Sue & SIT Dog Training
started Sit Dog Training in 2005 as a hobby while still carrying out
my day job, working for my family's firm of electrical engineers, where
I was mainly involved in general office work and producing Computer
Aided Design drawings. I left their after 13 years in June 2007 to pursue
my love of dog training full time.
only have I gained oodles of experience with the raising of my three
daughters, this requires parental leadership skills of which for me
is also the foundation of good dog ownership, I have also required many
social skills, through past employment, and involvement in many pastimes,
some of which include, Horse ownership and competition; Owning &
riding a classic motorcycle; Performing on stage with various societies,
both acting and singing; Learning and playing various instruments, the
piano, the recorder, the guitar and the drums.....Started drum lessons
on the 1st November 2010 with Dean Cousins at Drum Beat Studios Doncaster.
enjoy keeping fit and like to run, I have competed in the Great North
Run, the Doncaster Half Marathon, various other 10k, 5k races and walked
the Moonwalk. Although recently, age is paying it's toll and prefer
to stick to brisk walks and cycle rides.
left school at 16 to train at Doncaster Art College in the 70's and
gained a Diploma in Graphic Design, a certificate in window display
and an 'O' level Art.
My first job found me working as a Window Dresser in Doncaster, I then
left home and moved south to work as a Hosiery Consultant then a Store
Detective for Debenhams, Surrey and then to London to continue as a
Store detective in Miss Selfridge, I then went on to work for the Civil
Aviation Authority as a chauffuese where I drove many interesting people,
such as Douglas
Scott and Air
Marshall Sir Ivor Broom. During working for the CAA
I met my husband. During my marriage and raising of my three girls I
had part time jobs firstly as a childminder then school photographer,
before moving back to Doncaster I had a Christmas job in Woolworths.
I also fitted in some freelance jobs over the years, designing for an
advertising agency and also producing artists impressions of houses
for a property developer.
portraits is another passion.
I have also been involved in designing the artwork for my local Theatre
company for their programmmes, Flyers & Posters and have designed
Dogs & other animals.
far back as I can remember I have always had a love of animals, any
animal, always bringing injured birds home and feeding the hedgehogs
in the garden, we always had cats around and I had a tortoise (who we
called Houdini) as he was always escaping, a rabbit and a mouse.
so so longed for a pony and a dog, always drawing them, and dreaming
of them, I remember the cereal Sugar Puffs once had a competition to
win a pony, I really thought I was in for a chance, but no, disappointment
again. I used to take all the neighbours dogs for walks.
I remember going for a caravan holiday with my parents to Wales, I was
about seven, they were giving away border collie pups on the farm where
we stayed, I pleaded with my parents to let me have one, but I wasn't
allowed, I cried the whole journey home form Wales to South Yorkshire.
My Mum nearly relented a few years later when on holiday in Bridlington,
a large department store there were selling Beagle puppys. But again
I wasn't allowed.
I was ten I learnt to ride at a local riding school, Miss Shaw's, and
when I was thirteen, I was lucky and bought a pony, (secretly) I had
been riding Kim for his owners and they said they needed to sell him,
my Mum agreed that we would buy him without telling Dad, I drew my saving
from the post office, all £13 of it as a deposit, he cost £60
including tack! My dad found out some weeks later and said "Oh
well better pay the rest" there was never a prouder man at the
would think that I would be satisfied but my yearning for a dog however
never waned. Even though I had been bitten twice, once by a stray dog
running up to me in the street and biting me on the knee and by a little
terrier at the riding school, who I tried to drag out from under a seat!
stupid I know.
first opportunity came when I was when I was twenty, I had left home
and was sharing a flat with a work friend in East London, a plumber
came to mend our boiler and while he was there said "Do you want
a dog?" DID I WANT A DOG!..... YES! Llewney came to live with us,
he was a 3 month old Pembroke Corgi, complete with basket, loads of
toys, food, and a pedigree as long as your arm, reason for rehoming,
his two year old daughter was afraid of him and his sharp teeth. Well
I new nothing about owning dogs, he went everywhere with me, apart from
work, but knowing what I know now, I made just about every mistake going
with him, he was food aggressive, used to go for me if I went near his
bowl. I met my future hubby and one day I was taunting Llewney saying
Bite him! Bite Him! (just for fun I thought) when Llewney jumped up
and bit my future hubby on the nose, well of course Llewney wasn't to
stay as we may have children after we married and so Llewney went to
spend his days with another family. I
went to visit him some time later and he was so pleased to see me, he
came and layed at my feet, I reached down to stroke him, he bit me!
Should have listened to Llewney, the marriage didn't last!
next dog was Binker, Boxer X Labrador we looked after her for a friend,
who was poorly, she stayed with us, what a lovely dog, I was determined
to do everything right and so joined the local Dog Training Club and
I never really looked back.
The next special dog in my life was Duster, a tri-colour working sheep
dog, he was bought when my interest in Agility
was gaining momentum and although Binker was a great Agility dog, was
not quite fast enough to win.
took my daughter Jo to the Junior Kennel Club finals for Agility, both
incredible dogs and shall always miss them.
