Dog School Sussex (Dogs Trust)
- Puppy & Adolescent Classes
- Basic skills they need for everyday life
- Maximum of six dogs to a class
- Helping prevent problem behaviours
- Fun, friendly & personal!
- Energetic, dynamic team of trainers
Dogs Trust Dog School Sussex
Puppy Classes and Adult Dog Classes in Whitehawk, East Sussex
Welcome to Dog School Sussex! Our dedicated team are here to help you build a stronger relationship with your dog through our positive training classes. We have 5 week courses tailored for puppies, rescue dogs and adult dogs.
Our classes have been carefully designed to provide the best learning environment. We will teach you the most effective way to train your dog, all about canine body language, how dogs communicate with each other and why your dog is behaving in a particular way. These skills will last you and your dog a lifetime.
Tuesday @ Maybridge Keystone Centre, BN12 6JD: 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00
Wednesday @ St Davids Hall, BN2 5FH: 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00
Thursday @ Dogs Trust Shoreham, BN43 5LT: 11:30, 12:40, 17:30 and 18:30
Friday @ Dogs Trust Shoreham, BN43 5LT: 09:30, 10:40 and 11:50
Saturday @ Dogs Trust Shoreham, BN43 5LT: 08:30, 09:40 and 10:50
Understanding and appreciating the behaviour of dogs underlies everything we do at Dogs Trust. As every dog lover knows, each dog is a unique individual, with their own quirks, delights and challenges! Behaviours develop through a combination of multiple elements including breed, individual personality, medical issues and prior experiences. So understanding why an individual dog develops a problem behaviour can be like a detective mystery - identifying all the different elements which tell his or her story.
In our re-homing centres we are committed to caring for and rehabilitating dogs which have behaviour problems. And in Dogs Trust Dog School our mission is to work with owners to prevent problems developing in the first place!
Pet dogs don't need to be obedience champions, dance to music or speed round an agility course. Of course these activities can be great fun and something to aspire to, but most owners need their dog to sit when asked, walk calmly on a loose lead, come back when called on a walk, and settle down when they stop to natter to their neighbour or have a pint in the pub! And they want their dog to do these things even when there are tempting picnics around, kids running about playing football, or other dogs walking past.
The training we do at Dogs Trust is based on teaching the basic behaviours that dogs and owners need day to day in domestic life. Whether we are working with dogs in our adoption centres and preparing them to go to their forever homes, or teaching owners in Dog School classes, we are focused on doing a thorough job of training the basics!
The other important principle of training at Dogs Trust is that we use reward based methods to train all our dogs. Research has shown that using reward based methods are effective, and less likely to be associated with problem behaviours. This approach also means that dogs have better welfare, enjoy their training and form a better bond with owners or carers - so why would we do anything else?
Meet the team:
Gemma Whitlaw, our Head Coach: BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare, University of Bristol. Since graduating from University Gemma ran her own behaviour business offering group classes’ and one to one behaviour consultations. Additionally, she worked in a large veterinary hospital. She is now very excited to be part of the Dog School Team.
Lizzie Ashton our Senior Coach: Graduated from the University of Bristol with a First Class Honours Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science. Has experience in numerous canine establishments and had a love for working with animals all her life but developed a particular passion and interest for canine behaviour and welfare. She’s worked as part of the West Midlands Dog School before coming to work with the Sussex team.
Lana-Mae graduated from university with a Zoology degree, coach Lana-Mae has gained experience working in the veterinary industry as well as for a rehoming charity. She is very interested in animal behaviour and is enjoying training dogs (and owners!) for Dog School.
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