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Workshops, Activity Holidays, Seminars

ENGAGE - “Engage with your dog so they love to Engage with you!’
In 2019 we brought out a new series of workshops that focus on how best to engage with your dog so they choose to engage with you. They include understanding and working with dog's 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 beginner to advanced. Have fun and your dog will too! (For mini workshops and lessons in Rayleigh see our 'Dog Training' page.)


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  • Jo Hill - Play / Motivation / Competitive Obedience, Heelwork & Dog Sports
    • Jo Hill Regular Training Days - Rayleigh, Essex
      Jo Hill Regular Training Days, Rayleigh, Essex - 9:30am-4:30pm

      Dates -
      • 23rd June (group A)
      • 21st July (group B)
      • 18th August (group A)
      • 15th September (group B)
      • 13th October (group A)
      • 10th November (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 per handler place / £15 per spectator place) - max 12 handler places per day.
      Please contact us for further details.


    • Jo Hill Training Days - Grantham, Lincolnshire
      Jo Hill Regular Training Days, Grantham, Lincolnshire - 9:30am-4:30pm

      Dates -
      • 7th June
      • 9th August
      • 25th October
      • 6th December

      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.


  • HTM (Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle)
    • Saturday 19th October - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM / Freestyle - 10am-4pm
      Saturday 19th October - Rayleigh, Essex - HTM / Freestyle - 10am-4pm

      A full day 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. 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.

      Price - £65 per handler place (max. 6 handler places)
    • 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 - £45 per place – includes light refreshments (but not lunch) – (Please note you will NOT be working with your own dog so if possible please leave them at home. If needed and they will settle quietly they can stay in the car or crated in the hall.)
    • (TBC possibly Saturday 30th November) - Sutton Bridge, Lincs / Cambs / Norfolk border - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle
      NOTE - This workshop has yet to be confirmed please contact us for further details.

      Saturday 30th November - Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire / Norfolk / Cambridgeshire Border - Heelwork-to-Music & Canine Freestyle
      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 - TBC
    • Regular HTM Training at Pets In Partnership, Rayleigh, Essex
      Regular HTM Training at Pets In Partnership instructed by Christina Oxtoby. Afternoon or early evening time slots are available (£25 per 30 mins private lesson.)

      Dates -
      • 27th September
      • 8th November
      • 13th December


      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 29th - Sunday 30th August 2020 - Grantham, Lincolnshire - Dog Activity Weekend - 2 full days
    NOTE - Early Bird price ends 1st Nov 2019.

    Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th August 2020 - near Grantham, Lincolnshire - Dog Activity Weekend - 2 full days
    Instructors - Christina Oxtoby (Head Trainer, Event Dogs) and Lorraine Rohland (Head Trainer, Lincs Dog Training)

    After a really fun and enjoyable time in 2019 we're already getting ready for next year! I have a feeling that most handlers want to come again so if you'd like to join them I'd recommend you book in quickly…

    Final details for 2020 TBC but they are likely to be similar to 2019. We are hoping to add Hoopers although that may mean we need to drop one of the other activities (depending upon timings.)

    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.

    2019 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 (indoor and outdoor searches)
    • Dog Parkour - using everyday things to enrich your dog's life
    • Introduction to Gun Dog training
    • Mantrailing - nose work to find a missing person
    • Flyball - down the line of jumps, catch the ball and back again
    • On the Saturday evening we’ll be going for a walk and getting a takeaway and you’re really welcome to join us if you’d like to.

    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.)

    Price - Early Bird - £120 per handler place
    - Early Bird price ends 1st Nov 2019

    Price - After 1st Nov 2019 - £130 per handler place / £50 per spectator place / (max. 12 handlers organised in 2 groups of 6 handlers)
  • Gun Dog / Parkour / Mantrailing
    • TBC - An Introduction to Gun Dog Training
      TBC - 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
      £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…

    • TBC - An Introduction to Dog Parkour
      TBC - An Introduction to Dog Parkour - 2:00-5:00pm
      Instructor - Gemma Mogridge

      Dog 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
      £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…

    • Date TBC - Rayleigh, Essex - Mantrailing
      Rayleigh, Essex - Mantrailing Follow-On Course
      Instructor - Moira

      Our next training day with Moira has yet to be arranged (basically once we've completed our homework from the last one we'll get her back!) This workshop will be open to everyone who has done our introduction to mantrailing workshops (with Moira or Christina) and follow-on classes, and is a follow-on to build on earlier learning.

      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.

      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. 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 / £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)
Workshop 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.