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Dog School

Dog School London

We are training classes with a difference! Dogs Trust Dog School teaches owners how to give their dogs the skills they need to lead happy lives - such as relaxing in different places, meeting people politely, having manners around food, coming back when called and walking nicely on lead.

We aim to help you and your dog build a trusting relationship using kind training methods that help your dog to learn good manners in a fun way – because learning can be fun for us all! We tailor our guidance to your dog’s individual needs, to give you a positive and bespoke experience. We will help you teach your dog that the most important and rewarding interaction they will ever have will be with you!

Best of all we teach you to understand what your dog is communicating to you, so you can help them to make good choices, look out for them and encourage their confidence to grow, whatever the situation!

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

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.

Get in touch

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

Keep your dog happy during lockdown

We have developed an extensive series of information that can help during these unprecedented times.

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Get in touch

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