KCAI (CDA, WDA, FT)
Philippa Williams has owned and successfully worked a range of dogs which have included Golden Retrievers and Labradors, G.S.Ds, Boxers, a Collie and a Beagle, in Agility, Flyball, Obedience; ALL to a very high standard.
Philippa not only works her Gundogs in the field but also competes with them and has had the pleasure of competing in the IGL (International Gundog League Championships – which is a prestigious qualifying event run every year). Qualifying with Monkey in 2008 and Mango in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
In 2014 Philippa was awarded her KCAI qualifications in the main arena at Crufts in front of several thousand people as an experienced instructor at advanced level in Companion Dog Training, Working Gundogs & the first person ever to be awarded the KCAI in Field Trials.
Maxine Furnandiz joined as a Dogs for Life member back in 2006 when she first came on a dog holiday with her two Springer Spaniels, Joshua and Milly - Max continues to do all the admin for Philippa, including "Dog Tails" Newsletter.
She also owns Labradors and 3 Working Cockers. Her other passion is photography; so on the holidays we try to catch all those special moments we all have with our lovely dogs. We use the shots for our web site and marketing material.
Dogs for Life holidays were initiated by Philippa Williams KCAI (CD*, WD*, FT) and first held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire in 1994 and have been running ever since with increasing interest and success.
Philippa is based in Yorkshire, where she lives with her Labradors, Goldens and Cockers.
She has been fortunate to have had people visit from as far as Japan, Australia, America and Sweden, some of whom originally saw her Training Dogs video which she had the pleasure to make with the late John Fisher. She prides herself in never standing still and sitting back on her laurels. New and interesting venues have been sought throughout the years, together with the latest behavioural knowledge and training techniques.
We have designed a range of holidays and courses that offer opportunities for education, understanding and above all, fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Each dog and handler will be taken on their own merits and individual requirements will be met to bring out the best in every partnership. We pride ourselves in being able to accommodate a great selection of breeds that have come to enjoy themselves on our holidays.
All breeds of Gundogs and all types of owners deserve to take a break and now is your opportunity.
After 7 years as a student - Maiko has now returned to Japan to run her own business - Mighty Canine Campus. She has taken with her to Japan Vespa, Berry and Puffin - who have settled in really well in their new home. Maiko will return each year to top up her training/education with us. You can follow any news of Maiko on our Facebook page and members blog.
Whilst Maiko was training in the UK she achieved many things:
In October 2014 she ran in her first Novice Field Trial with Vespa one of Philippa’s dogs which they won and also got Gun's choice.
She also showed a Labrador "Mellow" in the Gundog class at Crufts & also won. This was her first attempt at showing with a dog that had never been in the show ring & won the class of thirty.
She passed the KC J'Reg's in FT Mgt exam too.....
So as we can see Maiko is very talented.