Dogs Trust

COVID-19 info: Our rehoming centres are not open for public browsing but you can still make an appointment to adopt or bring a dog to us. We’ve set up new processes which include social distancing measures to help keep staff and our visitors safe.

Dog School

Dog School Manchester West

At Dog School Manchester West our aim is to ensure that your dog is learning the skills that are required for the real world, and that you and your dog are developing a further bond and positive relationship.

Our classes are educational, supportive, fun and friendly and our dedicated coaches have a wealth of knowledge and practical experience. The course involves teaching dogs to have nice manners, to be calm when needed and to build focus on you around realistic distractions. We also teach you how to understand your dog.

Our team cannot wait to meet you and your best friend!

Our classes in Manchester are so popular that we have divided our coaches into two separate teams, so if you can't find a class please check out Manchester East for more options.

Our Classes

Tuesday (50 mins)

  1. 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00

St Anne’s Academy, Hollin Lane, Middleton, M24 6XN

Thursday (50 mins)

  1. 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00

Elms Community Centre, Whitefield, M45 7FD

Friday (50 mins)

  1. 10:00 and 11:00

Our Lady and the English Martyrs Parish Centre, Urmston, M41 7DS

Saturday  (50 mins)

  1. 09:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00

Westwood Community Centre, Eccles, M30 8DQ

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Lesson plans and 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.

5 classes on a 5 week programme for only £65

School Trainers

Matt Feltham , Head Coach

Matt has worked for several rehoming charities including Dogs Trust Dog School as a Trainer. He has his own Dogs Trust rescue at home - a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Joe (or Joe-Bear most of the time).

Matt has an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and enjoys keeping up to date with training as much as possible through seminars, workshops and courses.

Heather Graham-Buswell, Senior Coach

After rescuing her staffie Marley and searching rehoming centres Heather decided her real passion was working with dogs.

Heather starting volunteering at Dog Trust Manchester and from there progressed onto working full time in kennels, as a canine carer. Whilst there, Heather carried out daily duties such as handling, giving medications, grooming, bathing and training the dogs ready for rehoming. She had a number of trusted handler dogs whilst there, which needed specific training needs or to build confidence and trust. Heather completed a number of training and behaviour courses, and spent some of her time rearing puppies at the centre. Heather was also a mentor and helped train the new starters.

In Heather’s spare time, she loves to explore new walks with her boy Marley.

Emily Forbes, Coach

Born and raised in Shropshire, Emily started out in equine behaviour before discovering a love of dog training and fully investing herself into the dog world.

She graduated from Harper Adams University in September 2018 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Throughout university she assisted in classes for resident rescue dogs, to help them develop life skills ready for potential new homes.

After attending a course by the PDTI, Emily realised she had a passion for teaching and continued with 1-to-1 sessions for dogs of friend’s and family. She assisted in training classes in Shropshire before moving to Dog School Manchester West as a Coach.

In the future, Emily is hoping to achieve further qualifications in dog training, as well as preparing to get her own dog at home.

Get in touch

T: 07423 686207

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

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Get in touch
T: 07423 686207

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

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