Christina Oxtoby
Dog Training / Behaviour Courses Attended

Christina has both the training and the experience to help you and your dog...

Christina Oxtoby - Dog Trainer

  • Finished the I.D.T.S. 2 year training and behaviour course and started training dogs professionally in 2004
  • Overseen the training of approx 1500 dogs
  • Founder of Ichthus Canine Centre (ICC Dog Training, with training centres in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire) in 2004. Once ICC had grown to this size, she became Head of Training and Behaviour.
  • Crufts Freestyle Finalist 2014 & 2015
  • British Team member for the HTM Open European Championships (Holland) 2013 and 2014 (Germany.)


Courses attended


Kath Hardman - KC HTM Judging - Rules and regulations Seminar (Exam taken and passed to update qualifications)



Kath Hardman - KC HTM Judging - Theory and Practical

Louise - The dancing of HTM

Greg Derrett - Agility Handling

Jo Tristram and Anthony Clark - Agility training

Greg Derrett, Anthony Clarke, Shaun Hunt and Jo Tristram - Clear Qs Agility Camp 2



Greg Derrett, Anthony Clarke, Shaun Hunt and Jo Tristram - Clear Qs Agility Camp

Jo Tristram - Agility Training 


Kath Hardman - KC HTM Practical Judging

Kath Hardman - KC HTM Show Management


Sue Sternberg – Arousal and Aggression in Agility / Body Language and Bull Breeds / Bite-O-Meter and Modifying Assess-A-Pet for Private Use.
Gina Pink - KC Requirements of a HTM Judge (and has passed the HTM judge's exams.)


Bob Sharpe – Regular agility training
Elizabeth Kershaw – Applied Learning Theory / Clicker Training
Dr. Anne McBride PhD - Understanding, Handling and Reducing Aggression in Dogs
Attila Szkukalek - Heelwork-to-Music / Canine Freestyle Master-class
Paddy Driscoll - Case Studies in Aggression / Square Pegs in Round Holes? (Assessing and matching rescue dogs to the right owners.)
Alton Matherne - Understanding and Handling Behavioural Problems in the Rescue Dog


Dr. Anne McBride PhD – Equipment used in Training (UK Registry of Canine Behaviour Symposium)


Paddy Driscoll – A wolf in Your Living room? / Hark, Hark the Dogs do Bark! / Bringing a Rescue Dog into the Family / Puppies and Adolescence / Breed Showing
Joanna Hill – Competitive Obedience and Motivating Your Dog (plus regular competitive obedience training with Jo over several years)
Richard Curtis – Canine Freestyle and Heelwork-to-Music
Attila Szkukalek – Canine Freestyle and Heelwork-to-Music
Jill Notley – The Dancing of Dancing with Dogs


Sally Hopkins – Dog Games


IDTS 2 year dog training and behaviour course
Communication – calming signals / ethology and instincts, reflexes and stimulation / introduction to stress / people communication / practical: leash techniques for problem solving
Stress – the physiology of stress / recognition and causes of stress / the part played by stress in behaviour problems / stress reduction / assessing dogs / practical: handling skills
How Dogs learn – clicker training (with Elizabeth Kershaw) / rewards / learning theory / reward systems / puppies and adolescents / practical: fun tasks
Training – the science and purpose of training / creativity and logic / practical: set exercises
Shaping – training methods; clicker training, shaping theory and practical / scent and nose work / stopping techniques
Teamwork in Training – relationships – dog and owner / the dog’s viewpoint – life rewards / distractions and their advantages / compromise / practical: extending basic exercises; obstacles
Mental Stimulation – care and welfare of the dog / the holistic approach – alternatives for owners / creativity / practical: exercises for your dog’s brain, nose work
Problem Solving – causes, symptoms and consequences of behaviour problems / first steps to solving problems / the canine way of conflict solving / practical: effective intervention and splitting up
Instructing – teaching, lecturing and people skills / approach to instructing – flexibility and adaptability / class content / practical: use of games
Classes – planning and running classes, expectation and compromise / assessment / enriching the environment / problem owner, problem dog / practical: specific tasks
Behaviour Problems – what is a problem? / expectations of client / counselling / therapy and rehabilitation / behaviour modification / diet and medical problems / practical: problem solving


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