One Year Anniversary at Dog School Dorset!
by Blanka Krkoskova// May 2018
We can’t believe it’s been a year since Dog School Dorset first open doors to Dorset pooches and their owners!
It’s been a year of learning, growth and above all fun! We have seen nearly 300 puppies and adult dogs during this year and that was us only getting started – we can’t wait to see many more in the years to come!
It’s probably no secret that we love our job and enjoy every minute of it, but nothing beats seeing the amazing progress our students make and getting all the amazing feedback from the owners (yes, we saved all the ‘thank you’ cards!). We’ve had many wonderful graduates, so it’s really hard to pick just one to mention here, however, we felt like the sweet Elton deserves this privilege.
Here’s Elton with his loving family
3 years old rescue Staffie Elton and his owner Mike and daughter Kathleen joined us for our 5 week Rescue dogs course in February after the family adopted Elton from Dogs Trust Salisbury. Initially, Elton was a little nervous and struggled to settle and focus on the exercises in hand, but his dad and big sister gave him all the time he needed and worked hard with practising all the training at home. Thanks to their dedication and kind approach Elton has blossomed into a cheerful little chappie that is keen to learn and please his humans!
Here’s Elton practising (or should we say mastering!) the ‘leave’cue:
and the ‘sit’ around tempting distractions:
What’s more, we watched the relationship between Elton and his family grow and strengthen week by week as they were learning to understand each other and having lots of fun times of learning together! This made us extremely proud as this is exactly why we at Dogs Trust Dog School are here! I hope Kathleen won’t be mad at me for saying that she had tears in her eyes at the end of their last class – as did we – especially our coach Blanka after getting a hug from Kathleen!
Well done Elton, Mike & Kathleen!
This year has been very good to us so far with many success stories and positive feedback from our clients. It has also seen some changes amongst our volunteers when two of our former volunteers Ruth and Blanka joined Team Purple as Dog School Coaches. Volunteers are a very important part of the Dog School Team and it’s thanks to their support and help that we can give more time and focus to our owners and their pooches! That’s why we’re so very happy that some lovely new volunteers joined us early this year - please help us welcome our new additions Mike, Amy, Maria and Freya! Let’s not forget our faithful volunteer Kirsty, who’s been with us since September – thank you guys for all your hard work and for helping us be the best we can! We wouldn’t be the same without our volunteers!
Some of our amazing volunteers Maria, Freya and Mike, who you might meet at our classes in Poole: