Wednesday (50 mins)
16:15, 17:30 and 18:45
Bullcroft Memorial Hall, Doncaster, DN6 8AP
Saturday (50 mins)
09:30, 10:45 and 12:00
The Ivanhoe Centre, Doncaster, DN12 3JX
T: 01302 910302
T: 01302 910304
Please email us with your enquiry at: DoncasterDogSchool@dogstrust.org.uk
Rachel has been working within the rescue setting for over nine years and originally started at a local stray kennels where she first developed her passion. Rachel knew that this is where she belonged and pursued a career in the field of canine behaviour and training. Rachel has achieved a BSC (hons) degree in Animal Management and is currently working towards her Association of Pet Dog Trainers (ADPT) Accreditation.
During her last year of University Rachel joined the Dogs Trust team and has been working within Dogs Trust since! For just over three years, Rachel worked as a Canine Carer at the Leeds Rehoming Centre caring and training the dogs available for rehoming until she joined the Dog School Leeds team in August 2016 as the Senior Coach. Now Rachel is leading Dog School Doncaster to be as successful as the Dog School in Leeds and is very much looking forward to educating and training the local dog owners and dogs around the Doncaster area.
During her time as a Canine Carer Rachel fell in love with many dogs but two struck her heart the most, a little black pug called Moo who came to the centre in a very sorry state and Mila a very smart Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Rachel enjoys competing both dogs in dog sports and often takes them travelling around the UK in her recently refurbished camper van.
Beckie has been working with dogs for over 5 years, beginning at a boarding kennels where she enjoyed caring for and walking all the dogs. Beckie started working at Dogs Trust in August 2016 at a Coach for Dog School Leeds. When the opportunity for Dog School Doncaster came up, Beckie applied for the Senior Coach position and successfully got the job! Beckie has a diploma in Animal Management, and a HNC in Bio-veterinary Science, but is currently undergoing a Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training to keep up to date.
Beckie’s inspiration to work with dogs came from owning her own challenging border collie Buzz, who required lots of training and confidence building from the beginning. She now enjoys competing in dog sports with Buzz, and going out on long walks in the countryside with Buzz and his elderly brother Rooney.
Sam has been working within Dogs Trust for 2 years, and originally started as a Canine Carer at the Leeds Rehoming Centre. Sam worked primarily with the puppies, and thoroughly enjoyed beginning their training, to provide them with the life skills they need to stay in their new forever home. Sam also worked alongside the Training and Behaviour Advisors, implementing training programmes for puppies that had been handed in due to problem behaviour.
During her time at Dogs Trust Sam attended a variety of courses to expand her knowledge. Sam has also achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management and a BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree.
Sam has previously volunteered for Dog School Leeds and knew instantly she wanted to be part of the Dog School Team, when a job became available she just couldn’t say no. Dog training and behaviour has always interested Sam, she is very passionate about educating and training both owners and their dogs, to help prevent behaviour problems, to keep them in their forever home.
Anybody who is involved in the care of your dog is encouraged to come along to class, including children. Please bear in mind that your coaches will be talking to the class on a group level to teach you valuable key messages about behaviour, so it is important that anybody attending is able to listen quietly (if young children are attending it could be a good idea to bring something to keep them occupied with at these times). Let your coach know if you have any special requirements or will have more than 3 people attending with your dog, so that they can prepare and make sure there is enough space. To make sure you can concentrate on training your puppy, we would ask that you leave any other pets (including other dogs) at home.
Please bring the following to each class: your dog’s bed/blanket, a selection of your dog’s favourite treats and one or two of his/her favourite toys. If your dog requires any medication or has a specialised diet, please bring these to class – it’s also important to get in touch with your coach to let them know about this before the class as well.
We will try our best to make sure you see the same coaches each week for your classes, because we think it is important for us to get to know you and your puppy. The coaches work in teams of three, so you should get to know all the team members over your course. Occasionally there may be a change in one coach because of sickness or holidays, but if this is necessary, we will try to ensure that you are introduced to your new coach the week before the change so that they are familiar with you and your dog.
We only use positive training methods supported by the most up to date research on dog behaviour. We will never use methods that intimidate or harm your dog.
We aim to teach you to understand how your dog communicates and learns in a fun, interactive environment. We will support you in developing the skills needed to help them become happy, confident, well behaved canine citizens. We will achieve this through practical training and support for both you and your dog.
When you arrive to class we ask that you keep your distance from other owners and dogs, we will guide you over to your personal ‘pod’ which will be a small area reserved for you and your dog. This will give your dogs the best chance to feel comfortable and calm at the start of class. Once everyone has settled in their own areas your coach will start the class, there will be some time set aside for practical training and discussing key messages. In puppy classes there will also be some time scheduled for socialising with other class members.
At the end of class we will again ask that you keep your distance from other owners and dogs. We will guide you out of the class one at a time, please remember to keep your distance from the other students as you are leaving the building and returning to your cars.
Yes! Please feel free to contact your coach between classes if you would like further support or have any questions. The best way of getting in touch is via email so that your coach has the time to give your response their full attention. Your coach will advise you on the best course of action. They should be able to provide you with some basic advice that you can put in place straight away and may recommend a 1-1 session if you require more in depth behavioural or training support.
Dogs Trust recognise the need for affordable behavioural and training support in the community. We believe that Dog School will help raise awareness of dog behaviour, strengthen the bond between owners and their dogs and help to address and prevent the development of unwanted or problematic behaviours. We are hopeful that this service will improve the welfare of dogs in the UK, both by providing owners with support in the home environment and by reducing the number of dogs being relinquished for behavioural reasons.
Our training classes are aimed at giving you information and skills that you can apply to your puppy’s behaviour in any situation. If you have an existing issue that would require help with please contact your local coach and describe the problems you are having. It may be possible for us to help you in a class setting, or it may be that your coach will recommend a 1-1 session with a trainer or behaviourist. We will aim to give you the advice that we believe will be of the greatest benefit to you and your dog. In some cases, the class environment may not be the most suitable for your dog, in which case we will always strive to offer an alternative plan of action!
Please try to let your coach know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a class. You will be provided with the training guide for the week you missed so that you can catch up at home. We are not able to offer replacement classes or refunds but will help you catch up in time for the following class. If you require help in understanding or practising the guide for the week you missed get in touch with your coach for advice.