Help build a bond between you and your dog

Horton Dogs is a qualified dog training company based in Epsom & Ewell, Surrey. We run group training classes and workshops to dogs of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We also offer one-to-one training for those who need a more tailored plan. It’s run by Cathy (that’s me!), I’m a full member of IMDT and a qualified Pro Dog trainer

cathy and pixel portrait

About Cathy Tse, the Pro Dog Trainer

It all came about thanks to my experiences with our own dog, a tiny Chihuahua named Pixel. When my husband and I first got her, she was smaller than a bag of sugar, with big googly eyes, stubby feet and a tiny nose. But her cuteness was soon undermined by her razor sharp teeth, and her habit of barking at all hours. My husband and I would silently look at each other in horror at what we had brought into our lives. But even then, we had a sense that a lot of Pixel’s issues were down to her lack of confidence.

Wanting to help my dog (and restore some sanity to the household) I began to read up on canine behaviour. My interest quickly became a hobby. I attended courses on the latest science-based Dog Training and Behaviour by the IMDT, and, after extensive training and numerous assessments, I qualified as a full IMDT member. Later, I discovered the Pro Dog Trainer Programme: an innovative training technique that shapes dog behaviour and choices through games-based training.

Cathy Tse with Tom Michell and Lauren Langman
Cathy Tse with Tom Michell and Lauren Langman

We are #GameChangers

Traditional training emphasises commands and cues, like ‘sit’ ‘down’ and ‘stay’. But our methods take a different approach – one backed by the latest science. We teach dogs to think and make good choices, and we encourage them to work with you.

I’m an active member of the Pro Dog Trainer community, and regularly attend training workshops and seminars run by the world-renowned vet behaviourist, Tom Mitchell, and Crufts agility winner, Lauren Langman.

The Pro Dog Trainer Method doesn’t begin training with cues like ‘sit’ ‘down’ and ‘stay’. It is not the most important skill to start teaching your puppy or adult dog and it’s impractical, as it doesn’t simulate your dog’s day-to-day life. Knowing how to ‘sit’ doesn’t help a dog to come back when called, or restrain themselves when there’s wildlife to chase, noises to bark at, and ankles to bite.

Instead, we work through fun games which shape your dog’s brain – and their behaviour. We give them skills such as focus, confidence and calmness.

Naturally, Pixel was the first beneficiary of my games-based training. As I started to see real-life changes in her, I knew I could help other dogs with similar struggles. I wanted to tell the whole world: There’s a game for that!

And so, I set up Horton Dogs, and began running group classes and one-to-one training sessions. I quickly saw that dog owners not only want training that works, but training that builds their relationship with their dog.

Empowering owners and dogs alike!

The most rewarding part of being a dog trainer is providing people with the tools that will make a difference during life’s rougher spots. When that happens, it’s a big win for everyone.

Our passion tends to be contagious. Once dog-owners understand that what we’re doing is more than just training, it becomes their passion too! I’ve seen amazing progress with the dogs I have worked with, and seen owners’ outlooks change, too: and the result is a relationship that gets stronger and stronger with every session.

hortondogs cathy speaking to student
cathy with sunshine working cocker spaniel dog at devon dogs
cathy and pixel at devon dogs workshop training
Cathy Tse with Pixel and Michelle at absolute dogs devon dogs

Professional Development

As a Dog Trainer I keep up to date with the latest courses and research that dog training has to offer. Below are some of the courses I have completed so far:

  • IMDT Full Member Qualified Trainer
  • IMDT 2 Day Assessment achieving Full membership 2017
  • IMDT 4 Day Practical Instructor 2017
  • IMDT 2 Day Career as a Dog Trainer 2017
  • IMDT Perfect Puppy Foundations 2018
  • IMDT Canine Aggression & Rehabilitation 2018
  • IMDT Canine Body Language 2018
  • IMDTB Resource Guarding 2018
  • IMDTB The Consultation and Follow-up Report 2018
  • Qualified Pro Dog Trainer
  • Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer – Assessment 2018
  • Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer – Deep Dive 2018
  • Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer – Train The Trainer 2018
  • Open College Network Level III ‘Principles of Dog Training And Behaviour’ 2018
  • First Aid For Dogs 2017

Are you ready for some fun dog training?