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Gosia Bates (Lehkunow) is 36 years old, moved to the UK 12 years ago and has been living and working with dogs since... she can remember.

When still in Poland, she was extensively cooperating with animal shelters and rescue organisations fostering, training and rehoming dogs, Gosia Lehkunow not all of which were well-behaved and easy to handle. She's gained a lot of experience with dogs of all shapes and sizes, from Miniature Dachshund to Great Danes.

In 2009 she moved to London to study dog training and animal behaviour, which was not available in Poland at the time, and is actively interested in modern, reward-based techniques of training. Since moving to the UK she’s been doing various courses, attending seminars and conferences to learn from the very best in the field like: Daniel Mills, Ken Ramirez, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dunbar, Marc Bekoff, Claudia Fugazza, Victoria Stilwell and Brenda Aloff, Turid Rugaas, Chirag Patel, Susan Friedman, Kamal Fernandez, Jo Hill, Craig Ogilvie, Alexa Capra and Denis Fenzi. Gosia is a certified dog trainer and a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers (Master Trainer) and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, UK (01290) and a full member of The Institute of Modern Dog Training. Dogs & the City has the Kennel Club Listed Status and hosts The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.

Gosia firmly believes that training methods should be matched not only to particular dogs' temperaments but also to their owners' skills and abilities and therefore she does not support one fit-for-all training philosophy but approaches every situation individually instead. She also believes that a dog's happiness and well-being is at the centre of her work.

In 2013 she moved from London to Scotland and opened a new branch of Dogs & the City in Livingston.

When living in London, Gosia was a volunteer dog assessor, home checker and fosterer for German Shepherd Rescue Elite and Rescue Remedies and since she moved to Fife, she has been volunteering in one of the Scottish branches of Dogs Trust and Staffordhire Rescue Scotland.

Gosia’s German Shepherd, Ivan, who had been an invaluable helper during training sessions for years, sadly passed away in June 2015 and now she shares her life with Mia the pocket-rocket Staffie from Battersea Dogs Home, Gonzo, an amazing Rottweiler that’s been a true inspiration for so many new projects over the past 4 years and Rita, a Papillon puppy and a future agility star.

Gosia is police-checked and fully insured with Pet Business Insurance.

 

 

News

15-08-2021

Puppy Primary School Dates

- FRIDAYs at 5:40 pm from the 17th of September until the 12th of November (no class on the 1st of...

14-08-2021

The last 2in1 course this year

Start: Sunday the 19th of September at 10:30 AM, last class: 14th of November (no classes on the 3rd of...

05-07-2021

2in1 - Adolescent dog classes -August dates

- SATURDAY 1pm - from the 7th of August until the 9th of October (no class on the 11th of September and...

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Testimonials
Robin

Agnieszka with Robin

At first we were sceptical that our extremely energetic Visla, Robin would ever be able to focus enough to actually learn anything but ...

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Jimi

Siobhan with Jimi

Jimi Hendrix has been with Gosia since he was 6 months old. From the initial meeting when she came to our home to meet him so she could...

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Cooper

Claire with Cooper

Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the other trainers for all your help during puppy training evenings and also with the...

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