About SWAT Dogs UK

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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 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

image (8)   SWAT - Raq flying in Royal Canin final - pic by John Ord   SWAT Raq Obedience   

Toni has been competing in agility since 2001, where she took her first dog to Senior Grade and is an Agility Club Appointed Instructor First Class - the highest qualification available to a UK trainer. She is also a qualified Kennel Club Judge. She currently competes with 2 dogs, one at Kennel Club grade 6 and one at Kennel Club grade 5.

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.


Tash Whittle, ACAI

 Archie   Myst   Tash_Archie 1


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 both Beginners and Novice as well as our Monday night groups maintaining the consistency in SWAT training.



Toni's dogs can be seen by clicking here: Toni's Dogs


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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.


SWAT currently has a variety of breeds of dogs in training, including Spaniels, Schnauzers, Terriers and of course Border Collies.
See our photo gallerys to see some of the dogs we teach.
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