Christina Oxtoby
Dog Training Comments
These are just a few of the lovely comments Christina's dog training clients have left for her...  


Christina’s Workshops and Talks


May I say thank you very much for the talk night last Thursday, both my husband and I found it fun, informative and have been studying Jessie ever since. J


Hello Christina, I just wanted to E-mail you to say a big thank you for the Heelwork-to-Music course yesterday. Willow and I had a great time and learnt so much from you. It is good to be able to talk and get ideas from people who share the same interest. If you do anything similar again we would be very interested. Once again thank you. Regards A and Willow


Hi Christina, just wanted to say, a little late, many thanks for a fun filled HTM day earlier in the month, we did enjoy ourselves, and Tango slept like a log that night! I would be interested in other days that you are running, such as scent training, as now he is officially retired from his chosen sport of agility, he needs lots to stimulate his mind! Thanks again, K and Tango


Dog Training Courses


Dear Christina, I could not say very much at the class as I know I would have ended up crying again, but I just wanted to let you know how much Cara and I have enjoyed your classes and how very much they have changed our life. I know that everyone gets a prize and a certificate but I can't tell you how pleased we are with ours and how much they mean to me. Before I started with you I had seriously considered giving Cara away as I felt that I could not cope with her and that it was not fair for her to have such a weak owner who could not make her behave acceptably.

I knew however that smacking or any form of hurting was out of the question for me and so I tended to keep her away from situations that might cause a problem, but this obviously made the situation worse. During and since your classes we are a different dog and a different person. People comment on how much Cara has changed, but I know it is me as well. Your patience and guidance has made me even more certain that an owner does not have to be top dog through roughness or hurting them, but neither do I have to allow Cara to get away with bad behaviour though my not being able to cope with her. You have given Cara and I a quality of life now where I TRULY love her and I am sure that she loves me in her doggy way, rather than before when I sometimes in my worst moments had thought well I am stuck with her as she is my responsibility, but I wish I was not! You have also made me realise that all dogs are not like my previous dog Sooty who was gentle and biddable, but that does not make them less lovable - just more challenging.

I hope that ICC goes from strength to strength and that your way of teaching soon becomes the accepted norm. We are both looking forward to sharing many more of your classes and can't wait to start our next course. With our very warmest thanks, S & Cara


Dear Christina, Firstly we would like to thank you so much for our first puppy class, we all enjoyed very much and learnt lots of new training methods for Megan's development, which we are busy practising... Once again thank you very much for a very enjoyable and instructive first class and we are all looking forward to this coming Thursday. Yours with thanks, K R and Megan


Thank you for all your help we have found the puppy classes invaluable and Megan is responding so well and so much fun to be with. I was absolutely in awe of your Great Dane and the standard of obedience you have achieved, and hope over the next 2-3 years you can teach B and I to achieve the same with Megan.


Hi Christina, I wanted to thank you for the brilliant puppy classes, Polly and I really enjoyed them, and she is turning into a super responsive hound. S


Lucy is doing fine by the way, she is really well behaved, something that we can only put down to all the time you and your instructors spent with us. Thanks for all your help. P & A


Dear Christina, Just to let you know your advice is working with Jack and Megan! Although the behaviour isn't completely eradicated it is much improved - thanks for the help you gave us... Once again many thanks for your help and we look forward to attending your classes in due course. J


‘I would like to say thank you very much for everything - you are a really good teacher.’ – U and Kiki


(E-mail to Christina during a time when E's dog was being a trial!) Thanks, you're better than a bottle of wine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but maybe not chocolate? E


Hiya! Just thought I'd let you know L. Won starters HTM and came 2nd in starters freestyle on Sunday! ...He was such a star thanks for your hard work with him! Love N. xx


(From Kennel Club Good Citizen test) Dear Christina, Thank you, and I am exhausted, so I know you will be too. How did you get on? I wanted to say thank you for your support and consideration, I am pleased I was close to you to be able to receive it. I was really nervous. You are a good trainer... K. and S. x


(From Kennel Club Good Citizen test) Thanks, Christina and well done to you and your little band of pooches too. You worked very hard yesterday having to coordinate three dogs of your own as well as getting the rest of us organised. Much appreciated, lovely lady! See you on Tuesday. J xx


Home boarding


THANKS A MILLION! - Christina, thank you so much for the home-boarding for our lively 8-month Springer Spaniel for the week, although he was a handful we could really see the difference in his disposition when we collected him! All the hard work massively appreciated. Your advice and recommendations on how to calm his excitable nature were priceless - the play and feeding techniques you gave us have really helped us to teach him some self-control. He's even following us through the house off the lead, and sitting with us in various rooms without being on the lead - unimaginable a few weeks ago! So once again, thanks a million! Rich and Becca 


 Feedback forms from Puppy and Beginner Training Courses

What do you think that you and your dog have gained from the course? Confidence and enjoyment of working together. What did you think about the structure of the classes? Worked well, right numbers, right length. K

Did you enjoy the course? Yes, very much. Do you think that your dog enjoyed the course? Yes, she couldn't wait to get through the door each week. What do you think that you and your dog have gained from the course? We as handlers have gained the knowledge of how to persuade and encourage her to do what we want her to do. Did you find the handout sheets helpful? Yes, particularly useful to refer to when problems arise.

