Cambridge Dogs

Dog training and behaviour

Cambridge Dogs

Dog training and behaviour

CLASSES Sept 2018

Our classes are designed to give you the skills and knowledge to raise a well-adjusted family dog and to introduce some fun activities that will enrich both your lives.

Puppy classes:

7.30-8.30pm on Tuesday.

Next course starts 4 Sept 2018

Beginner and bronze classes:

8.30-9.30pm on Tuesday.

Next course starting 4 Sept 2018

7.30-8.30pm on Wednesday.

Next course starting 5 Sept 2018

Silver/Gold class

8.30-9.30pm on Wednesday.

Next course starting 5 Sept 2018


See our Events page


We are dedicated to kind, modern and effective methods of training your dog which are based on learning to communicate effectively and building a trusting relationship with each other.

We don't use aversive equipment or techniques in dog training; no harsh handling or punishment that induces pain or fear in your dog. Our training methods are based on rewarding appropriate behaviour and listening to your dog to establish trust and understanding.

Effective Communication

To build your relationship, be clear and consistent to your dog about what you want from him; we are 'training' each time we interact with our dogs. Be prepared to listen and respond appropriately when your dog tries to tell you something. Provide guidance and leadership through mutual trust, confidence and understanding, rather than force and intimidation.

Understanding your dog's natural behaviour, breed-specific traits, learning theory and how humans and dogs communicate with each other are all important in training. It is possible to confuse, distress and depress dogs by behaving inconsistently towards them or not recognizing their need for social contact and affection. We also have to recognise that just like us, our dogs are all individuals so there is no 'one size fits all' method of training. Take time to understand your dog's personality and what motivates and enthuses them as an individual.

The Team

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 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!



Paula has been with Cambridge Dogs for three years since obtaining a First class honours degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Paula previously worked for a leading UK animal charity, focusing on dog welfare, behaviour and rehoming. She also has 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.

If you would like to know more about what seminars, workshops and conferences the team have attended and participated in, please ask!


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.

Training classes

Contact or Tel: 07503160401 for further information or to book on to a course.

Puppy Classes

Cost: £75 for 6 week course. Course booklet and treat pouch supplied with the course.

The early weeks of your puppy's life are vitally important in establishing the right foundation, so if you miss the start date for a new intake please still call us, if we have availability we will start puppies through the course so they don't have to wait!

PLEASE give us a call as soon as you get your puppy - or before!  We are very happy for you to come and watch a class without your puppy and ask questions.

Beginner and Bronze course

Our Adult Beginner class is suitable for those who have done some puppy training or new rescue dogs. Our Bronze course is for dogs that are following on from puppy class, or who have basic level of obedience and are sociable with other dogs. We continue to build on the foundations to increase your dogs reliability and performance with increasing distractions to give you the essential tools for the real world - a reliable recall, a solid stay and a rock-steady relationship with your dog! We introduce different activities for you and your dog to enjoy together.

These classes run on Tuesdays between 8.30 - 9.30 pm and Wednesdays between 7.30 - 8.30 pm.

Classes run as 6 week blocks.  Unfortunately refunds cannot be made for missed classes.

The emphasis in these classes is on training rather than socialisation between dogs. We are working on building the relationship you have with your dog, and teaching your dog to listen to you in an environment where other dogs are present too.  Each dog needs the space to be able to work safely and interact calmly, focussing on you. We work hard to ensure that each session is fun and interactive, and with your help, a safe place for each dog present.

You are very welcome to come and watch a class without your dog first, please contact us if you would like to do this.

Cambridge Dog Trick courses

Why teach tricks?

Tricks are fun; we enjoy teaching them, which means our dogs enjoy learning them. Unlike Stay or coming back when called, we feel less pressure to get them right which means we can relax and have fun with our dogs. Tricks can be useful, or just amusing. We find that tricks help build a strong bond between you and your dog. Note: you can improve 'serious' training by applying a trick training attitude - ALL training should be fun! And this course will show you how.

