Our Class Trainers
Obedience training and socialisation in Oxfordshire

Meet the trainers ...

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 two White German Shepherds, Zenzi and Skeena. Grahame trained his previous dogs Chinook and Candie (both German Shepherds), and Inca (a Golden Retriever) to the Gold standard of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. He and his wife, Janie, have trained Zenzi, who has successfully completed the Gold Award, and who was part of the Gold display team at Crufts in 2014. Grahame is currently training his youngest dog, Skeena, who has achieved the Bronze and Silver Awards.
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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 “Dog First Aid Training Course”.
  • 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.
  • 2017: “Analysing Instructor Skills”, a seminar run by the PDTI (Pet Dog Training Instructors).
  • 2017: A seminar about aggression in dogs, given by Nick Honor.

Grahame is a member representative on the Four Paws' Committee.

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. It was the experience with Zac which took Judi into the world of dog training and into Four Paws. Judi has been a trainer since late 2007.
She has attended some relevant courses, including:

  • 2009: The Instructors Workshop and the Advanced Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services. 2014: The updated version of the Instructors workshop.
  • 2012: A lecture in “Beyond Socialisation” organised by Four Paws.
  • 2012: A seminar on “Dog Law” given by Trevor Cooper.
  • 2015-2016: two 2-day courses on working with reactive dogs, one by Grisha Stewart and one by Brenda Aloff.
  • 2017: A seminar on relaxation given by Chiraq Patel. Although aimed at dogs competing in agility, the techniques are useful for all excitable dogs.
  • 2017: A seminar about aggression in dogs, given by Nick Honor.
  • 2017 A “Dog First Aid Training Course”.
  • 2017: 3 day “Veterinary and Behaviour Clinic,” given by Karen Overall.

Judi 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. As part of his education in training dogs, he has attended:

  • The Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services.
  • 2012: A lecture in “Beyond Socialisation” organised by Four Paws.
Jane with Ellie, Lottie, Archie
Jane
with Lottie, Ellie, Dolly and Archie

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 adopted 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 for Labrador Rescue. In October 2015 Jane adopted Dolly, a rescue dog from Yappy Ever After. Dolly was a “street girl” in Romania, who was abandoned after giving birth to a litter of puppies. Since moving to Oxfordshire, Dolly has passed her assessment to be a Pets As Therapy (PAT) Dog, and makes weekly visits to a primary school in Oxford and a Care Home in Bicester. Dolly has passed her Bronze, Silver and Gold KCGC Awards. The fourth senior member of her much loved canine family is Archie the Border Terrier who has nervous aggression issues.

Jane's aim as a Four Paws instructor is for you and your dog to enjoy classes, learn a lot and have fun while doing so!

She has attended many relevant courses since she started instructing in 2012. The most recent have been:

  • 2014: PDTI (Pet Dog Training Instructors) Advanced Instructing Skills Teaching Workshop.
  • 2014: PDTI at Harper Adams University, “Exploring your Dog’s Potential and Bringing Fun to Dog Training.” .
  • 2015: “The Canine Collective Noun” – Ross McCarthy and Lez Graham.
  • 2015: “Dangerous Dogs – Are Puppy Parties to Blame?” – Jane Hanshaw and Jeannette Watson.
  • 2015: The“Reactive Dog” workshop – John Rogerson.
  • 2015: Pros and Cons of 5 Reward-Based Training Techniques – Ian Dunbar.
  • 2015: Analysis of Existing Leaning Theory – Ian Dunbar.
  • 2016: Canine Behaviour – Dr Muriel M Brasseur, University of Oxford.
  • 2017: A one day PDTI Analysing Instructing Skills.
  • 2017: The Aggressive Dog Seminar – Nick Honor, Puppy Stars.
  • 2017: Animal Aiders – First Aid for Dogs.
  • 2017: PDTI Practical Instructing Skills – 7 days at Harper Adams University.

Jane is a member of the KCAI Scheme working towards accreditation (Membership No. AJ9130224). She has completed the PDTI Practical Instructing Skills course and achieved the Applied Instructing Skills Award with Merit. Jane is also an approved Examiner for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award.

