Joining a training programme is a big commitment, we get that. So before you sign up, get to know us a little here.

Laura, Our resident traine, and Ruby, our beautiful aging stooge.


First and foremost at Great and Small we have the one and only Dog Trainer herself, Laura. 

So, Introduce yourself. Who are you? 

Hi! I'm Laura, your friendly neighbourhood dog expert. I've worked in animal rescue for years and over that time have seen the best and the worst. Often the worst stemmed from a lack of basic training and caught early, could've been easily avoided. Nowadays, I do everything I can to make sure the new family member has a forever home and you feel supported

Tell us, what kind of training do you have?

Well! Staying up to date on best training practice is vitally important. To date, I am qualified to dipCAPBT Level 4, giving me a detailed knowledge of animal behaviour. This qualification also requires me to be constantly reviewing and updating my knowledge so you can be assured you'll only receive the latest, best guidance.

I'm also a member of ICAN, which means I'm constantly under review to offer only the best - no pressure! This also gives me access to all the latest in research and learning so I can constantly hone my skills. Of course, if you'd like to know more I'd be happy to show you the details, just get in touch. 



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The Great Oaf Athena

Athena is the latest addition to the family, joining us as a puppy in 2020, and being a larger breed we've been working on loads of ways to keep her entertained and making sure that she is polite and well socialised.


Athena is brilliant with other dogs, and loves getting involved as a more active assistant since she can show interest in other dogs without being boisterous or rude! Despite her size she is brilliant with puppies of all sizes and can be very gentle with them.


Little Lizzi

Lizzi came home when she was 7 months old. She has joint deformities and a very smart brain, which left her needing a very special home. She has resource guarding tendencies towards the other dogs around food and some toys so we've spent a lot of time working on this together and we've come so far!

Lizzi is a great assistant as she is very calm around dogs and teaches puppies that not every dog will want to play with them.