Dog School Bristol (Dogs Trust)
- Puppy, Rescue & Adult dog classes
- Basic skills they need for everyday life
- Max of 4 to 6 dogs depending on class
- Fun, friendly & personal!
- Wednesday (50 mins) 16:30 & 17:45
- 50 minute classes on Saturday
Dogs Trust Dog School Bristol
Puppy Classes and Adult Dog Classes in Bath, Somerset
Welcome to Dog School Bristol! Dogs Trust Dog School courses are designed to help owners to understand their dogs behaviour and teach them the basic skills they need for everyday life. Like being able to relax in different settings, meeting people and / or dogs politely, having manners around food, being handled/groomed calmly, coming back when called and walking nicely on lead. Every dog is an individual and learns at different pace, our classes are kept to a maximum of four to six dogs depending on the class, so we are able to guide each owner and their dog individually. We also help owners to understand how their dog learns and 'read' what their dog is telling them, to help prevent problem behaviours.
We are always pleased to talk to owners about what every dog needs for a happy and balanced life. Our goal is to enable owners and dogs to enjoy their lives together.
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:
Sophia previously worked as a Training and Behaviour advisor with the Dogs Trust in Newbury, helping many dogs in need find loving homes. Before coming to Dogs Trust she ran her own business as a dog behaviourist in the UK and Ireland, providing individual consultations for owners as well as running mixed classes where her emphasis was on positive training techniques and life skills.
Sophia has a degree in Animal Behaviour Science from Lincoln University and a Certificate of Higher Education in Companion Animal Welfare and Rehabilitation. Her previous jobs include Puppy Socialiser for an assistance dog charity as well as being a Behaviour Advisor for Bath Cats and Dogs home.
Maria is a graduate of Bristol University’s Animal Behaviour and Welfare BSc degree and is currently studying for her Masters in Clinical Behaviour with Edinburgh University.
Before joining Dog School, Maria worked at rescue centres where she has helped many dogs overcome behavioural problems and eventually find their forever homes.
After completing her Level 3 Diploma in Dog Training and volunteering for Dog School Bristol for a few months, she joined as their brand new Coach in August 2018.
Enthusiastic about sharing positive reinforcement training methods, she enjoys helping owners develop a strong and happy bond with their dogs.
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