Next walk 24 March 19

For SDC Members Only

Our next walk has been arranged  to take place at Hucking on Sunday 24th March 2019 starting from the Hook and Hatchet pub car park.

Full details can be found on the walks page of our website.

Note: Training at Stockbury will also be taking place at the usual time for those wishing to attend normal training rather than going on the walk. 


Last Sundays training before Christmas

Last Sunday, 16th December, was the last training session before Christmas and run to a different format.

First we reviewed the dogs that arrived for training in festive attire. Some shown with their handlers in the photo below.

As you can see below the puppies were very quick to get together to discuss their costumes.

We split into our usual training groups to work the dogs for just over half an hour followed by each group in turn giving a demonstration to the other groups to showcase their group’s training activities. Well done to the dogs and handlers for putting on a good show and thank you to the trainers. 

Once they were completed, we formed one big group to do some heal work routines ending the training by the handlers praising their dogs before tucking in to biscuits, brownies and heated sausage rolls for the handlers plus handmade Christmas dog biscuits for the dogs.

Reminder: We re-start training sessions on Sunday 6th January 2019.
There no training sessions on the 23rd and 30th December 2018.

Walk at Hucking Sunday 25th November


For SDC Members Only

 Walk at Hucking from the Hook and Hatchet pub.

Sunday 25th November 2018

On Sunday 25th November 2018, we will be walking at Hucking.  If you are interested in joining us, we will meet in the pub, car park at 10:15 am and move off at about 10:30 am.

The walk will take in open fields, bridleways, woodland paths on the Hucking Estate which is open to the public and as usual it is your responsibility to have your dog under control at all times and on lead in areas where there are or maybe livestock.

Suitable footwear is advised as the ground can be uneven and muddy in places.
Walking will be for up to 2 hrs which could be too much for younger puppies or older dogs. Only join the walk if you know your dogs are able.

The pub does food, details of which can be found on the pub’s website

Directions: Hucking is signposted, on the left when travelling along the A249 heading towards Maidstone between the Stockbury roundabout and Detling.,0.6493054,15.24z?hl=en

Follow the road signs and you will find the pub whose postcode is ME17 1QT.,0.6317865,1775m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

If you require any more information, please speak to Sue Miller during our usual Sunday morning meetings.

Note: Training will still be available at 10:00am at Stockbury for those not going on the walk.


Photos from Training on a Sunday in May

Last Sunday, 21st May 2017, was warm and mainly sunny and thirty two of our members took advantage of this pleasant weather to come and have an enjoyable hour training with their dogs.

Looking around the training area we can see the different groups  being taken through various exercises under direction of their instructor.

We see the puppy group handlers developing their dog’s heel walking,

the two intermediate groups under instruction working on various exercises,


and the advanced group practicing their down stays.


It is always good to see the dogs improving from the instruction they get each Sunday morning and a testament to the hours of work put in by their handlers.

Most Improved Awards

We see improvement in all the dogs over the weeks they attend training, making the committee’s decision difficult as to who should get the awards.

The awards this time go to:
Blaze for most improved puppy.
Riley for most improved rescue dog.
Juno for most improved adult dog.

Blaze most improved puppy award presentationMost improved rescue dog presentationMick presented the awards to Blaze and his handler Jenny (left photo). and to Riley and his handler Kevin (right photo)  at the Easter fun training session. Last Sunday, 14 May, Juno and his handler David were presented with their award (photo below).
Most improved adult dog presentationThe awards are held for six months after which they are returned for future presentations.



Easter Bonnet Parade

Normal club training this Easter Sunday was replaced by a fun event where members were invited to bring along Easter Bonnets for their dogs and / or themselves. About a dozen dogs arrived with bonnets of all shapes and sizes some of which you can see in the parade line below.

Easter Bonnet Parade 2017
Easter Bonnet Parade 2017

Ernie (above) looked quiet happy with his rabbit ears nicely positioned as he waited to be judged. 

Also quietly waiting Monty (below left) and Sophie (below right)

This all gave our judge Brenda Bingham a difficult decision to make, after much deliberation the winner was Cleo.

 Cleo very coy hiding behind her hat while her handler Helen was presented with her prize by Mick Bingham our club Patron. We did manage to catch another photo of Cleo, see below.
The morning events continued with  sausage and spoon races and then relays with teams having to get their dogs in sits or downs at stages through the relay. To finish all twenty six dogs took part in an obedience  group exercise. The morning concluded with light refreshments available for the handlers, the dogs had theirs during the sausage and spoon races.

Thank you to everybody for taking part and well done to you all.