All our trainers hold degree or postgraduate degree qualifications in animal behaviour and are affiliated with the APDT, APBC and TCBTS, the leading organisations of dog behaviour and training in the UK and member organisations of the newly formed Animal Behaviour and Training Council which has been set up to help regulate companion animal training and behaviour counselling in the UK.
We have extensive experience teaching a range of classes from puppies and beginners to agility, bronze and silver, and a variety of sports including TD Rally, Heelwork to Music, Pet dog obedience, agility and scentwork.
We are up-to-date with the latest research into canine behaviour science and its practical application for training methods. And we all have first-hand experience of raising puppies, adopting rescue dogs and multi-species households.
Susannah is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Society and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and The Canine Behaviour and Training Society (TCBTS). She is also Associate Lecturer on the Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree course at Anglia Ruskin University.
Susannah has a special interest in the rehabilitation and rehoming of rescue dogs (she has lived with four dogs that have come from rescue as strays with no history, and knows this is no bar to creating the very best relationship with them). Having raised 6 litters of puppies (including singleton litters) she is strongly aware of the importance of early stage development and is committed to raising puppies to give them the very best start in life.
Susannah is also concerned with issues surrounding dog access and responsible ownership and as a dedicated conservationist, wants to promote shared enjoyment of the countryside and greenspaces and reduce conflict between user groups and wildlife
Research interests include the application of attachment theory to dog-human relationships, social cognition (how dogs and humans communicate and co-operate with each other) and how training methods, particularly feedback during training, affects the dog's emotional state and learning. In addition to lecturing on animal behaviour and welfare, Susannah has conducted research investigating how dog and owner personality affect the way they interact and communicate with each other.
Kerry-Anne is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (UK APDT), an organisation which prides itself on using training methods that are kind, fair and effective as well as being a veterinary nurse, working in a local practice. She has a first class honours degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, specialising in canine and feline behaviour, and is passionate about promoting the welfare of companion animals, and the importance of a great relationship between pets and their owners. She regularly attends practical training and workshops on the most up-to-date training methods.
Kerry-Anne enjoys instructing on the puppy course, ensuring that your puppy is learning important lifeskills and guiding their behaviour to help them be a great companion living in a human world, whilst always having fun! She also teaches the bronze, silver and gold classes, helping owners cope with challenging adolescence, incorporating ideas and methods from positive reward-based gundog training and teaching tricks just for fun! Kerry-Anne currently lives with Bobbie the cat, hand-reared from 2 days old by herself after being found abandoned, Lyra, a 6 year old Golden Retriever and Mowgli, an adolescent Flat-coated Retriever.
Qualified to degree level with a B.Sc in Animal Behaviour, Lindsay is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (UK APDT) and a Certified Dog Trick Instructor (CDTI) with Domorewithyourdogs.com. She works for a leading UK animal charity, where she is directly involved with dog welfare, training and behaviour. She has a passion for rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats and has fostered many needy souls in the past. Lindsay believes that time and patience is key to getting the best out of the relationship between our furry companions and their owners. Lindsay is an experienced clicker trainer and enjoys the endless possibilities this brings. She regularly attends seminars and workshops and, as part of her job, is required to be up to date with the latest training information. Lindsay lives with her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Buzz and three cats. Buzz and Lindsay are members of the East Anglia Staffordshire Bull Terrier club and are also part of the display team which has appeared at Crufts in 2015 and 2016. Buzz entertains the crowds at dog shows and events with agility and tricks which include reading, skateboarding and playing dead when shot!
You can find out more about the seminars, workshops and conferences attended by the team here
Paula has been with Cambridge Dogs for two years since completing a first class degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Paula has experience working for a leading UK animal charity, focusing on dog welfare, behaviour and rehoming. She also has previous experience of working as a dog walker and pet sitter and regularly attends courses to keep up-to-date with modern training techniques and welfare standards. Paula and her family live with a rescue poodle-cross Josie and cat Willow.
ICC Dog Training was founded by Christina Oxtoby in 2004 to provide kind, stress-free training using modern, positive methods and now has a number of centres in and around Lincolnshire. In 2009 Christina moved to Cambridge for a year and established the ICC Cambridge branch, which has now become Cambridge Dogs. Instructors started off assisting at classes before moving on to instruct classes. You cannot learn to be a dog training instructor in a weekend crash-course or on the internet. Watching and assisting experienced instructors, learning about the different ways that dogs and people best learn, and gaining solid experience under supervision and in a team are essential.
Christina has now moved to Lincolnshire and holds regular workshops here in Cambridge while we continue the training classes under the core principles of kind, stress-free training that ICC prides itself on. We maintain close links with the ICC team and are pleased to continue to be associated with them.