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  • 17-18th Nov - NEW - Jo Hill Weekend! (Rayleigh)
    Saturday/Sunday – Jo Hill Training Day

    When – 17th-18th November, 9:30am - 4:30/5pm
    Where – Rayleigh, Essex
    Instructor – Jo Hill (Competitive Obedience Specialist, and so much more!)

    About Jo - Where do we start in describing Jo Hill? 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.) She's developed the precision of clicker training far further than it ever used to be however, and mixed it with creative ways of teaching dogs and helping them understand and want to learn. 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.

    Dog Sports – 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. She is also just as used to teaching beginners who cannot work out how to get their dog to want to work with them in competitions, so all levels are equally welcome.

    On a personal note Christina would say that Jo's training methods took her from being stuck at novice competition level 12 years ago, 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.)

    The weekend – This is your chance on each day to have a morning and an afternoon one to one training session with Jo (please be aware that your dog will need to rest in the car or a crate when they are not working – all training is done individually with a maximum of 12 handlers during the day.) We'd also highly recommend that you watch Jo work with other dogs and handlers. Things that you may wish to ask for her help on are – all things competitive obedience (she is also used to teaching IPO, working trails and the ‘heelwork’ of heelwork to music,) play, motivating the competition dog (relevant to all competitive dog sports, but also very useful to be adapted for pet dogs for things like reliable recalls and paying attention,) stylish working, teaching dogs confidence and the desire to 'strut their stuff', self control (perhaps less exciting but just as useful!) dealing with distractions and fascinating new insights into Jo's latest training methods.

    One day only price - £55 per handler place / £25 per spectator place – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. 12 handlers)

    Weekend price -
    £100 per handler place / £50 per spectator place – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch)
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    Sunday
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Dog Events - Dates TBC
  • Dog Sports / Advanced Training
    • HTM (Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle) Choreography Seminar (2019)
      When – 2019
      Where – Lincs Dog Training Barn, Hougham, near Grantham, Lincolnshire (3 miles off the A1)
      Instructors – Lucy Creek (HTM Crufts Champion for several years) & Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs & HTM specialist)

      Lucy and Christina represent completely different approaches to choreography but over the years have come to realise the importance of combining the two methods. Lucy is one of the most innovative 'thinking outside the box' people in HTM, and specialises in thinking of themes and story telling. Christina's background is in music (she has a music degree) and enjoys listening to the phrases and nuances of the music whilst adding in dance elements. As well as them both being HTM Crufts competitors and members of British International HTM teams they are also both advanced HTM judges.

      They have wide experience of working with a variety of different breeds including – Border Collies, Beagles, Great Danes, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Basset Hound, German Shepherd and Chihuahua (plus the many other dogs and owners that they have coached.) They understand that different dogs need completely different choreography including the need to add elements to perk up some dogs and calm down others!


      The day will include -

      • Story telling and the 'big idea' - Lucy
      • Musical beats, themes and phrases – Christina
      • Creative ways to make moves tell stories – Lucy
      • Costumes, the good the bad and the ugly! - Lucy and Christina
      • Props, when and when not to bring the kitchen sink! - Lucy and Christina
      • Your posture and movement (don't panic – not dance!) - Christina
      • Writing out your routine – Lucy and Christina
      • Music editing – Lucy (ideas for additions of music) and Christina (how to musically make it make sense)
      • Different breeds, different dogs, different ideas – Lucy and Christina
      • Special considerations for heelwork (music, theme and movement) – Lucy and Christina
      • Learning from videos – Lucy and Christina
      • Help and ideas with your own routine – small group discussions with input from Lucy and Christina (please bring your music on your phone or tablet if you can)
      Price - £65 per place – includes all teaching and activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch - please bring a packed lunch as the venue is not very near shops) – (Please note this day will NOT be working with your own dog so if possible please leave them at home.)
    • HTM Competition Training (Date, various)
      When - Varies
      Where – Based in Rayleigh, Essex, but also available throughout the UK and abroad.
      Instructor - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs and HTM Specialist)

      Christina offers private lessons to anyone wishing to compete in HTM Heelwork or Freestyle available at all levels from starters to advanced. You are welcome to travel to Rayleigh, Essex to train with her either privately or as part of her monthly training day of 1-2-1s, or she is happy to run training days in other locations if you have enough people interested. She currently runs a monthly group in Rayleigh for Pets in Partnership Please contact them for further information.

