll notice that the dog in the picture is a collie – it seems meeting Ella, and her son’s interest in agility training might have swayed her decision 😉 Andrea and her son Joel now compete at agility shows with Keira, and Andrea is responsible for the Daybreak book keeping. Keira is another dog that I’m grateful to for leading yet another extraordinary person into my life and the Daybreak team.
Owner and head trainer of successful agility club Dervish Agility in Bristol, Martin is both a gifted and motivating agility instructor and himself a top competitor. His oldest agility dog is the talented Spud, pictured opposite and together they have competed at Kennel Club agility shows at Grade 7 and Championship classes, the highest possible level available to British agility competitors. His youngsters, collie Mak (currently G5) and miniature poodle Riz (G7 & Championship classes), are currently making big waves in training and on the agility circuit.
An invaluable member of the team, Nic teaches a variety of our classes from puppy through to pre-competition agility dogs, and provides calm and professional admin support throughout the rest of the business too. Having joined Daybreak with her blue merle collie pup Skye, her intentions to just complete the puppy course blossomed into getting involved with teaching others and competing at agility shows. Not to mention a second collie, Ricky, who is proving to be a valuable teacher and a promising second agility dog. Nic is great at helping people work through training difficulties and offering sound advice in building that precious bond with your dog. Click here to read her dog training CV.
Bethan John, Instructor
Daybreak’s lovely Bethan started by being an invaluable assistant to both Gemma & Nicola in their training classes. Bethan and her family have owned and loved dogs all their lives, and she and her mum are volunteer socialisers and trainers for assistant dog charity Hearing Dogs For Deaf People. She has also successfully passed the COAPE course ‘Dogwise – Becoming a Better Dog Trainer by Engaging the Mind of the Dog’ with distinction. Her classes are welcoming and organised, and her calm and professional manner fits the Daybreak ethos beautifully.
Barry joined us originally on one of Nicola’s puppy classes as a client with his lovely Collie x Spaniel Lacey. He enjoyed himself so much that he’s been training her pretty much ever since! His interest in agility training & competing, combined with his helpful & kind nature led him quite naturally into wanting to help others enjoy training their own dogs too. Having completed Gemma’s Agility Instructor ‘Starting Out’ seminar in October 2016, he’s been shadowing and teaching classes of his own since January 2017.
Nick met us originally in a 1-2-1 consultation with his handsome Labrador x Rottweiler rescue Cooper. As I helped him with some of the struggles that he & his wife Lindsey were facing with Cooper, his interest in training grew and grew! In particular, Nick enjoys agility training and is looking forward to competing with Cooper in 2017. Friendly and encouraging, Nick has proved a welcoming and popular member of the instructing team. Having completed Gemma’s Agility Instructor ‘Starting Out’ seminar in October 2016, he’s been shadowing and teaching classes of his own since January 2017.