About Chippers School for Dogs

Chippers has been established for 18 years.   Throughout these years Sarah and a team of Instructors and assistants have run weekly classes in Essex and Suffolk teaching obedience, life skills and guiding lots and lots of wonderful dogs and their owners through the Kennel Club Good Citizen Awards . We have enjoyed every minute but 2021  bought an exciting change and Chippers now focuses solely on bringing you fun Agility for Pet Dogs and the increasingly popular pastime and sport of Scentwork.

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Sarah Connatty

Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (CD)  Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme   

Scentwork UK Trainer, Judge, Trials Mananger

National Nosework Association ORT Assessor,  Host and Trial Official

Detection Dog Trial Host 

 I have always been fascinated with the abilities of Police Sniffer dogs so when a local behaviourist began teaching scentwork in 2015 I was quick to sign up and soon became completly hooked. I have continued to train my own dogs, compete, practise, study, attend courses and workshops and I now look forward to introducing and guiding you to share your dogs amazing world of scent.    

  • 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)
  • Scentwork UK Trainer, Judge and Trials Manager Levels 1-8 
  • National Nosework Association Odour Regonition Test Assessor and Host 
  • National Nosework Association Trial Official 
  • 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
  • Detection Training UK 2 dayWorkshop with Mark Dogget. Understanding Odour & Improving Indications 
  • Detection Training UK Webinars Understanding Odour & Improving Indications  
  • Dr Nathan Hall Webinar Scent Theory & the Sources of False Alerts & Misses  


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Sarah Witkin 

Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme Member 

Scentwork UK Trainer, Judge, Trials Manager

National Nosework Association ORT Assessor, Host and Trial Official   

Detection Dog Trial Host


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,  has gained the Master Scent Dog Certificate of Achievment at DD Academy of Scent Dog Training and has achieved Scentwork UK Levels  1,2,3  Excellence Awards.  

  • Scentwork UK Trainer, Judge and Trials Manager Levels 1-8 
  • National Nosework Association Assessor and Host
  • National Nosework Association Trial Official
  • Kennel Club AI Member  
  • Kennel Club Good Citizen Approved Assessor Bronze Level
  • Canine Principles Canine Coaching Foundation Course
  • Canine Principles Canine Bonding and Play
  • Craig Ogilvie Interactive Play Seminar (Attendance)
  • CPD Accredited Canine Body Language Workshop
  • Detection Training UK Workshop with Mark Doggett 
  • Detection Training UK Webinars Improving Indications 1&2 and Understanding Odour 1&2 


             Agility Trainers 

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 additionS to the family are Cocker Spaniel Puppy “Oreo” , Turkisk rescue Vita and foster Visla Sherlock. 

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 through Agility with your dog will be an amazing and rewarding journey.
Come and join us, have fun and meet likeminded people.