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 15 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 Julie Redman, 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 and 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 puppy- Prince and Teddyetna who help in class and also compete at Championship Breed and Open Obedience, more recently 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 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 Puppy Prince the KCGC Bronze. 

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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




sarahwitkinSarah Witkin    Assistant/Trainee .  

Kennel Club AI Member working towards Accreditation  

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 recently passed his KC Gold and has gained the Master Scent Dog Certificate of Achievment  at DD Academy of Scent Dog Training. 

Sarah has also recently attended Craig Ogilvie Interactive Play Seminar



Julie Readman   Agility Trainer

Julie has been involved with dogs for many years teaching and competing . Today Julie works at The Animal Health Trust and  shares her life with Cooley, Banks, SJ and puppy Nelson.






Lisa Freds   Agility Trainer and Assistant at Withersfield 

Jeff Samuels  Agility Trainer

We live with two Hungarian Vislas and have been associated with Chippers for over 10 years . The journey began with Llani in puppy classes who continued on through the classes to achieve the KC Gold Good Citizen Award. We rescued Crocket 7 years ago and have attended Agility classes ever since.
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
Nicola works alongside Sarah at Chippers with the same objective to help dogs and owners get the right help. Sometimes just bringing your dog to class isn’t the answer, a more specialised understanding and personalised behaviour modification programme is needed.

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 falls into this category please contact Nicola directly or if you are unsure please call Sarah@Chippers.

 07779 459192



Angela Day Assistant at Withersfield 
Angela shares her life with Huskys Storm, Skye and Shadow and is as Qualified Canine Massage Therapist accredited to The Canine Massage Guild