Gaynor is a full member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and has over twenty years of experience in training a diverse selection of breeds ranging in size from Bichon’s and Jack Russels to Great Danes, Dobermans, and GSDs.
Some of the less popular breeds that she has worked with include the Shar Pei, the Vizsla, the Italian Spinone and the Boerboel, although over her years of training and running classes it would be hard to find a type of dog that she hasn’t either trained or helped train.
She co-founded A1K9 with her partner Charles Wall in 1995, a company that has been at the fore front of training dogs to clients both here in the UK and to many countries worldwide.
When Gaynor started training dogs she was very much a woman in a man’s world but she relished the challenge and over the years has become known for her expertise in the dog training world. She was the first female to win the Mick Smith associates cup at the British Police and Service Canine Association competition in 2004, where the dogs are put through their paces in obedience, agility and protection work.
Gaynor takes weekly training classes, from puppy socialisation classes, juvenile classes through to the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum standard, her classes are known for their off lead socialisation and a high rate of success. With agility training as an added part of the silver classes and those that follow, dogs and their owners always depart happy.
Much of Gaynor’s work takes place at A1K9’s facilities set in 57 acres, just outside Swansea, which are of the highest standard and include both indoor and large outdoor training areas. There are many large fenced training fields, agility equipment and a shop where training equipment can be purchased.
Her greatest pleasure is derived from seeing the change in the way her clients interacts with their dogs, having had some tuition on how to improve their understanding of human to dog communication.