Emma has always had a passion for looking after and rescuing animals, even bringing home Missy to her parents, a New Forest pony
that she had rescued. Emma has grown up with pets and loves their individual personalities and how they learn. After studying psychology
at Plymouth University and achieving a degree (Bsc, Hons), Emma went on to gain an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal
Behaviour Counselling, from Southampton University in 2002. This means that Emma has studied for over six years to gain her academic knowledge and
understanding of pet behaviour problems. During this time Emma set up her own successful practice in West Sussex as a dog trainer and behaviourist, dealing with more specific behavioural problems in a range of pets including dogs, cats and small animals.
Emma went on to work for organisations such as Battersea Dogs Home and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, developing both her practical skills
as a dog trainer and academic understanding of behaviour problems that can arise between partnerships. Whilst at Battersea Dogs Home Emma specialised in
working with puppies and gained experience of training complex tasks to both dog and owner. Emma has continued to work closely with local rescue
organisations and veterinary practices throughout Gosport, Fareham and surrounding areas of Hampshire.
Emma decided to set up Bark2School in 2004 and she continues to use her expertise, practical skills and knowledge of animal behavioural problems
gained over the last 15 years, with the aim to promote responsible pet ownership and provide owners with learning opportunities and support when
training their dogs and pets.
Emma writes a weekly column in the Gosport Globe online newspaper and has been invited onto local radio to help answer owners' problems that
they are experiencing with their pets. Emma works closely with local business and within schools in Gosport, Fareham and surrounding areas of
Hampshire, to spread the word on responsible pet ownership and dog training.
Emma is passionate and professional in her role as a pet behaviourist and dog trainer. Her goal is through education and teaching pet owners to
understand WHY their pet behaves in a certain way, it will help them to work and train their pets more effectively and ultimately improve their relationship
with their pet. Emma has two young children, two dogs and a house guinea pig herself, and so understands how difficult it can be juggling
family/work life and finding time to train with our pets. Emma recognises the importance of listening and supporting owner's needs, as well
as needs of their pets, and so she will make sure training is tailored to each individual situation, to ensure it is realistic and achievable for everyone involved.
Emma is a Full Member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), Full Member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild) and registered by the ABTC (Animal
Behaviour & Training Council) as an Animal Training Instructor. Emma is currently working towards achieving her CCAB status (Certified Clinical
Animal Behaviourist). Emma is also a Full Member of the Doggone Safe scheme, whose mission is to promote education for the purpose of dog bite
prevention and increased child safety. Emma continues to attend workshops, seminars and conferences in order to ensure that she remains up to date
with the latest knowledge and understanding of pet behaviour and training.
Emma has been involved with providing training and CPD support throughout Gosport, Fareham and the surrounding Hampshire areas and please contact
Emma if you would like her to come and work with your veterinary practice.
Emma has provided support to local rescue organisations, helping assessing pets awaiting rehoming and supporting the aftercare service once rescue
pets have been adopted, all of which help to make the rehoming process as smooth as possible.
Emma also runs local behaviour talks in Gosport, Fareham and Hampshire area and is available to provide this to local clubs and organisations.
Successful talks that Emma has run in the past include; Understanding your dog, Body Language, The key to successful Dog Training, Dominance - is it a myth?
and many more.
Ros says if you enjoyed reading Emma's profile, then she is very proud to say that she is probably responsible for the love and
involvement Emma has with animals. For most of Ros's life she has been an enormous lover of all animals, from dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses,
to owning and running her own 10,000 free range chicken farm in Sussex. With the help and support of her family, her farm grew from strength to strength.
After introducing important welfare changes to the farm, she was awarded and presented with a "Freedom Food" of Excellence Award. After many happy years
on the farm Ros and her husband David decided to move to France and lived there for over 8 years. Whilst in France she started dog training classes in
conjunction with her local French vet - who asked if she would be interested in starting some training courses for the English owners - which of course
she was thrilled to do. This led her to organising and running dog classes for over 4 years.
After 8 happy years living in France Ros and David decided to return to England - mainly because Ros was missing her children and grandchildren.
However it didn't take her too long to think about her next move - and how she could continue working with dogs, cats and other animals now she was
back home in England. It was at that time that Ros > Emma decided expand Bark2school.
With their combined experience, knowledge, and qualifications, coupled with lots of hard work and enthusiasm they are pleased to say that Bark2School
has grown from strength to strength, and has successfully been running for the last 7 years.
Although Ros has been involved in training dogs for many years she understands the needs to constantly expand and update her knowledge and education,
so she decided to become a Kennel Club Trainer (KCAI) and is currently working through her modules and assessments to enable her to be accredited with
The Kennel Club (the first and only scheme in the UK for instructors to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC).
Ros has also been granted Listed Status Approval by The Kennel Club to organise and run the Puppy and Bronze Good Citizen Dog Scheme
(Reference No: am/1150/GCDS Puppy & Bronze) - the puppy and bronze courses are run weekly in Gosport.
Ros is a Full Member of the PPG (Pet Professional Guild). Like Emma - Ros also works closely with local vets and organisations in Gosport,
and continues to attend workshops, seminars, and conferences in order to ensure that she remains up to date with the latest knowledge and understanding
of animal care and training.
Ros organises and helps teach (With an Approved Agility Instructor) weekly agility classes, from beginners, novice to advance (plus fun classes),and am
looking forward to introducing some HTM - Heel Work To Music classes (with a HTM Trainer) in the very near future.
Ros wanted to develop her animal care business with cats - and started her professional, caring cat sitting
company Care4Cats 2 years ago, which Ros is
very proud of, and is proving an enormous success.
In what spare time Ros has left! - she has become a volunteer at the RSPCA Centre in Stubbington.
You may contact Ros by phoning 07760 233443 or 02392 580868.
For further information on any of our workshops, or to register your interest,
please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org OR telephone 02392 580868 / 07760 233443
Our Dog Training Reviews
"Before we started training the idea of training our 10 week westie puppy was very daunting. After hearing about bark 2 school from a
friend we couldn't wait to sign up! And it was the best thing we ever done.
Both Ros and Emma are very patient trainers and helped me and my other
half out so much in regards to mylos barking and his general training and we couldn't be more grateful. Thanks to their help we now have a
very happy 6 month old puppy who has come on leaps and bounds from his first puppy socialisation course. And we are excited about the
future training we are doing with him (also with bark2school!)
I would recommend these two to anyone who needs a puppy trainer as I couldn't fault them in any way!"
[ Amy and Mylo - Gosport - March 2015 ]
"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 ]
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