Becky Ellis, Head Coach
Becky has over 10 years’ experience working with dogs in Leeds Rehoming Centre team as a Canine Carer. One of her favorite parts of the role was helping to rehabilitate the dogs by training them to become confident, well-mannered members of our society and seeing them into their forever homes.
Becky loves to help owners build a strong bond with their dog using kind, reward-based training. She is particularly interested in self-control training, enrichment, and trick training!
Rebecca Matkin , Senior Coach
Becca began working with dogs from the age of 17 when she started working part time at a boarding kennels. She travelled all the way to Aberystwyth in Wales to study further and gained a first class degree in Animal Behaviour.
After graduating she moved back home to York and spent a month walking on the wild side whilst volunteering at Flamingo Land Zoo! After this she split her time between two part time jobs at a boarding kennels and petting farm, and volunteering weekly at both Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Dogs Trust. In February 2016 Dogs Trust offered Becca a full time job as a Canine Carer.
After three years of helping centre dogs find their forever home, Becca realised she wanted to help spread the word about positive dog training, and jumped at the chance to join Dog School! In her spare time Becca enjoys Zumba classes and running, and cuddles with her guinea pigs Daisy and Merida.
Crystal Frost, Coach
Crystal has always had a love and fascination of animals, particularly dogs, leading her to get first class degree in Zoology and a PhD in Evolutionary biology. She has worked for 10 years as a research scientist and loves to see science in action, especially when it applies to our doggy companions.
Following classes at Dogs Trust Dog School with her youngest dog, Crystal got the training bug and volunteered with Dog School Merseyside. She has now come home to Leeds and joined the Leeds team to fulfil her new ambitions of helping owners and pups develop a happy and healthy relationship.
Alongside being a Coach with Dogs Trust, Crystal is studying part-time for an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour. She also enjoys playing roller derby, sewing, and spending time with her two dogs, Diggle and Lola.