Hi! My name is Sarah Hursthouse.
I am a qualified Dog Trainer and Canine Behaviourist, with many years experience of working with dogs of all shapes and sizes!
I am, what they call nowadays, a “positive” dog trainer. That is, I like to find ways to reward a dog for something I want him to do, rather than punish him for something he probably hasn’t been taught how to do properly in the first place!
I have a University degree, an Advanced Diploma in Canine Psychology and I am a Gold standard Approved Instructor with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour. I am also a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a Kennel Club examiner for the Good Citizen Dog Scheme.
I have been working with dogs for over 17 years now and prior to that, I have years of experience in breeding and showing, as a former Dog Handling Champion. I am also a qualified Dog Groomer.
Dogskool is also a proud sponsor of Alsager Animals in Need in Cheshire and I have worked with Animal Lifeline to assist stray or abandoned dogs in the area.
I’m a regular voice on BBC Radio Stoke as a local “dog expert” and do phone-ins on dog behaviour.
I have 4 dogs of my own, 3 Border Collies and a Sheltie and enjoy Flyball, including competing at Crufts, the British Flyball Championships and the European Flyball Championships. We were delighted to make the Crufts Flyball Final in 2017 with The Carry On’s Flyball Team, finishing Third overall, with all the team dogs trained in my beginners Flyball class originally! I also ride horses, just to keep me busy!
I hope to be able to meet you soon!