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 lesson plans and FAQs and find your nearest class below!


COVID-19 update.

We’re pleased to be able to resume classes for some of our Dog Schools from 17th August, with smaller classes and other safety measures in place. To see if your local Dog School is reopening, search for your nearest school below and make an enquiry. For schools that can’t reopen yet, we’re offering online one-to-one sessions so we’ll tell you more about those if we can’t offer you a face-to-face class.

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

Lesson plans and FAQs

Dogs Trust Dog School classes combine training skills and exercises to prepare your dog for everyday life. We give you lots of information to help you understand your pooch and avoid common behavioural issues.

5 classes on a 5 week programme for only £65