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Upcoming Events

Workshops, Activity Holidays, Seminars

ENGAGE - “Engage with your dog so they love to Engage with you!’
In 2019 we are bringing out a new series of workshops that focus on how best to engage with your dog so they choose to engage with you. This will include understanding and working with their natural instincts, including understanding what they were bred to do (mantrailing and gun dog workshops) and a dog’s natural instincts (play, including different styles of play appropriate to different breeds of dogs,) and enjoying having fun with your dog (parkour, freestyle and games.) They will be open to dogs with all levels of training from advanced to beginner (recall and loose lead workshops will also focus on relationship, fun and engagement.) Have fun and your dog will too!

  • Date TBC - Rayleigh, Essex - Introduction to Dog Training and Behaviour
    Date TBC - Rayleigh, Essex - Introduction to Dog Training and Behaviour - 6:00-8:00pm
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Christina has been doing these talks for many years as a way of giving owners essential information that is generally not taught elsewhere. The workshop will cover -

    • How dogs learn
    • Reading dogs’ body language (with video clips)
    • Clicker training (with demos from Christina’s dogs)
    • Cause and effects of stress on dogs

    NOTE - Please do not bring your own dog to these talks.

    Price - FREE but booking is required (These talks are usually £7.50 per person, but this one is being offered free as a way of meeting dog owners, vets and other dog-friendly people in the area, and helping you to get to know us.)
  • Monday 1st April - Rayleigh, Essex - Mantrailing
    Monday 1st April - Rayleigh, Essex - Mantrailing - 11:00am-3:00pm (Handler places - FULL / Spectator - AVAILABLE)
    Instructor - Moira

    Although Mantrailing is used to search for people in Europe and America it is relatively unknown in the UK, although that all seems about to be changing! Come and find out about this new, exciting (and useful!) sport right from the start from a Mantrailing expert. Teach your dog to follow a specific scent through both rural and urban areas to search for missing people.

    Time permitting the day will cover as much as possible on the following subjects -

    • The difference between human and dog sense of smell
    • A definition of tracking, trailing and air scenting
    • Suitable scent articles
    • How to start Mantrailing with your dog - Health and Safety (Practical and theory) - (Unit 001 Mantrailing Scent Dogs Course)
    • Importance of correct harness - (Unit 001)
    • Using a long line (line work exercises for handlers) - (Unit 001)
    • Team work and being a Misper (Missing person) - (Unit 004)
    • How to lay a short trail - (Unit 004)

    The objective of the workshop is for the handlers to be able to complete unit 003 of our Level 1 Qualification - Demonstrate the ability to work with dog to take scent and follow a trail 50 meters with Misper (missing person) out of sight.

    For more information about Moira and Mantrailing please see mantrailingscentdogs.co.uk

    Theory work will be indoors (dogs are welcome to wait safely in your car or wait indoors in a crate) and practical work will be outdoors, so please wear suitable clothing. (In exceptionally bad weather the day will be postponed and you will be offered a full refund.) Please bring an item of old clothing with your scent on it (eg. an old T-shirt.) Make sure you have worn it very recently (and not washed it!) and are happy for it to be put on the ground outside.

    Price - £65 per handler place - FULL / £30 per spectator place / EARLY BIRD - Because we are running this day almost at cost price we are unable to offer any discounts - sorry! - (max. 5 handler places - FULL) Spectator places still available
  • Friday 5th April - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day
    Friday 5th April - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 per handler place / £15 per spectator place) - (max 12 handler places per day.)
    Please
    contact us for further details.

  • Saturday 6th April - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle
    Saturday 6th April - Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire / Norfolk / Cambridgeshire Border - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle - 10:00am-4:00pm
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Because we will only have 6 handlers, everyone is welcome to this Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle workshop, from complete beginners to experienced competitors. We can work on moves, links, heelwork, choreography ideas (although there won’t be time to choreograph a full routine for you in detail, you would need to book a private lesson to do that,) or whatever you would find helpful.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM.

    Although there will be a maximum of 6 dogs, please make sure that your dog will be happy working in a hall with other dogs (ie. not bark at or be aggressive to them.)

