Thursday (50 mins)
17:30, 18:30 and 19:30
Teams Life Centre, Gateshead, NE8 2PW
Saturday (50 mins)
09:30. 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30
Seghill Community Centre, Cramlington, NE23 7SB
T: 0191 493 7068
Please email us with your enquiry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank currently holds a CertHE from Chester University in Dog Training and has joined us at Dog School Newcastle from 9 years of working at Guide Dogs as a Guide Dog Trainer. This has given him the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills with both dogs and people of varying abilities, in group and 121 settings. Frank has a strong passion for dog training and loves seeing a dog engaged and enjoying the interaction with their owner.
Emma has over two years’ experience working training and caring for a variety of different dog breeds and temperaments. Since graduating in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Animal Behaviour and Management, Emma has for the RSPCA’s Felledge Animal Centre as an ACA.
Alongside her education and experience it was Emma's own little dog, Yoshi (cutest Border Terrier ever) that was her inspiration to join us at Dog School. He has motivated and inspired Emma to gain more knowledge in dog training and behaviour so that she can not only help pet owners but also herself and Yoshi.
Emma spends a lot of her spare time with her horse, Danny, who she is currently clicker training to pick his feet up to help with general husbandry and handling as well as some fun enrichment for him!
Emma's favourite areas of dog training are impulse control and scent work. She feels teaching impulse or self-control to a dog provides an overall good foundation for a lot of aspects to training, and it gives them a much better chance of success across other areas of training, such as trick training, lead work and leave it. She thoroughly enjoys scent work as a way to encourage a dog to exhibit natural behaviour’s such as sniffing, tracking and foraging, in a way that is going to provide stimulation, and enrichment.
Rachel has a Bsc(hons) in animal management as well as six years experience working within an animal welfare charity as an Animal Care Assistant. During this time, she has had the opportunity to build up experience working with many different dogs with many personalities.
She has a real soft spot for border collies and currently has her own 8 year old border collie called Milo. Rachel's love for training and behaviour began at a young age, going with her grandparents to their local training classes and their 3 border collies.
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.