About me

The Institute of Modern Dog Training The Association of Pet Dog Trainers The Guild of Dog Trainers logo police-checked and fully insured Gosia Lehkunow

Gosia Lehkunow is 33 years old, moved to the UK 9 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, 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.

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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 and Susan Friedman. 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, which covers Edinburgh & Fife.

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 and Gonzo – a Rottweiler puppy who will hopefully fill Iwan’s shoes one day and become an ambassador of his breed.

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

News

07-10-2018

One more puppy course

My assistant, Millie Brander, has kindly agreed to run one more Level 1 Puppy Training and...

11-09-2018

Canine Communication Seminar

We are proud to announce that we will be hosting a two days seminar on Canine Communication on the 27th...

11-09-2018

More Puppy Classes

Due to a high demand we have decided to start two more puppy classes in October. The 6 weeks Level 1...

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Testimonials
Benji

Daniel and Katie with Benji

Benji has just graduated from Level 1 Puppy Training Classes with Gosia and we couldn't recommend her classes highly enough. I have a f...

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Leija

Maja & Stuart with Leija

We first came in contact with Dogs &the City to do a training course for our puppy Leija. Being a Jack Russell she has a very stron...

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Pride

Matthew with Pride

We have found Gosia to be friendly, honest and reliable and our Springer Spaniel seems to like her a lot too! Gosia is helpful, flexibl...

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