Obedience and Agility Training


Sherborne Vale Dog Training Club


Agility Show - entry date extended

The entry date for our show on the 16th July 2017 has been extended until Monday 26th June so still time to get those last minute entries in.

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Stellar Performance at Portland and Whitecross Agility Show

On Sunday 20th March a group of our competitors travelled to Dorchester to compete in a small local show. As you can see they did rather well. This show is aimed at new and inexperienced handlers and ours pulled a blinder, blowing away the competition.

Hilary and Sam won the Agility for their height.

Chris and Cody got a 3rd in the Agility and a clear round in the steeplechase.

Fiona and Alfie got a lovely fast clear round in the steeplechase.

Gay and Lily also got a clear in the steeplechase.

Kate and Bella came 3rd in the Agility and 2nd in the Steeplechase, which also meant they won the best overall medium dog as well.

What a performance from a great bunch of competitors.


Well done to the agility competitors!

A huge 'well done' to Marie, Tamiera, Hilary, Geoff and Fiona who with their dogs, secured a large range of placings and clear rounds last weekends at Stretcholt. They came home with everything from firsts to clears and I think we can say between them they cleaned up!

Don't they look proud?


Congratulations to the Puppy Class

Congratulations to the newest graduates of the KC Good Citizen Scheme puppy class

From left to right.

Gale Wyatt with Pancake: Catriona Clark with Jessie: Ruth Chudleigh with Alice: Nicola Eisenhauer with Denver: Bridget Selwyn with Theta: Katharine Hares with Mia: Shelley Rivers with Inca.

The Club Goes Wild at Holnest...

Well, not quite. Just a few dogs.

This year, SVDTC were invited to attend and display their agility skills and teaching methods at the popular Holnest Country Fair. A range of ages, abilities and dogs took part and all had a fantastic time, as well as being able to proof their training in a more formal environment.

Here is a selection of photographs and videos taken on the day.

Results from the 2015 Agility Show

For the results of our recent agility show, please click here.

Another Successful Agility Show

After a lovely sunny day on Saturday when many Sherborne Vale members set up rings and generally sorted out all the arrangements, the day of the Show dawned. It was raining! However, the rings all started on time, dogs needing measuring before competing were done and judges and scrimers donned their waterproofs. Regardless of the weather the Show ran smoothly. There were about 400 competitors and this meant there were nearly 1700 runs. It was lovely to see competitors from the Channel Islands, the Home Counties and even from Wales. Royal Canin, who were our sponsors, presented a bag of dog agility food for the winners of every class. Lunch was provided for the judges, Show Committee and Ring Managers which was enjoyed by all. Though the weather was not great and the forecast said it would improve the rain became worse at the end of the afternoon, however, everyone enjoyed themselves.



Well done to the puppies!

A huge well done to Clare Samways with Molly, Richard Howard with Poppy, Lauren Samways with Maise and Michelle Lark with Guiness who have all passed the KCGCS puppy course.

Agility Show - Measuring

We are measuring at our show. Please email tms.kc.measuring@gmail.com to arrange it.

Fantastic Results at Portland and WhiteCross Agility

Two of our members competed at the Portland and Whitecross Independent Agility Show on Sunday.

For one partnership it was their first competitive show. Gay and Lily did fantastically well and achieved a clear round in the agility! 

...and Hilary and Sam, more seasoned competitors but not always on the smoothest path came second in both agility and jumping! A huge achievement for them both and those of us who have watched them mature and progress send our heartfelt congratulations. 

Obedience News

Congratulations to the following owners who have just passed their KC Good Citizen Puppy Course!

Jill Withers with Eva:  Kelly Weller with Charlie:  Victoria Thompsett & Jessica Bacon with Chester:  Sylvia West with Eddy:  Iris Chapple with Kim (not in photo):  Laura Marple with Shelby.

Hannah Brown with Dylan: Chris & Judith Akroyd with Rowan:  Jaime Howell with Riley: Rebecca Whittaker with Freddy: Sam and Scott Williams with Barkley:  Tina & Wayne Barclay with Bella:  Helen & Chris Knight with Molly.

Also huge congratulations to Cathy Spearing and Marli who were in Pre - beginners class and managed to take 1st place at the West of England Border Collie Club Limited Obedience show.  

Cathy says:

"This was Marli´s first proper obedience show and other than lagging a bit on the off lead heelwork (unlike him I have to say!),  he managed his sit and down stays and was fairly perky in his on lead work and the recall.  So, now to work towards Beginners!"

