Welcome to Babadogs

‘Promoting Positive Partnerships’

Bristol and Bath Agility

We are a Kennel Club licensed agility club based near Marshfield, easily accessible from Bristol, Bath and Chippenham.
We aim to offer all dogs and handlers quality, friendly, reward based agility training with great training facilities.

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These are available to work on specific skills or those dogs that may struggle in a group situation.


These are run periodically throughout the year and we cover specific topics such as weaves, handling skills, contacts, competition prep.

Guest Trainers

We are lucky enough to host some of the best guest trainers in the country, including many members of the Great Britain team!

Course Running Days

We offer course running days throughout the year. These are a great way to practice your course running skills in a relaxed environment.

Fun Shows

We run fun shows including steeplechase and agility. These are open to all and are a great way to prepare for competition. Individuals can run for competition or train in the ring.

Group Classes

Puppies Groups

From 16 weeks.

Young Dogs Groups

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From approximately 6 months.

Foundation Level Groups

For complete beginner dogs and handlers (dogs must be over 12 months to attend).

Improvers Groups

For those that have started their agility journey and are able to sequence jumps and tunnels, have started weaves and contacts.

Pre-Competition Groups

Similar to Improvers but with a little more focus on preparing for competition.

Competition Groups

For those already competing from Grade 1 to Championship level.

Meet The Team

Abigail Doxford, Founder of Babadogs

Abigail Doxford

Baba founder and Agility Trainer
Abigail Doxford established Babadogs in 2015 having trained at a variety of local clubs for a number of years. Abigail previously worked as an Occupational Therapist and trained assistance dogs before focusing on agility training. This move to focus on agility allowed her to combine her motivational training of people and dogs together!

Whilst agility training is more than the rosettes you win, Abigail has achieved success with all her dogs. Representing Great Britain on a number of occasions, winning both individual and team medals, she has also competed at every major final in the U.K. including Crufts and Olympia.

See details of Abigail’s dogs’ individual achievements

katherine Hills

Katherine Hills

Agility Trainer

Katherine currently has two dogs, with quite different personalities.  Laila Mae is a 7 year old mixed breed rescue from Cyrpus. Katherine has achieved so much with Laila, using a motivational and kind approach as she can be nervous in certain situations. Together they have made numerous finals including , Dog Agility Rescue finals, Agility Club Novice Finals, and won the teams final at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival. They currently compete at grade 6 and only two wins away from grade 7.

Katherine’s talented youngster is Dash, a young, very enthusiastic cocker spaniel, who will hopefully dip his toes into competing later in the year

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

Agility Trainer
Sarah currently competes with her Cockerpoo Betty in grade 7, and her speedy young cocker spaniel Duggee in grade 4. Sarah has owned a number of different breeds rescues and puppies including her beloved  Golden Retriever Lolly, the dog that started her agility journey and got her hooked! She also helped rehabilitate a complex rescue collie, as well as her current love for  cockerpoos and cocker spaniels.
Sarah has achieved grade 7 with a number of dogs. She is able to apply this knowledge to working with dogs of different breeds and temperaments.
Sue Roll

Sue Roll

Agility trainer
Sue and her husband have been involved with dogs for many years. She started with a farm collie working cattle in Devon and Cornwall. Sue started agility training with her next collie Bosun and fair to say she was hooked after that. Sue has a fantastic relationship with her Red and White collie Boomer and currently competes at grade 7. Sue also has a lovely young Sable collie called Breeze who she hopes will be her next agility partner.
Sue brings her expertise from lecturing at an agricultural college and her success at agility to her agility training. Sue’s husband Kevin also competes with his lovely Border Collie Bligh.
Nikki Aitchison

Nikki Aitchison

Agility Trainer
Nikki shares her home with a number of wonderful dogs. She currently has two competing dogs both of which are grade7. Nikki has achieved great success with her first agility dog Bud including being selected as part of the Great Britain team at the IFCS world championships. Nikki also competes with her talented Luna, a collie cross whippet who is now also grade 7 and starting out in her championship career.
Nikki also has two young dogs, Fluke her very enthusiastic and lover of life rescue Staffordshire bull terrier cross and a very handsome young border collie puppy Notch. She is working hard on her foundations with these and hopes both will enjoy the game of agility with her in the future.

Client Testimonials

“Coaching from Abi has enabled me to believe in myself and achieve my goals at Championship and National level. Her wealth of knowledge and experience not only means that every session is carefully tailored to my dogs and their training needs, but the nuggets of advice help me to change my mindset to make me a better handler and trainer. I could not have achieved anywhere near what I have done over the last year without the guidance, support, mentorships and encouragement that Abi gives.”
Ian, grade 7 handler and GB squad member, Kennel Club judge
“We started training with Abi at Baba about 3 years ago and it was the best decision we ever made. We joined the club with numerous training and confidence issues learnt prior to starting. With Abi’s he, my dog has gone from a novice grade 1 dog with a handler lacking in confidence (me!) to a grade 7 dog who’s qualified for numerous finals and completed a couple of Championship classes with a much more confident handler who has become so addicted to agility she has just passed her KC judges exams.
I am now looking forward to starting our training journey with our new puppy and with Abi’s help I know our foundations with be rock solid and the journey even more enjoyable!”
Joanna, grade 7 handler and Kennel Club judge
“Abi is a fantastic trainer. She doesn’t approach training with a one size fits all plan. She spends time talking to the handler and assessing the dogs’ needs before commencing any training. And then everything is done with such encouragement that even when things don’t go to plan, you still leave with a smile on your face.”
Jo, proud owner of cocker spaniels and staffies and kennel club judge
“I have been training at Babadogs for about 18 months and the lessons are one of the highlights of my week! Abi is an inspirational trainer, so motivational, encouraging and patient. Since I started training with her my two terriers have gone from grade 3 to grade 7 and grade 2 to grade 5 and my young dogs started his puppy foundation training at 6 months and is now competing successfully at 2 years old. More important than success in the ring is the fact we have so much fun!”
Fiona, grade 7 handler