Dog School Hampshire (Dogs Trust)
- Puppy, adolescent, & adult dog training
- Reward-based training that’s fun
- Maximum of six dogs per class
- Two instructors per class
- Helping prevent problem behaviours
- 50 minute classes on Tuesday
Dogs Trust Dog School Hampshire
Training classes for you and your canine companion in Southampton, Hampshire
Welcome to Dog School Hampshire. We offer friendly classes for puppies, adolescents, adults and rescue dogs in your local area. All classes are aimed at teaching your dog skills that will help them cope with everyday, domestic life. We’ll give you the foundations you need to develop a strong and healthy bond with your dog. Our classes have a maximum of six dogs and at least two trainers; this ensures that we can devote time to each individual and help you to progress and achieve your training goals. We use science-led, reward-based training to make sure that you get the best results and have lots of fun whilst doing so!
In addition to our group classes we can also offer 121 training sessions to help with any specific training needs your dog might have. We also organise seminars and workshops throughout the year on topics of interest such as separation anxiety and noise fears.
Tuesday (50 mins) - 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30 - Eastney Community Centre, PO4 9SU
Wednesday (50 mins) - 17:15, 18:15 and 19:15 - Dogs Trust Salisbury, SP4 0HW
Friday (50 mins) - 09:30, 10:30 and 11:30 - Wickham Community Centre, Fareham, PO17 5AL
Saturday (50 mins) - 09:00, 10:00 and 11:10 - Lindford Village Hall, GU35 0RD
Our Mission at Dogs Trust
At Dogs Trust our mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. It means that a lot of our work is caring for dogs at our rehoming centres – dogs that need a second chance in life. But it also means addressing the root causes of problems. Every year we receive thousands of calls from people asking us to take their dogs into our rehoming centres, and the biggest single reason they give is because of the dog’s behaviour. So to address this problem, we’ve created Dogs Trust Dog School.
At Dog School we believe in setting our dogs and owners up for success. Most people want a dog that sits when asked, walks calmly on a loose lead, comes back when called and settles down when they want to watch their favourite TV programme or have a pint in the pub! Most owners also want their dog to do these things even when there are temptations and distractions around, such as tasty picnics, children running about, or other dogs walking past. The training we do at Dogs Trust is based on teaching these basic behaviours that dogs and owners need for a harmonious domestic life together.
Meet the team:
Gemma Whitlaw - Head Coach
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.
Blanka Krkoskova - Senior Coach
Blanka is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has a Diploma in Advanced Canine Behaviour from the British College of Canine Studies. She is currently studying for the Canine Principles’ Canine Behaviour Professional Diploma.
Blanka is passionate about animal welfare and her experience of working in an animal re-homing centre has shown her how too many dogs need re-homing due to avoidable issues. Blanka's journey with Dogs Trust started when she volunteered for the Dog Schools in Bristol and Dorset, before joining the Dorset team as Coach. She is now Senior Coach in Hampshire, and Blanka is enthusiastic about sharing how the right approach can make a positive difference to the life of dogs and their families.
Imogen - Coach
Imogen is very excited to be part of Dogs Trust Dogs School. She recently completed her Animal Management qualification at college and is now a student member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
At home Imogen owns a Border Collie cross Springer Spaniel called Malcolm. He was adopted from Dogs Trust in 2010. Malcolm inspired Imogen to look deeper into dogs and has since trained him to do many tricks. The best being ‘spin’ which he enjoys the most!
Imogen’s favourite breed is the Labrador Retriever. She continues to complete courses and attends seminars/workshops to improve her knowledge even further.
Tasha - Coach
Tasha has always loved all animals but has focused mainly on her passion for dogs, completing a level three extended diploma in Animal Management at college.
Tasha has three dogs of her own; two black Labradors (4 year old Alfie & 1 year old Sammy) and a 1 year old black Labrador mix border collie, Lucas, who are as crazy as each other, as you can imagine!
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