Brian and RiaWe are Brian and Ria McGovern, we are the proprietors of Chalkwell Kennels and together we have a lifetime of experience in dog training and boarding.

Ria is Dutch.  She has passed the Dutch state examination for Animal Boarding Kennel Management. This qualification is a compulsory requirement for anyone wishing to operate boarding kennels in The Netherlands. She is also a qualified nurse and her professional background gives her excellent qualifications to manage our business. Brian gives seminars on dog training and over the last 30 years has given numerous seminars in the UK, the United States, New Zealand and throughout Europe.

Not only do we work in the pet industry, it is also our life and our hobby as we spend all our free time training and competing with our dogs. While living in Holland I won the Dutch National Obedience championships twice and Ria once, all with different dogs. Ria has also won the most prestigious of all obedience competitions when she and Vito took the top obedience honours at Crufts 2017. We currently own 3 dogs, 2 Malinois and a Border Collie.