Dave Wright, Senior Coach
Dave has had a range of careers from a graphic designer, a prison officer and a driving instructor, all of which ran alongside his passion for dog training. He was thrilled to be a part of one of the first Dog School teams established and has been involved with the growth and development of the project. Dave has trained many different breeds in all sorts of dog sports from Agility, competition obedience to search and rescue. He has a passion for German Shepherd dogs but since working at Dogs Trust, has adopted two gundogs (Willow, a Cocker Spaniel and Moses, a Golden Retriever) who can be seen in the Dog School advert and regularly assist the team at events and seminars.
Dave is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (MAPDT01300) and is also a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.
Amy Dean, Coach
Amy has always been an animal person, so completed a degree in Animal Management, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She volunteered at dog training classes whilst working at Dogs Trust Basildon Rehoming Centre for 3 years, gathering lots of doggy experience helping dogs with complex training needs.
For the last 15 months, Amy has been travelling and working with racehorses! Upon arrival back in the UK (and having missed working with dogs), Amy has started at Dog School Essex as their brand new Coach. She loves training and sharing her knowledge to help owners with their dogs and finds it very satisfying seeing them progress.
Tiggy Howells, Coach
Tiggy has had an interest in dog training since she was eight years old and got her own puppy. As she and her dog Sooty progressed through different classes she became more interested in the behaviour of dogs and started to volunteer at several different clubs. She has experience in both helping to train others and training her own dog in Pet Dog classes, Agility, Working Trials and Heelwork to Music since 2006, even qualifying for Crufts in Heelwork to Music in 2011! She has completed a diploma in Canine Behaviour and Psychology and a certificate in Dogs and the Law. She hopes to use this knowledge to continue her passion of helping owners and their dogs bond.