TRAINERS - PHIL & MICHELLE HODGKINSON
Michelle joined the Johnston K9 team in 2015 and was so impressed with the classes and the warm, friendly welcome from the staff that it was not long before her husband Phil joined the ranks. Both are a regular presence at all three Obedience Classes, Social Pack Treks and Contraband Search Dog Training and hope to complete their KCGCDS Examiner awards soon.
When they aren't working as trainers Phil and Michelle have a busy home life with three dogs of their own - Beagles, Dexter and Freya, and Staffy Cocker cross, Narla, all of whom have achieved the KCGKDS Gold Award.
Phil and Michelle are also professional Foster Carers, with their friendly, understanding and patient personalities helping them to settle and support individuals regardless of the cirucmstances. They are a great asset to our team.
Michelle says “The team at Johnston K9 are like extended family, like-minded individuals who always strive to get the best out of the dogs and handlers in classes, implementing proven training methods in a fun way. I love nothing more than giving handlers the skills and knowledge and seeing the improvements of dogs in subsequent weeks, it's a really rewarding feeling.”