Paws for Thought was set up by Stuart Brace an ex-Police dog handler following the disbanding of the local Police Dog Team and due to the continued requests for Dog Displays in the area.After some years of performing a police style display, Stuart took control of the team and changed its style. Gone were lengthy obedience routines, police style agility and police man work and in came fun agility races, encouraging crowd involvement, tricks and games which children and adults could participate in if they were brave enough.The display changed from formal to very informal, the onus placed on entertaining the whole family. A strong message was also presented that dog owners should be responsible for their pets and fun could be had training a dog, whatever the breed.The teams reputation was growing and they were now being booked by large events. Brookfield Veterinary Practice provide sponsorship and advice to the team.Eventually they were requested to perform at Crufts Dog Show and the team have not looked back. They have performed at such prestigious events such as BBC CountryFile Live, Discover Dogs, Channel 4 Pet Roadshows, Royal Bath and West, Royal Welsh, Royal Three Counties Shows, Paws in the Park, The London Pet Show, The Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Britain's Got Talent and The Alan Titchmarsh Show, CBBC Who Let The Dogs Out and About.They are now performing countrywide and are represented by a number of top agencies namely Daubney, 1st Class, Temples, Peter Johnson and Tony Yorke.
About usPaws for Thought was formed in 1988 and is based in Hereford, West Midlands.The team travel throughout Great Britain, the handlers have all been members of West Mercia Dog Training Centre and all the dogs are family pets, the majority being rescue dogs.The aim of the team is to entertain the non dog owning and dog owning public alike. Special emphasis is given to entertaining and involving children.Via the commentary given by Stuart Brace (Team Instructor), there is also another very important aim that is to educate dog owners into becoming responsible for their pets, this ranges from being in control of the dog to cleaning up after it.