      Christina is an HTM (Heelwork-to-Music) specialist being a two time Crufts HTM Freestyle Finalist and twice British Team member for the HTM Open European Championships (Holland & Germany) with Eze, her previous Border Collie, and also reaching the Crufts Semi Finals with Ru, her Great Dane. She is currently competing at advanced level with Ru (mostly retired at age 11) and Shai, her current Border Collie, and has done demos and will soon be competing with Wilma, her Basset Hound and Benji, her Chihuahua. She has Caleb, her first Great Dane and Asaph, her German Shepherd to thank for her love of HTM, which started many years ago. Christina is also a fully qualified advanced Kennel Club HTM judge in both heelwork and freestyle. Just as importantly she is able to pass on her knowledge to other dog handlers resulting in clients winning up various levels including one going from novice to advanced and competing in the Crufts Freestyle Finals.

      Price
      – varies depending upon requirements
    • HTM Get Together – planning, chatting, laughing and food! (Rayleigh) - Date TBC
      When - Date TBC
      Where – Rayleigh, Essex
      Organised by - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs & HTM Specialist)
      To Book please e-mail Christina

      For all of Christina's HTM clients past and present, a chance to get together, share training ideas, encourage each other and have a good natter! This afternoon won't include training, but you're welcome to book a private lesson beforehand if you wish.

      Price – Free, just bring some food and drink to share
    • Clicker Workshop (includes Freeshaping) (Sutton Bridge) - Date TBC
      When - Date TBC
      Where - Sutton Bridge
      Instructor - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs)

      • Freeshaping - What can you teach your dog to do without you moving off your chair, armed only with a clicker and a pot of food treats? This may include targeting an object, going round or under an object or a large variety of other behaviours. This is a great place to start if you're new to clicker training to understand how clicker training really works, or a great place to return to if you're already an experienced clicker trainer to sharpen up your timing.
      • Film Star Dogs - Teach your dog to go to a mark, wave a paw, rest their chin on an object, spin, lift a back leg, hide their eyes and do a variety of other moves.
      • Assistance Dogs - Teach your dog to unload the washing machine, pick up dropped items and give them to you, close doors and turn lights on and off.
      • Other tricks - includes ideas that could (if owners wish) then be used in Heelwork-to-Music / Freestyle

      Other info - Christina passionately believes that tricks are good for dogs and clicker training is an amazing way to teach dogs (and allow dogs to teach you!) Over the last 14 years of teaching dogs and owners she has discovered that they fall into one of three categories -

      • Lodgers - Dogs and owners exist in the same house and go for walks together but there is no relationship between them. These owners either do not train / spend quality time with their dogs, or if they do train them they use harsh, corrective training. Dogs do not interact with their owners.
      • Is that all you can think of? - Owners train their dogs (usually with reward-based training) but will practice the same things over and over again (usually sit and down stay, loose lead walking and recall.) Dogs understand their owners and will comply but are bored and not particularly enthusiastic and therefore would often prefer to do something else instead.
      • You're the BEST person in the world! - Owners train their dogs because they want to spend quality time with them and have fun learning together. Their dogs could do all of the basics long ago and so they're now training for the sake of training (often tricks.) Dogs enjoy using their brains, feeling clever and communicating with their people, owners enjoy playing with, laughing with (yes, dogs do seem to have a sense of humour!) and learning with their dog. Dogs respond quickly and happily to everything their owner asks them to do.
      Price - £65 per handler place / £30 per spectator place – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. 6 handlers)
    • KC Rally Workshop – Levels 1 & 2 (Sutton Bridge)
      When – tbc
      Where – Sutton Bridge
      Instructor – Lorraine Rohland

      Rally is perfect for pet dog owners who would like to do more with their dog, owners with dogs unable to continue for whatever reason in agility, HTM, obedience etc., as well as anyone who would like to take up a new activity with their dog. The Kennel club describe Rally as - "Rally involves you and your dog working as a team to navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform; think of it as a sort of 'obedience exercise obstacle course' including simple exercises."

