Boarding Kennels and Cattery

Near Bishops Stortford and Harlow on the Herts/Essex border

  • Boarding of dogs, cats and other small animals
  • Dog training
  • Grooming
  • Problem solving
  • Microchipping, Identity tags engraved
We are veterinary inspected, approved and recommended.

Dog training

School temporarily closed

I'm so sorry to say that after listening to the news, and hearing that others have been forced to close their various types of clubs, that from a moral if not legal standpoint, school will be closed until the virus situation is resolved.

It is the first time in forty years that the school has closed and I am sad about it. But we have to think of others don't we. In the meantime, if you are experiencing problems with your dog's behaviour, phone me and I will help you.

I hope it's not too long before I see you all. Pat xx

The group at training

Classes are held at the Sea Cadets' Pavilion off Tillwicks Road, Bush Fair, Harlow (Behind the Indoor Bowls Club and opposite the Esso Garage). Classes are held on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. You can attend both sessions if you would like extra practice but still only pay one membership fee.

All the classes are fun and light-hearted in an enjoyable atmosphere, whilst still getting the job of training your dog done, under the experienced and watchful eye of Pat Clark.

On your first visit to the class, please bring your dog's vaccination card with you.

Difficult/problem dogs can be seen privately by Pat in a 1-to-1 lesson at the kennels by appointment. If you need further information regarding private lessons or assessments, please call 01279 656633.

The group at training

Wednesday - Beginners and puppies

Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

After a few months, progression will be made to the more advanced class, starting at 9pm.

Saturday - Mixed Ability

11.00am to 12.00 noon. This class is for beginners of all ages. Doors open at 10.30am.

12.30pm to 2.00pm. This is for dogs who have already been coming a while, have learned the basics and would like to take their training a step further.

Prices are as follows: £40.00 membership renewable each January, then £5.00 per lesson.

Kennel Club Good Citizen Award

Interested in taking your dog's training a little further?

We're involved in training owners and their dogs for the Kennel Club's "good citizen test". It's not compulsory, but many owners feel they'd like to gain their dog's "good citizen award".

There are three levels - bronze, silver and gold and dogs are tested by independent examiners. Good fun with an amazing sense of achievement for owners of dogs who pass the good citizens test.

About Pat

Pat and Sandy
Pat and Liam

Pat Clark is a professional dog trainer, registered with the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers since 1989. She is the owner of Normandale Boarding Kennels & Cattery and the founder of Mutts in Distress pound-dog rescue. She is also one of the administrators of BIGGSD German Shepherd rescue.

Although she is a German Shepherd breed specialist, Pat also owns and trains all different breeds for general pet dog obedience and works with owners whose dogs have specific problems, to resolve whatever is causing behaviour issues with their pet.

Veterinary surgeons refer dogs with behavioural problems to Pat and she is happy to see these dogs at her kennels, or in the customer's home.

Pat has lectured at the Barbican on the subject of pet dog training and often gives talks to local groups. She also trained seven of the dogs who appeared in the film 101 Dalmatians. A number of dogs trained by Pat and their owners, have become registered visiting therapy dogs.

Pat will assess dogs hoping to become registered Pets As Therapy (PAT) Dogs and help owners achieve their dogs qualification.

Both her classes and private 1-1 sessions are held in a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, where she will share a few laughs and add some fun to the training periods.

Pat has competed with her own dogs in obedience, agility and the show ring and has shared much success in all these fields. Since buying the kennels and running Mutts in Distress dog rescue, she doesn't have time to compete now, but is happy to help people wanting to take up competitive obedience with their dogs.

Pat will also offer ringcraft lessons (for show dogs), on a 1-1 basis.

Plans to open a new agility group are under way and we will update the website with the start date.

Although Pat is very qualified to do her job, the cost of the classes and consultations are very reasonable indeed.

Please ring to discuss your dog's needs. Most behaviour problems can be sorted out in class, but more difficult dogs may need to be seen and assessed first. Whatever your dog needs to make him easier to live with, we will not 'rip you off'. Honest!.

Pat and dog
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Pat's award nomination