Our Class Trainers
Obedience training and socialisation in Oxfordshire

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Grahame with Skeena, Chinook and Zenzi
Grahame
with Skeena, Chinook and Zenzi

Grahame Godby

Grahame started training at dog clubs in 2006. Since that date, he has successfully trained many dogs though the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, all the way from Bronze though to Gold. He has also trained dogs in further obedience and behaviour after they have already gained their Gold Award. His main aim in training is to give owners the tools and confidence to control and enjoy their dogs.
He lives in Oxford and has three German Shepherds, Chinook, Zenzi and Skeena. Grahame has been the sole trainer for Chinook, and his 2 previous dogs, Candie (a German Shepherd) and Inca (a Golden Retriever). He and his wife, Janie, have trained Zenzi. All Grahame's adult dogs, including Chinook and Zenzi, successfully completed the Gold Award of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. Grahame is currently training his youngest dog, Skeena, who has achieved the Bronze Award.
RCDBPlogo Grahame is a member of the Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners, registration ID RS16-D15
He is a Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme approved examiner for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. He has attended many relevant courses:

  • Ian Dunbar's 4 day course covering Practical Application of Theory, Dog Friendly Dog Training Done Right, Training Adult Dogs, and Puppy Classes and Games.
  • 2009: The Instructors Workshop and the Advanced Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services. 2014: The updated version of the Instructors workshop.
  • 2012: An educational weekend for the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors (KCAI), covering Nose Work for Companion Dogs, The Companion Dog Class, Teaching Techniques Master Class, and a Behaviour Consultation Seminar.
  • 2012: A lecture in “Beyond Socialisation” organised by Four Paws.
  • 2012: A seminar on “Dog Law” given by Trevor Cooper.
  • 2013: A workshop on first aid for pets.
  • 2015: “The Canine Collective Noun” run at Crufts by Ross McCarthy and Lez Graham.
  • 2015: “Dangerous Dogs – Are Puppy Parties to Blame?” run by Jane Hanshaw KCAI (CDA, BehA) and Jeannette Watson.
  • 2015: The “Reactive Dog” workshop run by John Rogerson
  • 2016: “Canine Behaviour: An Introduction”, a seminar run by Dr Muriel Brasseur and the University of Oxford

Grahame is a KCIA Scheme Member (Membership number GG609095), and instructs under the KCIA Code of Practice.
Grahame is the Chair of Four Paws.

Judi
Judi
with Reggie

Judi Brosnan

Judi and her husband have re-homed 5 adult dogs over the years, four of whom had significant behavioural problems when first acquired. She has experience of dogs who were aggressive and of timid, depressed dogs. She learnt her skills in dog training and rehabilitation through her own experiences, reading, and help she sought from professional behaviourists and dog training clubs. Judi and her husband now share their home with Reggie, a border collie. Reggie came to them with many difficulties including aggression, intolerance of frustration, hyperactivity, poor toilet training, and non-familiarity with being handled. He has now attained the Silver Award of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. Their previous re-homed dog, Zac, had been poorly socialised with dogs, people, and the world; and, as part of his rehabilitation, they worked on his obedience, taking him to the Gold Award level of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. It was the experience with Zac which took Judi into the world of dog training and into Four Paws.
In 2009, she attended the Instructors Workshop and the Advanced Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services, and attended the updated version in 2014. In 2012, she attended a lecture “Beyond Socialisation” organised by Four Paws and a seminar on “Dog Law” given by Trevor Cooper. In 2013 she attended a workshop on first aid for pets. During 2015-2016, she attended two 2-day courses on working with reactive dogs, one given by Grisha Stewart and one by Brenda Aloff.
Judi has been a trainer since October 2007. She also maintains the Four Paws website.

Richard
Richard
with Billy

Richard Zakss

Richard joined Four Paws with his rescue dog, Billy. He took Billy through his Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme with the club, before becoming a trainer himself. Richard has attended the Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services. In 2012, he attended a lecture “Beyond Socialisation” organised by Four Paws.

