daan-puds-crop-1About Daniel

I came to England at the end of 2000 for Christmas and stayed not wanting to go back to the Netherlands, I prefer the English country side over the overcrowded cities and villages in Holland. Living in this area with lots of common land wanted to own a dog again and got Pudding from Battersea as a puppy. To train this puppy I started obedience training and enjoyed this very much. A friend talked me into trying agility and this was the sport I fell in love with. I have a degree in Electronics and have worked as software engineer, sales manager and mainly as a Project Manager running large projects (see example) and a department. Having had enough of working for large and small companies I decided I wanted to work with dogs and started a working as a trainer for a large club (and as computer repair man). I also started competing with Pudding and was to my own surprise successful with a dog that due to his size no one would take seriously in Agility. Winning out of the 1st 2 agility grades on only our 5th competition was amazing and qualifying three times for the ABC semi finals was as well. Pudding is well known around the agility circuit and we were invited to compete against World class handlers and dogs at Olympia in 2007 where we finished in 2nd place. In 2009 we qualified for the Olympia ABC finals and got 6th and 7th place. Crufts 2010 was very special for both of us resulting in a 2nd overall place and chosen as sports dog to represent Battersea for their 150th anniversary.

I now own 4 dogs and compete with 2, number 5 belongs to my daughter and is competing as well.

After several years of working as an agility instructor and canine behaviour consultant for a club we decided it was time to go our separate ways and in 2009 I started CC Agility. Initially the club started in a small field but very soon we moved to an indoor location where we stayed for 3.5 years until the club outgrew the premises.In May 2013 we moved to a dedicated permanent field which is under constant improvement,  I feel very lucky having a permanent facility  for the club. My goal is to provide a high standard of training and keeping a friendly atmosphere where dogs and handlers look forward to come back to each week. I am keeping up with new ways of teaching by attending workshops given by top handlers, reading and studying. Future plans include improve the ground, lights, build or find an indoor school and setup a second training place.