    Price - £65 per handler place / EARLY BIRD before 27th March - £60 per handler place - (max. 6 handler places)
  • Friday 12th April - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership
    Friday 12th April - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership - afternoon or early evening
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Once a month Christina is a guest instructor for Pets In Partnership in Rayleigh, teaching Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle. The training is usually a 30 minute private lesson and can be tailored to your specific training needs. Complete beginners to advanced competition dogs are welcome. Training is indoors in Pets In Partnership’s training centre.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    For further details and to book please contact Pets In Partnership - 07593 875748 -  
    enquiries@petsinpartnership.co.uk
  • Saturday 13th April - Rayleigh, Essex - Walking on a Loose Lead
    Saturday 13th April - Rayleigh, Essex - Walking on a Loose Lead - 10:00am-1:00pm
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Getting your dog to walk on a lead without pulling is one of the most basic, but also for many dogs one of the most difficult things to teach them. This half day workshop gives you the skills and the theory that you need to teach your dog to walk without pulling, making walks far more enjoyable for both of you. Advice will also be given about harnesses and where appropriate, head collars as and when needed. Your dog will NOT be wearing a choke chain, prong collar, shock collar, etc.

    Is this suitable for my dog? This course is NOT suitable for dogs that bark or growl at other dogs or people, or those that have issues with aggression. If your dog has trouble with these issues we would recommend one of our behaviour workshops, or a one to one behavioural consultation, and coming on this course as a spectator without your dog. Other than that all dogs are welcome!

    Theory work will be indoors (dogs are welcome to wait safely in your car or wait indoors in a crate) and practical work will be outdoors, so please wear suitable clothing. (In exceptionally bad weather the day will be postponed and you will be offered a full refund.)

    Price - £35 per handler place (one place includes all family members who live with the dog) / £18 per spectator place / £65 per handler place for both the loose lead and recall workshops on the same day / EARLY BIRD (before 31st March) - £60 per handler place for both the loose lead and recall workshops on the same day - (max. 6 handler places)
  • Saturday 13th April - Rayleigh, Essex - Recall
    Saturday 13th April - Rayleigh, Essex - Recall - 2:00pm-5:00pm
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Teach your dog to RUN back to you! This half day workshop will teach you the tricks of the trade that dogs will love to come back for, and owners will love the results. We will also teach you the steps to a reliable recall (including assessing situations and being realistic about whether it is safe to let your dog completely off lead at that time.) Having a reliable recall is the MOST important thing you will ever teach your dog.

    Is this suitable for my dog? This course is NOT suitable for dogs that bark or growl at other dogs or people, or those that have issues with aggression. If your dog has trouble with these issues we would recommend one of our behaviour workshops, or a one to one behavioural consultation, and coming on this course as a spectator without your dog. Other than that all dogs are welcome!

    Theory work will be indoors (dogs are welcome to wait safely in your car or wait indoors in a crate) and practical work will be outdoors, so please wear suitable clothing. (In exceptionally bad weather the day will be postponed and you will be offered a full refund.)

    Price - £35 per handler place (one place includes all family members who live with the dog) / £18 per spectator place / £65 per handler place for both the loose lead and recall workshops on the same day / EARLY BIRD (before 31st March) - £60 per handler place for both the loose lead and recall workshops on the same day - (max. 6 handler places)
  • Sunday 14th April - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day (Group A)
    Sunday 14th April - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm - GROUP A

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Saturday 27th April - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle
    Saturday 27th April - Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire / Norfolk / Cambridgeshire Border - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle - 4:30-6:30pm
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Because we will only have 6 handlers, everyone is welcome to this Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle mini workshop, from complete beginners to experienced competitors. We can work on moves, links, heelwork, choreography ideas (although there won’t be time to choreograph a routine for you in detail, you would need to book a private lesson to do that,) or whatever you would find helpful.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM.

    Although there will be a maximum of 6 dogs, please make sure that your dog will be happy working in a hall with other dogs (ie. not bark at or be aggressive to them.)

