Rescue Dogs

It is a very unfortunate fact that rescue centres across the UK are often full of abandoned and homeless dogs. Thankfully, more and more people are choosing to adopt a dog from a rescue centre and provide a loving, forever home for these individuals. Taking on a rescue dog is an extremely rewarding challenge and, having previously worked with rescue dogs at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Nicole fully understands the work that is involved in training and building a trusting relationship with your new companion.

Nicole is committed to helping new owners teach their rescue dog to understand rules and boundaries within the home. She will teach owners training techniques that will enhance their relationship, improve communication and help the newest addition to the family adjust to a new way of living.

While Nicole will gladly welcome any newly acquired rescue dog into her classes, it is important to remember that every dog is different. Some dogs may struggle to deal with a group of dogs in an enclosed space such as a training hall and this can cause unnecessary stress. In these instances Nicole may suggest one-2-one training instead. Either way, Nicole would be happy to help you and your dog settle into your new life together.


Life Skills For Dogs

bluecross_logoThe Blue Cross recently set up the ‘Life Skills for Dogs’ scheme, working in conjunction with dog trainers across the UK to help owners teach their newly adopted pets the skills they need to become great companions. Anyone who adopts a dog from one of the many Blue Cross adoption centres across the UK will be encouraged to attend local dog training classes or one-2-one training with their new pet in order to achieve the following skills:


  • Response to name/watch me
  • Down
  • Sit
  • Settle
  • Wait
  • Walk on loose lead
  • Control through doors/gates
  • Calm when greeting dogs
  • Calm when greeting people
  • Travel, quietly and settled in car
  • Recall
  • Hands on health check
  • Take it/leave it (off)
  • Grooming/handling

As a dog trainer who fully supports this scheme, Nicole will tick off each Life Skill as it is achieved and once 12 out of the 14 skills have been completed she will sign and stamp your ‘Life Skills for Dogs’ form. This form can then be sent back to the Blue Cross who will send out a certificate and rosette to mark both owner and dog’s success.

  • If you have recently rehomed a dog from the Blue Cross and would like to find out more about the ‘Life Skills for Dogs’ scheme, please contact us. Life Skills can be achieved through attending group classes or one-2-one training.