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Shamyla GascoigneBSc (Hons)

Advanced Junior Trainer East Grinstead, West Sussex


Shamyla has been training for over 4 years and is a valued member of the Adolescent Dogs team. She has completed her BSc (Hons) in Canine Behaviour Management, is a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), and is a UK Sniffer Dogs Bronze Level Instructor.


She also holds a Home Boarding License with Mid Sussex council, upholding the highest standards and care. Shamyla is one of our few trainers who can accommodate dogs with separation anxiety and those who prefer to sleep freely at night out of a crate

Shamyla has experience working with a variety of breeds and experience working with assistance dogs.  She owns 5 dogs of her own whom she competes with in Agility, Scentwork and Competition Obedience (Havanese, 2 Collies and 2 Cocker Spaniels). They make for excellent role models for the dogs who stay with her for training.  She is passionate about reward-based training and all of her training is done using treats, toys, games and lots of praise to ensure your dog enjoys their stay and learns effectively whilst maintaining high welfare standards

Shamyla is able to offer training in a busy family home, with 4 children (6, 8, 10 and 12) with easy access training around horses, countryside walks and the town centre.  This makes Shamyla a popular option for those needing training around children, as well as those seeking controlled socialisation opportunities and distraction training. 

Courses & memberships

  • Licenced with Mid Sussex District Council. 4 star Licence number: AW085

  • BSc (Hons) Canine Behaviour Management – 2022

  • Dog Training College Approved Instructor

  • UK Sniffer Dogs Bronze Instructor

  • Adolescent Dogs – Instructor Course with Mike Newland - 2022

  • Pet Professionals Pet First Aid Course 2019 & 2022

  • DBS Checked – 2022

  • Reinforcement strategies Seminar with Anna Herzog - 2023

  • Advanced Training Skills Seminar with Anna Herzog - 2023

  • School of Canine Science – Separation Anxiety Webinar 2022

  • Morag K Heirs – Evidence Based Practice for Animal Professionals Webinar 2022

  • Mike Newland – Resource Guarding Webinar 2022

  • Kamal Fernandez – Annoyingly Adolescent Webinar 2022

  • Kamal Fernandez – Relabeling Reactivity Webinar 2020

  • School of Canine Science – Puppy Lab 2020

  • Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer Certificate 2019

  • Absolute Dogs Geek Certificate (Canine Behaviour) 2019

  • Dog Training College – Reactive Rascals Seminar 2019

  • School of Canine Science – Nutrition 2019

  • School of Canine Science – 30 Days of Canine Science 2019

  • Victoria Stillwell – Positively confident - Webinar 2019

  • Victoria Stilwell – The confidence building blocks – Webinar 2019

  • Craig Ogilvie – Communicating with your stimulated dog – Webinar 2019

  • Alex Wilson – 2 Day Tellington Touch Workshop 2019

  • Kamal Fernandez – Living with high drive dogs – Webinar 2019

  • Dog Training College – Canine body language – 1 day course 2019

  • Nancy Tucker – Using desensitization and counter-conditioning to treat fearful behaviour in dogs – Webinar

  • Canine School of Science – Fear – Webinar 2018

  • Ian Dunbar – Treatment and prevention of dog aggression : Biting and fighting – Online course 2018

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