About Chippers School for Dogs

At “Chippers” our aim is to help you and your dog achieve a long and happy relationship, to help you achieve this we train in small classes using modern reward based methods of training in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

We will show you how to train your dog to all levels of basic obedience, this together with teaching you how dogs learn and why they do the things they do will give you the very best chance of producing a well mannered, obedient and happy dog.

Chippers has been established for 16 years, starting out one class per week with just 4 dogs. Throughout the years Sue, Sarah, Jan with assistants Caroline, Chris and Angela have helped on average between 80-100 owners and their dogs every week. Since Sues retirement Sarah has had to scale back and now holds classes in the Haverhill area only . The new team members are  Sarah Witkin, Lisa Freds and Jeff Samuelsasarah-dogs

Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (CD)   Sarah Connatty

trackingSarah has had a lifelong love of dogs, growing up with a retired Greyhound, Golden Retriever and German Shepherd. In adult life Sarah worked with and owned/competed horses for many years before concentrating on dogs. Sarah has homed rescue Lurchers and been involved with fund-raising for Greyhound Rescues, has worked at boarding kennels and dog groomers, holds a CSDT Diploma in Dog Training and Behaviour Counselling, is a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (CD)  Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme  

Sarah has competed at the National Lurcher Obedience Championships with a rescue Saluki/Greyhound and has also trained and handled a clients retriever for the Gundog Club graded tests, passing Grade 3. At present Sarah lives with 2 Whippets Chipper and Merlin and 2 Cirneco dell’ Etna – Prince and Teddyetna who help in class and also compete at Championship Breed, Obedience, Agilty and Scentwork.  Sarah has competed in Introductory Working Trials Stakes with Merlin gaining places . Sarah has competed in the Obreedience finals at Crufts 2015, 2016 in the Whippet Team with Chipper who has also gained his Open Obedience Beg Ex title, and 2017 in The Cirneco dell Etna Team with Teddyetna . Chipper, Merlin and Teddyetna have all passed the KC Good Citizen Gold . Teddyetna has also gained Champion Scent Dog and at Breed Shows Top Puppy 2017 and Best Vetran 2020.  Prince has his KCGC Bronze and was Best Male at Crufts 2019

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  • Kennel Club Accredited Instructor
  • Kennel Club Good Citizen Approved Assessor  
  • Central School Of Dog Training Advanced Instructor (Level III)
  • CSDT Advanced Behaviour Counsellor (Level III )
  • CSDT Counselling and Communication Skills (Level I)
  • Craig Ogilvie Interactive Play Seminar, Attendence
  • John Rogerson Canine Aggression Residential Course at Battersea
  • Ian Dunbar 4 Day Seminar Practical Application of Theory, Adult and Puppy Training and Classes
  • Champion Scentdog Certificate of Achievment at DD Academy of Canine Scent Training
  • Scentwork UK Trainer, Judge and Trials Manager Levels 1-4 
  • Detection Training UK Webinars. Understanding Odour 1&2 
  • Detection Training UK Webinars Improving Indications 1&2
  • Canine Principals Accredited Certificate Scentwork Enrichment 




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Sarah Witkin      



  • Scentwork UK Trainer, Judge and Trials Manager  Levels 1-4 
  • Kennel Club Good Citizen Approved Assessor Bronze Level
  • Craig Ogilvie Interactive Play Seminar (Attendance)
  • CPD Accredited Canine Body Language Workshop
  • Detection Training UK Webinars. Understanding Odour 1&2 
  • Detection Training UK Webinars Improving Indications 1&2


Sarah is a qualified and accredited Alexander Technique Teacher. She also teaches at the East Anglia Centre for Alexander Technique teacher training school and is a British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coach.    http://www.sarahwitkin.com/

 Sarah shares her life with rehomed Labrador Bodger . Bodger has passed his KC Gold and has gained the Master Scent Dog Certificate of Achievment  at DD Academy of Scent Dog Training. 



Lisa Freds   Agility Trainer and Assistant  

Jeff Samuels  Agility Trainer

We have been associated with Chippers for over 10 years . The journey began with our Hungarian Visla Llani in puppy classes who continued on through the classes to achieve the KC Gold Good Citizen Award. It was when we took on our beautiful rescue dog Crocket that our love of Agility began.  Our newest addition to the family is Cocker Spaniel Puppy Oreo. 
Our trainer Julie recommended that we teach, hence our certification in April 2018.
We are passionate about our dogs well being and believe every dog needs a purpose. The understanding and bond you will build with your dog will be an amazing and rewarding journey. Come and join us. We look forward to meeting you.        



Nicola NorrisNicola Norris A.Dip CBM


Sometimes bringing your dog to class isn’t the answer, a more specialised understanding and personalised behaviour modification programme is needed to help. 

Nicola holds a Diploma in Canine Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and is a full member of The Canine Behaviour and Training Society. For the past 7 years Nicola has worked extensively with rescue dogs helping to give them the best chance of a new, loving home.

If you feel your dog’s behaviour may fall into this category please contact Nicola directly or if you are unsure please call Sarah@Chippers.

 07779 459192
 email   nicola@doggonebehaviour.co.uk



Angela Day  Former Assistant . Angela spent many years at Chippers whilst studying with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre.

Angela is now a fully qualified therapist accredited to The Canine Massage Guild   running her own canine conditioning and fitness business Born to Run  http://www.borntorunmassage.com/