About All Four Paws ATG

All Four Paws ATG was created by a group of handlers who wanted to train for competitive agility, but were unable to attend regular training sessions elsewhere in the Huddersfield/Halifax area.

The group was conceived in September 2007, and after training sporadically for a few months, we finally began regular training over the summer of 2008. Since those early meetings, our dogs and handlers have gone from strength to strength, and we are extremely proud of all that our dogs have accomplished.

The majority of our handlers compete at Kennel Club and UK Agility competitions throughout the North of England, although some do travel further afield. We have 10-12 regular handlers, with around 12-15 dogs between them, and several more experienced "drop-in" handlers who train with us on occasion. Not everybody competes, but we all work to the same competitive goals.

We occasionally run training days, workshops, and seminars.

About the Trainers

All Four Paws was brought about by Katie Ford, Leanne Szostak, and Emma Tasker. We are also indebted to Sarah Mulley for her contributions during our initial 18 months.

You can find out more about Katie, Emma, and Leanne's dogs by viewing the A4P Dogs page.

Emma Tasker has worked with everything from small animals through to large game in Africa, as well as being involved to various degrees in agility, flyball, obedience, rally, and ringcraft with her own dogs. Emma previously worked for the RSPCA, but has recently qualified as a dog groomer.

Emma and her crossbreed rescue dog, Bailey, started in Grade 1 in 2006, winning through to Grade 5, and have competed at Crufts in agility. Bailey is now enjoying her well-earned retirement and Emma is competing with her young Hungarian Vizsla, Diva, in Grade 3 from 2012.

Emma teaches our Foundation Agility Skills and Group 1 dogs and handlers.

Leanne Szostak has been working with dogs since 2001 in pet obedience, flyball, and agility. She also has a keen interest in dog behaviour and clicker training, and whilst her priority is agility, she also trains and competes in flyball, and dabbles in obedience and rally. Leanne currently works as a canine hydrotherapist.

Along with her first dog Kim, Leanne went from Grade 1 to Grade 6 (pending 1 win to the top level, Grade 7), and qualified for various national finals, including Crufts 2007. Her second dog Dylan retired in 2013 after reaching Grade 6, and is now enjoying Anysize classes. Leanne's young Australian Shepherd, Rio, is competing in Grade 3 as of 2014, and Jack Russell Terrier Daisy will debut in 2015.

Leanne teaches our Foundation Agility Skills, and Group 2 dogs and handlers. She is presently working toward the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI) qualification, eventually to specialise in Agility.

Katie Ford began agility in 2004 with her Lurcher Poppy. She primarily trains and competes in BFA flyball, where she is the Regional Rep for West Yorkshire. She now has three dogs; her main competitive dog is Jet, a crossbreed, working at Grade 4. Fly is a Whippet Lurcher who works Standard Beginners (UKA), and Rave is a Border Collie puppy due to make his debut early 2014.

Katie is currently taking a break from teaching agility as she passed her final exams in 2012 and is embarking on her Veterinary career. She is also working toward her KCAI, specialising in flyball.