Event Dogs

Enjoyable & Informative Dog Training & Behaviour

  • About Event Dogs

    In 2004 Christina founded ICC (Ichthus Canine Centre) Dog Training centre in Lincolnshire. It was built upon the principles of ethical reward-based training and treating both dogs and people with kindness and respect. This centre then grew to include 5 training centres across Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire each with their own centre manager, and Christina's role changed to become Head of Training and Behaviour. These centres continued to grow and ended up with their own areas of expertise but still continued to uphold the original values of ICC. Members of the team included vets, behaviourists, vet nurses, a canine massage and physiotherapist, and teachers, and centres had Kennel Club Listed Status. Team members also included members of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK,) UKRCB (UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists,) and the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.)

    As well as weekly training classes and behavioural consultations ICC also offered workshops and seminars with some of the best trainers and behaviourists in their fields in the UK, becoming known as somewhere that offered excellent training at low prices.

    In 2018 Christina moved down to Essex by which point ICC had grown and developed to such a point that the individual centres were encouraged to become independent whilst retaining their strong links of friendship and working together.

    Christina felt by this stage that she was ready for a new challenge, and Event Dogs was born. Event Dogs continues to be based upon the same ethics and excellence of ICC but specialises in workshops, seminars, training days and holidays. It works closely with many of the instructors and centre managers of ICC whilst opening the doors to other friends and trainers Christina has met over the years. Christina also continues to offer regular dog training in Rayleigh, Essex, as well as private lessons and behavioural consultations in association with Lincs Dog Training near Grantham, Lincolnshire.

  • The Team
    • Christina - Founder & Head Trainer
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      As well as having a huge amount of experience of training firstly pet dogs and owners and then dog training instructors (see above) Christina is an HTM specialist. She is a twice Crufts HTM Freestyle Finalist, twice British Freestyle Team member for the HTM Open European Championships (Holland & Germany,) and 2020 Crufts HTM Heelwork Finalist. She is a fully qualified advanced Kennel Club HTM judge in both heelwork and freestyle. She has also trained and competed in agility and obedience.

      Christina has learnt from a wide variety of speakers and courses over the last 20 years. More than anything though, she has learnt from the few thousand dogs that she has helped to train, and maintains that new dog trainers need both education and experience. (This was something that she offered as Head of Training and Behaviour with ICC's apprenticeship programme that lasted several years with ongoing training and support.)

      Christina's approach to training dogs is to take time to build a relationship with them, rewarding what we do want them to do, not trying to punish what we don't want. Training is reward-based, built upon the theory of clicker training, and aimed at helping dogs and owners to understand each other. (She doesn't believe that we should raise spoilt, pushy dogs however, and believes that they need love and boundaries!)

      • Courses attended
        2020
        • International Dog Trainers Winter Summit (ongoing - online)
        • School of Canine Science - Scent for 6 (full course - ongoing - online)
        • School of Canine Science - The Puppy Lab (full course - ongoing - online)
        • Sarah Whitehead - Sex, Hormones and Neutering (online)

        2019
        • Jo Tristram - Agility training
        • Gemma Mogridge - Dog Parkour
        • Gemma Mogridge - Intro to Gun Dog training
        • Jo Hill - Regular training
        • Moira Oakford (Mantrailing Scent Dogs) - Mantrailing
        • Chirag Patel - Aggression

        2018
        • Chirag Patel - Impulse Control
        • Sarah Whitehead webinar - Aggression
        • Jo Hill - Competitive Obedience, precision training, drive, and play
        • Richard Curtis - KC HTM Judge's theory and practical seminars
        • Kath Hardman - KC HTM Competition Organiser's Seminar

        2005-2017
        • Kath Hardman - KC HTM Judging - Rules and regulations seminar
        • Kath Hardman - KC HTM Judging - Theory and Practical
        • Louise - The dancing of HTM
        • Greg Derrett - Agility Handling
        • Jo Tristram and Anthony Clark - Agility training
        • Greg Derrett, Anthony Clarke, Shaun Hunt and Jo Tristram - Clear Qs Agility Camps 1 & 2
        • Jo Tristram - Agility Training
        • Kath Hardman - KC HTM Practical Judging
        • Kath Hardman - KC HTM Show Management
        • Sue Sternberg – Arousal and Aggression in Agility
        • Sue Sternberg – Body Language and Bull Breeds
        • Sue Sternberg – Bite-O-Meter and Modifying Assess-A-Pet for Private Use.
        • Gina Pink - KC Requirements of an HTM Judge (passed the HTM judge's exams.)
        • Bob Sharpe – Regular agility training
        • Elizabeth Kershaw – Applied Learning Theory / Clicker Training
        • Dr. Anne McBride PhD - Understanding, Handling and Reducing Aggression in Dogs
        • Attila Szkukalek - Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle Master-class
        • Paddy Driscoll - Case Studies in Aggression
        • Paddy Driscoll - Square Pegs in Round Holes? (Assessing and matching rescue dogs to the right owners.)
        • Alton Matherne - Understanding and Handling Behavioural Problems in the Rescue Dog
        • Dr. Anne McBride PhD – Equipment used in Training (UK Registry of Canine Behaviour Symposium)
        • Paddy Driscoll – A wolf in Your Living room?
        • Paddy Driscoll – Hark, Hark the Dogs do Bark!
        • Paddy Driscoll – Bringing a Rescue Dog into the Family
        • Paddy Driscoll – Puppies and Adolescence
        • Paddy Driscoll – Breed Showing
        • Jo Hill – Competitive Obedience and Motivating Your Dog (plus regular competitive obedience training with Jo over several years)
        • Richard Curtis – Canine Freestyle and Heelwork-to-Music
        • Attila Szkukalek – Canine Freestyle and Heelwork-to-Music
        • Jill Notley – The Dancing of Dancing with Dogs
        • Sally Hopkins – Dog Games

