Sophia Fensome, Head Coach
Sophia previously worked as a Training and Behaviour advisor with the Dogs Trust in Newbury, helping many dogs in need find loving homes. Before coming to Dogs Trust she ran her own business as a dog behaviourist in the UK and Ireland, providing individual consultations for owners as well as running mixed classes where her emphasis was on positive training techniques and life skills.
Sophia has a degree in Animal Behaviour Science from Lincoln University and a Certificate of Higher Education in Companion Animal Welfare and Rehabilitation. Her previous jobs include Puppy Socialiser for an assistance dog charity as well as being a Behaviour Advisor for Bath Cats and Dogs home.
Maria Madjirska-Mossop , Senior Coach
Maria joined Dogs Trust 3 years ago as a coach and before that she worked in various animal rehoming centres helping dogs find their forever homes. Since joining Dogs Trust Maria has achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour from Edinburgh University, she became a member of the APDT and is currently training to become a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist.
She also owns 2 rescue dogs who are constantly teaching her about dog training and behaviour.
Sam Western, Coach
Sam has spent most of her career at Bristol Zoo, working with a wide range of species. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to share her enthusiasm about animals with members of the public. After 12 years it was time for a change so Sam started a job as a dog walker, and has since joined Dogs Trust. Sam has a BSC in Psychology and a DMZAA qualification in zoo keeping.
Sam owns a rescue lurcher called Moo. They enjoy exploring new walks and working on their training journey together.