Cambridge Canine Education Group




CCEG - Often helping dogs with people problems


'Every dog has the right to a happy life'

Welcome to Cambridge Canine Education. which for 36 years offered  friendly Companion Dog training classes, run by a team of dedicated dog owners and lovers who are all enthusiastic to help others get as much pleasure as they do from living with, caring for and training their dogs.

Those who instructed had all grained the knowledge and skills to help others by not only successfully training their own dogs and so have 'hands on' experience but also from attending Courses on many areas of canine training and behaviour


 CCEG  1984 – 2020

 CCEG had a great run between these years, busy classes for puppies to older dogs in obedience and agility, Doggie Fun Days, Quiz and Curry nights, Kennel Club Puppy, Bronze ,Silver and Gold Awards, Our own Platinum Advance Training Award, Dog of the and Brave Heart, Award.

We had dogs and owners coming to join us from Stamford, Chelmsford, Basildon, Ware, Harlow, Stevenage, Haverhill to name but a few!

Our way of running classes during these years was, according to one member who searched the web for something similar …. Unique

I decided at the end of 2020 to step back from heading up CCEG this was partly due to the travelling involved (up to 300 miles a week) from where I now live but mainly because of Rema (my GSD) suffering extreme anxiety from fireworks, gun shots and crow scares the last two often being heard at our training venue.

I’d mentioned it to the team that I was thinking of stepping back probably a year before and when I decided it was time asked if anyone would like to take over CCEG (free of all cost)) trying to be fair I offered it to each member of the team in order of their time with and commitment to the club, Jan, Pat and Tracey didn’t feel they had the time to run it so I next offered it to Vickie and she said yes as she was already running her own 1-2-1 dog dog walking and training business, she hoped to keep the club running as it was as it was a successful format.

 Even during Covid when the rule of 6 was in place the club was very busy with Puppy and Beginners classes due to many people getting ‘lock down’ puppies and dogs, Intermediate and Advance classes also  had  numbers equaling normal times. We coped with the extra need for more classes by starting earlier and stopping a bit later. The worse part for me was the number of emails to attend to each day to book the spaces available but weekends were a dream.

 We received compliments from those working/owners in Nursing Homes, the NHS, and Childcare Nursery’s on how well we were running classes during this time.

Classes still continue at the same venue with the club now called CCEG 21 there was hope the club would continue in much the same way as before but nearly always in new hands comes change and membership is closed at present with no Puppy or starter Classes being held at weekends.

Please visit the CCEG 21 website for midweek puppy and beginners classes being offered from mid June

, if your looking to start classes straight away please take a look at  they offer a full range of classes and offer day, evening and weekend classes


And the Years to come….

These are certainly interesting times for dog training and those involved in behaviour, recently I was sent an article where it’s now looked upon as an Industry!! no longer is it people  passionate about being around dogs and training people to train their dogs so dogs have better lives  but  about making money.

Over the last 40 or 50 years the approach and methods of dog training has changed to the point where real obedience training clubs  have virtually disappeared,

 Walking your dog to heel at some classes means it's OK letting your dog sniffing the ground as long as the dog isn’t pulling, roll over, give paw and go to your bed are the main stay of many training classes.

 I feel (unfortunately) things have changed  to a more casual approach in nearly every area of our lives, changes in every part of our culture, laws and the standard of what and how we do things and It goes without saying dog training has changed, unfortunately for dog owners  I believe the dog remains much as it’s always has been which is where the problems starts, however much knowledge or experience we may have we will  never get inside the dog’s head and seen the world as they perceive it and until a dog speaks to us and confirm our opinion we can only surmise


A Dog and his Boy

A gentle hand on his leg for reassurance because both have been trained to be trusting and respectful


I haven't given up training or taking classes and will be offering classes for GSD's  closer to home so if you own a GSD and would like to know more email me at

Lots of information on GSD's training and care on

my new website

My overall approach to training and behaviour management has been formed over a life time living with dogs and other companion animals. And for the last 53 years from attending Courses, reading books, talking & listening to my peers, on many areas of training, behaviour, instructing etc. and above all learning from the great dogs that have been a part of my life. So after all this, I have reached apart of my life where I am comfortable with what I believe in, and what I do. I remain open minded to every new idea that comes along but feel that I don't need to agree with every 'new expert' or 'method' just to keep fashionable.

It was with my first GSD Kim that I became interested in training - that was in 1966. At that time there were very few dog training clubs and if you were lucky enough to find one then predominantly competitive obedience handlers ran them and those instructing were mostly ex-service dog trainers from the Police, Army or RAF.The training for both owner and dog was very much based on achieving a high standard of accuracy and success in all exercises. This meant that every dog and handler was trained in the whole range of competitive obedience exercises as if they were aiming to compete in top-level obedience competitions. This regimented method of training was all there was whether you planned to enter competitions or not.

When I joined a class, I learnt from the Instructors, that 'Come' meant get here fast and sit straight in front - 'Stay' meant do not move until I tell you, you can. 'Heel' meant walk close to my left leg with your front leg in line with mine - in short the training for both dog and handler was very much based on discipline- obedience - respect. When I became interested in becoming an Instructor I was advised by these experienced trainers never to instruct an exercise, I had not trained my own dog(s) to do. And never advise methods or give advice that I couldn't justify a reason for offering.

Most of the time the dogs seemed to enjoy the training and the owners appreciated the results that teaching in this way produced. I never saw a dog abused or injured by this approach (saw some handlers shouted at!). Over time many owners have become less interested in the accuracy that these classes aimed for and a more casual response from their dog has became acceptable - with most just wanting a dog to 'Sit' 'Come' when called and 'Walk with out Pulling' and some 'socializing' with other dogs

The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers

The Kennel Club Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Behaviour

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

Alan is a member of the above 3 organisations - The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers - The Kennel Club Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Behaviour & the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors.

When care and experience really shows

2nd day in his new home and this little pup is one of the team!!

CCEG1 is making its first
Special Awards to

Eric & Chris Hallsworth for the love and devotion they have given over the years to
9 GSD's

to Christine Neslon for
giving 5 GSD's the same love and devotion

 and Kari Greaves for not only caring, loving and training her two Eurasiers Boulie & Sheba but her unassuming quality of quietly supportting CCEG often at short notice steping in for the whole weekend

In the summer of 2021 CCEG1 prresented Platinum Awards to 4 very worthy dogs and owners, who owe it all to Allison for her 'Boot Camp' Class and getting them all the this level!!









'Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes Life.'

Testimonials Page? We never had one! We would rather you came and met us and talk to those training in our classes!! The best compliment to cceg and its  Instructors is  the number of people who enjoyed it so much they come for year's and when past members returned with new pups. (PS and we didn't do Facebook, Twitter or any of those other social media things....old fashioned some may call it..I call it freedom of choice....



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Thoughts for the Week
“Gentle in what you do, Firm in how you do it”
Buck Brannaman

Before you can be your dog's best friend you may need to be its parent

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them,
and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”