Covid-19 update: Our rehoming centres in England will be closed to the public until lockdown lifts in early December. We’re still rehoming and taking in dogs, with increased social distancing measures in place to keep our staff and adopters safe.

Dog School

We care for over 14,300 dogs in our centres every year. Sadly, many dogs come to us because they’ve developed behaviours that their owners find difficult to live with. That’s why we started Dog School - to help owners understand their dog’s behaviour and avoid the common pitfalls that can lead to problems. We want to help dog owners form a life-long bond with their dogs.

Through fun and educational classes, our experienced trainers aim to provide friendly, high quality advice on dog training and behaviour. Read on to find your nearest Dog School and for more info about what makes our classes unique.

Check out our FAQs and find your nearest class below!


COVID-19 update.

Following the latest Government advice, all classes in England will be taught online so that owners can continue training with their dog in the comfort and safety of their own home. This will continue until 2 December, unless there is an extension on the lockdown. 

In Northern Ireland, South Wales and Scotland, we will continue face-to-face classes with restricted attendance, unless guidance in those nations changes. 

Find out more about what we’re doing to make sure our classes are COVID-19 secure.


Our approach

At Dogs Trust we train dogs using reward based methods, and do not advocate the use of any training equiptment which changes behaviour by causing pain or fear in dogs.

  • Reward based training enhances the bond between dog and owner
  • It is easier for dogs to learn if we reward them for doing the right behaviours rather than telling them off when they get things wrong
  • Dogs which are trained with rewards enjoy learning - they are a partner in the training sessions and often 'offer' new behaviours to see if they get a reward
  • Reward based training will not cause pain or injury to dogs
  • Reward based training does not rely on making dogs worried or frightened, so there is less danger of causing problem behaviours
  • Reward based training works to change behaviour
  • Find your nearest school