Bark2School Dog Training School Fareham, Gosport & surrounding areas in Hampshire
We are a qualified, fully insured, family run company, offering dog training classes, 1-1 behavioural consultations,
and a full pet sitting service for dogs cats, and small animals. Working in Gosport, and surrounding areas of Hampshire.
Bark2school is dedicated to helping owners to train their dogs and manage all animal behavioural problems, using kind,
positive methods of training.
Our combined knowledge and experience allows us to provide you with a greater understanding of your dog, and stresses the
importance of teaching necessary life skills for your dog to become a happy, well balanced animal.
After studying psychology at University, I went on to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour
Counselling, from Southampton University in 2002. I set up my own successful practice in West Sussex as a dog trainer
and dealing with more specific behavioural problems.
As well as private work, I have worked for organisations such as
Battersea Dogs Home and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, developing my practical skills as a dog trainer. Whilst at Battersea Dogs
Home I specialised in working with puppies and gained experience of training complex tasks to both dog and owner.
I am a full member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers).
I decided to set up Bark2School and continue using my expertise, and knowledge of animal behavioural problems gained
over the last 10 years, with the aim to promote responsible pet ownership and provide owners with learning opportunities
and support when training their dogs.
I hope by teaching pet owners to understand WHY their pet behaves in a certain way,
will help them to work and train with their dogs in a more kind effective way, and ultimately improve their relationship.
I work closely with Vets, Pet Organisations, and Charities both in West Sussex and Hampshire, and I am also the Pet
Behaviour Expert on BBC Radio Solent's Saturday morning show.
If you enjoyed reading Emma's profile, I am proud to say that I am probably responsible for the love and
involvement she has with animals. For over 40 years, I have been an enormous lover of all animals, from dogs,
cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and horses, to owning and working my own 10,000 free range chicken farm in Sussex.
With the help and support of my family, my farm grew from strength to strength. After introducing important
welfare changes to my farm, I was awarded and presented with a Freedom Food for Excellence Certificate.
Having then retired and to living in France for over 8 years, my local French vet who cared for my
dogs and my horses asked if I would be interested in setting up some dog training classes for his English Owners, -
which I was thrilled to do. This led to me running dog classes for over 4 years in France.
After 8 happy years living in France, I decided to return to England because I was missing my children and my
grand children. However it didn't take me too long to think about my next move, and how I could continue to work
with dogs and other animals, and to continue to promote good training techniques. That is when Emma and I decided to
set up Bark2School. With our combined experience, knowledge, qualifications, and enthusiasm I am pleased to say that
Bark2School is going from strength to strength and has been successfully running for over 5 years now.
To ensure that I continue to learn and introduce good training techniques, using only Positive Reward based training -
I am constantly attending courses such as: The Ian Dunbar Adolescent/Adult Dog and Puppy Training Classes.
Courses/seminars with the APDT, Animal Pet Dog Trainers, Grisha Stewart's BAT Seminars and much more.
I am currently working towards my membership to the APDT (Animal Pet Dog Trainers). I hold a current First Aid Certificate.
I organise the dog training classes, and run my own classes in Gosport, as well as working closely with Emma.
As from March 2012 I will be introducing our New Agility Club to Gosport, together with organising workshops and events.
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"Bark2School are fantastic! We have just completed the 8 week Junior Course and would highly recommend it to anyone.
It is a brilliant course delivered in a friendly, supportive and very positive way. We are first time dog owners and have benefitted
immensely from the training. We learnt a lot about how to teach our puppy through positive reinforcement methods and have had some
really pleasing results. Throughout the course, we felt very well supported both during the class and in between times. There were weekly
handouts reinforcing what had been taught during that session and if we had any questions at any time, we were able to email Ros for advice.
She was always happy to help and responded to any questions quickly. We are sad that the course is over but will certainly be booking on to
further courses through Bark2School.
Thank you to Ros and Emma for all you have done for Koda. You really brought out the best in him and taught us how to do the same."
[ Sarah, Sophie, Simon and Koda - July 2014 ]
"Having never owned a dog before, on receiving our lovely little 8 week old cockapoo Mindy, the first thing we did was
booked into Bark2school, which came highly recommended by a friend. We were not disappointed. We started with the Puppy home
start from Emma. She was fantastic, gave us loads of advice and she had Mindy doing Sit, Paw and Down within minutes. We carried out
her advice until classes started, which was a huge help.
Classes were great, both Ros and Emma were always friendly giving help and advice at every exercise. We are now VERY confident
when out, especially letting of the lead in big fields knowing Mindy will return to us when called. Mindy is especially good at home.
Totally toilet trained with the advice from Emma at puppy home start. All in all, we would recommend Bark2school 100%"
[ Neil, Sheila & Mindy - Gosport - June 2014 ]
"We have just completed the 8 week junior course with Bark2school with our Springer Spaniel Puppy Brook, we are thrilled with the results, as you can
imagine a springer spaniel is a very lively dog and we were certain we would need to find the right course for her.