      Lorraine has competed successfully at Rally almost since it came to the UK. She particularly loves the sense of teamwork that you can have working the obstacles and signs together with your dog.

      Note – This course is not suitable for dogs that bark at or have aggression issues with dogs or people.

      Price - tbc - (max. 8 handlers)
    • HTM (Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle) Choreography Seminar (Rayleigh)
      When – 2019
      Where – Lincs Dog Training Barn, Hougham, near Grantham, Lincolnshire (3 miles off the A1)
      Instructors – Lucy Creek (HTM Crufts Champion for several years) & Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs & HTM specialist)

      Lucy and Christina represent completely different approaches to choreography but over the years have come to realise the importance of combining the two methods. Lucy is one of the most innovative 'thinking outside the box' people in HTM, and specialises in thinking of themes and story telling. Christina's background is in music (she has a music degree) and enjoys listening to the phrases and nuances of the music whilst adding in dance elements. As well as them both being HTM Crufts competitors and members of British International HTM teams they are also both advanced HTM judges.

      They have wide experience of working with a variety of different breeds including – Border Collies, Beagles, Great Danes, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Basset Hound, German Shepherd and Chihuahua (plus the many other dogs and owners that they have coached.) They understand that different dogs need completely different choreography including the need to add elements to perk up some dogs and calm down others!


      The day will include -

      • Story telling and the 'big idea' - Lucy
      • Musical beats, themes and phrases – Christina
      • Creative ways to make moves tell stories – Lucy
      • Costumes, the good the bad and the ugly! - Lucy and Christina
      • Props, when and when not to bring the kitchen sink! - Lucy and Christina
      • Your posture and movement (don't panic – not dance!) - Christina
      • Writing out your routine – Lucy and Christina
      • Music editing – Lucy (ideas for additions of music) and Christina (how to musically make it make sense)
      • Different breeds, different dogs, different ideas – Lucy and Christina
      • Special considerations for heelwork (music, theme and movement) – Lucy and Christina
      • Learning from videos – Lucy and Christina
      • Help and ideas with your own routine – small group discussions with input from Lucy and Christina (please bring your music on your phone or tablet if you can)
      Price - £65 per place – includes all teaching and activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch - please bring a packed lunch as the venue is not very near shops) – (Please note this day will NOT be working with your own dog so if possible please leave them at home.)
    • Freestyle - Beginner (Rayleigh)
      When - 2019
      Where – Rayleigh, Essex
      Instructor - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs and HTM Specialist)

      This workshop is ideal for dogs that have a good level of basic training and are able to work with other dogs around. It is designed for those who either have no experience with Freestyle moves (tricks) or who have some basic moves and wish to learn more. It will focus on teaching a toolkit of different moves and will also feature different props to train with plus how to choose music and themes to go with it. (Note - you do
      not have to dance… unless you really, really want to!)

      Christina is an HTM (Heelwork-to-Music) specialist being a two time Crufts HTM Freestyle Finalist and twice British Team member for the HTM Open European Championships (Holland & Germany) with Eze, her previous Border Collie, and also reaching the Crufts Semi Finals with Ru, her Great Dane. She is currently competing at advanced level with Ru (mostly retired at age 11) and Shai, her current Border Collie, and has done demos and will soon be competing with Wilma, her Basset Hound and Benji, her Chihuahua. She has Caleb, her first Great Dane and Asaph, her German Shepherd to thank for her love of HTM, which started many years ago. Christina is also a fully qualified advanced Kennel Club HTM judge in both heelwork and freestyle. Just as importantly she is able to pass on her knowledge to other dog handlers resulting in clients winning up various levels including one going from novice to advanced and competing in the Crufts Freestyle Finals.

