Karen started agility training in 2007 with her Shar Pei, Suki and quickly became an agility addict. She has been competing in agility since then with another two of her pug dogs. Competing at senior level with her star pug Niko. As a qualified teacher in further education, she decided to add to her skills and train as an agility instructor with Agility1st. It was a six month course with several practical assessments of her teaching and she qualified in November 2013.
Karen set up a pug agility club (Pugility) and was the trainer for around 30 members with nearly all of them competing in Kennel Club competitions. The club provided many fund raising displays for charity and had several TV appearances including Britain’s Got Talent, CBeebies, “Who Let the Dogs Out”, Look North and Sky Sport.
She reached KC grade 6 with her Pug Niko making him, at that time, the highest graded pug in the country. His record cannot now be beaten as the jump heights were subsequently lowered. She also assisted the coaching team for Team GB.
Due to a knee injury Karen no longer competes but is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the sport she loves. She enjoys helping complete novice handlers and dogs to play the game of agility to the best of their ability. Her training methods only use positive reinforcement making the whole experience fun for both dog and handler. Karen has an enhanced DBS check.