52 Years

Bognor Regis & District 

Training Dogs & Owners since 1967
Affiliated to the Kennel Club of Great Britain

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 TRAINING  12th MAY to 28 July 2022

The majority of our members have received their double Covid vaccinations.  If you have not been vaccinated for some reason, medical or otherwise, we would ask that you take a test about an hour before coming to club and bring the negative test strip with you. We have many vulnerable members and would ask that you don't attend unless you are vaccinated or bring proof of a negative test.  Thank you for your co-operation."

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Newshound & Pawprints are the clubs Official News letters and are as required. Articles also appear in the Bognor & Chichester Observer,  Bognor Regis Post and the West Sussex Gazette..



 Started on Thursday 12th May until 28th July – Fridays - Advanced Class, obedience training only.  Please ring 01243-823313 if you are interested".
We are being cautious in only allowing up to ten dogs and handlers in each class because of Covid. No dogs or children will be allowed on the stage. You are asked to use the hand sanitizers provided and bring your own drinks. Masks are voluntary.

If you would like to train your  Dog,  please contact Hilary or Maureen  for details.

Good Citizens

Results from April Tests click here
The Good Citizen tests are designed by the Kennel Club to encourage owners to be responsible for their dogs and make themselves and their pets "Good Citizens".    We run two or three Tests per year with special  training classes held a few weeks before each test. Further information please  contact Helen Sargent or Hilary. 
Full details of the tests and what is required  please click here

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Spacious Hall with non-slip flooring
and plenty of car parking




This site was updated on 23/07/22



A new edition of Pawprints has been issued, hard copies at Club  download available  click here

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Mavis Heppell on the 22nd July.
Mavis was well known to everyone in the Doggy world, with her no nonsence what you see is what you get attitude to life.
She was a club member and Senior trainer for many years and will be greatly missed. Our condolences go to her family.


Our  Summer term started on  12th May   Puppy class will continue to start at 6.30pm and if you have a puppy under six months of age, please phone Maureen on 01243-825475 to check availability as we still need to observe social distancing As numbers have picked up we are now  holding two Bronze classes on Thursdays  these  commences at 7pm until 7-45pm   and the second is from 7.45pm to 8-30pm. The Silver class starts at 8-30 until 9-15 pm and the  Gold class from 9-15pm to 10-00pm.     If you have any questions, please phone me on 01243-823313 or e-mail: furbaby1939@outlook.com 
We no longer serve refreshments because of Covid, so bring your own drinks.   We also do not have communal toys for the dogs, so again, please bring any you need.  Hand sanitizer is provided at both entrances and if you wish to wear a mask, please do so.

 If you wish to join our club you will be very welcome, but please DO NOT just come along as places are restricted because of Covid.    Phone me and I can let you know whether we have any spaces or I  can put you on our waiting list.    

 Please note our AGM this year was on  17th March 2022 - details from Hilary

Hilary Sykes – Club Secretary



 Training takes place every  Thursdays & Friday (advanced)
at Felpham Village Memorial Hall,
Vicarage Lane, Felpham, PO22 7DZ
precise times being dependent on
the class  

Further details please contact
Maureen on 01243 825475 or maureen.fitzgibbons@sky.com
or Hilary 01243 823313
or furbaby1939@outlook.com  

The Club is  Affiliated to the Kennel Club of Great Britain
and has a team of highly experienced Training Instructors.
It is a non Profit making Club, which allows it to keep course fees to a minimum, which are used to cover running costs.
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and Code of Conduct

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During lockdown Kim Browns French Bulldog  Cody who was four at the time, stepped down a rabbit hole and a disc in his back exploded and he lost the use of his back legs and after an op he was pain free and in wheels. Two years after his accident,  he went back to training and a couple of weeks ago passed his kennel club gold citizen award and made it into the Bognor Regis Observer

GOOD CITIZEN more details

Gold Good Citizens tests were held on Saturday 11th June. We had five handlers and dogs taking part with four passes and one unfortunately not ready.  Congratulations to all  who took part and Wendy with Eric, Angela with Hettie, Kim with Cody and Lee with Blu for their passes also many thanks to Sue Jillett who very kindly gave up her afternoon to come and judge for us.

On the 31st March we held a Bronze test with six taking part, we had one pass which was Melanie Buckwell with Buddy and five were not ready.

On the 2nd April we held a Silver test with nine taking part, we had six passes which were Josie Beasley with Ruby, Peggy Partridge with Bilbo, Louise Cross with Tj, Veronica Kelly with Teddie, Angela Jones with Hettie and Ali Green with Audrey. We had three not ready.

I would like to congratulate everyone who took part and look forward to seeing you back at club after Easter.


With the appalling situation with the shortage of  good Vets in the area and the current need to travel to Portsmouth, Winchester or Storrington for out of hours and specialist treatment, it is welcome news that a new Animal Hospital run by independent Vets AVG has opened at Chichester. Further details click here:

A new Vets called Huckleberries has opened at  the Vinnetrow Business Park, Chichester. Many people will welcome back Richard Edwards as a visiting Vet after knowing him from his 32 years at Alpha Pets.

Those with a keen eye may have noticed that the Clubs web site address is now preceded by an HTTPS and a padlock symbol this denotes that it is a secure site. This will provide security from Hackers and also provide security for visitors to the site.

Did You Know that Your Vet may be part of a large Corporate Group ?:
It is not all that obvious,  but many small Vet practices have now sold out to a large corporate group, but  still retain their old name. Some long-standing clients may know that it was under new management, but to the newcomer, it is not always apparent.

The top 4 Corporate Veterinary Groups in order of the number of individual practices they own are as follows:

(1) The CVS Group, Currently the largest vet group

(2) Independent Vetcare

(3) Pets at Home

(4) Medivet

Though it is extremely difficult to get up to date figures as they appear hidden and guarded, it has been published in 2018 that the big 4 then owned over 30% of the total veterinary practices in the UK by now it will be even more.

In most of these Vets apart from a huge increase in Vet fees the biggest change is often the lack of Out of Hours service. In many practices this has been farmed out to a company called Vets Now and often means a long drive to their facilities, as they usually do not come to your normal Vets.

In 1999 something seismic happened to the Veterinarian Profession. Tony Blair in his infinite wisdom  changed the law to allow non-vets to own veterinary practices. It still requires a Vet to work in that practice but the driving force is often the owners and the returns they get from their practices.

This opened the door to venture capitalists and investors to buy into a tranche of little goldmines, and when that happens money and profit becomes the corporate aim.

full story at https://www.doglistener.co.uk/veterinary-profession-broken

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We get numerous telephone calls from people wishing to train their dogs with us and when told the fees they are astonished and we usually get "That's cheap!"  . We have run Bognor Regis & District Dog Training Club for over fifty years on a non-profit making basis.   We need to cover the cost of running the club which includes the ever increasing cost of hiring the hall for two evenings a week
We are definitely NOT inferior to the other more expensive Dog training clubs in the area. All of our ten Trainers are fully qualified with the majority having been Trainers for many years and all are unpaid Volunteers.   We cater not only for the "pet" market, but also for people who wish to enter their dogs for competition or for the show ring.   Our three yearly terms are between twelve and fourteen weeks (depending on where Easter falls each Spring).   For this our fees are £36.00 per term for each dog. In addition, we charge £3.00 a year club subscription for each club member.

 ANNIVERSARY: In 2017 the Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary. click here for more

 Facebook page, have a look and contribute, please note there is an unofficial one not authorised by the club  as well.

Code of Conduct: The clubs  Code of Conduct which has been approved by the Kennel Club has been distributed to all members. If you have not seen it please click the link and please ensure that you read it