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Who are we?

Sally Sanford is an experienced dog sports competitor, trainer, & judge. Since the early 1980’s she has won numerous awards in Kennel Club events  including Obedience, Agility, Working Trials, Flyball, Gundog Tests, Heelwork to Music, Breed Showing, Rally & Good Citizen Scheme with her own dogs. At various times she has held the offices of Chairman, Secretary & Working Secretary of different Kennel Club registered clubs, acted as Show Manager for Agility shows, trainer & host of many different working events.


She is a retired Animal Behaviourist with professional qualifications. As well as training her own dogs, Having tried to retire, Sally has been talked into running some dog training in Shetland….with a focus on Rally! She continues to hold professional insurance.

Gary Sanford is a retired Management Accountant who has worked in finance for 40+ yrs. He now works as website designer and financial guru for the group.

We live  with our current pets in Shetland - two miniature Shetland Ponies and three Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. In our 27+ years together we have been fortunate enough to share our lives with numerous other dogs and animals - purebreds, rescues, dogs, rabbits, llamas, hamsters, fish…