About SWAT Dogs UK
SWAT competes successfully with members producing great results in both local and national competitions. There are now over 50 dogs on the membership list - some doing agility for fun and fitness but with a large majority who do compete.
SWAT has become the most successful south west based agility club in the national league tables, having reached The Agility Club's Premiers Division. This has been achieved by consistent teaching, having fun, recognising the specific needs of individual partnerships and planning their training accordingly - no two partnerships are the same and this has to be a huge consideration in methods and systems taught.
SWAT do not advocate the use of harsh training methods/handling. SWAT firmly believes that your dog is your pet and friend, first and foremost, if it competes at agility then that's a bonus. We do not tolerate dog owners who rehome dogs purely based upon the animals ability to succeed in agility. Agility is a hobby.
SWAT was founded, and is run by me, Toni Keating. I organise and oversee all the training helped by Jo Turner and Tash Whittle - between us we do all the training, ensuring consistency is maintained throughout the club. You can be assured that you are ALWAYS trained by someone competing at the top level of UK agility and with the highest qualifications - something that is unique to SWAT in the South West.
Toni Keating, ACAI 1st Class
Toni firmly believe that handlers who train with SWAT, learn of the club directly from our success as a club and the support and commitment given to each club member. Toni does training days for other clubs and people travel from all over the country to book lessons with her.
Her success lies in being able to bring out the best in every dog / handler partnership - happiness and consistency are the main keys.
Jo Turner, ACAI 1st Class
Jo started competing in 2008, and now runs 2 dogs - one at grade 6 and one at grade 7. Her 2 dogs - Fluke (Springer Spaniel) and Meddler (working Cocker) - have very different running styles and as such have taught Jo a lot about how to handle and train different types of dogs. Jo also has experience of running a Border Collie at Champ Level, and has her own Collie pup Rattler who she is enjoying training. Jo has been in many national finals - in 2010 she won the The Agility Clubs Starters Challenge. In 2011, she was part of the SWAT Team that came second in the Dash final, she qualified both dogs for the Pro Plan finals - winning with Meddler. Also in 2011 she qualified for the novice Agility Cup Final and went on to qualify for Crufts where in March 2012 she won her Jumping class. In 2012 she qualified for the British Open Semi Finals with Meddler.
In 2013 Jo and Meddler qualified for the Pro Plan finals and has a won Champ ticket.
In 2014 Jo was selected to represent England at the WAO in Italy in May, qualified for Crufts in March and is on the KC GB squad.
Jo teaches exactly the same handling techniques as Toni, and embraces the variety of dogs and handlers that we have at SWAT. Like Toni, Jo is also an Agility club accredited instructor 1st Class.
Jo has also done gun dog training and obedience with both her dogs. She now has a young Collie she is training who she hopes to compete with in 2015.
Jo is a city and Guilds qualified groomer, has qualifications in Canine first aid, and also animal behaviour.
Tash Whittle, ACAI
Tash started agility in 2006 with her grandparents pet retriever cross, and then went on to train her parents Retriever, before going to University. She quickly returned to training and competing and now has Myst her own Welsh cross Border Collie. Myst is competing successfully at top shows.
Tash has trained only with SWAT, and has learnt a huge amount working with 3 very different dogs!
Tash now teaches Beginners and our Monday night groups maintaining the consistency already achieved by Toni and Jo in the methods that are used.
Toni's dogs can be seen by clicking here: Toni's Dogs
SWAT is sponsored by the SMART Clinic, who provide a complete rehab and fitness service for our canine friends. As the SMART clinic is run by vets they can offer so much more than massage and osteopaths, including acupuncture, ultrasound, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, for a vast array of animals. They are the leaders in the field and have 2 state of the art bases in Wales. Insurance companies will usually pay for treatment at the SMART clinic.