Wednesday (50 mins)
18:15 and 19:30
Cartwheel Youth & Community Centre, Elland, HX5 9DW
Saturday (50 mins)
13:30, 14:45 and 16:00
Honley Community Centre, Huddersfield, HD9 6DY
T: 07881 490417
T: 07586 036145
Please email us with your enquiry at: WestYorksDogSchool@dogstrust.org.uk
Kat has a master’s degree in Psychology from VU University Amsterdam and Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Newcastle University. She has a background working with rescue dogs and training working dogs in scent detection.
Kat has two rescue shepherd mix dogs and a Dutch Shepherd.
Holly has worked for Dogs Trust for a number of years as a Canine Carer before coming to Dog School, she loves helping dogs with their training needs.
Holly has gained a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management.
She has 1 dog, a Miniature Dachshund called Louie.
Holly has been working with dogs for over a year now back down South in Buckinghamshire at a local rescue centre as a Dog Carer. Having wanted to move up to Yorkshire for a while now she jumped at the opportunity to become a Coach with the Dog School in Yorkshire. The idea of running classes and educating the public on correct training methods for their dogs was one that was very enticing. In her previous job Holly created a popular blog called ‘Tails of a Rescue Dog’ and was able to share some interesting articles on dog welfare.
Holly has achieved her Diploma in Animal Care and Management and a certificate in Canine First Aid. She likes to keep her canine knowledge up to scratch and enjoys attending courses and seminars. Most recently a workshop she found to be very interesting was one on Clinical Canine Massage to help dogs suffering from arthritis and hip dysplasia.
In her spare time Holly loves to cook, bake and go on adventures with the family dog Mckinley who is an energetic Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Dog School West Yorkshire Head Coach Kat is practicing ‘handling’ on our new stooge dog. As he’s got fairly long hair he’ll have to get groomed frequently so we want him to be nice and calm and relaxed while this is happening. He however doesn’t have a name yet!!! Can you think of a good name for our little stooge dog? Comment below!!! 🐶🐶🐶🐶 . . . . #dogschool #westie #westhighlandterrier #bradford #huddersfield #elland #honley #holmfirth #dogtraining #handling #trainingclasses #puppyclasses #puppy #westyorkshire #treats #clicker
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.