Our Trainers

North K9’s instructors are all knowledgeable and experienced in teaching companion dog training and care, and as pet dog owners themselves, they understand what makes for a happy and positive relationship with your pet. Additionally, our trainers are accomplished handlers and competitors in their specialist dog sport(s).

All our instructors are working toward accreditation under the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme, and our head trainers are also certified members of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers.

We believe that education in dog training never stops, especially as more research is done into canine behaviour and training, and we are constantly updating our own knowledge to ensure we can give you the best training, information, and support possible.

Guest Trainers

We host guest trainers at North K9 as often as we can! Our guest trainers are all highly qualified and experts in their respective canine fields.

Barry Gilbert KCAI WTS

Barry has owned and trained four Working Trials Champions, and qualified his Standard Poodle, Iatka Follow That Star CDEx, UDEx, WDEx, TDEx. He is currently working his young collie Cossie (Glenalpine Cosworth) who at just 2yrs old has already gained 4 TDEx qualifications.

Barry’s other achievements include: Judges Working Trials to Championship TD, KC Accredited Judges Trainer, Chair of ASPADS WTS (a national society), he runs a Championship Working Trial each year and is a Board Member of the KC Accredited Instructors Scheme and KCAI specialist instructor in Working Trials.

Katie Ford

Katie is a small animal Veterinary Surgeon and is our resident consultant for maintaining safe dog training practices, particularly in dog sports. Katie’s specialty is flyball; she has co-organised five national flyball trainer seminars since 2011, flying in some of the world’s top trainers from Canada. She has regularly competed across the UK, and also in Germany, Belgium, and France at the European Flyball Championships. She also competed at the 2013 and 2014 CanAm Flyball Championships in Indianapolis, USA.

Katie has also competed in agility, flyball, and obedience at Crufts. She has three dogs in training; Jet (Border Collie x Golden Retriever) who is also a Grade 4 agility dog, Fly (Border Collie x Whippet), and her youngest dog, Rave (Border Collie).

Jane Hanshaw KCAI CDA Dip. CABT (http://janehanshawdogtags.co.uk/)

Jane Hanshaw and Beverley Etherington (http://yorkshiredogtraining.co.uk/)

Hannah Michael

Hannah is a ACPAT Cat A Veterinary Physiotherapist. Hannah was a Chartered Physiotherapist for 5 years prior to her graduation from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005, where she gained a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapist. She quickly became interested in specialising in canine rehabilitation, and now Hannah runs regular clinics at rehabilitation centres in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. She is also involved in training Canine Hydrotherapists, teaching on Continuing Professional Development programmes for Vets and Veterinary Nurses, and is also a guest lecturer on Animal Science degree courses.

Emma Tasker (http://www.allfourpawsagility.co.uk/)

Emma is an experienced agility handler, competitor, and trainer. She co-founded and runs All Four Paws ATG, providing training for competitive dog agility. She is currently competing with her young Hungarian Vizsla Diva (Chulak Queen Elenor) at Grade 4. Emma assists with our Agility Skills classes and Agility Workshops.