Company Director and Head Trainer, Ewhurst, Surrey

Jenny founded Adolescent Dogs in 2006 and is the driving force of the company. To date, she has helped to train over 8,000 dogs and their owners. Jenny offers training in a busy family home around children, cats and dogs. She has 2 acres of land at her home for training, as well as hundreds of acres of land backing off her property for walks.

Shamyla Gascoigne, FdSc Under Assessment, East Grinstead

Shamyla is one of our newest team members and is currently being assessed for her trainer level. She has an FdSc Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training and has trained dogs in competitive obedience, agility, gundog work, flyball and assistance training, and has experience with puppy socialisation and breeding. 

She lives in a busy family home with her husband and 4 children, aged 7, 5, 3, 10 months, as well as her 3 dogs - Border Collie and 2 working cocker spaniels.  She lives local to open fields, both quiet and busy with people and dogs, Ashdown Forest, town, train station and dog friendly family attractions.

Kelly Nicholson  Junior Trainer, Carshalton, South London

Kelly has recently joined our team as a Junior Instructor.  ​She has 3 years experience training dogs, including running her own Puppy School classes and assisting with agility.  Kelly offers training in a quiet family home with 2 of her own terriers and 2 cats.  She has access to local woodland and park walks, as well as a busy town centre. She also has access to horses once a week at a stables.

Ola Kordas  Advanced Senior Trainer, Berrington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

​1 hr from Birmingham, 1hr 30 from Liverpool, 1 hr 45 from Nottingham

Ola has just joined our team as a Senior Instructor and is based in Shrewsbury.

She has over 14 years experience training dogs and successfully competes to a world class level in agility with her own Border Collies.  She also runs her own agility classes, workshops and events. Ola also has access to horses, cattle and sheep for additional training.

Naomi White, BSc (Hons) Senior Instructor, Guildford, Surrey

Naomi has been training with the team for over 2 years and is one of our Senior Trainers. She has completed a Degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare, and has fostered and trained dogs for Canine Partners for over 8 years.

She provides training in a quiet home with 1 dog of her own, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Naomi has regular access to the Directors two children and cats.

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Hannah Farnell, BSc Hons  Junior Trainer, Shropshire 

Hannah has a BSc Hons in Animal Behaviour and has been training dogs via classes and one to ones for the last year.  She has many  years experience handling dogs through her own dog walking business in the past, as well as training rescue dogs.

Hannah offers training in a quiet family home with her partner and her Golden Retriever.  She only takes in one dog at a time and has access to shops, busy town environments, cyclists, children’s playgrounds, sheep as well as local woodland, lakes and hills.

Jolene Coates, GODT Senior Instructor,  Littleport, Cambridgeshire

​45 mins from Cambridge, 1 hr from Norfolk, 1 hr from Ipswich, 1.5 hr from Northampton, 1 hr from Essex

Jolene has recently joined our team as a Senior Trainer.

She is based in Cambridge and has been training dogs for 12 years, has a HNC in dog behaviour and training and is a member of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme and the Tellington Touch Guild.  Jolene also runs her own pet dog training and agility.

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Rebecca Trotman  Advanced Junior Trainer, Godalming, Surrey

Rebecca has recently been promoted to Advanced Junior Instructor and is attending regular seminars and courses to continue growing her knowledge and expertise.  Rebecca has lots of experience working with a variety of dogs and has run a successful dog boarding and walking business in the past.

She has 1 dog of her own, a 6 year old Hungarian Vizsla, and offers training in her family home with 2 children (7 & 10). Rebecca has access to her friends farm, giving access to horses and goats for training and socialisation opportunities.

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Libby Trigg Advanced Senior Instructor.  Guildford, Surrey.

Libby has trained alongside Jenny and Mike for the past 8 years and is a valued member of the team.  She specialises in training small to medium sized dogs in our residential training programmes and has a 100% success and feedback rate from clients.    Libby offers training in a family environment, with 2 children of her own (8 yrs and 9 yrs). She also has regular access to the Directors two younger children and cats

Kate Dunn,  Trainee, Shrewsbury

Kate is one of our newest Trainee's and train's alongside our Advanced Senior Trainer Ola several times a week. She is able to offer training in a busy family environment and has access to children, sheeps, pigs and chickens.  She is fortunate enough to have 2 acres of land for training.