        2002-2004 (Other)
        • Dolores Palmer - Training your dog to help around the home
        • Sally Hopkins - Stress-Free agility and flyball
        • Scallywags Team - Aggression and Rehabilitation
        • Elizabeth Kershaw - Clicker Training
        • Turid Rugaas - Barking, an intensive study
        • Turid Rugaas - Problem Solving
        • Anne Lill Kvam - Nosework
        • Sandra Lockwood & Alison Rowbotham - Rescue and re-homing

        IDTS 2 year dog training and behaviour course (2002-2004)
        • Communication – calming signals / ethology and instincts, reflexes and stimulation / introduction to stress / people communication / practical: leash techniques for problem solving
        • Stress – the physiology of stress / recognition and causes of stress / the part played by stress in behaviour problems / stress reduction / assessing dogs / practical: handling skills
        • How dogs learn – clicker training / rewards / learning theory / reward systems / puppies and adolescents / practical: fun tasks
        • Training – the science and purpose of training / creativity and logic / practical: set exercises
        • Shaping – training methods; clicker training, shaping theory and practical / scent and nose work / stopping techniques
        • Teamwork in training – relationships – dog and owner / the dog’s viewpoint – life rewards / distractions and their advantages / compromise / practical: extending basic exercises; obstacles
        • Mental stimulation – care and welfare of the dog / the holistic approach – alternatives for owners / creativity / practical: exercises for your dog’s brain, nose work
        • Problem solving – causes, symptoms and consequences of behaviour problems / first steps to solving problems / the canine way of conflict solving / practical: effective intervention and splitting up
        • Instructing – teaching, lecturing and people skills / approach to instructing – flexibility and adaptability / class content / practical: use of games
        • Classes – planning and running classes, expectation and compromise / assessment / enriching the environment / problem owner, problem dog / practical: specific tasks
        • Behaviour Problems – what is a problem? / expectations of client / counselling / therapy and rehabilitation / behaviour modification / diet and medical problems / practical: problem solving
    • Guest Instructors
      • Jo Hill – Competitive Obedience / Dog Sports / Motivation and Play Specialist
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        In our opinion (and many others) Jo Hill is one of the very best in the UK at what she does. She's innovative, creative and constantly evolving her training, which is always based upon clicker training (she was one of the first clicker trainers in the UK.) More than that, she is perhaps known for her 'attitude is everything' mentality of teaching dogs of all breeds to love their work. She teaches play, drive and motivation (and was one of the very first to start doing so in the UK,) and produces dogs that are stylish, committed and a joy to watch working. Jo has competed successfully in competitive obedience and IPO, however perhaps her greatest mark of success are the sheer numbers of other highly successful competitors that have trained with her from Competitive Obedience Crufts Champion, to HTM World Champion, to Working Trails Champions and Schutzhund competitors. On a personal note Christina would say that Jo's training methods took her from being stuck at novice competition level to Crufts Heelwork Final, Crufts Freestyle Finals and International European Championships. Christina has also adapted the methods Jo has taught her to teach pet dogs focus, ignoring distractions and recall (amongst other things.)

      • We have a number of other guest trainers we work closely with, however this has been put on pause due to lockdowns. Further info about them will be posted here as and when appropriate.

Welcome to Event Dogs
The home of great activities with your dog and fascinating information about dogs. From dog training classes to private lessons, seminars to displays, workshops to holidays, TV and photoshoots to shows and after dinner speakers, basic dog training to advanced competition, dog training centres, schools and businesses, laughter, fun and expert information, making new friends and meeting up with old ones… Event Dogs is the place to come.

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Ethics
All training is based on modern, reward-based training methods and is designed to be as stress-free and enjoyable as possible for dogs and owners - it is very important to us that dogs and owners have an enjoyable time on our courses. No check chains, slip leads, prong collars, shock collars or harsh handling is allowed on our training courses.
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