Dog School East Midlands

At East Midlands Dog School we pride ourselves on our experience and passion for helping and training dogs, whilst taking an individual approach to each owner and their dog. The team have years of experience specialising in puppy training and behaviour, adult dogs, rescue dogs, working dogs and pet dogs! Training focuses very much on helping owners to develop a deeper bond with their dog and teaching the dog how to fit into and cope with everyday life, and the challenges they may face. Happy dogs, happy owners, happy families!

Our classes

Tuesday (50 mins)

10:00 and 11:00

 Dogs Trust Loughborough, LE12 6SE

Tuesday (50 mins)


Ticknall Village Hall, DE73 7JW

Wednesday (50 mins)

11:00 and 12:00

Dogs Trust Loughborough, LE12 6SE

Thursday (50 mins)

17:00,  18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

Dogs Trust Loughborough, LE12 6SE

Friday (50 mins)

17:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00 (starting Feb)

Dogs Trust Loughborough, LE12 6SE

Saturday (50 mins)

09:00 and 10:00

Cottesmore Community Centre, LE15 7DS

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T: 01509 882316

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Trainers' profiles

Karen has worked in training and behaviour for a number of years. She has taught puppies, adults and rescues from beginner through to advanced. She graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BSc degree in Animal Husbandry and Welfare and following that a Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour. She will shortly have her Doctorate in the field of Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare having completed her research in the field of the selection of police and military working dogs.


Karen specialises in problem behaviour prevention in puppies, adult dog rehabilitation and the impact individual differences have on behaviour and development. When she’s not training dogs the basics she has a keen interest in training scent detection work in both dogs and rats!


Karen is passionate about helping animals and has a 10 year old rescue Rottweiller called Mr. Cuddles who she has transformed from a challenging nightmare to a lovable loon, giving her an understanding and empathy for owners struggles with their own dogs. Never content with a peaceful life she regularly fosters rescue puppies! She has 3 guinea pigs called Sooty, Sweep and Sue as well as a pet rat called Moriati, all of which have been rescued and trained using positive methods to recall and give paw on cue!

Jenny has worked in training and behaviour for many years, since graduating from The University of Lincoln. She went onto gain a PGCE and has worked as an animal care lecturer for 11 years, teaching mostly training and behaviour.


She also ran her own dog training and behaviour consultation business, before joining Dog School, teaching group training classes, one to ones and fun agility sessions. She is a full member and assessor for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and owns a Bull Mastiff called Teddy, plus two Springer Spaniels, Betsy and Bailey.


Bailey is a registered Pets As Therapy dog, who enjoys visiting local hospitals with Jenny in her spare time. And Betsy has a side line in gundog training, having successfully completed up to Grade 3 and now working towards Grade 4. (Teddy doesn’t like working, but he does enjoy eating and sleeping!)


Jenny loves training all dogs, but is particularly experienced with working breeds and high energy dogs, ensuring owners understand the importance of mental stimulation as well as just physical exercise. Jenny takes the lead on a lot of our workshops, particularly the agility and gundog sessions. She also has a special interest in developing safe and positive interactions between dogs and babies / small children, as a Mummy herself to two lovely girls.


Anna  graduated from The University of Lincoln with a degree in Animal Behaviour  and is just completing her Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour. She has previously worked in the rehoming centre at Dogs Trust Loughborough before joining Dog School.


Anna owns a rescue Irish Terrier called Radley, and whilst she loves all dogs, she has a real soft spot for cheeky terriers! Anna is enjoying getting involved in some of the different aspects of training that she hasn’t seen before, and loves assisting on workshops. She is our volunteer coordinator and works hard to ensure our lovely volunteers are happy and used to the best of their abilities (and desires!) in classes. Anna loves working for Dog School, and particularly enjoys seeing the bond between a dog and their owner develop throughout a course.



Colleen has been working with dogs for the past 17 years and has gained various qualifications in animal care, most recently an NVQ Level 3 in Animal Welfare. She joins Dog School after 5 years working as a Trainer for the Dogs Trust Loughborough Rehoming Centre. This role has given her a lot of experience at working with all different types of dogs, and she is great at assessing a dog and designing training plans and ideas individual for them.


She loves training classes, but is also very at home in a one to one training session where she can focus all of her attention on one dog. She is a proud Mummy to two lovely little Chihuahuas, Woogie Bear and Twilight. Both are nervous little characters who Colleen has worked hard with to build up their confidence in the big, scary real world. Her favourite group class is usually the rescue dogs class, and she particularly enjoys working with dogs that have been labelled as “problem dogs”.


She has a special interest in handling desensitisation and confidence building for dogs with issues around being handled.

Our blog

Toilet Training your Puppy!

So you have picked your puppy, brought them home and settled them in… it begins, toilet training!!

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But my last dog……!

You’ve got a new dog, but he just doesn’t seem the same as your last. He’s hard work and doesn’t always listen or love you the way you want him to. I hear this from owners a lot, but didn’t really appreciate it until recently. I’ve just found myself in this situation, having lost my beautifully behaved and trained Rottweiler, I took on two Labradors, and it feels like hard work!

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A trip to the beach and a test of self-control!

Even dog trainers make mistakes, get it wrong sometimes or need to go back to the drawing board…..

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Mar, 2018

Understanding Your Dog

Dogs Trust Loughborough, LE12 6SE | Saturday 10 Mar 2018, 13:30


Mar, 2018

Family Dog Training Class

Dogs Trust Loughborough | Wednesday 28 Mar 2018, 11:00


Mar, 2018

Family Dog Training Class

Dogs Trust Loughborough | Wednesday 28 Mar 2018, 13:30


Apr, 2018

Family Dog Training Class

Dogs Trust Loughborough | Friday 13 Apr 2018, 11:00

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