      Half Day (4 hours)

      Price - £40 per handler place / £20 per spectator place – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. 8 handlers)
    • Freestyle - Follow-On (Rayleigh)
      When - 2019
      Where – Rayleigh, Essex
      Instructor - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs and HTM Specialist)

      This workshop is ideal for dogs that have a good level of basic training and are able to work with other dogs around. It is designed for those who have already done some beginner HTM training and wish to build on those foundations and is suitable up to lower competition level. It will include more complex moves, how to link them, how to choose music and props and themes to go with it. (Note - you do
      not have to dance… unless you really, really want to!)

      Christina is an HTM (Heelwork-to-Music) specialist being a two time Crufts HTM Freestyle Finalist and twice British Team member for the HTM Open European Championships (Holland & Germany) with Eze, her previous Border Collie, and also reaching the Crufts Semi Finals with Ru, her Great Dane. She is currently competing at advanced level with Ru (mostly retired at age 11) and Shai, her current Border Collie, and has done demos and will soon be competing with Wilma, her Basset Hound and Benji, her Chihuahua. She has Caleb, her first Great Dane and Asaph, her German Shepherd to thank for her love of HTM, which started many years ago. Christina is also a fully qualified advanced Kennel Club HTM judge in both heelwork and freestyle. Just as importantly she is able to pass on her knowledge to other dog handlers resulting in clients winning up various levels including one going from novice to advanced and competing in the Crufts Freestyle Finals.

      Half Day (3.5 hours)
      Price - £40 per handler place / £20 per spectator place – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. 8 handlers)
  • Holidays
    • Social Camp (Date TBC)
      When – Early Summer 2019
      Where – Probably North Norfolk Coast
      Instructor – Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs)

      All the social fun with friends and dogs as the activity camp, but at a more leisurely pace! Camping, chatting and meals together, one training activity per day, and social walks on a golden sandy beach.

      Price - TBC
    • Hotel Dog Holiday - (Date TBC)
      When – Late Autumn 2019
      Where – Possibly Derbyshire
      Instructor – Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs)

      All the social fun with friends and dogs as the activity camp, but at a more leisurely pace, and in a lot more luxury! Dog friendly outings, meals together, one training activity per day, and social walks as well as a 'baby sitting' service for your dog if you wish to have a few hours to yourself.

      Price - TBC
    • Dogs Activity Holiday (Formerly ICC Dog Activity Holiday) - As featured in 'Your Dog' magazine (Grantham)
      When - tbc
      Where - Lincs Dog Training Centre near Grantham, Lincolnshire
      Instructors - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs) and Lorraine Rohland (Head Trainer, Lincs Dog Training)

      Dogs and owners have a fun time, learning new things and making new dog and human friends. Anyone coming by themselves will be made most welcome and everyone will be put into a small group (max 6 dogs per group) to make sure that everyone feels welcomed and at home. There are many activities and everyone will be given a 1 hour taste of each one.

      Activities -

      • Agility - From complete beginner to competition standard (higher competition dogs will not be instructed but will be given practice courses to run.)
      • Rally - This will be introduced at several levels depending upon the experience of each dog and handler team.
      • Freestyle / Tricks – a variety of freestyle moves to keep you and your dog learning and having fun
      • Scent work – finding and indicating a scent.
      • Games – team fun!
      • Countryside walk – a guided walk through beautiful Lincolnshire countryside.
      • Dog friendly pub meal (included in the price.)
      • Plus! - Special Activity for 2018 – Photoshoot for your dog with professional dog photographer Heather Preece. (Price includes a lecture on taking the perfect dog photo from Heather, and getting the best from your dog on camera from professional dog handler Christina Oxtoby. Plus, a training session with Christina and a photoshoot with Heather. Price ALSO includes a 10 x 8 inch print of your choice.)

      Would you like to join us? All we ask is that you and your dog are dog and people friendly. If your dog is not entirely happy around dogs or people please let us know so that we are able to advise you as to whether this is the right holiday for them. (Dogs with aggression problems will not cope and should not attend.)


