Dog School

Dog School Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire

Dog School offers training classes with a difference: with the scientific knowledge that leads the very best dog training methods, mixed with fun, friendly and welcoming guidance from our coaches.

We want to help your dog learn, adapt and be confident and happy to enjoy life. We focus on teaching dogs and owners skills that will be useful in everyday life and build the owner-dog bond, which is so important for working and living happily together.

Our puppy, adolescent, rescue and adult classes are run by our qualified team of coaches, who are knowledgeable, vibrant and enthusiastic to meet you and your dog. These classes will help you understand your dog’s behaviour and train your pooch on the road to success to being a polite, well-mannered doggy citizen of Hertfordshire.

Our Classes

Please enquire below about our face-to-face classes or our popular virtual training sessions.

Buckden Village Hall

  1. Thursday : Evening

Burberry Road, Buckden, Cambridgeshire, PE19 5UY

Yaxley (Austin Hall)

  1. Saturday : Morning

The Amenity Centre, Main Street, Yaxley, PE7 3LU

Camden

  1. Tuesday : Evening

The Pirate Castle, Oval Road, London, NW1 7EA

Letchworth

  1. Saturday : Morning

Mrs Howards Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth, SG6 1NX

Stevenage

  1. Thursday : Evening

Oval Community Centre, Vardon Road, Stevenage, SG1 5RD

Hinchingbrooke Country Park

  1. Wednesday : Evening

The Countryside Centre, Brampton Road, Huntingdon, PE29 6DB

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.

4 classes on a 4 week programme for only £65

School Trainers

Jenny Hynds, Head Coach

Jenny initially studied Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, but after deciding she was more passionate about Animal Psychology, she focused her studies on dogs facial expressions. Jenny then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Canine Cognition. After finishing University, Jenny went on to work in various animal sectors focusing on dog behaviour, welfare and training, including running puppy training classes. Jenny has worked in rescue kennels, where she really saw the importance of positive reward-based training with dogs to help prevent future problems, ensuring less dogs end up in rescue.

When Jenny is not training dogs, she is training her two cats instead!

Rowana Walton, Senior Coach

Rowana has had a passion for animals since an early age and spent most of her childhood roaming the countryside with her horses and dogs. This passion led her to pursue a career in biodiversity conservation and research, working overseas for many years in several enviable tropical locations. Whilst living in the Seychelles she became involved in an animal welfare charity who aimed to help with the burgeoning stray and abandoned dog population of the country. This inspiring experience led her to change careers from teaching university students, to return to the UK to teach dogs and their owners. Rowana also loves to train her own two dogs, Fergus (a rescue from Seychelles) and Bertie (a sprocker spaniel).

Bethan Robb, Senior Coach

Having grown up with 5 dogs, Bethan has always had a keen interest in responsible ownership and training. Bethan began her career by volunteering for Blue Cross, assisting in research in topics such as online sales of puppies. She then moved to Woodgreen Animal Shelter where she spent 5 years rehoming dogs and working with dogs with behavioural issues. Alongside this work, Bethan undertook several dog training courses, as well as an advanced diploma in behaviour, in order to better assist dogs in need. Bethan also used her time to take in dogs into her own home on a foster basis, whilst they looked for their new forever homes.

Bethan loves working with owners and watching them develop strong bonds with their dogs through training. She is proud to be a part of the Dogs Trust Dog School team, and believes the support and knowledge that the school offers is invaluable.

Ashlie Holmes, Coach

Ashlie joined Dog School as a volunteer with Dog School Cambridgeshire at the beginning of 2019 before jumping at the chance to become a coach for the team.

She started her animal carer as an animal technician 10 years ago, spending the first 5 years working with a variety of animals, ranging from farm livestock and domestic pets to reptiles and aquatic species, all alongside qualifying and working as a nursery nurse. The last 5 years have seen her dedicate her time to working with and training dogs in a Clinical environment, further developing her understanding of behaviour.

2 years ago Kevin, a 10 month old mischievous rescue Beagle came into her life, and after a year (as if 1 was not enough…) she rehomed another Beagle, called Rhana. Recently adding Twiglet, a Lop-cross rabbit and a corn snake named Cornwallace to her menagerie.

Rhona Nason, Senior Coach

Rhona has always wanted to help rescue dogs and she began her dog training career at a dog daycare whilst studying Animal Behaviour and Welfare. She then went on to work as a trainer at a residential training kennels, working with dogs during their stay and afterwards, continuing the work with their owners. This inspired Rhona to start working with dogs with behavioural issues and implementing plans to improve their behaviour, which then led her joining Battersea Dogs and Cats Home as a Training and Behaviour advisor.

Rhona is excited to work in a different area of rescue helping owners from the get go and really likes how much support and knowledge Dog School offers dog owners. She has a 5 year old Whippet who enjoys doing agility and a 2 year old Spaniel x Beagle who keeps Rhona on her toes!

Charlotte Vallancey, Coach

Charlotte has always wanted to work with animals having grown up around rescue dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes. Although initially graduating with a musical theatre degree, she has since turned to the animal world, firstly working as a volunteer for Underdog International and then moving into the dog training world, undertaking training courses, before joining Dog School in August 2021. She is very interested in the scientific side of training and behaviour and is keen to help owners gain skills and practice in training their dogs, to set them up for a long, happy life together.

Charlotte has a 2-year-old German Shepherd cross called Magnus who loves to train, and 3 rescue cats who don’t!

Get in touch

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

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