About Us

Meet the team

  • About Event Dogs

    In 2004 Christina founded ICC (Ichthus Canine Centre) Dog Training centre in Lincolnshire. It was built upon the principles of ethical reward-based training and treating both dogs and people with kindness and respect. This centre then grew to include 5 training centres across Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire each with their own centre manager, and Christina's role changed to become Head of Training and Behaviour. These centres continued to grow and ended up with their own areas of expertise but still continued to uphold the original values of ICC.

    As well as weekly training classes and behavioural consultations ICC also offered workshops and seminars with some of the best trainers and behaviourists in their fields in the UK, becoming known as somewhere that offered excellent training at value prices.

    In 2018 Christina moved down to Essex by which point ICC had grown and developed to such a point that the individual centres were encouraged to become independent whilst retaining their strong links of friendship and working together.

    Christina felt by this stage that she was ready for a new challenge, and Event Dogs was born. Event Dogs continues to be based upon the same ethics and excellence of ICC but specialises in workshops, seminars, training days and holidays. It works closely with many of the instructors and centre managers of ICC whilst opening the doors to other friends and trainers Christina has met over the years.

  • The Team
    • Christina - CEO & Head Trainer
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      As well as having a huge amount of experience of training firstly pet dogs and owners and then dog training instructors (see above) Christina is an HTM specialist. She is a two time Crufts HTM Freestyle Finalist and twice British Team member for the HTM Open European Championships (Holland & Germany.) She is a fully qualified advanced Kennel Club HTM judge in both heelwork and freestyle. She has also trained and competed in agility and obedience.

      Christina has learnt from a wide variety of speakers and courses over the last 16 years. More than anything though, she has learnt from the couple of thousand dogs that she has helped to train, and maintains that new dog trainers need both education and experience. (This was something that she offered as Head of Training and Behaviour with ICC's apprenticeship programme that lasted several years with ongoing training and support.)

      Christina's approach to training dogs is to take time to build a relationship with them, rewarding what we do want them to do, not trying to punish what we don't want. Training is reward-based, built upon the theory of clicker training, and aimed at helping dogs and owners to understand each other. (She doesn't believe that we should raise spoilt, pushy dogs however, and believes that they need love and boundaries!)

      • Courses attended
        Kath Hardman - KC HTM Judging - Rules and regulations Seminar (Exam taken and passed to update qualifications)
        Kath Hardman - KC HTM Judging - Theory and Practical
        Louise - The dancing of HTM
        Greg Derrett - Agility Handling
        Jo Tristram and Anthony Clark - Agility training
        Greg Derrett, Anthony Clarke, Shaun Hunt and Jo Tristram - Clear Qs Agility Camp 1 & 2
        Jo Tristram - Agility Training
        Kath Hardman - KC HTM Practical Judging
        Kath Hardman - KC HTM Show Management
        Sue Sternberg – Arousal and Aggression in Agility / Body Language and Bull Breeds / Bite-O-Meter and Modifying Assess-A-Pet for Private Use.
        Gina Pink - KC Requirements of a HTM Judge (and has passed the HTM judge's exams.)
        Bob Sharpe – Regular agility training
        Elizabeth Kershaw – Applied Learning Theory / Clicker Training
        Dr. Anne McBride PhD - Understanding, Handling and Reducing Aggression in Dogs
        Attila Szkukalek - Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle Master-class
        Paddy Driscoll - Case Studies in Aggression / Square Pegs in Round Holes? (Assessing and matching rescue dogs to the right owners.)
        Alton Matherne - Understanding and Handling Behavioural Problems in the Rescue Dog
        Dr. Anne McBride PhD – Equipment used in Training (UK Registry of Canine Behaviour Symposium)
        Paddy Driscoll – A wolf in Your Living room? / Hark, Hark the Dogs do Bark! / Bringing a Rescue Dog into the Family / Puppies and Adolescence / Breed Showing
        Joanna Hill – Competitive Obedience and Motivating Your Dog (plus regular competitive obedience training with Jo over several years)
        Richard Curtis – Canine Freestyle and Heelwork-to-Music
        Attila Szkukalek – Canine Freestyle and Heelwork-to-Music
        Jill Notley – The Dancing of Dancing with Dogs
        Sally Hopkins – Dog Games

