competes successfully with members producing great results in both local and national competitions. There are now over 40 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 sucessful south west based agility club in the national league tables, having reached the Agility Voices Premiership 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 thats 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 run, by Toni and Dairin Keating. Toni organises and oversees all the training and is helped by Jo Turner - between them they do all the training, so ensuring consistency is maintained through out 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 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 3 dogs
, one at Kennel Club grade 7 and two 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.
Dairin started competing in 2005 after watching and helping Toni for the previous 4 years. He is a reknowned Kennel Club Judge
and accepts numerous judging appointments across the country. His last dog
competed at Kennel Club grade 7, UKA Champion level and qualified for a variety of national finals including Crufts. Boo is now retired and runs in Anysize with her junior handler.
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 alot 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 qualififed 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 has already been 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 started agility in 2006 with her grandparents pet retreiver cross, and then went on to train her parents Retreiver, before going to University. She quickly returned to training and competing and now has Myst her own Border Collie who has started to compete very successfully this year.
Tash has trained only with SWAT, and has learnt a huge amount working with 3 very different dogs!
Tash now teaches our Monday night groups and maintains the consistency already achieved by Toni and Jo in the methods that are used.
Later this year she will be doing her ACAI qualification.
Toni & Dairins dogs can be seen by clicking here: Our Dogs
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 accupuncture, 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 conpanies will 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.
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