      Price - £150 per handler place / £50 per spectator place - includes all activities, all food and certificate of attendance (but doesn't include accommodation) (max. 24 handlers in 4 groups of 6)
  • Basic Training
    • Loose Lead Walking (Date TBC - 2019)
      When – TBC
      Where – TBC
      Instructor – Lorraine Rohland or Christina Oxtoby

      Getting your dog to walk on a lead without pulling is one of the most basic, but also for many dogs one of the most difficult things to teach them. This half day workshop gives you the skills and the theory that you need to teach your dog to walk without pulling, making walks far more enjoyable for both of you. Advice will also be given about harnesses and where appropriate, head collars as and when needed. Your dog will NOT be wearing a choke chain, prong collar, shock collar, etc.

      Is this suitable for my dog? This course is NOT suitable for dogs that bark or growl at other dogs or people, or those that have issues with aggression. If your dog has trouble with these issues we would recommend one of our behaviour workshops and coming on this course as a spectator without your dog. Other than that all dogs are welcome!

      NOTE – This is a half day workshop.

      Price - £TBC per handler place / £TBC per spectator place – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. 6 handlers)
    • Recall (Date TBC - 2019)
      When – TBC
      Where – TBC
      Instructor – Christina Oxtoby

      Teach your dog to RUN back to you! This half day workshop will teach you the tricks of the trade that dogs will love to come back for, and owners will love the results. We will also teach you the steps to a reliable recall (including assessing situations and being realistic about whether it is safe to let your dog completely off lead at that time.) Having a reliable recall is the MOST important thing you will ever teach your dog.

      Is this suitable for my dog? This course is NOT suitable for dogs that bark or growl at other dogs or people, or those that have issues with aggression. If your dog has trouble with these issues we would recommend one of our behaviour workshops and coming on this course as a spectator without your dog. Other than that all dogs are welcome!

      NOTE – This is a half day workshop.

      Price - £TBC per handler place / £TBC per spectator place – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. 6 handlers)
    • Obedience Reboot (Grantham) (Date TBC)
      When – TBC
      Where – Near Grantham, Lincolnshire
      Instructor – Lorraine Rohland (Head Instructor of Lincs Dog Training, Guest Instructor Event Dogs - Pet Dog Specialist)

      This day is an intensive training day that includes the main elements of the ICC Beginner Course condensed down into one day. It is particularly helpful for anyone who wishes to get an accelerated boost to their dog's training as well as for anyone who is unable to attend weekly training classes. It is perfectly suited to rescue dogs or dogs that have for whatever reason missed out on their early training, or those whose early training seems to have somewhat gone to pot and need a top up (adolescence can be a trying time for dog owners as well as human parents!) There will be a maximum of 6 dogs on the course meaning that you can be sure you'll get lots of individual help and attention.

      Is my dog suitable? This course is NOT suitable for dogs that bark or growl at other dogs or people, or those that have issues with aggression. If your dog has trouble with these issues we would recommend one of our behaviour workshops and coming on this course as a spectator without your dog. Other than that all dogs are welcome!

      The course will cover – Sit, down, stay, walking on the lead without pulling, and coming back when called. It will also include our introduction to dog training and behaviour talk and will include time to ask questions. You and your dog will have regular breaks and if your dog is happy to settle in a crate it would be worth bringing one with you for them to relax in when they are not working. By the end of the day you will NOT have a perfectly trained dog, but you WILL have the skills needed to train your dog at home in your own time and get a jump start on your learning together.

      Note – If you are coming with your dog you only need to book one handler place for the whole family. Spectator places are for those people coming without their own dog. Only one dog per handler place will be allowed.

      Price - £65 per handler place / £30 per spectator place – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. 6 handlers)
  • Behaviour
    • An Introduction to Dog Training and Behaviour (August 2018)
      When – Autumn 2018 
      Where - Rayleigh, Essex
      Instructor - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs)

      These talks and demos cover an introduction on how dogs learn, clicker training, cause and effects of stress and how to read dog's body language. Christina is joined by her own lovely dogs for practical demos and will also be using video clips of dog's body language. 

      Please do not bring your own dog to these talks.