Our new 3 week tricks course will give you the basic skills to teach you dog a variety of tricks. Skills covered in class will include skateboarding, bell ringing, fun with hoops and doing the can-can. To get the most out of this course your dog must have an understanding of clicker training, targeting and a good level of basic training. Spaces will be limited so register your interest now!

Head Trick Instructor Lindsay is a Certified Dog Trick Instructor with Do More WIth Your Dog (Kyra Sundance). We will shortly be introducing Cambridge Dog Trick Levels for you and your dog to work towards - watch this space!

Please contact us for further information on this course.

Scentwork course

All dogs love to sniff. Teach your dog the basics of scent discrimination, searching and indication on this course to start an activity you can do with your dog at home or out and about, whether old or young, fit or infirm.

Please contact us for further information on this course.


Church of the Good Shepherd, Mansel Way, Cambridge, CB4 2ET.  Just behind Budgens near Arbury Court.

One-to-one training

Many adult beginner dogs come into class as newly adopted dogs from rescue, or adult dogs that have received little or no training before. Sometimes dogs are over-excited or worried around other dogs and need to start learning in a quieter environment.   If you feel your dog isn't ready to cope in a class with other dogs or any other reason you, or the instructors consider that your dog may be more suitable for one-to-one classes we can offer these at our Arbury venue or as a home visit.

A one-to-one may also be best to tackle particular training issues that you are having with your dog.

Behaviour problems such as aggression, separation-related problems, destruction vocalisation or compulsive behaviour, multiple training-related problems or issues that may have arisen from, or caused medical problems, should be seen as a behaviour consultation.  Please contact us for further advice.

Contact us for further details

Email: (you can also contact us on or

Telephone: 07503 160401

Please note: we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible but if you haven't heard anything within 48 hours please try an alternate email address or give us a call.

Behavioural help for your dog

The team has a professionally qualified and accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist who offers a full behaviour counselling service and one to one rehabilitation and remedial training.

Susannah O'Hanlon MSc (Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling) PhD, is Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and the Canine Training and Behaviour Society (TCBTS) and a Registered Practitioner (Clinical Animal Behaviourist) of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council

The team are experienced and knowledgeable in problem behaviour relating to all life stages from puppies and adolescents, to mature and elderly dogs, and have owned and cared for dogs through all these life stages. 

Reputable qualifications and suitable experience are important to consider in choosing a behaviourist to deal with your dog's problems.  'Quick fixes' that attempt to merely suppress the behaviour you don't want without considering the impact of any medical or lifestyle factors on your dog's behaviour or what is motivating your dog to behave like that, can be detrimental to the welfare of your dog, damage the bond you have with your dog and increase the risk of further problems. For further details of the team's qualifications see the Team page.

We carry out behaviour consultations in and around the Cambridge area. For further details please contact us on or telephone: 07503 160401.

Advice on getting a dog

There can be practical advantages to either getting a puppy or alternatively getting an older dog and either choice needs to be considered carefully. The Dog Advisory Committee provide advice on puppy purchasing and C.A.R.I.A.D. provide guidance on what to do if you have a bad experience with breeder or seller

Adopting an adult dog

Adopting an older dog from rescue can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. There are many wonderful dogs looking for new homes but ensure your selection is guided by your head as much as your heart.

  • Carefully consider the source of your new pet. Ensure that the rescue is well-established and has a good reputation. Visit the rescue centre and check that the animals are kept in adequate facilities and ask about their rehoming policy.
  • Has the dog been vet-checked and can you see the vet's report? Do they offer post-adoption support? Is the dog vaccinated, microchipped and neutered before adoption? If the dog has come from overseas then ensure all paperwork is correct and verify this with a vet if you have any doubts. There may often be reasons why a rescue will delay neutering or other procedures but a good rescue will welcome any questions.
  • Try to find out as much about the dog's history, the environment they lived in and who they lived with including other pets or children in the house. But do not make too many assumptions based on this. A dog can behave very differently in a new environment.
  • Be very patient in the early stages of adoption - this is the time when your new dog is learning about you and your household as much as you are learning about them. But do start as you mean to go on and be consistent in any household rules that you want to establish from the start. It is very common to have a "honeymoon period" for the first 3-4 weeks so it is important to establish the consistency during this stage. As time goes by your dog's true personality will start to surface - don't expect it to be plain sailing but when your dog is 'naughty' or 'disobedient' see this as an opportunity to show your dog that you will continue to be kind and consistent to them even when enforcing the rules. If you are concerned about behavioural issues then please contact us.

