Dogskool

About Us

Hi! My name is Sarah Hursthouse. I head up the Dogskool team.

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.

Approved member

  • Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour
  • National Register of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists
  • Registration Council of Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners
  • National Register of University Certificated Expert Witnesses

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 have been working with dogs for over 18 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.
  • I am also a “DogAid” approved Assistance Dog Trainer.
  • I’m a qualified “Expert Witness” and offer assessments and behavioural reports for criminal and civil dog-related cases.  I can attend Court and give evidence.
  • I’m a regular voice on BBC Radio Stoke as a local “dog expert” and do phone-ins on dog behaviour.  I have written a series of Ebooks on dog behaviour that I’m sure you would find useful!

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 my 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’d also like to introduce you to the Dogskool team..

Our fabulous Dogskool Instructors…

Courteney Garsden

At present, I own a Pug called Pablo. I also have 5 other family dogs who keep me busy. …..

Danni Chadwick

“I currently own 3 beautiful dogs – Mitzi, Willow and Buddy. Mitzi is my Border Collie …..

Michelle Caisley

“My brilliant dog is called Freddie. He’s a Plummer Terrier and we do a bit of everything …..

Michelle Turnock

“I currently own 2 dogs, a Cockerpoo called Tillie and a “Sprockerdor” called Stanley. We …..

Dogskool has a range of excellent eBooks!  Take a look!