The Sorcerer & her
Produced by Club HTM
Reviewed by Ron Rawlingson
A video about training your dog for heelwork to music Mary Ray’s way. She demonstrates
her innovative methods of training the various moves and gives an insight the special
relationship she has with her dogs. Featuring her latest Crufts show-stopping routine The
Sorcerer and Her Apprentice.
An interview with Peter Lewis and Mary Ray
The routine The Sorcerers Apprentice
An introduction to Mary’s canine family
A step by step instruction on training
your dog for heelwork to music
A brief insight into clicker training
A final look at the routine
All movements used in heelwork to music are broken down into separate training exercises.
Tuition is down to earth and easy to follow. Mary demonstrates a unique understanding of the
Video case with a picture of Mary and a very proud, happy looking Quincy at the beginning of
Value for Money:
At £25-00 this was an expensive video. However, training classes would cost much much more, and
you can follow this program at your own pace.
At last after years of almost Masonic secrecy about how exactly you train a dog to do heelwork
to music, the secret is out. This video has already been well played. However, when following
Mary’s instructions on training aids I must point out that one should never use sausage if you
have more than one dog in the room as you may loose a finger!
Price £26.45 (incl. p & p) Delivery to Europe, send a sterling cheque for £28.45. Rest of the
world, send sterling cheque for £30.45 (VHS only).
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Mary Ray' dog training career began in 1978 when she joined Rugby DTC. Within a very short
time her natural empathy with dogs and her tremendous ability were recognised by the Club and,
before the end of the 1980s she became head trainer of that club.
Her agility career started
in 1980, just after the birth of agility in the UK. She established herself immediately as one
of the top handlers in the sport. She has either won or been in the finals of every major
sponsored British agility competition. This included winning the prestigious Pedigree Agility
Stakes with her Border Collie Pepperland Hot Chocolate. She holds the record for qualifying the
most dogs on the most occasions for this prestigious Final in the last twenty years.
She has also been a member
of the Rugby DTC Agility Team, which has competed at the Crufts Team Agility finals on many
occasions and a member of the winning team one year. She has also been a member of the Rugby
DTC Crufts Flyball team, competing in the Finals at the Crufts Dog Show.
Although there are conflicting stories about
where heelwork to music started, Mary was the first person to put together a public performance
in 1990. She did this again in 1992 and, thereafter has done a demonstration every year at
Crufts. For the last three years, Mary has been centre stage in the Main Ring at Crufts on Best
in Show night with her routines including Riverdance (1997), Switched on Classics (1998),
Boogie Shoes and Night Fever.
Mary has judged all
Obedience classes from pre-beginners to class C as well as Agility at the Crufts Dog Show. She
is still Head Trainer at Rugby DTC, Championship Obedience Show Secretary for the club, a
member of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council and an Associate Member of the Kennel Club.
Mary has been married to her
husband, Dave, for 20 years.!They live in Rugby, in the centre of the UK. Their present family
consists of nine dogs (no children): five Border Collies, a Tervueren, a Lurcher, a Papillon
and a Shetland Sheepdog.
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