    Price - £25 per handler place / EARLY BIRD (before 8th April) - £22 per handler place - (max. 6 handler places)
  • Friday 17th May - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership
    Friday 17th May - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership - afternoon or early evening
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Once a month Christina is a guest instructor for Pets In Partnership in Rayleigh, teaching Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle. The training is usually a 30 minute private lesson and can be tailored to your specific training needs. Complete beginners to advanced competition dogs are welcome. Training is indoors in Pets In Partnership’s training centre.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    For further details and to book please contact Pets In Partnership - 07593 875748 -  
    enquiries@petsinpartnership.co.uk
  • Sunday 26th May - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day (Group B)
    Sunday 26th May - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm - GROUP B

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Friday 7th June - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day
    Friday 7th June - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Saturday 8th June - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle
    Saturday 8th June - Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire / Norfolk / Cambridgeshire Border - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle - 4:30-6:30pm
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Because we will only have 6 handlers, everyone is welcome to this Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle mini workshop, from complete beginners to experienced competitors. We can work on moves, links, heelwork, choreography ideas (although there won’t be time to choreograph a routine for you in detail, you would need to book a private lesson to do that,) or whatever you would find helpful.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM.

    Although there will be a maximum of 6 dogs, please make sure that your dog will be happy working in a hall with other dogs (ie. not bark at or be aggressive to them.)

    Price - £25 per handler place / EARLY BIRD (before 3rd May) - £22 per handler place - (max. 6 handler places)
  • Sunday 9th June - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill, Play
    Sunday 9th June - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill, Play - 9:30am-4:30pm

    Jo has been teaching people how to engage with their dog and play together for a couple of decades! She brings all of that experience to this training day and still somehow manages to stay on the cutting edge of the latest ideas in training, behaviour and play. Not only is she delighted to work with all breeds of dog but she will share fascinating incites on why dogs play as they do. Did you know that dogs take it in turns to play and they expect us to do the same? Do you know how to make a tuggy look like a small, escaping rabbit (no animals will be harmed in this workshop!) and it matters how and where food then fits into the equation?

    This workshop is open to all dogs and handlers and will cover several different styles of play depending upon the dogs that are there on the day. From pet dogs to competition dogs, you’re all welcome. Learn from the original and (in our opinion) best how to engage with your dog so they love engaging with you!

    NOTE - This day will be outdoors (fully fenced) so please wear appropriate clothing. Each dog will work twice during the day and dogs will work one at a time. If the weather is warm you may wish to bring a crate to put in the shade to keep your dog cool when they are not playing.

    Price - £55 per handler place / £25 per spectator place / EARLY BIRD (before 30th April) £45 per handler place (max. 12 handlers)


  • Friday 21st June - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership
    Friday 21st June - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership - afternoon or early evening
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Once a month Christina is a guest instructor for Pets In Partnership in Rayleigh, teaching Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle. The training is usually a 30 minute private lesson and can be tailored to your specific training needs. Complete beginners to advanced competition dogs are welcome. Training is indoors in Pets In Partnership’s training centre.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    For further details and to book please contact Pets In Partnership - 07593 875748 -  
    enquiries@petsinpartnership.co.uk
  • Sunday 23rd June - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day (Group A)
    Sunday 23rd June - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm - GROUP A

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Saturday the 20th July - An Introduction to Gun Dog Training
    Saturday the 20th July - Grantham, Lincolnshire - An Introduction to Gun Dog Training - 10:00am-1:00pm
    Instructor - Gemma Mogridge

    This introduction to gun dog training covers tasters of various elements of gun dog training which will be tailored to the experience of the dogs there. All breeds of dog are welcome and all training is reward based. Gemma is a clicker gun dog trainer and regularly works her own dogs on ‘rough’ shoots.

    All breeds of dog will get a lot out of the workshop, however owners of gun dog breeds will particularly benefit by understanding what their dog was bred to do and how best to work with their dog. Understand behaviour that can be a problem (eg. hunting and sniffing) and learn to work with your dog so they learn to work with you (as opposed to ignoring you completely because you’re not telling them things that make sense to them!)

    Note - This workshop recognises that whilst some people may choose to work their gun dogs, other people may be against shooting but still wish to learn to work with their dog’s natural instincts, without harming other animals. (This is the stance of ‘Event Dogs’.)