      Price - £15 per place – includes all teaching, certificate of attendance and light refreshments - (max. number dictated by venue.)
    • Calm, Collected and Under Control - how to deal with dogs that are not yet! (Date TBC - 2019)
      When - TBC
      Where - TBC
      Instructor - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs)

      A day of in-depth but practical dog training and behaviour, this workshop is made up of insights gained from years of courses and workshops but most of all the couple of thousand dogs that Christina has overseen the training of. We will look at how best to deal with dogs that bounce, bark and lunge, refuse to co-operate, are giddy, all over the place or just ignore you completely!

      We will be covering -

      • Reading dog's body language
      • Causes and effects of stress
      • Why and how to build on a foundation of calm
      • Why play is important and how to teach reluctant dogs to play
      • Common behavioural problems in various different breeds
      • Giving dogs options, whilst always getting them to choose the right one!
      • How to handle dogs so you effectively stop unwanted behaviour without hurting or frightening them.
      This seminar was originally developed for the teams of new instructors that Christina trained as Head of Training and Behaviour for ICC Dog Training Centres, as well as dog owners that needed a lot more knowledge than could be taught in a behavioural consultation. It is therefore suitable for owners and new dog training instructors alike.

      Although places are spectator only for this seminar, Christina will be doing some practical work with a small number of pre-chosen dogs. If you wish your dog to be considered please contact us for further details.


      Price - £110 per weekend place – includes all teaching, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. number dictated by venue.)
    • Barking / Lunging (and how to stop it!) (Date TBC - 2019)
      When – TBC
      Where – TBC
      Instructor – Christina Oxtoby

      Since 2004 Christina has helped train a LOT of dogs to stop barking or lunging at other dogs. This workshop is designed to give you all of the information that you need to help your dog overcome this behaviour with information about why they do this, and how to read your dog's body language (using video clips.) Christina will also be working with a small number of dogs and owners with one to one practical training sessions that you will all be watching and learning from (using skills you learnt in the morning to read the dog's body language.) Advice will also be given about harnesses and where appropriate, head collars as and when needed. Your dog will NOT be wearing a choke chain, prong collar, shock collar, etc.

      Note – If you wish to book a handler place please note that your dog will only be working for a very short part of the day in the afternoon. When they are not working they need to be able to rest in your car (please think about weather implications,) or in a crate or IDEALLY ask a friend to bring your dog to you (or if you are very local you can collect your dog.)

      Price - £75 per handler place / £55 per spectator place (the day is designed as a seminar day with practical examples that are accessible by all) – includes all activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch) - (max. 4 handlers)
    • Youth Dog Phobia – For People Who are Afraid of Dogs (for Secondary School aged children only) (Rayleigh) - Date TBC
      Note – children / teenagers must be accompanied by an adult (tea and coffee will be provided!)

      When – Date TBC
      Where – Rayleigh, Essex
      Instructor – Christina Oxtoby

      Fear of dogs is relatively communion amongst children / teenagers and can be a result of a frightening experience, a parent's fear, not having met many sensible dogs, or a number of other reasons. This session is designed to teach them what to do to be safe around dogs, to help them understand and empathise with dogs more, to learn to read dog's body language and to meet kind and sensible dogs (on lead) that they are welcome to greet should they wish to do so.

      Note - Christina's Dogs are very used to working safely with the general public including both children and adults.

      How can Christina help? - Christina has many, many years of experience of working with both dogs and children. She taught music both privately and in schools for almost 2 decades and has worked professionally in dog training and behaviour since 2004 giving her extremely helpful skills for sessions such as this.

      Price - £9 per child (accompanying adults are free) – includes all teaching and activities, certificate of attendance (and tea / coffee for adults)
    • Dog Phobia – For People Who are Afraid of Dogs (for adults) (Rayleigh) - Date TBC
      When – Date TBC
      Where – Rayleigh, Essex
      Instructor – Christina Oxtoby

      This day is designed to help those people who are frightened of dogs. This could be anything from mild apprehension to a debilitating fear that means that you avoid many public spaces in case you see a dog. Wherever you're at, you're welcome and the workshop will be handled with sensitivity and care. The day will take a look at your fear, and your experiences and help you to think clearly about how you react and your reasons for doing so including many elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT.) We will then look at helpful ways to think and react, that lower your anxiety levels and also keep you a lot safer around dogs by understanding how they think and react and how to use body language that makes them far less likely to want to approach you. You will be taught to read and understand dog's body language which will help you to be able to keep yourself safer and also give you more confidence by helping to take away the fear of the unknown.