Graham Dewer also got 6th place with Jigsaw - well done Graham!

Inter Club Match with Portland DTC

On the 4th October we hosted an inter club match with our friends Portland Dog Training Club. It was a great day - the sun shone (eventually!) great food, company and competition. A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon. We think it was fair to say that they went home with a few more ribbons than us (next time boys and girls, next time...) but it was a great introduction into competition for quite a few new and more experienced handlers!

Check out our Youtube video of photors from the day here:

New Beginnings

Well done to those who have just completed the Beginner Agility course. Some fantastic progres made over the eight weeks and some real potential shown. Well done.

Heading into the 21st Century!

Please welcome SVDTC to both Twiter and Facebook! Yet more ways to connect with us. Click on the links below to follow and please do get involved.


By Invitation of The Mayor...

On Sunday 31st August Sherborne Vale Dog Training Club attended a charity event being held by the Mayor of Yeovil Mike Locke and his wife at their home in Yeovil Marsh. This event was held to raise money for the Mayor’s charity ‘Flying Colours’ which supports the Special Care Baby Unitat Yeovil District Hospital.


Our members showed off a variety of agility skills from all levels including tricky competition courses, how our beginners learn, as well as weaving and box work. We also put on an accomplished display of obedience in which dogs from all levels and abilities displayed their skills to a fascinated crowd.


We’d like to thank the Mayor for inviting us and also our members for putting on such a polished and enthusiastic display.

Another Successful Agility Show

On 13th July Sherborne Vale DTC held their annual KC Open Agility show at Aldon in Yeovil. We also had invaluable help from competitors attending the show so it really was a team effort.

The weather was very kind and ideal for both running dogs and human helpers. Aldon is a great venue for a show with panoramic views and ample exercise space for both four legged and two legged attendees, as well as offering good and firm ground conditions

All in all it was a successful day and we hope that everyone, whatever their role enjoyed it. The show committee would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all who worked so hard to make the day such a success. We think especially of our friends from Portland Club who helped us in setting up and then completely running 2 rings with military precision.  Sincere thanks to all of you.

Marie and Kuki go to Grade 3!

Well done to Marie and Kuki who won into grade 3 today at Wraxall. Yet another grade climb for one of our competition dogs this year and a very well deserved one.

Marie also gained two 3rd places with her other poodle, Smudge who has only been competing for a few months. A great haul for them this weekend.

Evershot Country Fair

Here is a short compilation of photographs of some of our agility dogs doing a demonstration at the Evershot Country Fair on Sunday 22nd June 2014. For many of the dogs this was their first time in a ring in front of the public. It was extremely hot and they all did very well indeed, despite the large number of distractions – it is very hard to concentrate, if you are a dog and someone is eating pizza, burger or ice cream just the other side of a fence inches from your nose!

There was a beginners course, a competition course, and a combined relay with big dogs versus small dogs – the small dogs won! The more experienced dogs showed off their weaves and contact equipment. There was even an impromptu “human demonstration” of how to do the course, when Marie ran it herself, including going through the tunnels! Several people from the crowd took the opportunity to “have a go on the day”, with some very young handlers showing what they could do for the first time. Everyone had fun and hopefully the crowd enjoyed the day and certainly got their money’s worth from SVDTC !

...and as a bonus, here is a video of Sam with Hilary demonstrating the weaves. Sam was taught using the channel method and as you can see, is now a competent and independent weaver!

Bronze and Silver Success!

Congratulations to all the new obedience graduates from both the Bronze and Silver courses.

Bronze: Jackie & Graham Gold with Luna,GSD, Karen & Roger Martin with Bentley, Labrador x Poodle, Kathryn Adams with Dexter, Saluki x Lurcher,  Erin Williams with Harvey, Standard Poodle, Mandy Cregan with Jasper, Border Collie, Cathy Spearing with Marli, Working Sheepdog and Sue Weait with Ayla, crossbreed

Bronze: Marguerite Batchelor with Rufus, Miniature Poodle, Clair Kitto with Milo, Cocker Spaniel x Poodle

Silver: Lori Clifford with Sadie, Standard Poodle

Class of 2014

Congratulations to two new groups of puppies and their handlers who have just completed the puppy course on the KC Good Citizen Scheme.