We would highly recommend Bark2school to any owner with any type of dog, Ros is so easy going and supportive you will not be disappointed!
We also had a puppy home start visit where Emma (Ros's daughter and qualified behaviourist) came to our home and gave us the much needed advice to help
us to understand our puppy and help her settle in, this was a very valuable visit and helped us with the basics until we started the course.
Ros is not just there for you during the class, she extends her advice and expertise to you at any time should you need it, We called upon her many times
outside of the class and she is always happy to help in any way she can.
We plan to go on to do the advanced training and agility with Bark2school and are very much looking forward to it as will Brook.
We are sad that our junior course has ended and will miss Ros and all the other great people we met and shared the class with (for now anyway until the
next course begins)!"
[ Cheryl, Wayne, Deklan & Sue with Brook (now 19 weeks old and very well behaved, most of the time)! - March 2014 ]
"We have been really pleased with the progress Toffee has made through attending the Junior Class Dog Training with Bark2School.
Attending the classes has really improved my confidence and knowledge in handling our dog Toffee a West Highland Terrier;
her greatest achievements are being now 'off lead' securely and her 'down'. The e-mailed weekly handouts have been really helpful
and have enabled me to go back to something when I've been unsure.
Ros' e-mail support has been invaluable in ensuring Toffee has
been successful in her training. "
[ Louise & Toffee - 26th March 2014 ]
"We have just completed a 7 week junior training course with our cocker spaniel puppy, Bella, and have really enjoyed it all!
The training programme covered all we were hoping for, in a very professional yet personal way with lots of information and explanation.
Ros was always prepared to help with any concerns we, as owners, had about our training efforts. The most important message being to practice
with love, fun, consistency and patience! We continue to enjoy training with Bella and she is becoming a joy to be with. It's been challenging
at times but very rewarding.
Thank you Ros,"
[ Love from Gill, Steve and Bella x]
"After my husband and step son arrived home with smiles ear to ear holding our new addition to our family, a ten week old lively, very energetic, naughty,
chewing everything in sight, gorgeous pug. I knew I would need to seek professional help and guidance.
I was delighted when finding on the internet 'Bark2School' I was impressed reading about all the services they have to offer the public and I remember thinking
thank goodness, there seems to be a light at the end of this tunnel.
I enrolled straight away on 'The Eight Week Junior Dog Training Course' which now I have successfully completed.
On completing this course, home life is again tranquil (as we have cats too). We have gained a better behaved, obedient, cheerful pug. I feel I have gained the
skills and confidence that when out walking my pug he is able to meet and greet other pets and all ages of people.
I will say, all of this does not come as easy as waving a magic wand. You do have to practise and learn what is shown in the lessons to see the best rewarding results.
Our time spent attending 'The eight week junior training course' was enjoyable, entertaining and very interesting. I would highly recommend Ros at Bark2School to
anyone on my travels.
Aside from The Dog Training Classes, Ros offers many services. One service is a Dog Home Boarding Service. After meeting Ros and Dave through attending the junior
classes I was elated when they both agreed to care for our pug while we were on holiday. Our Pug stayed in their home and was treated like one of their family.
I was able to enjoy myself having peace of mind he was in very good hands.
I just want to say a big thank you Ros of Bark2School. I will continue to use your services and recommend you to all walks of life. Smile, wink and Giggle x"
[ Joe Lee - November 2013 ]
"Me, my other half and our Basset Hound Dotty attended the puppy training classes with Bark2School at Hedca. We all really benefited from all the
help and guidance we received from Ros and if we had any problems Ros was always happy to help either on the phone or by email. We found all the
lessons easy to follow and had lots of tips to help us. Dotty was a little bit over the top with some dogs but with Ros's help she is now a very happy sociable
little pup. Going to the classes each week gave us the confidence to train Dotty and seeing the improvement in her was amazing. Thank you Bark2School!!!"
[ Christie W. - October 2013 ]
"I recently attended the junior class along with my two children. Ros was fantastic with my miniature schnauzer "Archie".
Archie was very excitable to say the least at the beginning of the course and I nearly gave up after week 1 but Ros
was great and very patient with him and us!! We soon learnt how to control his barking. The training techniques for the basic commands
really work and he was like a different dog by the end of the course and that was due to Ros’s expertise. We took everything on board
from the classes and it definitely paid off.
I would highly recommend Bark2School not only was the course informative, enjoyable and fun;
Ros is available at the end of the phone during and after the course which I think is so important."
[ Jenny, Louis, Olivia & Archie - August 2013 ]
"Having recently completed the puppy class followed by the junior class, I would not hesitate in recommending BARK TO SCHOOL to anyone.
Classes were run very professionally and with excellent tuition.
Every class was both enjoyable and beneficial to both of us.