Jane with Ellie, Lottie, Archie
Jane
with Lottie, Dolly and Ellie

Jane Armitage

Jane joined Four Paws with her puppy Ellie, a Labrador Retriever, in January 2011, with the aim of socialising her young dog. Ellie progressed to Adult Classes and subsequently passed her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. In 2013 Jane acquired Lottie, a Labrador Retriever cross puppy, and she has now also achieved the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Lottie and Jane “found each other” as Jane is a volunteer/coordinator for Labrador Rescue and she also volunteers with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Jane and Lottie were part of the KCGC display team at the CLA 2014 Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. The third senior member of their much loved canine family is Archie the Border Terrier. Her fourth dog is Dolly, a rescue dog.
Jane is a member of the Kennel Club KCAI Accreditation Scheme (Membership No. AJ9130224). She has attended many relevant courses:

  • 2013: The Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services. 2014: The updated version of the workshop.
  • 2013: A Kennel Club Good Citizen Induction Seminar.
  • 2013: A “Dog First Aid Training Course.”
  • 2013: A Richard Curtis seminar on “Freestyle/Heelwork to Music.”
  • 2014: A two day Advanced Instructing Skills Teaching Workshop.
  • 2014: A three day “Exploring your Dogs Potential and Bringing Fun to Dog Training” course run by the PDTI at Harper Adams University.
  • 2015: “The Canine Collective Noun” run at Crufts by Ross McCarthy and Lez Graham.
  • 2015: “Dangerous Dogs – Are Puppy Parties to Blame?” run by Jane Hanshaw KCAI (CDA, BehA) and Jeannette Watson.
  • 2015: The “Reactive Dog” workshop run by John Rogerson

Jane is our Club Secretary.

Liz with Thomas
Liz
with Thomas

Liz Hodgson

Liz’s interest in dogs is life-long. While at school, she did a summer job helping out in a boarding kennels, and she was a veterinary nurse for 2 years, when the profession had just started in the mid 60's. She has also worked in biological sciences on and off through the years.
She previously owned a Cavalier King Charles and a pug. While she taught them some basic behavioural skills, she didn't have the knowledge to teach them more, so when she got Thomas, her Chocolate Labrador puppy, she decided to learn how to train a well behaved dog from the start, and she joined Four Paws, in our puppy class. Thomas has since passed his Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. Liz also regularly takes Thomas to agility classes at an agility club.
She became a trainer at Four Paws because she really wants to help other people get the pleasure from well behaved dogs they can take anywhere, but still have lots of fun.
In 2013, Liz attended the Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services, and attended the updated version in 2014. In 2013, she also attended a course on first aid for dogs, and a day of Freestyle dancing for dogs. In 2015, she attended the “Reactive Dog” workshop run by John Rogerson.

David with Lola
David
with Lola

David Minns

David joined Four Paws when he and his family gave their dog, Lola, a forever home. David's daughter, Cyra, has been very involved with Lola's training, and the family have trained Lola to Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award standard. As a family, they still enjoy the training and other activities at the club.
David became a trainer in 2014, and he attended the Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services in the same year.
David is a member representative on the Four Paws' Committee.

Cyra with Lola
Cyra
with Lola

Cyra Minns

Cyra joined Four Paws when her family rescued their current dog, Lola. Having been interested in dogs from a very young age Cyra trained Lola to Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award standard. Together with her family, Cyra still enjoys training Lola and taking part in other activities with the club.
Cyra became a trainer in 2014, having already attended some relevant courses. In 2012, she attended a lecture “Beyond Socialisation”, in 2013 she attended a workshop on first aid for pets, and in 2014 she attended the Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services.

Andy with Max
Andy
with Max

Andy Lee

Andy joined Four Paws in 2012, after he and his family added another addition to their small line of dogs. This was Max, who happens to be their third dog, and second Labrador.

Max started in the Adult class as, it took them quite a time to find Four Paws. Andy's aim was to train Max to a higher obedience level which, they achieved with obtaining their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme with the club.

In 2014 Andy attended the Instructor Workshop run by Odin Canine Services.

In 2015 Andy become a trainer for Four Paws.

Bruce with Pooh Bear and Little Ted
Bruce
with Pooh Bear and Little Ted

Bruce Skelton (assistant trainer)

Bruce has trained with Four Paws since 2010. He and his wife have four dogs at present, two Yellow Labradors, a Black Labrador and a Hamilton Hound. At the club, Bruce handles Little Ted (Black Labrador) who has achieved her Gold Kennel Club Award and Pooh Bear (Hamilton Hound) who has achieved her Bronze Award. His two Yellow Labradors (Fudge Finger and Foxglove) are usually handled at the club by his wife, and they have both attained their Gold Awards.

In 2014, Bruce attended a two day course with Odin Services for dog instructors. He attended a first aid course for pets with ProTraining in 2015.

Bruce and his wife Pat have had six dogs before the current gang in their married life, including three Hamiltons that they used to show. Obedience training has always been important to them, so a natural progression has led Bruce to join the training team.

 

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