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.

We Walked on 25 Nov 2018

On Sunday 25th November 2018 club members met in the Hook and Hatchet pub’s car park before moving off to walk at Hucking Estate.

Fifteen dogs with their handlers took part, walking across open fields, and along bridleways and woodland paths.

Pausing briefly for a group photograph

Walking group Hucking 25 Nov 2018

before continuing the walk ending back at the pub for suitable sustenance.

An enjoyable walk, the rain held off so we managed to stay dry!!!! The fifteen dogs were all were well behaved and due to earlier rain a little muddy by the end.  Although fewer dogs than usual attended, it was just the right number for a lot of the newer members were attending their first club walk.

Thanks to Sue for organising the walk, also Su and Mark for helping Sue.

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.


Donation to Large Breed Rescue

Donation presentation to Large Breed Rescue December 17At training on Sunday 17th December 2017 we were joined by Sharon who we had invited to come along on behalf Large Breed Dog Rescue.  The cheque was presented to Sharon by Mick Bingham on behalf of Stockbury Dog Club at our start of training gathering when all members are together. Sharon thanked all the club members for the donation saying the money was much appreciated and will help them to provide for the dogs in their care.



Puppy Award Presentaion

On Sunday 22nd October 2017 we were pleased to be able to present Parker and Doug with their  rosettes and certificates for passing their KC Puppy Foundation assessment.
The awards were presented by Mick, our Patron, and received by:

Parker’s handler Glenn

and Doug’s handler Kerry

Well done to both of them.


Donations Update

Latest Donations Given Out Take The Total To
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One of the recent donations we have given out has been to Buttercups Goat Sanctuary near Maidstone. Our club Secretary Su Good can be seen in the photo handing over the cheque.

Buttercups is the only registered goat Charity in the United Kingdom whose sole aim is to provide relief to goats that have suffered or no longer have a home. Goats arrive at the Sanctuary from all over Kent, the bordering counties and London and Buttercups ensure that each animal receives the individual attention it deserves. Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats is now home to over 140 goats.

Other charities we have recently given donations to are: Last Chance Animal Rescue, Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Oldies Club, Happy Endings Rescue, Support Dogs, Protecting Preloved Border Collies and German Shepherd Rescue elite. 

These donations have taken the accumulative total for charitable donations given out by Stockbury Dog Club since 2004 to more than

As a club we have been giving out donations since the club started in 1993 originally to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, these are not included in the £30k total. Rather than support a sole charity it was decided in 2004 to broaden our support and to consider other animal related charities based mainly in or around our region.

The giving of these charitable donations have been possible as all those involved with running the club are unpaid volunteers. Also the foresight and dedication of our founder and patron Mick Bingham who started the club in 1993 and has been at almost every Sunday morning training session since then. Twenty four years dedicated to providing dog training is remarkable but add to that the fact that Mick set the club up as not for profit so as to benefit others is an outstanding achievement.


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.