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.

A sensible, honest approach......

We offer 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  has a core team of senior Instructors who have been together for many years, all of whom nurture and help  Assistant Instructors when they join the team. This works because of  great teamwork, dedication, enthusiasm and mutual respect for each others approaches to training and behaviour - and above all a love of dogs.  

I don't believe there are any experts on dogs...only the dog itself....but if your looking for help with the care, training and behaviour of  your puppy or dog....here's a team with a conbined  total of a 170 plus years of experience ....see the Instructors Page

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.

All our Instructors are versatile in their approach to help you and your dog enjoy your life together, because no one method can work for every dog

No exaggerated claims......

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

Academic knowledge plus practical experience.......

Recently we have seen the arrival on the scene of many so-called 'expert' trainers/behaviourists who are highly academically qualified. However dog training is more than an academic knowledge, it is a skill that has to be learnt over several years: not just the theory of how a dog learns and interacts with the world around it but through the actual experience of handling and working with many different dogs, and learning to recognize and react to their body language.

There is very little that is ever really new in dog training – just a recycling and rewording of past methods or ideas – words like ‘association’ and ‘inducement’ were being used in training books in the 50’s.

It is perhaps all summed up very well by Tom Buckley of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers:

"The past three decades has also seen the arrival of the Behaviourists, Psychologists, Counsellors, and related talkers, writers, and listeners. A Degree appears to be de rigeur 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... "  

And Lastly......

We are 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 believe - in rewarding good behaviour.
We believe
- in training out bad behaviour not just ignoring it.
We don't 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.

Today we offer classes that include traditional control obedience exercises with an emphasis on accuracy with a more disciplined approach.
And others that offer more casual, practical fun training and socializing experiences.

 

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