Ecology dogs are the world’s first water vole detection dogs. They work throughout the UK on conservation projects helping to survey and monitor the presence of water voles. The water vole is Britain’s fastest declining mammal and has disappeared from many parts of the country where it was once common.
Stig is an English springer spaniel and has a wealth of experience in search work. He is their key water vole search dog, searching for and indicating on the presence of water vole latrines.
Lola is a sprocker spaniel, she has just begun her career as a search dog and will be working on water vole surveys across the UK.
Both dogs are trained and handled by Ali Charnick, who has a BSc in Conservation and Environment and over 10 years of experience within conservation and ecology. The dogs are trained to give a passive indication on their target and are trained on a reward basis. They both love tennis balls and their favourite treats are Harringtons Training Treats.
Wiggly Dog & Friends
Sarah Hanson comes from a farming family and has been involved with all aspects surrounding farm life from a young age. Helping on the farm as a child almost always involved dogs. Dogs became her passion. Sarah decided to make dogs her career, studying Animal Behaviour Science at The University of Lincoln and qualifying as a behaviourist specialising in dogs.
Since qualifying as an animal behaviourist she went on to set up her own behaviour consultancy. Working with clients all over the United Kingdom covering issues from recall to aggression, domestic training and behaviour modification all the way through to training working dogs. Her most common calling is to ‘problem’ gundogs, succeeding where others have failed.
Sarah currently has seven of her own dogs they are increasingly being used for TV and film. Four are English Springer Spaniels, one is ‘preloved’ & three from pups. She also has a ‘preloved’ German Wirehaired Pointer and a Belgian Shepherd Malinois cross which is a rescue dog. Sarah competes with her gundogs in club working tests, scurry’s, obedience and is currently training Malinois cross, Tilly and Spaniel, Ben in IPO (Tracking, Obedience & Protection).
During the shooting season Sarah and her Spaniels are busy picking up and beating on shoots all over the midlands and during the close season helping run scurry events and in main arenas demonstrating what she does best; motivating the problem dog.
Companion Dogs UK
Companion Dogs UK was founded by Sean Percival-Scott. They offer an empowerment program which helps those who suffer from a mental or physical health condition, by partnering and training them with an appropriate canine companion. The ‘Dogs day’ program is put together to make sure that those who are currently unable to have a dog full-time don’t miss out. The acceptance project is working alongside housing associations and shelters to enable the successful residency of homeless people with their dog.
Jess is 14 years old and has 3 Border Collies; Lucy, Skye and Sasha and 1 German Spitz called Teddy. She started training at Fox Agility when she was only 13. Entering her first show in June 2014 with Skye at Grade 1, they won into Grade 6 with her early 2015.
Sasha is a rescue from The Border Collie Spot in Hampshire who won into Grade 4 in May 2014 at a championship show. Lucy competes in any size for fun so is Grade 3 by default. Teddy came to us on 14th November 2015 and is also a rescue, he is too young to compete yet but foundation training has already begun. Jess is destined for an amazing career in agility and Harringtons are proud to support her every step of the way.
Crufts Best of Breed Cocker Spaniel
Owned by Mr & Mrs Robinson and Ms Price, Isla started her show career at the Parti Colour Ch. Show, by winning Minor Puppy Bitch, under breed judge Mr.Peter Darby – Dargess. Her success continued winning throughout her junior career, gaining her first top award, RCC at LKA in 2013 under breed judge Mrs. Denise Fox – Castanea. Isla’s first CC came from breed judge Mrs Daphne Darby – Classicway, at Home Counties Cocker Spaniel Ch. Show 2014. Her 2nd CC came at Crufts 2015 under breed judge Mike Masters – Manchela, followed by BOB under Phillip Young – Canyonn (co-judge). Her 3rd CC was at East Anglia Cocker Spaniel Ch. Show under breed specialist Mrs. Denise Fox Castanea.