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 32 years old, moved to the UK 8 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.

-

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 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

12-11-2017

New Puppy Classes

There will be 4 new courses for puppies starting in January. Two groups for very young pups (Best Start...

07-10-2017

Level 1 Puppy Training and Socialisation Classes

There will be two Level 1 Puppy Classes starting in November. One course will start on Thursday the 2nd...

03-10-2017

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme - Bronze Award

There will be two courses preparing for The Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme Bronze Award starting on...

More news button
Testimonials
Zara

Anna & Monika with Zara

I believe I was the first client of Gosia, straight after she moved to this area. She has been walking Zara for over a year now and I w...

More testimonials button
Pongo

Patricia & Francis with Pongo

We got Pongo, our then 9-week old Whippet puppy,in the spring of 2013. Everyone recommended we take her to puppy classes, so we decided...

More testimonials button
Maddie

Rob, Ann & Cameron with Maddie

We were put in touch with Gosia (no2) by Gosia (no1) as she visited us during her role as a charity worker for GSR U.K. which Maddie ca...

More testimonials button
Gallery
Picture from gallery

Picture from gallery

Picture from gallery

  • Dangerous Dogs Act Watch banner
  • Dogs Trust banner
  • Staffy rescue