    Price - £45 per handler place  / £20 per spectator place
    £70 per handler place for both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day / £30 per spectator place for both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day
    EARLY BIRD (before 20th May) - £65 per handler place for both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day / £25 per spectator place for both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day - (max. 6 handler places)


    If wanting to attend both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day then…

  • Saturday the 20th July - An Introduction to Canine Parkour
    Saturday the 20th July - Grantham, Lincolnshire - An Introduction to Canine Parkour - 2:00-5:00pm
    Instructor - Gemma Mogridge

    Canine parkour mixes parkour and elements of agility using everyday obstacles for our dogs to go under, over, in and around. This workshop opens the door to these fun challenges all around us that we can explore with our dog and is part of our ‘Engage’ series of workshops that show us new ways to engage with our dogs so they will love to engage with us. For more information about canine parkour please see - 
    https://www.dogparkour.org/home

    Price - £45 per handler place  / £20 per spectator place
    £70 per handler place for both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day / £30 per spectator place for both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day
    EARLY BIRD (before 20th May) - £65 per handler place for both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day / £25 per spectator place for both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day - (max. 6 handler places)

    If wanting to attend both the gun dog and parkour workshops on the same day then…

  • Sunday 21st July - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day (Group B)
    Sunday 21st July - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm - GROUP B

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Friday 26th July - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership
    Friday 26th July - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership - afternoon or early evening
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Once a month Christina is a guest instructor for Pets In Partnership in Rayleigh, teaching Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle. The training is usually a 30 minute private lesson and can be tailored to your specific training needs. Complete beginners to advanced competition dogs are welcome. Training is indoors in Pets In Partnership’s training centre.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    For further details and to book please contact Pets In Partnership - 07593 875748 -  
    enquiries@petsinpartnership.co.uk
  • Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th July - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Weekend - 2 full days
    Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th July - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Weekend - 2 full days (timings TBC)

    A full weekend to blitz your Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle! There will only be 6 of you meaning there will be plenty of time to work both individually and as a group. We’ll look at routines together, new moves and motivation, as well as choreography and rules. If there are things you’d like us to look at, just say. Handlers from complete beginners to those already doing well in competition are equally welcome.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    NOTE - Handlers are welcome to camp on-site at no extra charge - just let us know if you’d like to do so when booking. If you do not wish to camp please let us know and we may be able to help.

    Price - £130 per handler place / EARLY BIRD - £110 per handler place (Please note - The early bird price is quite so low because we are not intending to use a training hall, and instead will be working outdoors in a secure location. If the weather is very bad we shall hire a venue nearby and if you have paid the early bird price you will be asked to pay an extra £10 to cover the extra cost.) - (max. 6 handler places)
  • Friday 9th August - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day
    Friday 9th August - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Friday 16th August - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership
    Friday 16th August - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership - afternoon or early evening
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Once a month Christina is a guest instructor for Pets In Partnership in Rayleigh, teaching Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle. The training is usually a 30 minute private lesson and can be tailored to your specific training needs. Complete beginners to advanced competition dogs are welcome. Training is indoors in Pets In Partnership’s training centre.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    For further details and to book please contact Pets In Partnership - 07593 875748 -  
    enquiries@petsinpartnership.co.uk
  • Saturday 17th August - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill, Play
    Saturday 17th August - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill, Play - 9:30am-4:30pm

    Jo has been teaching people how to engage with their dog and play together for a couple of decades! She brings all of that experience to this training day and still somehow manages to stay on the cutting edge of the latest ideas in training, behaviour and play. Not only is she happy to work with all breeds of dog but she will share fascinating incites on why dogs play as they do. Did you know that dogs take it in turns to play and they expect us to do the same? Do you know how to make a tuggy look like a small, escaping rabbit (no animals will be harmed in this workshop!) and it matters how and where food then fits into the equation?

    This workshop is open to all dogs and handlers and will cover several different styles of play depending upon the dogs that are there on the day. From pet dogs to competition dogs, you’re all welcome. Learn from the original and (in our opinion) best, how to engage with your dog so they love engaging with you!

    NOTE - This day will be outdoors (fully fenced) so please wear appropriate clothing. Each dog will work twice during the day and dogs will work one at a time. If the weather is warm you may wish to bring a crate to put in the shade to keep your dog cool when they are not playing.

