Claire with puppy Goose.

Claire Martin BSc Hons Dipt CAPT (QCF Level 5) IMDT

Claire is the owner and manager of Chrysalis K9.

Claire is a CAPBT Behaviouist and Trainer qualified with COAPE, the only organisation to offer truly regulated courses listed by QCF in the field of companion animal behaviour.

Claire is also a qualified IMDT Trainer, an IMDT Force Free Trick Trainer and will take her assessment for full membership of the APDT and KCAI status in the very near future.

She has been a dog owner for well over 20 years and has fostered over 15 dogs for GRWE and Help for Hounds and she currently lives with a family of 9 dogs, all sight-hounds and most are rescues with challenging backgrounds.

The emotional realtionship between dog and owner is essential for them to work together as a team.

Claire has been a trainer for 17 years alongside being a secondary school teacher but she has now left the school environment to train dogs full time. With her dogs she competes at canicross, having represented the UK in the European Championships in 2012 and will again in 2015.

Claire has competed in France as well as throughout the UK. She also competes at scooter racing at which she represented the UK in 2015. In the last 2 years Claire has begun competing at agility and her dog Darwin won into grade 3 and made it to the main arena at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival in his first competitive season.

Scooter racing with Mercury and Neipher

Neipher is following in Darwin’s footsteps and is now competing regularly and Sigma and Sirius have just started their agility training. Claire’s lurcher Tracer competes successfully at lure coursing and track racing. Her 4 largest dogs -Storm, Tracer, Axis and Mercury are all experienced canine blood donors too. Storm and Strike have recently retired as therapy dogs but they worked for many years with special needs young people, helping them to have more confidence and greater coordination.

Canicrossing with Darwin

Neipher doing agility.

Claire is married to Andy who also competes at canicross, he was the UK national champion in 2012. Unfortunately his work commitments overseas limit his competitive endeavours currently but he is a formidable team with Mercury or Axis in the bikejor class.

Andy bikejoring with Mercury

Zoe and Stanley with their Chrysalis Level 1 Trick Rosette.

Zoe has been working and training dogs for 4 years, competing in agility, Canicross and obedience. She is a self employed dog exerciser offering dog sitting, dog walking, training and running her client’s dogs Canicross style. She has a 5year old rescue border collie Topsy who has now retired from strenuous work due to injury but is now enjoying his new job as a Pets As Therapy dog, visiting children with disabilities and the elderly. She also has a 2 year old rescue lurcher called Stanley who is successfully progressing in agility competitions and shares Zoe’s passion for cross country running canicross style and they are just starting to compete at bikejor as well. They are developing superbly as a team and compete throughout the UK.

Zoe with Claire’s Dogs

Beth and Lou-Lou with their Chrysalis Level 1 Trick Rosette.

Beth is 16. She has lived with dogs all her life as family pets, currently her family have 11 dogs. Over the last few years, dog training has completely taken over her life, she spends at least 4 hours a week at classes training her own dogs in agility and further time at home and most weekends competing in agility shows. She and her dogs are doing extremely well in agility, she has competed at Crufts for the last 4 years and she has qualified again this year. She was also the runner up in the International Young Handler competition in 2014. She has competed in both standard and junior classes running dogs of all abilities ranging from grade 1 (beginners) up to grade 7 (the highest grade) and has had some very successful results. She is currently at collage studying A-levels in science with a view to becoming a canine masseur in order to help strengthen and rehabilitate injured dogs. She is also studying a canine behaviour course. Beth says that “I really enjoy working with Claire at Chrysalis and am excited by the experience it gives me.”

Lauren is 18 and totally mad about dogs. She has always had dogs growing up and now after finishing college where she studied Animal Management she is working as a canine hydrotherapist and about to embark on the necessary training required to become fully qualified. She loves her job, being able to spend all day with dogs and seeing them recover and being a part of making their lives easier and pain free is very satisfying. She spends several hours each week training her working cocker spaniel in agility and the hard work is beginning to pay off as she has recently qualified for Discover Dogs 2015. She also enjoy teaching her dogs simple tricks and just sitting on the sofa having cuddles!