Canine Hoopers UK was formed in 2017 to provide UK handlers and their dogs with a fun, fast, low-impact sport. Clubs, societies and individuals are able to host Canine Hoopers UK shows, competitions and training by Accredited Instructors. Canine Hoopers UK strives to protect the long term well-being of the dog by maintaining flowing courses of low impact obstacles and aims to be an inclusive dog sport making sure that this sport is accessible to all dogs and handlers, in particular large and tiny breeds, dogs which require a little extra space, patience or understanding and also to handlers with limited mobility.
Canine Hoopers UK endeavours to promote only force free modern training techniques through the training and assessment and of our Accredited Canine Hoopers UK Instructor scheme.
All Accredited Canine Hoopers UK Instructors have been thoroughly assessed and only awarded accreditation when they prove their understanding, knowledge and teaching aptitude, meaning you are secure in the knowledge that your learning journey will be both fun, and safe, and that the instruction you receive will be to the highest standard. We are committed to making sure that all Canine Hoopers UK Accredited Trainers are consistently teaching to a high standard, they use only modern force free training techniques and are promoting everything this wonderful sport has to offer.
For those wishing to showcase their abilities, there are Canine Hoopers UK shows held all year round throughout the UK. Focusing on the partnership between dog and handler, CHUK competition courses will be smooth and flowing and can include optional handling challenges too for extra points! Unlike many other dog sports, progression is based on consistency rather than individual class wins.
Watch our video below to see just how much fun Canine Hoopers UK is for both dogs and handlers!
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The Canine Hoopers UK Journey so far….
2014 Founding member Hayley started training and running overseas versions of the sport here in the UK
2016 Interest grew and the sport began to build it’s own identity here with several competitions
2017 Canine Hoopers UK was formed as a Not for Profit organisation with a view to standardise a UK format of the hoopers sport and develop structured competition classes
2018 We welcomed the opportunity to work alongside The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers who scrutinized our Accredited Instructors Programme before offering their support. Hundreds of happy dogs and handlers got involved and we welcomed our 200th Accredited Instructor. We also launched our nationwide Good Hooper Awards Scheme.
2019 Welcomes licensed competitions across the UK including the first British Hoopers Championship in September and a record breaking number of happy dogs and handlers getting involved!
2020 Saw the launch of the Online Good Hoopers Awards. Designed to keep both dog and owners enjoying hoopers from the comforts of their own homes throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic. These awards spread around the globe to bring Canine Hoopers UK to everyone!
This year also saw our Accredited Instructors Programme gain accreditation OCN London. Along with this began our annual Instructor CPD training to ensure our instructors are always up to date on the latest developments and training methods.
2021 What will 2021 bring?….