Dog School Manchester

At Dog School Manchester we run fun, relaxed and supportive classes where our priority is ensuring that you and your dog are building positive relationships.

We have a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are dedicated to your dogs welfare.  We focus on teaching nice manners, calm behaviours and practical skills in our classes and we are passionate about helping you understand your dog.  We want you to further develop your bond and help you to have a wonderful and enjoyable life with your best friend!

Our classes in Manchester are so popular, we've divided our coaches into two separate teams to cover more areas!  Check below to find out more.


Our classes

Our classes in Manchester are so popular, we've divided our coaches into two separate teams to cover more areas! Check below to find out more.

Manchester East

Covering East & South Manchester with classes currently in Stalybridge, Cheadle & Denton


(50 mins)

18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

West Hill School, Stalybridge,

SK15 1LX


(50 mins)

12:30 and 13:30

16:30, 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30

Dogs Trust Manchester, M34 3SG


(50 mins)

08:30, 09:30 and 10:30

Dogs Trust Manchester, M34 3SG


(50 mins)

14:00, 15:00 and 16:00

Cheadle Village Hall, SK8 1PQ

Get in touch

Manchester East: 07920 658671 / 0161 337 3612

Please email us with your enquiry at:

Manchester West

Covering North & West of Manchester with classes currently in Whitefield, Oldham, Middleton & Eccles


(50 mins)

17:00, 18:00 and 19:00

St Anne’s Academy, Hollin Lane, Middleton, M24 6XN


(50 mins)

18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

Moorside Community Centre,

Oldham, OL1 4NT


(50 mins)

17:00, 18:00 and 19:00

Elms Community Centre,

Whitefield, M45 7FD


(50 mins)

10:00 and 11:00

Our Lady and the English Martyrs Parish Centre, Urmston, M41 7DS


(50 mins)

09:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00

Westwood Community Centre, Eccles, M30 8DQ

Get in touch

Manchester West: 0161 653 7985 / 0161 653 7920

Please email us with your enquiry at:

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Trainers' profiles

Emma Armitage

Head Coach of Dog School Manchester

Emma came to Dog School in April 2016, prior to that she has worked voluntarily in Pet Dog Training for 10 years.


Emma has a completed a diploma in Dog Behaviour and is an APDT Member.


She shares her home with 4 rescue dogs: a blind rescue Labrador called Albert, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Ivy, a Labrador x Beagle called Douglas and a Rottweiler called Filip.  In her spare time, she competes in Agility and Obedience and has recently started training in Rally Obedience and Hoopers.


Kerrianne Thomasson

Senior Coach of Dog School Manchester

Kerrianne  started as a Canine Carer at Dogs Trust Manchester, where she spent 3 years carrying out daily care, handling and training for our centre dogs - she also completed several dog training courses whilst there.  Kerrianne joined Dog School Shropshire & Cheshire in 2018 as their Coach, but has recently moved to Dog School Manchester as Senior Coach!


Kerrianne has previously achieved Triple Distinction in National Diploma Animal Management and has been volunteering at numerous rescue centres for over 4 years.


At home, Kerrianne has Sam the Springer x Collie, Skyla the blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Tilly the Miniature Schnauzer.  Kerrianne is extremely passionate about dogs and their welfare, and loves getting to teach this in class.


Sophie Taylor

Coach of Dog School Manchester

Sophie started her time with Dogs Trust as a Dog School volunteer before gaining a position as a coach. She has graduated with a degree in BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare.


Sophie owns 1 rescue dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Reggie.

Roxanne Fontanarosa

Head Coach of Manchester West

Roxanne started her career with Dogs Trust  as a canine carer at the Manchester branch, before starting her journey with Dog School Manchester in 2017.  Prior to this, Roxanne had been volunteering with dogs, instructing and honing her practical training skills through attending courses and workshops across the country.


Roxanne is a full member of the APDT and is currently studying a BSc in Canine Behaviour Management with the University of Hull, having already graduated with a Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training.


Roxanne has two dogs; a 10 year old black lab called Ruby and a 2 year old rescue Chihuahua cross called Pip, whom she takes to various training workshops.


Heather Graham-Buswell

Senior Coach of Manchester West

After rescuing her staffie Marley and searching rehoming centres Heather decided her real passion was working with dogs.


Heather starting volunteering at Dog Trust Manchester and from there progressed onto working full time in kennels, as a canine carer.  Whilst there, Heather carried out daily duties such as handling, giving medications, grooming, bathing and training the dogs ready for rehoming. She had a number of trusted handler dogs whilst there, which needed specific training needs or to build confidence and trust. Heather completed a number of training and behaviour courses, and spent some of her time rearing puppies at the centre. Heather was also a mentor and helped train the new starters.


In Heather’s spare time, she loves to explore new walks with her boy Marley.


Emily Forbes

Coach of Manchester West

Born and raised in Shropshire, Emily started out in equine behaviour before discovering a love of dog training and fully investing herself into the dog world.


She graduated from Harper Adams University in September 2018 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Throughout university she assisted in classes for resident rescue dogs, to help them develop life skills ready for potential new homes.


After attending a course by the PDTI, Emily realised she had a passion for teaching and continued with 1-to-1 sessions for dogs of friend’s and family.

She assisted in training classes in Shropshire before moving to Dog School Manchester West as a Coach.


In the future, Emily is hoping to achieve further qualifications in dog training, as well as preparing to get her own dog at home.

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