Ann DeRizzio has been a dog trainer for over 30 years. She started dog training with her rescued cross breed Perri and was amazed at how people could get dogs to sit, lie down and fetch by giving a simple command. Ann’s first challenge was teaching Perri to come back when called. Ann (not so fondly) remembers having to chase him for two hours in the local park. First lesson learnt: NEVER CHASE YOUR DOG!
Her second obedience dog - Merlin - took Ann from beginners to Championship C. Ann’s next challenge was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Robin - who excelled in breed and obedience. Ann has judged obedience and Heelwork to Music throughout the UK and Europe, including Holland, Ireland and Denmark. Today, Ann’s main focus is Heelwork to Music, a sport she has competed in since 1999.
Ann has trained three dogs to Advanced level and has competed with Ccino (Stillmoor Touch of Spice HTM A Ex) at Crufts 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Ccino retired from competitive work aged 11 in 2011. Ann’s other sporting dog is a beautiful blue merle border collie (Stillmoor Show Stopper HTM A Ex, Freestyle A EX - Boyce), who not only competes at Advanced level in both HTM and Freestyle, but also competes at breed shows and qualified for Crufts 2008, and gaining a 4th place in his class. Boyce also qualified for Crufts freestyle in 2011.
There are four other dogs in the house - Conker (a Swedish Valhund/Jack Russell cross - Valjack), Socrates (a red and white border collie), Dargo (a Tibetan Spaniel) and Phoenix (a red tri border collie).
In 2010, Ann judged Crufts HTM, Freestyle and international competitions as well as the Crufts Young Kennel Club classes. She is qualified to judge HTM at all levels and is a member of the Kennel Club Heelwork to Music working party, where she plays an active role in regulating the sports development. She is also one of 5 national HTM accredited judges assessors.
Wolves to dogs canine acting and model agency was conceived when Ann became involved in training dogs for film, theatre and television. She has also been lecturing at Myerscough college since 1995 on all aspects of dog care, welfare, management, training and behaviour.