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CB Dogs - Dog training and behaviour

About us

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.


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.”

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)

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 9 year old Black Lab and Harley-Quinn, a crazy 4 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 - Trainer

Hi I’m Sarah Davie - online training support and admin for CB Dogs!

I’ve been training dogs professionally since 2016, have completed a degree in Canine Studies at Myerscough College as well as a Diploma in canine studies with the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (

I am also a Qualified ProDog trainer (

I trained classes for CB Dogs for four years and loved every minute of it but sadly had to move away from the area. 

I’ve now been lucky enough to take on the role of online training support for CB Dogs.

I’ll help with any online aspects of your course plus be available via email during all of your courses for extra help during the week. I’ll send you the slides from classes and extra handouts to help with common issues between classes and will generally just be about to offer extra support when needed.

I also deal with admin and bookings for CB Dogs so I’ll no doubt speak to you at various points during your time with CB Dogs.

I have four and a half year old Hungarian Vizsla called Rusti, who keeps me on my toes and helps drive me to learn more on a daily basis.

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 ( 

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.

About Sarah, Zaynab, Emma, Lauren and Hannah - Class Assistants

Sarah H, Zaynab, Emma, Lauren and Hannah are our assistant trainers who you'll likely meet during classes. 

Sarah H has been teaching with us for 3 years and is a student member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Zaynab has been assisting in classes for 2 years and is currently studying for a degree in Animal Behaviour.

Emma has been with us for 6 months and is studying Puppy care, Development and Coaching with Canine Principles whilst running 'Petiquette' dog walking and sitting services. 

Lauren has been with us since the starts of February 2020 and runs 'Heatons Zoomies' dog walking.

Hannah completed our courses with her dog Stanley 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.

They'll all be able to help you with exercises, give you a hand settling the pups and generally just be on hand if you need anything during classes!

About Our Volunteers

We have a small team of dedicated volunteers that also help out in our classes to further their knowledge of dog training and behaviour.

Depending on which class you join you'll most likely meet at least one of them!

Book early to ensure your place!!