        IDTS 2 year dog training and behaviour course (2002-2004)
        Communication – calming signals / ethology and instincts, reflexes and stimulation / introduction to stress / people communication / practical: leash techniques for problem solving
        Stress – the physiology of stress / recognition and causes of stress / the part played by stress in behaviour problems / stress reduction / assessing dogs / practical: handling skills
        How dogs learn – clicker training (with Elizabeth Kershaw) / rewards / learning theory / reward systems / puppies and adolescents / practical: fun tasks
        Training – the science and purpose of training / creativity and logic / practical: set exercises
        Shaping – training methods; clicker training, shaping theory and practical / scent and nose work / stopping techniques
        Teamwork in training – relationships – dog and owner / the dog’s viewpoint – life rewards / distractions and their advantages / compromise / practical: extending basic exercises; obstacles
        Mental stimulation – care and welfare of the dog / the holistic approach – alternatives for owners / creativity / practical: exercises for your dog’s brain, nose work
        Problem solving – causes, symptoms and consequences of behaviour problems / first steps to solving problems / the canine way of conflict solving / practical: effective intervention and splitting up
        Instructing – teaching, lecturing and people skills / approach to instructing – flexibility and adaptability / class content / practical: use of games
        Classes – planning and running classes, expectation and compromise / assessment / enriching the environment / problem owner, problem dog / practical: specific tasks
        Behaviour Problems – what is a problem? / expectations of client / counselling / therapy and rehabilitation / behaviour modification / diet and medical problems / practical: problem solving
    • Linda – Marketing
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      Linda is a busy Mum with two lovely young children who also finds time to oversee all of our marketing. She previously worked for both the National Trust and English Heritage in charge of various aspects of their marketing before stopping to spend more time with her family. She works hard to keep you updated with our latest courses and special offers, and we are delighted to have her as part of the Event Dogs Team.

    • Aurelie – Social Media
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      Aurelie is a social media sensation…! Ok, perhaps not her, but her wonderful corgi Marcel most certainly is with over 110, 000 followers across social media. Aurelie's job in Event Dogs is to help keep you up to date with what we're doing, training tips, news and fun. She's also a great photographer as you will see if you follow Event Dogs on social media, oh and she's French, so if you get some added 'Je ne sais quoa' in her posts that'll be why! She also has her own web-site - https://www.lecorgi.com/

    • Guest Instructors
      • Lorraine Rohland – Pet Dog Specialist
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        Lorraine is a pet dog training specialist and there is no-one that Christina trusts more when it comes to training pet dogs. She trained with Christina before taking over as ICC Hougham Centre Manager, later to become Lincs Dog Training but has been training dogs for over 40 years. Lorraine is kind and extremely patient with both dogs and people (!) and over the years has competed in agility, rally, breed showing and she currently competes in HTM. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog trainers (APDT 01054) and her experience of training so many dogs over so many years means that you can trust her completely to help you and your dog learn, have fun and understand each other. She shares her home with Mally and Jade, her Australian Shepherd dogs and her web-site is http://www.lincsdogtraining.co.uk/index.html

      • Lucy Creek – HTM Specialist
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        Lucy is the current Crufts HTM Heelwork Champion and HTM Freestyle Champion, and has won no less than 7 HTM Crufts Championships, coming in the top 3 a further 6 times. She is also the 2017 Open European Championship Freestyle Runner-Up and HTM 3rd place. Not only is she brilliant at HTM and how to prepare dogs for competition but she is also a wonderfully enthusiastic, creative and encouraging instructor and we are delighted to welcome her as part of the Event Dogs Team. Lucy lives near Stratford-Upon-Avon and shares her home with her 2 cheeky but loveable Beagles, her young characterful Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla and her lovely TV watching Border Collie. She is also a fully qualified Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold level examiner, and an HTM KC judge to Advanced level. Her web-site is https://www.stratforddancingdogs.co.uk/

      • Heather Preece - Photographer
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        Heather is a dog trainer who specialises in puppy foundation training, however she is part of the Event Dogs Team as a professional photographer specialising in dog photography. We love her because not only is she a fabulous photographer but she has a wonderful way of putting both dogs and people at ease. She lives in Lincolnshire and shares her home with Mia, her Mini Schnauzer and Sherbert, her Cocker Spaniel. Her web-site is https://www.heatherpreecephotography.com/

      • Jo Hill – Competitive Obedience / Dog Sports / Motivation and Play Specialist

        In our opinion (and many others) Jo Hill is one of the very best in the UK at what she does. She's innovative, creative and constantly evolving her training, which is always based upon clicker training (she was one of the first clicker trainers in the UK.) More than that, she is perhaps known for her 'attitude is everything' mentality of teaching dogs of all breeds to love their work. She teaches play, drive and motivation (and was one of the very first to start doing so in the UK,) and produces dogs that are stylish, committed and a joy to watch working. Jo has competed successfully in competitive obedience and IPO, however perhaps her greatest mark of success are the sheer numbers of other highly successful competitors that have trained with her from Competitive Obedience Crufts Champion, to HTM World Champion, to Working Trails Champions and Schutzhund competitors. On a personal note Christina would say that Jo's training methods took her from being stuck at novice competition level to Crufts Freestyle Finals and International European Championships. Christina has also adapted the methods Jo has taught her to teach pet dogs focus, ignoring distractions and recall (amongst other things.)