Gemma Smith, Head Coach
Before joining Dog School, Gemma worked in the behaviour and training team at another rescue and rehoming centre, where she worked closely with the dogs who needed extra support and training before finding their forever homes. She was also involved in training and coaching staff and volunteers. Whilst working at the rescue centre, Gemma fostered 14 dogs & puppies (and helped to hand-rear 5 kittens), so has experienced most of the common challenges that come with owning dogs and puppies first-hand! Since joining Dog School, Gemma adopted a terrier x called Mabel from Dogs Trust Canterbury so she has first hand experience of attending Dog School classes and also practicing the training exercises at home and on walks with an adolescent dog!
Gemma has a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and enjoys using her knowledge and experience to help owners train their dogs in a fun and positive way.
Amy Lewis, Coach
Amy has always loved animals. She studied BSc in Animal Science at Writtle University College and although her studies mostly focused on farm and zoo animals, she particularly enjoys adapting and applying training techniques to different species to better understand how they learn. Amy spends her spare time training her house rabbit, and building new enrichment toys to keep him busy and learning during the day!
Amy aspires to help dog owners better understand their pets, and use that understanding in training and play to improve their bond.