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

Dog School Bristol and Bath

Dog School Bristol and Bath is here to support our community, learning about dog behaviour in a fun and interactive way! Our aim is to pass on the knowledge and skills needed to help dogs fit in with modern life, whilst being happy and confident. Welfare is always at the forefront of any advice or training we recommend, and we use the most up-to-date techniques provided by qualified dog behaviour and training professionals.

We would love to have you have you on board! Get involved by bringing your own dog to our weekly training classes, specialised for puppies, adolescents, rescue dogs and adult dogs.

Looking for some more specialised information about dog behaviour, or a class to attend without your dog? We also run regular seminars aimed at giving everybody the opportunity to learn more about dog behaviour. We cover a range of topics, so please keep an eye on our upcoming events and book quickly to avoid missing out!

Our Classes

Wednesday (50 mins)

  1. 10:00 and 11:00

St Philip and St James' Church, Bath, BA2 2QF

Thursday (50 mins)

  1. 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30

Headley Park Community Centre, Bristol, BS13 7NW

Friday (50 mins)

  1. 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00

Pucklechurch Community Centre, Bristol, BS16 9RH

Saturday (50 mins)

  1. 09:00, 10:00 and 11:00 13:15 and 14:15

The Beehive Centre, Bristol, BS5 7AW

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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.

4 classes on a 4 week programme for only £65

School Trainers

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.

Giulia Danielis, Coach

Giulia moved to the UK after completing her Masters in Law and started working in marketing within the Sustainability sector. However, after getting her first very own dog, she realised her true passion was working with dogs.

After enrolling on a Level 3 Diploma in Dog Training and volunteering for Dog School Bristol for a few months, she joined as their brand new Coach in August 2018. Passionate about learning and keeping her knowledge about training and behaviour up-to-date, she has since completed a Level 4 Canine Coaching Diploma with distinction and she is always looking for new courses to refine her skills.

Enthusiastic about sharing positive reinforcement training methods, she enjoys helping owners develop a strong and happy bond with their dogs.

Get in touch

Please email us with your enquiry at: [email protected]

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Get in touch

Please email us with your enquiry at: [email protected]

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