News and Views

News and Views from  Sophie Mills Dog Training

Here are some of the latest snipets of news and views from Sophie Mills Dog Training, I hope you enjoy seeing what I do with my beautiful dogs!



Audrey and me URC Southern Area’s Most Outstanding Retriever Feb 2023.






BIPDT stand Crufts 2023.-1






Award winners, Butcherland Farm 6th August 2023 – Evie with Audrey.





Martyn with showing prizes and Bronze Good
Citizen Certificate 2023.






Audrey had a good year! 2023.





Martyn, Audrey and Robyn with their Springerfields Working Test prizes. Aug 2023.





Evie with Audrey and Arthur with Boris. 1st and 2nd in a Young Handler Gundog Working Test 2022.




Audrey, winner of the Ploughing Match Working Test Sept. 2022.





Martyn enjoying her first time at Discover Dogs. Oct 2022.





August 2021: Martyn (Leospring Sweet on You). When she first arrived






Sophie on BIPDT stand at Crufts with fellow BIPDT Advanced Instructors Tom Painter and Graham Everitt.-1




2018Group award 1

June 2018 UGS Team Finals. Audrey and I represented UGS Kent and East Sussex Team. Together with Andy, Marianne and Verona, we won! A very enjoyable day.




June 2018


June 2018. Teaching at a workshop for Shipton Events, called ‘Build A Bond With Your Dog’, alongside Paul Whittaker. Had a lovely weekend, including a fantastic BBQ.





August 2018. It was a pleasure to be asked
to be a judge for the BIPDT.




News Nell 2017


2017 was Nell’s last year of competition and she was a superstar, gaining 2 x 4th places. At 13 years old, she was the oldest there!



October 2017

News Oct 17 Excel coll
In October 2017, Audrey joined me on the Labrador Stand for Discover Dogs at London Excel. She’s a little superstar, not batting an eyelid on all our train journeys there and back and not minding all the attention and fuss she gets from the visitors to the stand


 August 2017

News Robyn Sept 17


In August 2017 Robyn (Woodruff Gossiping) joined our family. She’s a real character!



 July 2017

News July 17


In July 2017, I was lucky to be asked, along with my dog Audrey, to help Martin Deeley with a presentation about retrieving at the ‘All Things Canine ‘ course, run by Shipton Events.


March 2017 – Crufts

Crufts working gundog cert


Received my Working Gundog Certificate and handled a dog in the show ring!



February 2017



We said ‘goodbye’ to our oldest Labrador, Olive. She was 15 ½. She’s been a fabulous little dog and done us proud, winning Working Tests, Field Trials, represented the UK at the CLA Gamefair, been a superb picking up dog and is hugely missed as a member of our family.



September 2016

Chudleys Chanmpionship

Chudleys Gundog Championship, Midland Gamefair.
It was a long day but I was pleased that we made it to the third round. We were beaten by Vikki Stanley who went through to be the runner up to the winner, Lee Barlow with his spaniel. I made silly mistakes due to nerves, but hey ho, that’s how it goes sometimes!

It would be great to qualify again this year, to see if I could do better!


BIPDT Autumn Instructors Course 2016 – Harper Adams University, Shropshire.

Teaching at BIPDT 2016BIPDT 2016 instructorsI was lucky to be invited to be a course instructor for the first time, having previously been a student and then a judge on a few occasions. It was hard work but had a fabulous week with a great bunch of students and fellow instructors.

September 2016

Audry novice obedience

Won Novice Obedience with Audrey.
Audrey had her first season competing in Novice Field Trials and I was really pleased with her. Out of the four we did, we got down to the last two in, got 2 x Certificates of Merit and down to the last 4 in.
Looking forward to next season!


Summer 2016

Nel 3rd place veteran

We were thrilled that Nell got 3rd place in the veteran tests. She was, by far, the oldest veteran there!