Draig Dog Training is an independent training school, run by Julie and David Wassell, welcoming all dogs and owners. Whether you just want a well behaved family pet or you are a dog fanatic and want to enter competitions.
We have both been training for many years. When we started everyone did the old fashioned, harsh, jerk of the lead type training but as the years have gone by we have learnt there is a gentler, kinder way of training that produces better results. This is what we now practice in all our classes resulting in happy dogs and owners, enjoying a positive and lasting relationship.
(Specialising in early basic training and behaviour problems)
My interest in dog training started at the age of 5 or 6 when I attended the local dog club with my father and the family pet. We had a house full of other animals too and I grew up knowing that one day I would spend most of my time working with them in some way.
Through my Border Collie, Meg, I first experienced behaviour problems, the hard way, and I tried all I could to solve them. Consequently since getting her, in 1995, I have attended numerous seminars, conferences and courses trying to learn what makes a dog tick. This process will never be finished and I am still studying, now for a degree in canine behaviour management.
I think the best way to prevent behaviour problems arising is to start educating our dogs at the earliest possible age and so I run Puppy School classes for young puppies and then build on this early training, progressing through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme to Gold level and competition work, for anyone who wants to continue.
(Specialising in advanced competition based training)
I too enjoyed the company of dogs throughout my childhood and started actually training dogs when Julie and I had our first dog together in 1983, a Golden Retriever called Sally.
Over the years I have trained several dogs, one of which my daughter qualified for the Young Kennel Club class at Crufts, that was Rex.
I teach and take part in Competitive Obedience and have been lucky enough to also go to Crufts myself. In 2007, with my Golden Retriever Jake, we went to take part in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Award display team. Then in 2011 again with Jake we went as part of the Midland Team to compete in the Inter-Regional Obedience Competition, and the team won that year! Unfortunately we lost Jake, due to illness, shortly after that and I am now training up another Golden Retriever, Toby.
In 2011 I became a Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Examiner, on the A1 list, for all levels of the award scheme.
In 2014 I became a Director of Darwin Dogs CIC, along with Julie and another lady. We aim to use dogs to help people with mental health problems to have a better, more independent life.
I take the Advanced Class at Tollerton on a Thursday, assist in any of the other classes when I can, and help with individual problems when needed.
I’ve lived with dogs all my life and have been training them since I could talk. I’ve competed at many Obedience Shows, and qualified for the Young Kennel Club Obedience Competition held at Crufts. I’m now an assistant trainer in many of the classes.
- Sally – Golden Retriever
- Minnie – Collie Cross
- Meg – Border Collie
- Rex – Border Collie
- Tali – Border Collie
- Jake – Golden Retriever
- Casey – Flat-coated Retriever
- Toby – Golden Retriever