I mustn't forget Girl, I was also extremely lucky to own Girl,
she was a beautiful thoroughbred Mare, I did everything with her, show
jumping, X country, dressage, and rode for miles, she came with me and
the girls and various guinea pigs and cats and dogs to Doncaster from
Kent in the early 90's to start a new life after my marriage came to
I first got involved in training with my dog Binker
(the inspiration for my logo) over 20 years ago, I had no idea that
it would take me along such an interesting and rewarding path. I have
met some lovely people and their dogs and have got involved in training
and competing in Obedience at the Bexley
Dog Training Club & Agility at the Dalerose Agility Club in
Kent who also helped to train the Blue
Peter dog Bonnie with Yvette Fielding in Agility. I used my dog
Binker for an episode of Crimestoppers and, until recently, instructed
trained and competed in Flyball with the Doncaster Bellestars Flyball
Team. “What is Flyball?” I hear you say, take a look on
their website www.doncaster-bellestars.co.uk
Sadly we lost Milly in July 2009 and on Easter monday 2008 we lost Lady(otherwise
known as ‘Pippin’ look-alike!) appeared on stage in 2005
as Sandy in ‘Annie’ - she
was a Star! I
also trained a clients dog Sandie to be Toto in November 2007 production
of The Wizard of Oz
at the Civic Theatre Doncaster.
She was a star too!
has been my biggest challenge so far, she was a staffy x whippet and
felt that I had just about got her trained when we had to say goodbye
to her in July 2011 aged 12 years due to cancer.
presently own Malic DOB February 2006, a Spanish
Catalan Sheepdog. (Paddy de' espinavessa) Called Paddy because he was
born on St Patrick's day. He came to us when he was 3 yrs old, with
some issues, which are mainly ironed out now, he has learnt to do Agility
and loves playing fetch with his tennis ball. He also
enjoys a little Heelwork to music. and continues to grow in confidence
everyday. And Kia, my much longed for German Shepherd DOB March 2013,
she is proving a real asset to my dog training classes, she loves to
welcome new puppies and demonstrates obedience. She loves agility and
flyball and learns very quickly, anything that I ask of her. We have
attended Rally O workshops at IABTC and I hope to get involved in search
and rescue. She has competed in two unaffiliated agility shows and did
very well. The only thing that will hold her back is my age and speed.
Another string to our bow, TV &
have gained a lot of pleasure from my dogs over the years and have a
passion to pass on my knowledge to other pet dog owners so they can
also achieve the same enjoyment as me.
History of SIT Dog Training
Sept 8th- Re-introduce Pre - Agility Classes
Jul 10th - Hosted another Canine first aid course with Rachel Bean.
26th June - Ran our very own Have A Go Charity Dog Show.
May 1st - Hosted a Gundog Training day with Daniel Higgs
October 2nd Agility show
held a Gundog Training day and ran our first agility show, Did out first
school visit and Hannah started her tricks and games workshop
Moved to Grove House Stables. Hosted a great weekend with Dima Yeremenko
and the Mayflower Sanctuary Dog Show
Started Good Dog Obedience
November Moved to The De Roecks and added Flyball to my classes
September saw the start of my Puppy classes
June I joined the GoDT and I am
very proud to be the Editor of the Guild of Dog Trainers Newsletter.
April Start of my new Fun Agility
Classes At Clampit Creek
Founded and started one to one training with SIT Dog Training
of Dog Trainers, Master Trainer Certificate
9th April - Attended Scentwork UK Train the Trainers workshop. I am
now an accredited L1 & L2 Trainer. Starting my first course in June
4th Sept - Attended K9 Assault Course with Kia at the Canine Centre,
7-8th October, Attended the Grisha Stewart Behavioural Adjustment Training
2014 - became a founder member of the national register of dog trainers
and behaviourists. iTD www.itraindogs.uk
12th - 14th April Cambridge Institute
of Dog Behaviour and Training - Workshops PBC430 Comparative Anatomy
& Physiology CFBA4004 Basic Dog Handling & Training skills &
CFBA4005 Professional Instructor Skills &Management , held at the
KC Building, Stoneleigh.
HTM workshop with Mary Ray
December 8th - 11th - Canine Aggression - John
Rogerson - IABTC - Certificate
- First Aid for Dog Owners/carers - Pulse Rate Training - Bawtry
Certificate of Attendance - Richard
Curtis - HTM Workshop - IABTC
- October 2011Certificate of Attendance – Trevor
Cooper – Dog law seminar – Haxey – May
2011 September Patricia
B McConnell – Edinburgh University – Dog Aggression
and Emotions Certificate of Attendance
of attendance - Teaching reactive Rover Classes: A Practical Guide by
Kim Moeller -
March start of Introduction to Agility for beginners.
November – Steven R Lindsay
Seminar, University of Lincoln -
Certificate of attendance
Certificate of attendance – Canine Nutrition Seminar, Dr John
May Certificate of attendance –
Handling Skills with Turid Rugaas
May Certificate of Attendance - Paddy
Driscolls, Clicker Training Day
April Certificate of Attendance - Paddy
Driscolls, Dog Behaving Badly day
July Certificate of Attendance - Dr
Ian Dunbars Puppy Class Seminar
June Canine Communication certificate
- Jan Fennell Amichien Dog Listeners
October BFA, Training for Trainers
Course, Flyball - Selby College
Extensive, continuous Bibliography
Advisor to the Local Westie Rescue
you can see I have gained a wealth of dog experience through life and
I am always aspiring to learn more and keep up with the latest dog training
trends and techniques by attending seminars and continuous self study.
To make every dog and their owners happy