Information and links

Toys and Treats

Tuna Cake Recipe:

400g tin of Tuna (undrained)
450g granary or SR flour
3 eggs
Dash of milk

Liquidise the tuna with eggs, milk and oil in blender. Add to flour and mix. Put into a microwave dish and cook on full power for about six-ten minutes. The cake should bounce back when pressed lightly and not be sticky, when cooked. Cut the cake into 1cm squares and freeze. Take out of freezer when required.

Tug-e-nuff - Tug toys (or you can always make your own!)

Training links

Training your dog to wear a muzzle - Video from the Blue Cross on Muzzle Training

Pia Silvani training advice

Legal issues

Changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act - Advice for Owners

Training resources

Battersea Dogs Home Information Sheets

PDSA Pet Care Leaflets

Blue Cross Information Leaflets: Dog Behaviour advice

Dog Behaviour and Training Organisations in the UK

ATBC - The Animal Training and Behaviour Council

APBC - Association of Pet Behaviour Councillors

UKRCB - The Canine Behaviour and Training Society

APDT - Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Rescue and welfare organisations in the UK

Association of Dogs and Cats Homes

Blue Cross

Dog's Trust

Local to Cambridge and East Anglia

RSPCA (Cambridge Local Branch)

Wood Green

Canine Aid Rescue and Ethology (CARE), based in Norfolk

Training methods

Dog Welfare Campaign: Joint Position Statement by leading UK animal organisations on methods of dog training

Nosework for dogs

Scentwork is proving a popular new sport that can be enjoyed by dogs and owners alike. We don’t teach dogs to use their nose, all we do is harness their natural ability for our own purpose. Many useful purposes (for humans) have been found for this skill but pet dogs can do this too just for fun! – trainers can encourage owners to allow their dogs to make use of their noses. There are also many benefits for welfare and behavioural rehabilitation. Sniffing is something that dogs enjoy and as part of the Animal Welfare Act (2006) freedom to express natural behaviours is recognised as being important for welfare. Scentwork can help teach dogs to focus, work with their owners, build their confidence and expend mental and physical energy

Daisy Dogs holds regular practice sessions and trials at their extensive indoor and outdoor facilities near Saffron Walden. Dates are published on the website. Daisy Dogs Scentwork. Contact Stuart Lyall on 07710 461797 for further details.

Workshops and Events


Autumn Workshops 2018

Saturday 1 September: 9.30 - 11 am Hoopers

Canine Hoopers is taking the dog world by storm! Come and have a go at this new, low impact dog sport. Suitable for puppies​ over 4 months​ and older dogs. Your dog will learn some directional cues and how to find and run through hoops and tunnels, and go round barrels. Dog should have good basic obedience and be able to work off lead or on a long line with other dogs in proximity.

11.15 - 12.30 pm Tricks (Level 1)

Introducing the new Cambridge Dogs Tricks Awards! More information to come

29th Sept, Hoopers 9.30 - 11, Recall 11.15- 12.30

27th Oct, Hoopers 9.30 - 11, Scentwork 11.15 - 12.30

24th Nov. Hooper 9.30-11, Tricks (Level 2) 11.15 - 12.30

Venue: Trumpington Meadows NR, Cambridge

Enrichment Workshop

Join Cambridge Dogs for a fun evening of making toys, enrichment feeders and getting some ideas of how to entertain your dogs at home without buying expensive toys!

We will be looking at breed traits, activities you can do in the case of extreme weather, and how you can keep your very young, or elderly dog entertained.

