About

Tweedbank Dog Training Club began life in the early eighties with a group of dog owners in the village of Tweedbank, Galashiels, who were interested in standard pet obedience training. The trainer was Jill Erskine and the club met once a week, on a Monday, in the village hall. Jill was helped occasionally by June Pritchard from Walkerburn, and by 1985, a more formal course of instruction leading to annual tests had been established.

Around 1986 Jill and June went to a Training Day in Fife and discovered Dog Agility. Money was raised for a full set of equipment for the Club and was made to Kennel Club Standards by Hawick Community Workshop. After a few months, members began to compete all over the country at different club shows and soon decided they would like to hold their own show. This would only be possible if the Club became registered with the Kennel Club. In January 1990 the process began with 25 Founder Members each paying £5, and the many various forms were filled in including a Kennel Club approved Constitution. Registration was finally granted in the summer of 1991.

The first TDTC Show was a one day show held at Springwood Park, Kelso in June 1992. In 1993 this progressed to a two day show with camping and caravan facilities and even a licenced ceilidh. The show has taken place annually ever since and has grown into one of the top shows in the country.

In 1993, the Kennel Club introduced The Good Citizen Obedience Scheme with different levels of Gold, Silver and Bronze being introduced over the years. All members were encouraged to take part in the scheme and many reached the Gold level with their pets. In 2000, the Kennel Club invited the Club to give a demonstration of the Silver Test at Crufts. This honour was greatly appreciated by the members and a bus load of them and their dogs travelled to Birmingham and thoroughly enjoyed their day out.

Meanwhile the agility side of the Club grew from strength to strength with each show growing in size and number of dogs entered.

The Club have performed twice in front of Royalty. The first time for Princess Anne at Thirlestane Castle and the second for Her Majesty The Queen on her Jubilee Visit to Melrose.

Several of the members have gone on to compete in Agility at National level such as Crufts with some success over the years. Generations of the same family have competed together and continue to do so to this day alongside many new recruits who enjoy the family sport of Dog Agility.

(Thanks to Janet Dixon for providing us with the history of the club)