Introducing Sandra – our new coach!

by Sascha Cox // July 2018

Introducing Sandra – our new coach!

Our newest addition to the team at Dog School Northern Ireland is Sandra. Sandra previously worked as a canine carer at our Rehoming Centre in Ballymena for an impressive 13 years. Sandra has always been interested in training, having taken all of her dogs to various local classes and, of course, helping with the training of Dogs Trust dogs when she was caring for them.

Sandra has had dogs all of her life, ranging in size from Chihuahuas to Samoyeds. Currently, she has four dogs –all of which she originally fostered from Dogs trust due to them having medical complications. Fortunately for those dogs, foster failed and she decided to give them all a forever home.

 Humphrey is an 11-year-old Pekingese who has Cushing's disease.

Rupert is 2-year-old Poodle x who came to Dogs Trust requiring surgery on the cruciate ligaments on both hind legs.

Talia is a 7-year-old Chihuahua who wasn’t keen on kennels when she came to us.

 Freddie is a 3-year-old Bichon Frise x King Charles Cavalier who also wasn’t keen on the kennel environment.

Sandra also has a Cat named Cedric. He turned up at Dogs Trust as a stray kitten and Sandra decided to take him in. Luckily he is quite a chilled boy and he has understood about having to share his sofa with the pesky canines.

Sandra attended our adult training class last year with Rupert. Her daughter also attended with her own dog Daisy-Primrose (another of our past residents). Look at their lovely graduation picture! Attending class inspired Sandra to apply for a position with us as she enjoyed our reward-based training that is centred around dog welfare and creating a great dog-human bond!

Sandra recently attended our Coach induction training to make sure she is up to date with the best training techniques and has been doing a great job since she started! Say hello to her in class.

If you are interested in any of our classes, we operate in the Antrim, Belfast and Ballymena areas with a variety of time slots.

Contact us on 07715 654650 or email

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