Chantal Karyta

CK9 Training is run by Chantal Karyta BSc. (Hons), Dip CABT.  Chantal has always had a keen interest in dogs having worked in boarding kennels, a dog rescue centre and a large dog training and behaviour centre in Surrey before setting up her own company in 2009.


  • BSc. (Hons) in Psychology
  • COAPE Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling
  • Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT 1068)
  • Member of the Pet Professional Guild
  • Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants
  • Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer
  • Scentwork UK trainer

Chantal Karyta

Chantal is also a trainer for Dog AID (Assistance In Disability), Registered Charity Number 1098619, a national voluntary organisation which provides specialised training for people with physical disabilities who wish to train their own pet dog, some up to Assistance Level.

Chantal offers online dog training lessons and behaviour consultations, specialising in reactivity and separation anxiety.  She also mentors the other trainers that work for CK9 Training.  Chantal regularly attends lectures and seminars by internationally renowned dog trainers and behaviourists such as Ken Ramirez, Emily Larlham, Kay Laurence and has studied with Susan Friedman and the School of Canine Science.  She has written for magazines including Animal Talk and Edition Dog, and has also been featured in the Guardian.  

Chantal currently owns four dogs, 2 Border Collies and two Shelties, whilst having experience with owning previous breeds including Terriers, German Shepherds, Papillons, a Bulldog and a Sighthound.  Chantal has competed at Olympia, won at Crufts, and has represented Team England in the World Agility Open and Team GB at the FCI Agility World Championships.  She has also recently qualified to compete at IFCS with one of her Shelties.

Debbi Rule

Debbi has been working with Chantal  since CK9 training was established in 2010.

She currently has two dogs, Tommy a young Border Collie and Ronnie an elderly Shih Tzu.

Debbi has done several dog activities, including mantrailing and obedience but concentrates mainly on scentwork now.

She has completed numerous courses in subjects including canine psychology, scentwork, puppy socialisation and tricks, including some with Emily Larlham, Ken Ramirez, Deborah Jones and Grisha Stewart.  

Debbi is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor  and runs our tricks workshops as well as scentwork classes, other workshops, private lessons and behaviour consults.

Virginia Alves

Virginia has been working with dogs for over 15 years, and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.  She has always had a passion for dogs and has helped many along the way. At present she owns 5 dogs, 4 of them come from rescues, helping them to have a fulfilled happy life.
Virginia’s training is precise, clear, specific and fun. Her approach to training helps to improve the relationship between dogs and their owners. Working with sensitive dogs is one of her many strengths.
She competes in high level in Agility and has competed at Crufts. She also loves trying other sports and activities such as Mantrailing and Scentwork.
Virginia regularly attends seminars and courses of well-known trainers and behaviourist such as Ken Ramirez, Emily Larlham, Kay Laurence, Kim Brophey, Michael Shikashio to continue her professional development. 
Virginia works mainly with our Reactive Dog clients, as well as teaching our agility classes, Puppy Kindergarten and private lessons. 

Rachel Ashby

Rachel has always owned dogs and has lived with a variety of different breeds including Boxers, German Shepherds, Spaniels and Border Collies. 

She currently owns 2 Collies, Buddy and Grace. 

Rachel has been with CK9 Training since 2018, starting off as an Assistant and then taking on her own classes.  She is trained in Canine First Aid and has done numerous dog behaviour courses as well as being a Certified Hoopers Instructor. 

Rachel teaches some of our puppy classes, our agility classes as well as doing private lessons. 



Keith Clarke

Keith has been a management and training coach of humans for over 20 years and initially came to CK9 Training with his Border Collie puppy Snoop for some puppy classes.  He got bitten by the training bug, became an Assistant Trainer and then joined as a Trainer with his own classes and private lessons in 2020.  Keith has studied with the School of Canine Science, the IMDT and Michael Shikashio.

He has now moved to Ballyclare, Northern Ireland and has opened up a CK9 Training branch running classes, workshops, private lessons and behaviour consultations. 



Keith Clarke

Katy Deane

Katy runs our Northern Ireland branch with Keith and their Border Collie Snoop.

Katy has been with CK9 Training since 2018, starting off as an Assistant and then taking on her own classes teaching life skills, scentwork and hoopers, as well as taking on private lessons and behaviour consultations. 

She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild, has trained with School of Canine Science and is a Scentwork UK trainer and qualfied judge. She has also studied with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour as well as being a Certified Hoopers Instructor. 

Katy Deane