About Us

CHeWs Dog Training first opened its doors on Wednesday, 01/02/2012, with only two classes – Puppy and Adult.  Just seven months later classes rose to four.  In September 2013 CHeWs was awarded listed status by the Kennel Club enabling us to hold their Good Citizen Scheme tests. Not being able to squeeze more dogs into the existing classes, this year we opened three more on Mondays: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Now we have 9 indoor classes year round and 3 outdoor classes in the summer. CHeWs instructors and members regularly participate in fundraising activities such as quiz nights, raffles and sponsored events.

So far CHeWs has raised £8764 for The Cinnamon Trust charity and £1976 for other charities.  The club runs outdoor Spring & Summer training sessions, a doggy Christmas Party - complete with gifts from Santa Paws - and has its own newsletter - CHeWs News. 

We train for The Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme standard, using gentle but firm reward based methods. Each dog/owner partnership is supported outside class hours with telephone, email and one-to-one support if required. All of our dogs are vaccinated and microchipped. It is a condition of membership to produce up to date proof when requested. The use of check chains, shock collars, pinch/prong collars and punishment which causes pain or distress is prohibited. 

 

Who We Are

Sarah ~ I am ‘The Boss’ and Principal Instructor. I have been instructing since 2000. I have a pack consisting of a Westie, a rescue crossbreed and a Norfolk terrier that range in ability from K.C.G.C. Scheme test - Puppy Foundation Pass to Gold Pass. I have also started showing my Norfolk terrier at breed shows. I am a qualified canine first aider. I am an approved examiner for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. I attend many dog-related seminars and try to keep abreast of anything that may be of interest to members of the club. The welfare of all my members’ dogs is paramount and I structure my training methods to suit various dogs’ abilities. I actively encourage owners to ask questions and will endeavour to provide helpful answers. 

Lauren ~ lauren has a Tibetan terrier called Honey who has her Bronze Good citizen award. She has recently joined the team as a Tuesday Puppy class assistant instructor.

Brian ~ Brian has a Goldendoodle called Tiffin who has his Silver Good citizen award. He has recently joined the team as a Tuesday Puppy class assistant instructor.

Tony ~ Tony is an ex steel worker, photograper, sailing instructor and retired science teacher as well as a lifelong dog owner. He has been at CHeWs since 2013 with his own dogs. Loki, a Lab/collie cross who is far too bright for his own good and Apollo, a Springer spaniel cross who creates chaos and smiles in equal measure. Both dogs flew through the classes to achieve the Gold Good citizens awards. Tony instructs the mixed ability class on Tuesdays. His wife Marion is the Editor of CHeWs newsletter.

Nikki ~ Nikki has always had a passion for Border collies and has rescued as well as raised from puppies various boys and girls. Her favourite pastime is agility and she has been competing since 2001. To add to her experience of being an advanced agility instructor, Nikki has now joined CHeWs as a Wednesday Puppy class assistant instructor. Her current Collie. Izzy has her Silver good citizen award.

Mel ~ Mel has a Newfoundland called Belle who has her Silver Good citizen award. Mel has recently joined the team as an assistant Bronze instructor.

Rebecca ~ Rebecca has studied animal management and dog grooming and is a canine first aider. She has volunteered at a retired greyhound rescue kennels since 2011. She is currently an assistant at a dog grooming salon and is the Wednesday puppy and Mixed ability assistant instructor at CHeWs. Rebecca is currently owned by Harley, A Cavalier/Bichon cross who has achieved the Silver Good citizens award.

Simon ~ Simon owns and shows Italian greyhounds and has competed at Crufts as well as manning the Italian greyhound stand at Discover dogs for many years. His dogs also have Silver Good citizen passes. Simon is our specialist assistant for owners who struggle physically to train their own dogs.

Kathy ~ Kathy has a Border collie called Megan who has her Bronze Good citizen award. She has recently joined the team as a Tuesday assistant Puppy class instructor

Trevor ~ Trevor is our tea/coffee maker. Mop monitor and joke teller.

 

Our Location

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays:

  South Chingford Methodist Church, 

          New Road, Chingford,

          E4 9EU