Make your very own snuffle mat and a fun tuggy dog toy to take away.

16th October 7.30pm

£15 (small dog) £18 (large dog)

This workshop will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arbury.

*Materials Supplied

Email for more information and to book.

Contact us

Email: for enquiries about classes and general enquiries for behaviour consultations and one-to-one training

Telephone: 07503 160401

Please note, we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. If you haven't heard back from us within 48 hours please try the alternate email or give us a call.

Recent courses attended by the team

As a team we take continuing professional development seriously and ensure we continue to learn from the best in the field. We participate in a variety of sports and activities to bring fresh ideas, games and methods back to our classes.



  • ClickerExpo Europe 2015 - 3 day clicker training symposium (attending Oct 2015)
  • Psychopharmacology for dogs - Karen Overall
  • Affective Neuroscience - Jaak Panksepp
  • Wag It Games workshop - Pauline Jackson
  • 2014

  • Reliable Recall - Nando Brown
  • What Dog owners need to know in 2014 - TCBTS Symposium
  • Tracking for rehabilitation and behaviour Parts 1 and 2 (2 day workshops) - Pat Tagg
  • The Human Half of Dog training - Rise vanFleet
  • APBC Symposium: Attention!
  • Recall Level 1 and 2 (2 days) - Jane Arden
  • 2013

  • Competitive Obedience - Joanna Hill
  • Focus and Control - Pauline Jackson)
  • Control Unleashed - Lynda Taylor
  • Dog law and Puppy socialisation seminar - CEVA
  • Dog Aggression - Julie Bedford
  • Tellington Touch with Sarah Fisher
  • APBC Symposium "Thinking outside the Dog: External influences on behaviour"
  • Speaking Dog - Dr Anne McBride - UKRCB Symposium


  • Claire Corridan. "Interactions, Problems and Consequences" - UKRCB Symposium 2012
  • Issues in Animal Welfare - symposium by CAWC (Companion Animal Welfare Council)
  • APBC 2 day Handling workshop with Karen Wild and Sally Jones
  • APBC 2012 Symposium - Scentwork for Dogs
  • Steve Lindsay 2 day seminar at the University of Lincoln
  • Helen Zulch. "Puppy Development and Education"
  • Patricia McConnell. 2 day seminar
  • Tellington Touch workshops and sessions with Caroline Griffith and Ruth Bowen
  • Sarah Whitehead APDT Seminar
  • Talking Dogs Scentwork 1 and 2
  • Talking Dogs Rally workshops and classes with Pam Mackinnon and Sue Ketland
  • Ian Dunbar. 3 day seminar on dog training
  • Pia Silvani. 2 day seminar
  • Agility Training workshop with Mary Ann Nestor
  • 5 days dog Training and Instructing with John Rogerson
  • Heelwork to Music workshops with Richard Curtis, Atilla Szkukalek, Annie Clayton and Christina Oxtoby
  • Clicker Training (CAP 1 & 2) - 5 day course with Lynda Edmondson and Helen Phillips
  • Syn Alia workshop with Kayce Cover and Sue Ketland

Canine Science Forum

The Canine Science Forum 5 day international conferences are where the latest scientific research findings on dog behaviour, training methods and human-dog relationships are presented biennially.  After attending the first five conferences in Budapest (2008), Vienna (2010), Barcelona (2012) , Lincoln (2014) and Padua (2016) we are now looking forward to the sixth CSF meeting in Budapast 2018!