[ from Dave & Ernie - 28th August 2013 ]
"We used Bark2School for both the puppy socialisation and the foundation class for Merlin our flatcoat retriever. Throughout both courses I think we learned as
much as Merlin! Both Ros and Emma were very patient with all puppies and especially their owners! The end results speak for themselves and I would have no
hesitation recommending Bark2School."
[ Trevor Firth - Stubbington - 8 Feb 2013 ]
"We took our puppy 'Tilly', a Cavachon, to both the Puppy Socialisation Class and the Junior Course. It definately gave us a good and clear insight into the
correct way to train Tilly and try and get the best out of her. We enjoyed the classes, especially the Junior course which gave us enough room and space to
learn the new techniques for correct training. Ros and Emma were very helpful and knowledgeable and we would definately not hesitate in recommending their services."
Many thanks. Best regards"
[ Janet Jacobs - 2013 ]
"We took our 8 month old GSD Zeus to Bark2School. We attended the Foundation course. Ros was absolutely lovely and really couldn't want to help you more.
She was so patient with all the puppies and their owners :)
After having a chat with Ros about our worries with Zeus misbehaving she advised us to have a 1-1 consultation with Emma and I now I feel so much more confident
and Zeus, well he's like a different dog. He is so well behaved.
I wouldn't hesitate recommending Ros & Emma to anyone (and I have).
Thank you so much for all your help. When dad is home, we will be talking about other classes for Zeus and we were quite interested in the agility course once we
have worked on Zeus's interaction with other dogs which we may need yours/Emma's help with and depending if my brother jack get a job he's doing a trial for,
we would be interested in the dog walking as well."
[ Stacey Dolman, Zeus & Family - Gosport Feb 2013 ]
"We would highly recommend “Bark 2 School” puppy socialisation classes. Ros and Emma always made us feel welcome and answered any questions or concerns we had.
There were no more than five puppies per class, which allowed for a friendly and relaxed environment to learn about all aspects of owning a puppy.
Ruby loved her time at puppy socialisation, especially playing with her new pals!
We are really looking forward to attending Junior dog training classes soon – can’t wait!"
[ Michelle, David and Ruby - January 2013 ]
"Bark2school is a very good and effective place to take the new four legged addition to your family,
they are friendly helpful and always at hand to help with anything!! Myself and Radley attended a socialisation class
one Saturday and it was just doggy made, we then began to attend bark2school where it's only allows five puppies at the
most and this gives it a more friendly feeling. I had such great time there and Radley enjoyed meeting over puppies too!
Would recommend them to everyone as they have everything from knowledge, professionalism, sense if humour and the most
important thing welcoming to you and your new puppy and making sure you feel just as important as the next!!"
[ Lucy and Radley - October 2012 ]
"Me and Scooby tried another puppy socialisation class before trying bark 2 school, I didn't realise
how poor the first one was until I met Ros and Emma, their knowledge and advice is valuable, they have the time to
talk to you and help sort out the smallest of issues. Scooby was able to meet other puppies and learn how to behave
with them. He loved his time there and we are looking forward to starting the junior class next week.
I loved the fact
that there are only 5 puppies per class so it is not overwhelming and everyone gets a chance to have a go at everything.
Thank you Emma and Ros, I would definitely recommend you to everyone."
[ Jennifer and Scooby - October 2012 ]
"I get immense pleasure in seeing my dog Poppy improve week on week, I feel I am also personally learning a lot from both Ros and Emma at
classes. I wish the days away until the next class............ it is brilliant and I will certainly be going through your next stage classes.
Can't thank you both enough for being so friendly and putting on the best class ever!!!
Would also like to say: - If you have a problem with you dog or just need to generally improve on training who should you call... Bark2school!!
They are the loveliest people and fantastic at their job. I personally can't recommend them enough. Anyone serious about working more with your
dog, who is prepared to work on the tasks and tips given then call them. They are also on face book."
[ Michelle Orchard and Poppy - January 2012 ]
My dealings with Bark2school started before I even bought my Beagle puppy. I was investigating the breed; I found them online and
emailed them asking their advice on Beagles as a breed as I had read not only some wonderful things about the breed but some worrying thing
also. My email was returned the same day and the explanation was amazing and so friendly and professional and instantly put my mind to rest and my
search for a Beagle resumed. We collected Buddy our Beagle on 1st November 2011, we were prepared for him with crate, toys treats etc. Although
nothing prepared me for the
heartbreaking howling which went on, when we tried to put him to bed that night. The next morning feeling tired and fraught and desperate to do
the right thing I called Ros. She reassured me and gave me some really good tips on settling him and they really worked.
We also attended their puppy socialisation classes which were fantastic, and so full of health information, as well as some
invaluable tips on toilet training and preventing separation issues. I am now attending the junior class with Buddy which is equally as good.
Ros is always there to give support when I have needed it. Thanks girls, I am a better dog owner because of the amazing job you both do."
[ Paula Wright and Buddy - January 2012 ]