    Price - £55 per handler place / £25 per spectator place / EARLY BIRD £45 per handler place (max. 12 handlers)


  • Sunday 18th August - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day (Group A)
    Sunday 18th August - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm - GROUP A

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Saturday 31st Aug - Sunday 1st Sept - near Grantham, Lincolnshire - Dog Activity Weekend - 2 full days
    Saturday 31st August - Sunday 1st September - near Grantham, Lincolnshire - Dog Activity Weekend - 2 full days (timings TBC)
    Instructors - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs) and Lorraine Rohland (Head Trainer, Lincs Dog Training)

    Dogs and owners have a fun time, learning new things and making new dog and human friends. Anyone coming by themselves will be made most welcome and everyone will be put into a small group (max 6 dogs per group) to make sure that everyone feels welcomed and at home. There are many activities and everyone will be given a taste of each one.

    Activities -
    • Agility - From complete beginner to competition standard (higher competition dogs will not be instructed but will be given practice courses to run.)
    • Rally - This will be introduced at several levels depending upon the experience of each dog and handler team.
    • Freestyle / Tricks – a variety of freestyle moves to keep you and your dog learning and having fun
    • Scent work – finding and indicating a scent.
    • Games – team fun!
    • Other activities TBC but will be probably be chosen from - Parkour, Mantrailing, Flyball, Gun Dog - If you particularly want to do any of these activities please contact us before booking.

    Would you like to join us? All we ask is that you and your dog are dog and people friendly. If your dog is not entirely happy around dogs or people please let us know so that we are able to advise you as to whether this is the right weekend for them. (Dogs with aggression problems will not cope and should not attend.)

    NOTE - We haven’t put up the price for many years despite our costs increasing however we have now reached a point where we cannot subsidise this any longer. We don’t want to increase the price, so we are now offering the weekend without food included in the price (other than tea, coffee and biscuits,) and have been able to lower the price of the weekend - we still get the money we’re needing and it’s cheaper for you - a win all round! On the Saturday evening we’ll be getting a takeaway and you’re really welcome to join us if you’d like to.

    Price - £130 per handler place / £50 per spectator place / EARLY BIRD £120 per handler place (max. 12 handlers organised in 2 groups of 6 handlers)
  • Sunday 15th September - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day (Group B)
    Sunday 15th September - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm - GROUP B

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Friday 27th September - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership
    Friday 27th September - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership - afternoon or early evening
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Once a month Christina is a guest instructor for Pets In Partnership in Rayleigh, teaching Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle. The training is usually a 30 minute private lesson and can be tailored to your specific training needs. Complete beginners to advanced competition dogs are welcome. Training is indoors in Pets In Partnership’s training centre.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    For further details and to book please contact Pets In Partnership - 07593 875748 -  
    enquiries@petsinpartnership.co.uk
  • Sunday 13th October - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day (Group A)
    Sunday 13th October - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm - GROUP A

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th October - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Weekend - 2 full days
    Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th October - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Weekend - 2 full days (timings TBC)

    A full weekend to blitz your Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle! There will only be 6 of you meaning there will be plenty of time to work both individually and as a group. We’ll look at routines together, new moves and motivation, as well as choreography and rules. If there are things you’d like us to look at, just say. Handlers from complete beginners to those already doing well in competition are equally welcome.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    NOTE - Handlers are welcome to camp on-site at no extra charge - just let us know if you’d like to do so when booking. If you do not wish to camp please let us know and we may be able to help.

    Price - £130 per handler place / EARLY BIRD - £120 per handler place - (max. 6 handler places)
  • Friday 25th October - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day
    Friday 25th October - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Saturday 2nd November - Arbury, Cambridge - Choreography with Lucy Creek and Christina Oxtoby
    Saturday 2nd November - Arbury, Cambridge - Choreography with Lucy Creek and Christina Oxtoby - 10:00am-4:00pm
    Instructors – Lucy Creek (HTM Crufts Champion for several years) & Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs & HTM specialist)

    Lucy and Christina represent completely different approaches to choreography but over the years have come to realise the importance of combining the two methods. Lucy is one of the most innovative 'thinking outside the box' people in HTM, and specialises in thinking of themes and story telling. Christina's background is in music (she has a music degree) and enjoys listening to the phrases and nuances of the music whilst adding in dance elements. As well as them both being HTM Crufts competitors and members of British International HTM teams they are also both advanced HTM judges.

    They have wide experience of working with a variety of different breeds including – Border Collies, Beagles, Great Danes, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Basset Hound, German Shepherd and Chihuahua (plus the many other dogs and owners that they have coached.) They understand that different dogs need completely different choreography including the need to add elements to perk up some dogs and calm down others!

