Cambridge Canine Education Group



Why should you train your dog? Because training frees your dog. A trained dog is free to walk with you – free to travel with you in safety – free to play and run off lead – free to enjoy being with you and being a dog – free from being nagged or getting into trouble every day.


CCEG 21 - Vickie and her team who take over the CCEG banner

Alan Cole  Is an Accredited Kennel Club Instructors in Dog Training and Behaviour. Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. has been involved in dog training and training clubs for the last 54 years. Over those years he has attended over 80 Courses on training, instructing and behaviour. Many of these were with former Met/Police Dog Trainer/Instructor Roy Hunter first as a Course member and later helping to run and plan Courses. Special area of interest: GSD training and behaviour management. Companion Dog Training to advance leavel.

.After 36 years of heading up CCEG I decided that it was time to step back

The decision was far from easy to make but I think for the reasons I did it I made the right choice.

I intend to keep this website going as an THANK YOU to all of those who were members of CCEG and a specially my fellow trainers on the Instructors Page for their friendship, loyalty and willingness to share their skills and knowledge with others, in all weathers at all times of the year. I hope I helped increase their knowledge over the years I certainly in the later years learnt more from them then them from me.

CCEG also helped others to further their dog training dreams, there was...

Sally who as a school girl learnt Agility with CCEG and later had her own club and wrote a book on Agility Training.

Peter who went on to run Growlies obedience and Agility Club

Anita who came to gain instructing skills (CCEG also benefited from her behaviour skills before returning to the group she had come from).

Tamsin who went on to open a Doggie Day Care Centre

Martin who opened CCAG, Gail and Cambridge Puppy, Jan and Puppysteps 


I share the views of Tom Buckley of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers "The past five decades has also seen the arrival of the Behaviourists, Psychologists, Counselors, and related talkers, writers, and listeners. A Degree appears to be de rigueur if you want to be able to command large fees in any of these specialisms. Mentioning money, a great deal has been made by some very enterprising people who have clever marketing techniques to popularise new versions of old established training aids. They have been interesting years with more books, magazines, videos and the world-wide web pumping out dog-related information as if there was no tomorrow. But has it all produced better trainers? I really do not know. Has it produced any more definitive knowledge of how a dog's mind works? I doubt it. I must have spoken to hundreds of dogs in my lifetime but not one of them has spoken to me. Only when one does will I really know that my interpretations of their actions are correct - not pure surmise...

A big big thank you to all those that trusted us to help  train your puppies and dogs

and the messages sent......

'I'm sure you'll visit CCEG, you wont be able to just walk away! Any way I wanted to say thank you for all the help, training and guidance you have given'......... J

.......... 'Completely hooked from day 1 ' .....P

'Our dogs achieved what they did because of CCEG and your help and expertise'......M

'End of an era'................T

'You will miss it but they will miss you more' ................C

'So many good times, brought a tear to my eye' ................M

'I do understand your decision but it's very hard to take in' ..........B

'The GSD Boot Camp was a saviour, a proper approach to training' J



A sensible, honest approach......

We offered a sensible, honest approach in helping you train your puppy or older dog to be a well-mannered family dog.

A team of experienced instructors......

CCEG had  a core team of senior Instructors who had been together for many years, The longest serving members of the CCEG Family were Tracey, Pat and Jan who for most of the 36 years turned up every Saturday and Sunday in all weathers  and always help to  nurture and help  Assistant Instructors when they joinned the team. This worked because of  great teamwork, dedication, enthusiasm and mutual respect for each others approaches to training and behaviour - and above all a love of dogs.  

At present there are no formal training or qualification required to become a dog club instructor. There are however many courses offered and organizations to join to help the would be instructor. One is The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Behaviour. the scheme launched in 2001 aims to establish a national register of qualified instructors, the scheme offers personal 'accreditation’ by written, oral and practical assessment. There is no 'fast track' way of gaining Accreditation with 2 to 3 years being the average time between joining and assessment. The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Behaviour, is the first and only scheme in the UK for instructors to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.

From courses and books a ‘tool box’ for training and behaviour methods, ideas and problem solving can be gained which is always useful but in my opinion the vital quality to have is ‘hands on’ experience. The ideal class instructor being the person who not only can train his or her own dog successfully but also has the ability to teach and help others to do the same.


No exaggerated claims......

We did’t make wild exaggerated claims about training your dog in a weekend or making you a dog trainer in the same amount of time. It takes time for you both to learn new things.

We didn’t call ourselves experts, because we believed the only experts on dogs are dogs; nor did we say 'dogs are people too’ – in fact, we could think of no greater insult to a dog.


And Lastly......

We were the 2nd  longest-established club in the Cambridge area, running classes since 1985 and the 1st to specialise in Companion (pet) Dog Training. The 1st to offer fun Agility Classes. The 1st to host talks by International renowned Trainers & Behaviorists - including John Rogerson - Terry Ryan (USA) - Turid Rugaas (Norway) - and the late Roy Hunter.

We believed - in rewarding good behaviour.
We believed
- in training out bad behaviour not just ignoring it.
We did believe -
dogs with training or behaviour problems should ever receive physical punishment,  but there may need to be negative reinforcement/ consequences for an action or behaviour.


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