      This workshop came about because a number of years ago Christina observed her dogs behaving in a very unusual way on a walk. She quickly realised that a person in the distance was behaving so strangely that her dogs would have run up to the woman to see what the fuss was about had Christina not have stopped them (something that her dogs rarely do.) Christina realised that the woman was probably very scared of dogs but unfortunately was doing everything wrong meaning that she was actually far more likely to be chased and possibly bitten if she came across the wrong dog.


      How can Christina help you? - In human terms Christina is neither a psychologist nor a qualified human counsellor. What she does have is training and many years of experience in dog behaviour counselling which has involved a lot of human behaviour because she had to understand and help often very distressed owners. On top of this she has training and experience in pastoral care and listening skills so you can be sure that she will be kind and understanding. In dog terms Christina has been working in dog training and behaviour professionally since 2004 and is able to help you understand why dogs do what they do and how best to stay safe around them.

      Note - Christina's Dogs are very used to working safely with the general public.

      What to expect – We are using a Church room, rather than a dog training centre to ensure that unknown dogs will not be there. The first session be talking and will not have any dogs, and will also not show any video of dogs. We will then move on to looking at videos of dogs, and talking about how to read and understand their body language and behaviour. The next session will be the first that includes any dogs. One at a time Christina will bring in one of her dogs on a short lead, well away from you and under complete control (all of Christina's dogs are good with people.) You will not meet or approach them, but instead you will observe them, and their body language, using the skills that you have learnt to read how the dogs are feeling. You will also notice and talk about (if you wish) how you are feeling. You will then observe through a window Christina's dogs being outside and off lead and different members of the team interacting in different ways with them and the dog's different reactions. The dogs will be inside one at a time for the final session during which time they will be on lead and you will be given the opportunity of moving towards (and meeting) them if you wish to do so. By this time these dogs should feel more familiar to you and definitely a lot more of a 'known quantity'.

      Price - £65 per place / early bird discount £55 (use coupon code PHOBIA by 2nd Sep) – includes all teaching and activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch)
    • Junior Dog Phobia – For People Who are Afraid of Dogs (for Junior School aged children only) (Rayleigh) - Date TBC
      Note – Children must be accompanied by an adult (tea and coffee will be provided!) Children need to be old enough to take instructions and it is important that they do not scream or run around (both for the sake of the dogs and also the other children.) If that is a possibility please feel free to contact us and if appropriate we can arrange a one to one session for them.

      When – Date TBC
      Where – Rayleigh, Essex
      Instructor – Christina Oxtoby

      Fear of dogs is relatively communion amongst children and can be a result of a frightening experience, a parent's fear, not having met many sensible dogs, or a number of other reasons. This session is designed to teach children what to do to be safe around dogs, to help children understand and empathise with dogs more and to meet kind and sensible dogs (on lead) that they are welcome to sensibly greet should they wish to do so.

      Note - Christina's Dogs are very used to working safely with the general public including both children and adults.

      How can Christina help? - Christina has many, many years of experience of working with both dogs and children. She taught music both privately and in schools for almost 2 decades and has worked professionally in dog training and behaviour since 2004 giving her extremely helpful skills for sessions such as this.

      Price - £6 per child – includes all teaching and activities, certificate of attendance (and tea / coffee for adults)
Refund policy – If you cancel your booking with more than 2 calendar months to go before the event you are entitled to a full refund minus a £10 admin fee. If you cancel with more than 1 calendar month to go you are entitled to a 50% refund minus a £10 admin fee. With less than a calendar month to go before your booked event we are sorry but we are unable to offer you a refund, however you are welcome to pass your place on to someone else (we only ask that if it's a handler place their dog is suitable for the event that you have booked.) We do sometimes have waiting lists for events so if you know that you will be unable to attend an event please contact us as soon as possible and if we can help we will.