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Dog School

Dog School Darlington

At Dog School Darlington we offer a range of training classes for puppies, adolescent, adult dogs and rescue dogs in the local community. Dog School is for dogs of all shapes and sizes! We encourage force-free methods of learning and offer plenty of advice and support to help owners create a bond with their dogs in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment.

Our Classes

Following the latest government guidance our face-to-face classes are currently suspended.

Enquire now about our popular virtual training sessions.

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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

Suzie Douglass, Head Coach

Suzie began working for Dogs Trust as a Canine Carer at the Darlington centre in 2014. Suzie then progressed to Senior Coach at Leeds Dog School, before taking on the role of Head Coach at Darlington Dog School.

Suzie holds diplomas in Animal Management and Dog Behaviour, and is an accredited member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (MAPDT UK - 01470).

In 2020 Suzie adopted a little Terrier from Dogs Trust and is currently enjoying teaching him lots of new skills, as well as going on plenty of adventures together.

Abby Tarleton-Hodgson, Senior Coach

Abby has a Level 3 Animal Management Canine and Companion subsidiary diploma in which she achieved a distinction. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (01438) and before joining us at Dog School, has worked in kennels with a variety of different breeds and temperaments.

Abby has two young dogs, a very energetic Malinois and a very foody Chocolate Labrador! In her spare time she enjoys taking them to lots of new exciting places to explore, and do bits of training obviously! Abby enjoys helping owners who come to Dog School reach their full potential with their dogs, and watching as their bond and relationship grow.

Hannah Copeland, Coach

Hannah has worked in the animal care industry for almost ten years and in that time she has worked with a wide variety of animals from dogs and cats to snakes and raccoons! She previously worked as an animal care lecturer at an agriculture college and as senior animal care technician.

She holds a foundation degree in Canine Behaviour and Training and a level 3 diploma in Animal Management. Hannah loves to learn and hopes to add to her qualifications in the future.

Hannah has two pugs, Pebbles and Lulu. Pebbles likes nothing better than to eat and sleep, but loves her training. Lulu was rescued from Dogs Trust Darlington last summer and is the most energetic little pug you will ever see! In her spare time, Hannah enjoys taking the dogs for long walks and is a bit of a gym bunny!

Hannah is looking forward to helping owners build strong bonds with their dogs, understand them better, and help them live in harmony with one another.

Get in touch

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

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