    The day will include -
    • Story telling and the 'big idea' - Lucy
    • Musical beats, themes and phrases – Christina
    • Creative ways to make moves tell stories – Lucy
    • Costumes, the good the bad and the ugly! - Lucy and Christina
    • Props, when and when not to bring the kitchen sink! - Lucy and Christina
    • Your posture and movement (don't panic – not dance!) - Christina
    • Writing out your routine – Lucy and Christina
    • Music editing – Lucy (ideas for additions of music) and Christina (how to musically make it make sense)
    • Different breeds, different dogs, different ideas – Lucy and Christina
    • Special considerations for heelwork (music, theme and movement) – Lucy and Christina
    • Learning from videos – Lucy and Christina
    • Help and ideas with your own routine – small group discussions with input from Lucy and Christina (please bring your music on your phone or tablet if you can)

    Price - £TBC per place – includes all teaching and activities, certificate of attendance and light refreshments (but not lunch - please bring a packed lunch as the venue is not very near shops) – (Please note this day will NOT be working with your own dog so if possible please leave them at home.)
  • Friday 8th November - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership
    Friday 8th November - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership - afternoon or early evening
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Once a month Christina is a guest instructor for Pets In Partnership in Rayleigh, teaching Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle. The training is usually a 30 minute private lesson and can be tailored to your specific training needs. Complete beginners to advanced competition dogs are welcome. Training is indoors in Pets In Partnership’s training centre.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    For further details and to book please contact Pets In Partnership - 07593 875748 -  
    enquiries@petsinpartnership.co.uk
  • Saturday TBC November - Sutton Bridge - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle
    Saturday TBC November - Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire / Norfolk / Cambridgeshire Border - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle - 4:30-6:30pm
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Because we will only have 6 handlers, everyone is welcome to this Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle mini workshop, from complete beginners to experienced competitors. We can work on moves, links, heelwork, choreography ideas (although there won’t be time to choreograph a routine for you in detail, you would need to book a private lesson to do that,) or whatever you would find helpful.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    Although there will be a maximum of 6 dogs, please make sure that your dog will be happy working in a hall with other dogs (ie. not bark at or be aggressive to them.)

    Price - £25 per handler place / EARLY BIRD - £22 per handler place - (max. 6 handler places)
  • Sunday 10th November - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day (Group B)
    Sunday 10th November - Rayleigh, Essex - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm - GROUP B

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Friday 6th December - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day
    Friday 6th December - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Jo Hill Training Day - 9:30am-4:30pm

    Although handler places on these days are usually full we do sometimes have places become available. If you would like us to add you to the reserve list please contact us. Alternatively, spectator places are always available.  (£45 / £50 per handler place dependent upon numbers / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
    Please contact us for further details.


  • Friday 13th December - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership
    Friday 13th December - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM Training at Pets In Partnership - afternoon or early evening
    Instructor - Christina Oxtoby

    Once a month Christina is a guest instructor for Pets In Partnership in Rayleigh, teaching Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle. The training is usually a 30 minute private lesson and can be tailored to your specific training needs. Complete beginners to advanced competition dogs are welcome. Training is indoors in Pets In Partnership’s training centre.

    Christina specialises in HTM (Heelwork-to-Music and Canine Freestyle) having twice been a Crufts Freestyle Finalist and member of the British Team for the European Championships. She is highly experienced, is an advanced KC judge, and loves working with dog and handler teams from complete beginners to Crufts Finalists in HTM / Freestyle.

    For further details and to book please contact Pets In Partnership - 07593 875748 -  
    enquiries@petsinpartnership.co.uk
Refund policy – If you cancel your booking with more than 2 calendar months to go before the event you are entitled to a full refund minus a £10 admin fee. If you cancel with more than 1 calendar month to go you are entitled to a 50% refund minus a £10 admin fee. With less than a calendar month to go before your booked event we are sorry but we are unable to offer you a refund, however you are welcome to pass your place on to someone else (we only ask that if it's a handler place their dog is suitable for the event that you have booked.) We do sometimes have waiting lists for events so if you know that you will be unable to attend an event please contact us as soon as possible and if we can help we will.