Cambridge Canine Education Group



This page is in fond memories of my 'kids' past and present and to share odd bits of doggie things which I hope you like.

Always by my Side…………
From Amber all my ‘kids’ have come from the same direct ‘Blood Line’ I can trace and link into this ‘family tree’ every GSD I have owned –  So feel that those that walk with me now are a part of every dog that has walked with me and so are still with me. Martin Clunes said in ‘A Man and His  Dogs – His dog is the son he never had – and like wise to me my dogs are the kids I never had.


The 'boys & girls' who have sadly gone......


Nessa 1
1973 -1984



Nessa 2
 1985 -1995

 Rema 1



Nessa 3

The wind that gave my dogs their first breath also received their last sigh.
At that first breath they had their mothers love and protection.
At that last sigh they had, and had since leaving their mother my love and protection.

They in return gave me their love, friendship, loyalty and spirit of life and in their company helped me taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.


 '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.' – Anonymous

So the 'kids' today are -


Jacko 32 who thinks he's a GSD



“He was my best  friend, partner, defender, my dog. I was his life, his love, his leader. He was faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. I wish with all my heart that I was worthy of such devotion and I'm sure he would say I was ”

 here was a brave heart, who was my best friend  and shadow....missed

Semper Fi

a strong minded ’girl’ but with a gentleness of sprit that was true love



Rema growing up too fast!! in 2015

But really still a baby

Rema 2021

May 2017 Inka came to stay at 2 years old

On the 31st Jan 2023 a very sudden goodbye to this beautiful  'girl' at just 8 years old

Inka Feb 2014- Jan 2023
Her calmness, gentleness, zest for life and the kindest and brightest of eyes full of love and fun will always be missed, a life too short little lady xxx

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish - consciously or unconsciously - that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.”
Dean Koontz,
A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

& just a few more of my friends

Fred or Freda???
This little 'kid' was one of 3 tadpoles I saved from a small pool last Oct. Turned into a small froglet just after Christmas 2013  Being released when bigger enough to have a good chance of not ending up as a meal..

years on...still with me and doing great as a House Frog!! 2021 sadly no longer with us.



The spirits of all my dogs remain with me - truer more constant friends than I have or will ever know.

All have vigilantly been by my side as I passed through the sunshine and shadows of the years.

They taught me more about life and how to be a friend than all the words in all the books.

They have been my best friends, my counselor, protector, confidante, playmate, workmate and soulmate.

By the sharing with each other of our friendship, knowledge and love we have become a integral part of each other.

  Why I do, what I do, the way I do -

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.

So although Dog training has changed greatly over the last 25 or so years and some of our classes, approach and ideas may be considered old fashioned to some more' enlightened' trainers and training clubs. I like to think that we are more sincere in our approach to training by retaining many of the past methods and ideas, and at the same time embracing new ideas.

We should all believe in letting our dogs having fun and freedom - but for this to really happen I believe that we first need Respect – Discipline – Obedience. Modern thinking, terminology and political correctness frowns on the use of such words – someone once said 'common sense ain't that common'.

As a child I enjoyed the freedom and experiences of the English countryside of the late 50's – growing up in an age when to talk about or tell jokes about race, gender or religion etc did not make you racist, sexist, or anti god. In the same way if I talk about Respect – Discipline - Obedience in dog training it does not make me old fashioned, out of touch, or less caring. My love and compassion for animals in general and dogs in particular is unquestionable.

I personally share the views of 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 rigueur if you want to be able to command large fees in any of these specialism. 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... "


My dog - Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will - as I always have. He is just my dog." –  Gene Hill


 People often ask what Courses I have attended  etc - so here they are!!

In Luton & Darlington with Hebbie & Jenny Watson Top completive obedience  handlers
1989 Sept 2 day Instructing and Training -  1990 May 1 day Training  

At Derbyshire & Norfolk with John Rogerson – Regarded world wide as the leading  Canine Behaviourist.

