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CB Dogs - Dog training and behaviour

About us

Meet The Team

About Clare - Owner and Head Trainer

Hi I'm Clare and I run CB Dogs.

I have a degree in Animal Behaviour and am a full member of the APDT (association of Pet Dog Trainers).

It all started when, for my tenth birthday present, I got an 8 week old Labrador cross puppy named Sox. From that moment there was no going back! 

Fast forward 15 years to 2010 and I completed my BSc honours degree in Animal Behaviour at the University of Chester. After having worked in Dog Rescue for some years, I decided that I wanted to use all I had learned to help others better understand and bond with their own dogs, so I started up CB Dogs in 2011.

I now attend regular seminars and courses, keeping up to date with cutting edge scientific research into the field of dog training. I continue to learn and understand more everyday I am involved with dogs and truly believe the art of a good trainer lies within realising that this learning never stops.

I have two dogs myself, Alfie, a dopey 11 year old Black Lab and Harley-Quinn, a crazy 6 year old Lab Staffie Mix. Alf and Harles give me constant opportunities to practice my training and regularly adapt it for new situations. They can be hard work at times but so very worth it!

About Sarah, Emma, Hannah, Zoe and Zaynab

TRAINERS  - Our trainers work alongside Clare as well as running some of the classes themselves so you'll without a doubt meet at least some of them during your time training with us!

Sarah Hall 

Sarah has been teaching with us for 4 years. Sarah has done some training with the APDT and also has a keen interest Horse behaviour and how positive reinforcement style training can be used in their training as well as that of dogs.

Emma Robinson

Emma has been with us since September 2019 and has a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to training, care and behaviour. Emma also offers one to one training and heads up the Zoom Q&As as part of the Foundations Courses and Offers one to one training through us where needed. Emma also runs 'Primal Dogs' who specialise in natural chews and the behavioural benefits of providing chewing opportunities for dogs. 

ASSISTANT TRAINERS  - Our class assistants will be available during classes to help with the exercises and training

Hannah Burge 

Hannah completed our courses with her dog Stanley  in 2019 and has now taken the step to begin a career in dog walking and training. Hannah runs 'Bark About' dog walking and started assisting in classes with us in January 2020.

Zaynab Bukhari 

Zaynab has been assisting in classes for over 3 years and is currently studying for a degree in Animal Behaviour. Zaynab offer solo dog walking and house sitting in South Manchester through her company 'Dogs On Track'.

Zoe Hodkinson 

Zoe started with us in April 2021 and has a keen interested in everything dog related! Zoe has worked with dogs in a daycare situation in the past and is now building up as much experience and knowledge as possible to work towards a full time career working with dogs. Zoe is also a professional photographer and runs 'Pivot Media'

Eliza - Walker

Hi I’m Eliza and I’m the main walker for the new CB Dogs Solo dog walks service. I’ve been walking dogs for around 3 years and am a full member of the PDWA (https://professionaldogwalkersassociation.co.uk/). 

I have canine first aid training and am constantly updating my training and behaviour knowledge through various courses with the IMDT, Canine Principles, Clever Dog Company and more. 

I aim to build my relationship with each dog I walk and work out what makes them tick to create mentally stimulating, enjoyable walks for them. 

If you want to see photos from our walks feel free to follow the CB Dogs dog walking Instagram account: @adventurewalkswithcbdogs.

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About Fran

Fran takes care of all the CB Dogs bookings. 

She'll email you with class details, get you all booked on and make sure you have all your welcome emails and links to get started.

How We Train

The aim and mission of CB Dogs is to help you build the relationship between you and your dog. We use kind, fair and easy to understand training methods to create solid lines of communication between handler and dog.

We train using positive reinforcement, that is, we look for and encourage the behaviours we do want, and teach our dogs acceptable alternatives to the behaviours we don't want.

Positive reinforcement has been scientifically proven not only to speed up training but also to allow for a positive, thoroughly enjoyable interaction between handler and dog, meaning you and your dog look forward to each and every bit of training you undertake.

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A Note on Pack Theory, Dominance and being “The Pack Leader”

In recent years, much research has been done into dog behaviour and their relationships with humans.

The more we look into it, the more we are discovering the flaws and myths that lie behind Pack Theory and the Pack Leader Mentality.

Dogs are NOT just tame wolves, they are behaviourally incredibly different and have evolved over thousands of years to live peaceably with humans without having to continuously challenge humans for “Status”. They are only wolves in as much as we are chimpanzees.

Your dog is not striving to get one up on you and become the “Alpha dog”, he is simply learning about his world and discovering what works, to get the things he wants (e.g attention, food etc). If he learns that barking at you, jumping at you, stealing from you etc. work to get a reward, then these behaviours will become habit. If however he learns that these behaviours do not result in a reward, but calm behaviour does, these will become habit instead.

As your puppy’s teacher and carer it is your job to use patience, kindness and consistency to teach him what behaviours are rewarding, and what behaviours do not work to get what he wants.

Ditch the “Pack Leader” status and start showing your puppy that you are a kind, reliable, consistent teacher that does not need to use dominance and bullying to gain their respect!

“Basing one's interaction with their dog on dominance is harmful to the dog-human relationship and leads to further stress, anxiety and aggression from the dog, as well as fear and antipathy of the owner.”  http://www.apdt.co.uk

Where We Train

At CB Dogs we train at various locations around South Manchester. This allows us to make our classes easily accessible for as many people as possible. We use Scout Huts, Church Halls and Community Centres. All our locations have parking close by and are indoors with some outdoor space for toilet breaks. The map shows the rough location of each venue (email us for full address if needed)

****Please note that at present we are ONLY running classes at our East Didsbury venue ****

Book early to ensure your place!!