Did you enjoy the course? Yes! I feel I have gained what I hoped from it and more. Do you think that your dog enjoyed the course? Yes, as soon as I pick up my bag to come training he's wagging his tail! What do you think that you and your dog have gained from the course? He has certainly become much calmer and far more responsive when in the company of visitors (dogs and people) which I'm pleased about, as this is what I hoped to gain from the classes. Did you find the handout sheets helpful? Yes, as when I had forgetful moments I could refer to them to check I was doing things correctly. What did you think about the structure of the classes? Good in the way that the dogs and owners are encouraged to remain calm and are talked to and helped individually. Also good that we are spaced out well preventing dogs being too easily distracted! What would you have changed about the course? Nothing, I think it's all well thought out and organised. I would just like to say a big thank you to you for all your help and fun classes and I look forward to your Intermediate Course. S

Did you enjoy the course? Yes. Do you think that your dog enjoyed the course? Yes, when he settled. What do you think that you and your dog have gained from the course? Skills needed to train new puppies and improve / continue with him. What do you think your dog has gained from the course? More confidence in himself, and I think he's found he enjoys learning! Did you find the handout sheets helpful? Yes, thanks! What did you think about the structure of the classes? Very good, ideal class sizes in a safe and controlled environment. What would you have changed about the course? Nothing, it was very well organised! Thank you for all the help, will hopefully be able to continue his training further with you!


Talks / Workshops Organised by Christina


Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed yesterday morning and Fizz came good with what she might be able to do. I am very stiff, need to practice my quick sprints I think! Look forward to next week, regards S


Christina, Just a quick note to say thank you for arranging the Attila workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it yesterday and was really impressed with the ability of the other handlers and particularly the talents of all their dogs, especially your Great Dane, you were both a pleasure to watch. Keep up the good work and please let me know of any other workshops you organise in the future. Thanks again. A


Hi Christina, Just a quick thank you for arranging such an informative workshop with Attila. A and myself thoroughly enjoyed the day and were disappointed to be unable to stay until the end, especially with Attila working his own dog. I hope we did not miss too much. Will you be arranging any more HTM days - presumably not this year but maybe next year. Thanks again - I know how much work is involved with an event like this. L


Hi Christina, Just thought I'd drop a line to say thanks for organising the workshop today. It was a fascinating day, full of insights. Paddy was a great speaker, and her knowledge and enthusiasm were both clearly apparent. I can't wait for the next one! L


Hi Christina, Just to say thanks for a really enjoyable day on Saturday. Ness, Allan and myself thought Richard was marvellous and we all learnt a lot. Please let me know if you arrange any other HTM workshops... L


Many thanks for the lovely training day with Richard. I learned lots. P


Hi Christina, Thanks for a great day on Saturday, really enjoyed it, even though Diesel spent half the time being a pain. Came away with some great information to put into practice. Cannot wait to get started. Thanks once again, love D


Many thanks Christina for a fabulous day on Saturday! I was the one with the lights and shadows dog. Chuffed to bits coz we learned to leg weave (something we've previously had trouble with, more to do with my lack of co-ordination than anything else though!), take a bow and on the way home I had a 40 min wait for a train at Driffield station so I taught him to wipe his face too. Now us three from Bishop Burton have to write the notes up for the day to go in the appendix of our training plans, due in a month's time. Hard work this degree, but I'm sure it will be worth it. Greetings to the mouse in the barn, hope he hasn't put a complaint in to enviro health about the noise he had to put up with! Best wishes, B x


Hi Christina, Just like to say thank-you for a great day on Saturday with the Bob Sharpe agility workshop you put on. Had a great day, Bob is a very good instructor, he tailored the course to everyone's needs, gave some great tips to get dogs working away from owners and to concentrate on the course. I left feeling very inspired and raring to go! Look forward to the next course and hope you do many more. Thanks again D and Diesel P.S. The caterers were great, hope they come again also.


Christina I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I really enjoyed the workshop. It was absolutely fascinating, even for a beginner like me and someone with absolutely no ambition in the Doggie Teaching world. It enabled me to glimpse the complex world that is our dogs. I learnt so much about natural behaviour that I shall never look at M. the same way. Even though M. shows no sign of aggression, watching him last night interact with dogs on the walk was a revelation. I also took away some key training points and am going to start today on the "Lift" and "That'll Do" commands. Anne is a fabulous instructor - she has a way of explaining complex information through everyday examples that really enables everyone to understand and engage. Thanks for the positive and rewarding experience. S.


Hi Christina, Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed today's session, it was very informative even though I had seen some of the info before through the Bishop Burton Course I was able to relate to a lot of what Ann was talking about. Yes, I did have a few light bulb moments and her views on what L. is doing and how to handle her lack of confidence has certainly helped, it's a pity I can't make Sunday as the practical always makes things even clearer - anyway a very good day. Thanks, See you soon, L


Dear Christina, It was lovely to see you again and I must say the weekend with Anne McBride was brilliant also a lovely group. I wish you and your husband all the best for your new adventure in Cambridge and hopefully see you next year if Anne does a follow up workshop may see you before if I attend any of your other workshops. Take care, L. x


Hi, Just wanted to say thanks for organising the workshop with Anne McBride, I felt I advanced my understanding of aggression issues so much, and it was good to have the solid theoretical base to work from in looking at resolving issues. I am so glad I've discovered ICC now and hope to get up to some more events soon... Cheers, S.


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