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.
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
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... "
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
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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