Gill and Chris started the GCDTC in the spring of 1993. The club started at the All Saints Church hall in Ffynnongroyw although most of the demand for training came from the Prestatyn area. They moved to the Jubilee Community Center Prestatyn on the 4th September 1995. They are very grateful the committee has provided the opportunity and been very supportive.
Our club has now grown from strength to strength, starting with 2 certified instructors and 2 classes. We now have a combination of over 8 classes a week with 15 volunteers combined of qualified instructors and experienced dog owners and members helping weekly. The class content has also varied with courses and qualifications now allowing us to offer additional workshops and courses in many dog sports.
We are all VOLUNTEERS who are keen to promote responsible dog ownership. Teaching owners how to help their dog become well mannered and fit in with family life. We also help promote keeping the community clean by supporting the Scoop the Poop scheme.
The club is listed with the Kennel Club. We actively teach and take part in the Good Citizens Dog Scheme at all levels. With many of our instructors also able to assess as qualified examiners and often asked to attend other clubs to assess their award evenings.
The training methods we use are REWARD BASED. They focus on offering the dog choice and rewarding good behavior. Using kind, fair and effective training by rewarding the dog with treats, toys or fuss to shape and motivate a desired behavior.
We like to keep our training methods up to date and refreshed by attending as many training and courses as possible. We also share with each other by holding training nights for our volunteers at our club.
Our aim is to educate and guide owners to train their dogs to be well controlled, mannered, sociable and GOOD COMPANIONS that they can be proud of!