1990 Oct 2 day Instructing and Behaviour -1990 Dec2 day Instructing and Behaviour 1991 -Jan 2 day Instructing and Behaviour

Caythorpe College Lincoln with John Rogerson, Roy Hunter & Terry Ryan -

1991 May 5 day Instructing - 1992 Aug 5 day Instructing - 1993 July 2 day Training -1993 Aug 5 day Instructing & Training

1994 July 2 day Fun & Games Training - 1994 July 5 day Instructing & Training

Yorkshire Dales with Roy Hunter founder of Anglo American Dog Training –

Ex Met Police Dog Handler, Trainer and Home Office Approved Police Dog Instructor

1995 July 5 days Instructing & Training - 1996 July 5 day Instructing & Training 

Yorkshire Dales Canine Conventions 5 day Courses held between 1997 - 2002

1997  Between 1997 & 2002 these  5 day Courses included guest speakers and

1998 Instructors Steve Wilson & John McNeil BIPDT – Dog Trust

1999 Alison Rowbotham of the APBC – Hearing Dogs – Blue Cross  HM Prison Dog Trainers – Thames Valley Police Dog Section

2000 Search & Rescue – HM Customs & Excise.   Practical session included training techniques of teaching informal basic  Puppy classes through to

2002 advance exercises. Lectures covered areas such as Calming Signals – Shaping – Clicker – instructing – training and behaviour  problems.

1992 Aug 2 day Instructing Sheffield with Terry Ryan who taught canine behaviour at Washington State University College of veterinary medicine.

1991 Sept 2 day Instructing Oxford With Ian Dunbar English born Vet – Trainer and Behaviourist based in the USA

Essex The following are Courses with Roy Hunter

1991 Mar  2 day Training - 1991 Mar  1 day Agility - 1991 Mar  1 day American Kennel Club

1991 July  2 day Training -1991 Aug  2 day Agility - 1991 Sept 1 day Instructing

1991 Oct   1 day Agility  - 1991 Oct  1 day American Kennel Club - 1991 Nov  2 day Instructing

1992 Feb  2 day Instructing - 1992 Mar  2 day Tracking - 1992 Mar  2 day Tracking & Nosework

1992 Jun  2 day American Kennel Club & Agility - 1992 July 1 day Working Trials

1992 Sept 2 day Tracking - 1992 Sept 2 day American Kennel Club & Agility

1992 Oct  2 day Instructing - 1992 Nov 2 day Instructing - 1993 Feb 2 day Instructing

1993 Mar 2 day Instructing - 1993 Apr  2 day Tracking & Nosework - 1993 May 2 day American Kennel Club & Agility

1993 Jun  2 day Training - 1993 Aug 2 day American Kennel Club & Agility - 1993 Sept 2 day Tracking

1993 Oct  2 day Instructing - 1993 Nov 2 day Instructing - 1994 Feb 2 day Instructing - 1994 Mar 2 day Training

1994 Mar 2day AADT Awards - 1994 Apr 2 day Tracking & Working Trials - 1994 Jun 2 day Agility Instructing

1994 Aug 1 day American Kennel Club Instructing - 1994 Aug 2 day Agility Instructing

1994 Sept 2 day Tracking & Nosework - 1994 Oct  2 day AADT Awards - 1994 Nov 2 day Instructing

1995 Mar 2 day Instructor’s & Training - 1995 May 2 day Fun & Games Training - 1995 Sept 2 day Fun & Games Training

Suffolk  With the Jenny Watson ADTB

2006 Feb 2 day Instructing Course - 2006 Jun 2 day Instructing Course

St. Ives With Mary Ray  - regarded as the leading dog trainer in the UK

2006 Dec Clicker Training

Cambridge Animalaiders Course. Vet led Courses

2007 July Dog first aid course - 2008 Sept Dog first aid course

Doncaster – HM Prison Dog Training Centre with Jeff Barker & Mick Smith

2000 Sept Positive Training methods of Prison Dogs &  2002 Oct

2006 – Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme in Dog Training & Behaviour

And others I have lost the dates of!

East Sussex Silvia Hartmann-Kent 2 days on The Emergent Cyclic Double Helix Model of Mature Bio Social Behaviour!!

Cambridge An Evening with John Rogerson & An Evening with Terry Ryan

Birmingham & Cambridge Turid Rugaas Two 1 day Courses on Calming Signals

Midlands –  Two 1day Symposiums held by the UKRCB Lead speakers Wendy Volhard – Malcolm Willis


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