Hayley Laches is our dog trainer. She qualified with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and has been training dogs for approx 15 years. She is also a fully qualified Kennel Club Agility Judge.
It all started with her own puppy with fun obedience and agility not to mention all the fun tricks she taught him by herself. They progressed through the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme very quickly and were soon in the advanced class. Following this, she went on to try her hand at agility. She immediately caught the agility bug and as her experience grew she then started training and running other peoples dogs for them. When she applied to attend the instructors course run by B.I.P.D.T (British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers) they enquired about her experience and knowledge before accepting her onto the course. She passed her 2nd grade before going back the following year and passing her 1st grade with Honours.
Since attending and passing her courses she has set up her own dog agility classes in the Redditch area and run them for about 6months. Unfortunately, the premises that she was hiring for the classes changed hands and the new owners had plans that didn't involve dog training!
Since then, she has recently moved to Leamington Spa and has now found the perfect venue to run her agility classes.
Early in 2013 Hayley passed both of her exams and is now a fully qualified Kennel Club Agility Judge.
Previous to this Hayley worked at the Dogs Trust in Kenilworth and learnt many different skills with the wide variety of dogs that went through there every day. This gave her a valuable insight into the behavioural aspect of dog training as she got to work with many many dogs, each with their own individual issues including aggression to both people and dogs. Whilst she was working for Dogs Trust, in her spare time she did private sessions with people in their own home to help them overcome certain behavioural issues.
She has a real passion for making dog training a fun and enjoyable experience.
Currently, she is working as a dog walker in Leamington Spa, Warwick Coventry and surrounding areas.
From 1st September 2014 - Hayley has now taken over as the head of the BAA (British Agility Association) and is looking forward to running more agility shows! The schedules and the entry forms for the shows will be uploaded onto the BAA website - www.baa.uk.net - as well as being uploaded onto the agilitynet show diary.
Using distance handling and independence training, following an incident which left Hayley in a wheelchair for 8 weeks then on crutches for a further 3 months, she continued to compete. Her dogs complete understanding of their job in hand meant it was irrelevant to them whether Hayley was running with them or not. She it still undergoing physio but has now been given the go-ahead to do agility/jogging again -18months later!
Using distance handling, Atom won up a couple of grades and is currently competing at Grade 6. Her other dogs are as follows:
Ash - Grade 5
Merlin - Grade 3
Aslan - Grade 4
Diego - Grade 5
Nova - Grade 4
Morph and Maverick will be starting to do a few small shows in late 2017.
Pixel will be starting his training shortly!
Diego is a tri-coloured working cocker spaniel. He turned 2 years old on 23rd August 2015. He struggles with his confidence a lot around dogs that he doesnt know so hasn't done much competing yet at shows with open rings. His confidence is improving slowly so hopefully next year we will be able to do a bit more on the agility side of things. He is most confident when he is around his brothers so they are slowly bringing him out of his shell around the rings.
Nova is a 10 month old siberian husky who will turn 1 on 13th October 2015. He is a very laid back boy who loves nothing more than to snooze ringside at agility shows! He is currently doing his foundation training and seems to be enjoying it... particularly when his dinner is involved!!! He is very switched on and learns very quickly.
Oreo is an 8 month old Old English Sheepdog. He will turn 1 on 5th January 2016. He really is a big cuddly teddy bear but is a typical sheepie in that he is a worrier. We have been playing some mat games to build a little confidence and once he knows what earns him his treat or his cuddle he cant do it fast enough! Still such a baby but so big already!