My name is Kathleen Tepperies, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI). I was born in Germany and moved to the UK in 2002. I teach tricks and everything else that comes with it, using modern ,kind, science and reward based methods.
Teaching tricks helps to prevent problems and is a great way to build a bond between you and your dog! A verbal marker such as 'yes' or a clicker will be used and food, toys and affection as rewards. My aim is to see happy, healthy dogs and to put a smile on your face.
Dogs love to get involved in new activities and I believe that every dog, no matter what size, breed or age, given enough time with the right approach, can learn new things. I have witnessed many different types of dogs making joyful progress as their owners learn to communicate with them.
Although based in East Sussex (UK) and with classes taking place near Heathfield, I also host weekly Zoom sessions.
My trick training members therefore live all over the world!
Scroll down if you would like to read about my own dogs, past and present!
I love dogs and have studied for professional qualifications in addition to undertaking many different training programmes, courses and workshops.
In addition to my CTDI award, I have trained in the following:
I have attended many workshops and courses, including covering the following topics:
Max came from the same rescue centre as Mary. He was a Dachshund/Jack Russell cross and had been found wandering in the woods on his own. He was about three years old and wasn't used to living indoors. It took him a while to settle in, but he soon became a much loved friend.
He moved to the UK when he was 14 and settled in very well. He knew both German and English languages!
Brandy was a remarkable Irish Setter/English Springer Spaniel cross. She came from Allsorts Dog Rescue Centre in West Sussex, just before her sixth birthday.
Despite the fact that all she knew was 'sit', she started learning tricks as soon as I got her. She went on to achieve the highest level trick dog title, Trick Dog Champion, and passed with an A+
Brandy won around 30 'best trick' prizes at fun dog shows and was one of the finalists for the Crufts Factor. We performed three minutes of our tricks at Discover Dogs in London. She also performed her tricks as the magic dog in the ITV show 'The next great Magician'.
Rebel (Jack Russsell) and Bea (Collie cross) are both rescue dogs and they love learning new things. They are 'busy', active dogs and have achieved the highest level trick dog award - Trick Dog Grand Champion.
They have appeared on TV in various advertisements and films - particularly Rebel, with his handsome good looks, bidable nature and constantly wagging tail! He also holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest stacking of plastic cups by a dog!