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Gwen Bailey

Founder and Director of Puppy School, Gwen has also written 3 books on animal behaviour and lectures in the UK and internationally.

Gwen has lived and worked with dogs all her life, starting with the family's assortment of cross-breeds and a weekend/holiday job at the local kennel which taught her so much and gave her lots of practical handling experience. Later, with a BSc degree in Zoology, she wanted to do something to help dogs have a better life so became Information Officer and later Animal Behaviourist for one of the UK's largest animal welfare charities.

After working with rescue dogs as Head of Animal Behaviour for the charity for 12 years, she realised that there would always be more dogs needing new homes than there would be homes for them to go to. In addition, many of these dogs had behaviour problems which made it more difficult to rehome them. The task seemed never ending. It became clear that the way forward lay in education of new owners, particularly during the early stages of puppy-hood when owners are keen to learn and puppies are very impressionable.

So in 2002, after writing the successful Perfect Puppy book, she set up Puppy School, which has grown into a fantastic UK network of well-trained professional trainers who helps new owners give their puppies the best possible start in life. Well-trained, well-behaved dogs is the goal so that owners want to keep them all of their lives and even if the dog is unlucky enough to find itself in rescue one day, it will be easier to rehome. Thousands of puppies have now passed through Puppy Schools across the country and she hopes that all of them have had better lives as a result.

See Gwen on the School 4 Dogs at 1.30 each day running a puppy training class. 

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