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, we opened three more on Mondays: Bronze, Silver and Gold. In April 2018 we took over Cheringo daytime dog training club when the owner retired to pursue another career. Now we have 15 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 £14,228.00 for The Cinnamon Trust charity and £2975 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. Class members are required to bring a grooming tool, a non-squeaky toy, a mat or blanket and a proper training lead (no retractables) to each class.


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 also show 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 is a Tuesday Puppy class instructor.

Brian ~ Brian has a Goldendoodle called Tiffin who has his Silver Good citizen award. He is a Monday 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 teaches the mixed ability class on Tuesday evenings and is the senior daytime instuctor along with his wife Marion. Tony is also a Bronze level assessor for the Kennel club Good citizen dog scheme.

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 is a Wednesday Puppy class assistant instructor. Her current Collies. Izzy and Comet have their Silver and Bronze good citizen awards respectively.

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 has recently started her own dog grooming salon just down the road in Hoddesdon called Pride & Groom. She is the Wednesday Mixed ability instructor at CHeWs. Rebecca is currently owned by Harley, A Cavalier/Bichon cross who has achieved the Silver Good citizens award.

Kathy ~ Kathy has a Border collie called Megan who has her Silver Good citizen award. She is the Wednesday Puppy class instructor

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

Alan ~ Alan is our official events photographer.


Our Location

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays:

  South Chingford Methodist Church, 

          New Road, Chingford,

          E4 9EU