Ziggy with Hilary and Richard Dale, Ayla with Sue & Simon Weait, Lightshine Diamond Dove with Shirley Seery, Copper with Caroline, Anna and Eloisa Lloyd and Greta with Deborah Blake.

Jess with Mandy Wright, Lottie with Tim Reed, Layla with Andy Yesson and Pongo with Julia 

Tamiera and Kuki go to Grade 2

On Saturday 15 year old Tamiera with Kuki gained their first ever first place in Agility at Adams propelling them to Grade 2! They also went on to win the Jumping round. Kuki is one of our dogs who started with the foundation course and progressed through to competition level.

Competing that weekend was also Hilary with Sam who tackled some very difficult courses with real skill and enthusiasm which is not easy when all four courses need to be walked at once and all clashing!

Rebecca and Sasha also gained a 2nd place in the combined 1- 4 Agility. This now means that Sasha has won enough points for a title - her Bronze Agility Warrant which is the first in Sherborne Vale. She is now 'Sasha The Fidget AW(B)'

SVDTC Supports Run for the Levels

On the 29th March a group of agility competitors got together and ran a show to raise money for the victims of the flooding on the Somerset levels. Our club was involved, donating money to cover the insurance, and also some of our show equipment and a number of our competing members attended to help at the event. We have just received the following from the organisers:

"Thank you so, so much for being one of the incredible Clubs that supported our fundraising event RUN FOR THE LEVELS SHOW held on Saturday 29th March. The day was fantastic - the weather, the people, the cakes, and the 403 dogs!

We have been overwhelmed with the amazing generosity of the clubs, businesses and individuals that donated prizes, sponsored rings, lent equipment and helped on the day.

Our raffle raised £1596 and the event has so far raised £7196 for the Somerset Community Foundation Flood Relief Appeal - all from Ruth & M's idea to hold a Saturday morning fundraiser at our little training field!

Please pass our message of thanks on to others that we aren't aware of that have been also part of this achievement.

Christine, Marilyn & Ruth"

Success for our new competitors at Dorchester

On Sunday, a group of competitors from the club attended the Portland and White Cross Agility competition at Dorchester. This is a show aimed at Grade 1 and 2 handlers and intended to be a nice, easy start to competition. The show once again proved to be just this, attracting a wide range of breeds and competitors. Our group did particularly well. Des and Kelta (Border Collie) came 2nd in the Agility with a lightspeed time of 19 seconds. Pauline and Tyke (Border Collie) had two lovely clear rounds; one in Agility and one in Steeplechase. Hilary and Sam (Springer x Collie x hell hound) also had a lovely clear round in the Steeplechase, just missing out on a clear in the Agility with a contact fault. Marie and Kuki (Toy Poodle) had two clears; one in each class but the stars of the show were Simon and Monty (Labrador) who were competing for the first time. They gained two stunning clear rounds in the Steeplechase with near faultless rounds. 

All handlers and dogs had a great time at a lovely relaxed competition.


Annual Dinner and Awards

The Club held its Annual Dinner on Saturday 25 January at the Red house. It was a very enjoyable evening and we all liked meeting again after the Christmas break. The Red House provided really good food.

At the end of the meal Toni, our Chairman, presented the Annual Awards. Some of those given were decided by the Committee and others by the points gained at various Breed, Obedience and Agility Shows. When presenting the Awards Toni explained who had originally donated it and what the award was for. 

Super Dog does SupaDARL Again!

Well done to Becky Edgecombe with Sasha who finished 5th in her height and grade in the National Rescue Dog Agility League in 2013. This means that they again qualify for the finals in June.
Sasha is now semi retired at aged 11 but they are hoping to attend again this year.

The league is a great demonstration of what can be achieved with rescue dogs, some of which have come from horrific backgrounds. 

Watch this space later in the year for an update.

A Year in Review

It's been a busy year for the club. New disciplies, new trainers and new oppertunities for the members - it's all there in this video, put together from photographs taken over the year.

Please click on the link to view.

Go Flyball!

The information on the Flyball course the club is currently running is now live on the Flyball page. Click on the link on the left hand menu to view this page.

In Peryl with Meryl?

Or maybe not!

Well done to Angela and Meryl who have just won into Grade 3. What a fantastic achievement for a fantastic little rescue dog and one Angela has worked hard for. Onwards and upwards!

A Great Agility Beginning...

Congratulations to our newest group of beginners who have completed their course in Agility. They've spent 8 weeks buiding great foundations for an sucessful agility jouney.