Problems with aggression

Aggressive behaviour in dogs can be particularly distressing so awareness and knowledge of different techniques and the best approach to use is particularly important when choosing a behaviourist.  Recent seminars and practical workshops on aggression undertaken include:

  • Dog Aggression - Julie Bedford (2013)
  • Resource Guarding and Dog-Dog interactions - 2 days - Sue Sternberg (2013)
  • Dangerous Dog Law - Trevor Cooper (2013)
  • Dog behaviour and aggression - 2 days -Brenda Aloff (2013)
  • Dangerous Dogs and Dog Attacks - 2 days - Jim Crosby (2013)
  • Dogs Behaving Badly - Paddy Driscoll (2012)
  • Safe and Defensive Handling - Talking Dogs Canine Carer Certificate (2010)
  • Aggression day with Geert de Bolster (2010)
  • Aggression workshop with John Rogerson - 4 days (2010)
  • APBC Symposium on Aggression (2010)
  • Dangerous Dogs Act and Aggression in dogs with Kendal Shepherd (2010)
  • Aggression seminar - 2 days - Dr Anne McBride at ICC(2008)


  • Training from Core to Complex: The Many Faces of the Modern Trainer – Ken Ramirez (2015)
  • Tracking for rehabilitation and behaviour Part 1 (2 day workshop) - Pat Tagg (2014)
  • ClickerExpo Europe 2014 - 3 day symposium organised by Positive Animal Solutions (2014)
  • What Dog owners need to know in 2014 - UKRCB Symposium (2014)
  • APBC Symposium: Attention! (2014)
  • Scentwork - Daisydogs (2014)
  • Gundog Training - Jane Arden (2013)
  • Dog-Dog interactions - Sue Sternberg (2013)
  • Scentwork - Pauline Jackson (2013)
  • Tellington T-touch sessions with Ruth Bowen (2013)
  • Lifeskills for Puppies – Helen Zulch (2013)>
  • Dog Aggression with Julie Bedford (2013)
  • Regular Gundog Training workshops with Helen Phillips
  • Work, Rest and Play - Kay Lawrence (2012)
  • Dogs Behaving Badly with Paddy Driscoll (2012)
  • Guiding Paws Gundog Day (2012)
  • Nose work for fun -  Kay Lawrence (2011)
  • BAT Training for Dog Reactivity – Grisha Stewart (2011)
  • Tellington T-Touch Workshop with Caroline Griffith (2011)
  • “Ain’t Misbehavin”- Good Behaviour guide for family dogs - David Appleby (2008)


  • ClickerExpo Europe 2014 - 3 day symposium organised by Positive Animal Solutions (2015)
  • Behaviour Adjustment Training for Aggression, Frustration and Fear
  • Introduction to TTouch with Jane Harvey (2015)
  • (2015)
  • Self control and Focus Workshop with Pauline Jackson (2015)
  • ClickerExpo Europe 2015 - 3 day symposium organised by Positive Animal Solutions (2014)
  • Dog-Dog interactions - Sue Sternberg (2013)
  • Dog Aggression with Julie Bedford (2013)
  • Life skills for puppies with Helen Zulch (2013)
  • Dog Aggression with Julie Bedford (2013)
  • Cutting edge concepts with Ian Dunbar (2013)
  • Work, Rest and Play - Kay Lawrence (2012)
  • Clicker training chickens (2011)
  • Introduction to Behavioural Adjustment Training with Grisha Stewart (2011)
  • Ceva Fireworks seminar with Sarah Heath (2011)
  • Cat Behaviour with Vikki Halls (2011)
  • APBC Feline conference (2011)
  • Puppy School Tutor Training with Gwen Bailey (2011)

In addition to the practical workshops and seminars above, further ideas and perspectives have been gained from numerous webinars on aggression and related topics including interdog aggression with Claire Hargraves, frustration related issues with David Appleby, whole patient treatment with Helen Zulch, Dog-Dog interactions with Sarah Whitehead, Body language with Brenda Aloff...etc, etc!

As a team we keep up to date with new techniques and ideas on rehabilitation training for fearful, reactive or aggressive behaviour in dogs, and incorporate methods based on the science of learning theory, ethology and ethical considerations. Our methods of behaviour modification are based on learning theory, primarily desensitisation and counter-conditioning with ethological consideration of the dog's individual personality and emotional state, motivation, reinforcement, needs, and threshold levels. There is no one size fits all, especially when it comes to aggression. Any advice and recommendations needs to fit you, your dog, and your individual and unique circumstances.