Jane is an Instructor and 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.
She has attended several relevant courses:

  • 2013: The Instructors Workshop and the Advanced Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services. 2014: The updated version of the Instructors workshop.
  • 2013: A “Dog First Aid Training Course”.
  • 2013: A day of Freestyle dancing for dogs.
  • 2015: The “Reactive Dog” workshop run by John Rogerson.
  • 2017: “Analysing Instructor Skills”, a seminar run by the PDTI (Pet Dog Training Instructors).
  • 2017: A seminar about aggression in dogs, given by Nick Honor.
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. As part of his education in training dogs, he has attended:

  • 2014: The Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services.
  • 2017: A seminar about aggression in dogs, given by Nick Honor.

David is the Chair of Four Paws.

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. As part of her education in training dogs, she has attended:

  • 2013: A “Dog First Aid Training Course”.
  • 2012: A lecture in “Beyond Socialisation” organised by Four Paws.
  • 2014: The Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services.
  • 2017: A seminar about aggression in dogs, given by Nick Honor.
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 2015 Andy become a trainer for Four Paws. He has attended relevant courses:

  • 2014: The Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services.
  • 2016: Canine Behaviour, a seminar given by Dr Muriel M Brasseur, University of Oxford.
  • 2017: A seminar about aggression in dogs, given by Nick Honor.
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.

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. He has attended relevant courses:

  • 2014: The Instructors Workshop run by Odin Canine Services.
  • 2015: A “Dog First Aid Training Course” run by ProTrainings.
  • 2017: A seminar about aggression in dogs, given by Nick Honor.
Lorraine
Lorraine
with Lexie

Lorraine Parker

In 2014, Lorraine joined Four Paws with her dog, Lexie, taking her through the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme with the club, before becoming a trainer herself in 2017.
Over the years, Lorraine has given several rescued crossbreeds their forever home but shortly before retiring, a one and a half year old Lexie came along with her bad habits.
Lorraine attended a local agility class and competed with Lexie until unfortunately she was diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia. It was at this point Lorraine searched for another discipline to mentally stimulate Lexie and joined Four Paws.
Lorraine enjoys reading all things dog and has just started to build on her courses in dog training:

  • 2017: A seminar about aggression in dogs, given by Nick Honor.
  • 2017: A “Dog First Aid Training Course.

“When your dog really looks at you and your minds meet – it is such a pleasurable experience you want other handlers to have the same feeling.”

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Jill
with Misty and Eira

Jill Timms

Jill joined Four Paws as a trainer in 2017. She has two Red Merle Border Collies, Misty and Eira. Eira has attained the Gold Award of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. Misty has attained her Silver Award, and is working towards the Gold Level. Misty is a Pets as Therapy Dog, previously visiting Witney Community Hospital.
Jill is:

  • a Kennel Club Approved Examiner for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels
  • a member of the KCAI Scheme, working towards accreditation (Membership number GG609095), and she abides by the KCAI Code of Practice
  • a PDTI (Pet Dog Training Instructor), membership Number 1611
  • on the RCDTBP (Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners), identification number RS17-G02.

As well as attending training sessions, she likes to read about dogs, dog behaviour and training methods. She also has an interest in dogs used therapeutically, such as in Medical Detection Dogs.
Jill 's training includes a number of subjects ranging from:

  • 2015: Odin Canine Services Selection of Training DVDs.
  • 2015: Dr Ian Dunbar Selection of Training DVDs.
  • 2015: “Senior Dog”, a talk on physiotherapy and hydrotherapy organised by Woozlebears in Witney.
  • 2015: Dr Ian Dunbar on “The pros and cons of 5 reward based training techniques”.
  • 2016: Brenda Aloff on “Reactivity and Aggression in canines”.
  • 2016: Andrew Forkner on “The ‘Dog Whisperer Method’ for Reactive Dogs”.
  • 2017: Professor Daniel Mills on the “Effects of Pain on Dog Behaviour”.
  • 2017: Professor Daniel Mills on “The Human / Dog Relationship”.
  • 2017: “Dog Aid Training”.

 

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