Meet the team

Michael Newland

Club founder with over 35 years of dog training experience, started in 1976 when he got his first Newfoundland and began competing  in Obedience, and later Carting & Water Rescue. 1n 1979 Mike set up the 1st Water training group in Southern England.  Mike became an instructor in 1978 at the Leigh Park dog Training Club where he still teaches today. Over the years he has enjoyed helping thousands of people to train their dogs. He also trains the “Trainers”, many of whom have gone on to start their own clubs. Mike was born, grew up, and still lives on Hayling  and 9 years ago  decided to set the Hayling Island Dog Training Club at the local Community Centre. It has proved extremely popular and continues to grow rapidly. Additional classes have had to be introduced to meet demand and the scope has been extended to encompass the growing interest in Agility. 

Mike Newland

Jenny Sandle

Jenny has grown up around dogs all her life, when she didn’t have her own dog she would look after those of her neighbours, friends and family.  Her keen interest in training dogs was further developed 11 years ago when she got her first dog – Lillie, a black and white Border Collie.  Having trained Lillie and her current dog Tally (another Border Collie) in both obedience and agility, Jenny has studied animal behaviour, a COAPE course in Canine Behaviour and various other Canine Communication courses and now teaches people to understand, train and have fun with their dogs in obedience and agility classes.

Jenny Sandle

Fiona Biggs

In February 2007, Fiona adopted a 1 year old Staffie Cross, Molly, from the RSPCA.  Molly had a few problems, being very nervous, extremely sensitive and petrified of other dogs.  After having her for 2 weeks, Fiona and Molly joined Hayling Island Dog Training Club and never looked back.

Now 9   years old, Molly is in the advanced class and has also taken part in displays and agility and has won a number of rosettes in dog shows.

Fiona says the help from the club has been fantastic and she enjoys it so much that for the last 7 years she has been helping with the admin and meeting and greeting the new people.

Fiona Biggs

Alyssa Ralph

Alyssa comes to us from Guide Dogs for the Blind, having also worked for Canine Partners. She initially started her training career with Marwell Zoo, training various zoo animals, and has since gone on to achieve a Masters’ degree in this field.

She teaches dog owners to train their dogs using fun and engaging methods, with a focus on force-free techniques that they can take into the wider world with them. She understands that every dog and handler are different, and will make sure that you, as an individual, learn and grow with your dog.

She also runs Step Up Dog Training & Behaviour, which offers workshops and 1-2-1 sessions for dogs of any age, from before you even bring your puppy or rescue dog home, right through to teaching an old dog new tricks. If you and your dog struggle with a particular issue, we recommend giving her a call to establish if puppy classes are the right way to go, or if a more tailored approach would be more suitable.

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Alyssa Ralph