From Left to Right: Karen Arthur and Sydney, Hannah Holden and Maggie, Leslie Leighton and Lil, Colin Sheen and Gino, Joyce Pitman and Cassie, Laura Cossins and Rolo, Sarah Newsom and Sally, Cath Uren-Carter and Jess. (Absent: Jo Fletcher and George) 

Rally The Dogs...

On Saturday, 10 August, a workshop was arranged on RallyO (now known as Kennel Club Rally) for all trainers and assistant trainers of the Club. The workshop was given by Julie Barrett, a judge for KC Rally. There are 3 levels in Rally and she covered all parts of Level 1 which got progressively harder both for handlers and their dogs. From veterans to puppies, dogs and handlers worked hard and did well and at the end of the day they all went home tired but very pleased with their efforts.

Everyone found the day very enjoyable and informative and we are now full of enthusiasm to run a Rally course soon. A donation was made by each attending handler for the event which went to our charity for 2013.

Please click the icon below for a slideshow of some of the pictures taken on the day.

Silver and Bronze for Obedience Classes!

On Wednesday 31st July, some members of the obedience classes took and passed their Kennel Club Good Citizen tests.


Bronze: Linda Dewar with Jigsaw, Sam Lloyd with Jake, Marie Anderson with Smudge

and Hannah Holden with Maggie.

Silver: Martyn Graham with Barney, Jane Turner with Shia and Emma Dunford with Terry.

The Hottest Show in Wessex?

After three days of working in searing conditions, at some points reaching 32 degrees in the shade the show took place on the 14July.

Judges and ring parties worked tirelessly in very challenging conditions to deliver another successful show. Forward thinking by many kept queues short and dogs hydrated and cooled.

It was so encouraging to see so many new and younger members taking part.  Our Show Manager was taken aback while helping on a particular ring to hear a cheeky young scrimer say to him “come on hurry up with the pad”…………..  Our future must be secure and grow as these youngsters develop.

The Show ran well and we had a lot of very happy competitors as well as judges.  However, one judge who praised the whole organisation did have one complaint.  The judge was standing in the ring waiting for the next competitor when stung by a wasp!

Like the years before, help was pulled in from husbands, wives, siblings, children and friends who all worked very hard.

The Show Manager and Show Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have worked unstintingly in so many ways throughout the past year, the days leading up to and including the show day.  We think especially of our friends from Portland Club who helped us in setting up and then completely running 2 rings successfully. 

Without this level of team support events of this nature would not be possible.  Sincere thanks to all of you.

Super Dog does SupaDARL

On Sunday 9th June, Becky Edgecombe and Sasha travelled to Daventry to compete in the National Rescue Dog Agility Finals after coming fourth in the league last year. Here is an account of their day.

"We travelled up on the Saturday, dropping into the show briefly to check in and get a feel for the venue and location. It is a very different area to compete in than we are used to so I wanted Sasha to acclimatise to it and feel relaxed when we returned the next day. After checking into the hotel, we headed for a long walk at the reservoir, in which she tried to drown herself by chasing after a duck in the middle of the water! I do wonder about that dog sometimes…


So onto the Competition itself. After an uneventful night despite Sasha's best efforts, we arrived early to check in again, and had a minute in the practice ring. We concentrated on her nemesis – THE WEAVES! She did two perfect runs through on both sides, before completing some contact equipment, receiving her ball and then trotting out of the ring.

We ran our final at 2 pm. She had a fantastic run, despite my nerves and only picked up 5F when she ran into, yes, ran into and smacked her head on, the first weave pole. She was distracted by a dog in another ring (or the food tent – I wouldn’t like to say which!) and missed the entry. She went on to complete them perfectly and have a great round, coming 8th overall.

Later in the day at the show itself she did a great agility run, again, just picking up weave faults and then a clear round in the jumping run.


Sasha is not a naturally focused or driven dog, and has been a challenge to train and compete with, even though she enjoys it immensely. I’m also not a naturally gifted handler, having the coordination and spacial awareness of a house brick. At 10, her best jumping years are behind her now and she's coming up to retirement (the day I am dreading!), but we’ve had tremendous fun both training and competing over the last 6 years. To say she’s competed in the National Finals and National Rescue Dog Finals makes me very proud indeed and I've loved every minute. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. She’s amazing."

Becky and Sasha The Fidget

For those interested, information on the SupaDARL league is here.

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