She has experience training her family dog's, consisting of Spaniels, Husky's and Lurchers, and has had the opportunity to shadow gundog training classes. 

Natalie Meier - Advanced Senior Instructor.  Worcester.

Natalie is an Advanced Senior Instructor and a valued member of the team.  She owns 2 Belgian Shepherds, both of whom are trained to a high level and 2 Miniature Dachshunds. This has enabled her to get excellent results with even the most challenging of dogs. Natalie offers training in a busy family environment, with 2 children of her own (9 yrs & 16 yrs).  

Petra Uhrova - Advanced Senior Instructor. Redhill, Surrey

 has been training alongside Jenny & Mike for over 5 years and is a valued member of the team.  She has experience working with a variety of breeds, and gets excellent results with challenging dogs as well as puppies.  She also owns 2 dogs of her own, 2 Boxers called Phoebe and Keeper.

Sarah Coombe, GODT Advanced Senior Instructor.  Guildford, Surrey.

Sarah has worked alongside Adolescent Dogs for over 6 years and has ac
cess to over 100 acres of private woodland.  She offers a rare opportunity for friendly dog socialisation via her dog walking company and has experience training a variety of breeds.  Sarah specialises in working with aggressive dogs and behavioural issues.

Katie Brown Advanced Junior Instructor,  Guildford, Surrey

​Katie  has been part of the team for over 2 years and is one of our Advanced Junior Instructors.  She specialises in working with small to medium breeds of dog and gets lots of 5 star reviews. She's recently completed a Diploma in Animal Psychology and an Extended Diploma in Animal Management 

Katie offers a quiet family environment with 3 dogs of her own, an older Labrador, a Basset Hound mix and a Pug. She also has regular access to the Directors two children and cats.

When you call us, you'll get to speak directly to either Libby or Natalie, our Advanced Senior Trainers. This ensures you get expert, honest advice on the best training solution for your dog.

If you email us, you'll get to communicate directly with Verity and Jenny, who run the Administration.

Meet the team

Adolescent Dogs was founded in 2006 by Jenny Trigg - she now runs the company alongside her partner Mike Newland and their team of 16 instructors who have collectively helped to train over 10,000 dogs and their owners.

All of the training is based on modern, positive, reward based methods, with emphasis on building a good relationship with your dog.  The team have over 60 years experience between them, sharing years of knowledge and expertise to get the very best results from every single dog who stays with us for training.  Our trainers are fully insured and home checked for your peace of mind.  Our trainers are expected to continue their professional development by attending courses/seminars or online webinars/courses/dvd's each year.

Verity Escott Advanced Senior Instructor. Worthing, West Sussex.

Verity is one of our Advanced Senior Instructors and is a valued member of the team. Verity has a wealth of experience working with a variety of breeds and gets excellent results.  She 
provides realistic training in a quiet family orientated home environment, with one child of her own (3 yrs) and 2 dogs (Cockapoo and Pug).  She has access to local countryside walks and the beach

Andrea Psotova Advanced Junior Instructor, Pulborough, Horsham, West Sussex

Andrea has recently joined the team as an Advanced Junior Instructor.  She has over 4 years experience training dogs and has been teaching classes in Prague.  Her own dog Connie has competed in the top level of obedience, achieving 3rd place and she specialises in competition tracking.  Andrea has 1 dog of her own and 1 child (1 yr)

Iona Duckett,  Trainee, Shrewsbury

Iona is one of our newest Trainee's and train's alongside our Advanced Senior Trainer Ola several times a week. She is able to offer training in a quiet family environment and has access to cats and livestock for training opportunities. She has an extended diploma in Animal Management and owns a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Mike Newland, MGODT, PPG

Company Director & Head Behavioural Consultant

Mike runs Adolescent Dogs with his partner Jenny Trigg and is the Head Instructor and Behavioural Consultant for the company.  Mike and Jenny very occasionally take dogs in for training and offer training in a busy family home around children, cats and dogs.

Bekki Averill-Tomkins, BSc (hons)  Junior Trainer, Southampton

Bekki is our newest trainer to join the team, bringing with her 3 years training residential dogs, and 4 years working with rescue dogs.  She also has experience working with assistance dogs, training dogs for diabetic alert and therapy dogs for anxiety and autism. 

Bekki offers training in a quiet family home, with 1 dog and a cat of her own. She has access to horses and nieces and nephews for additional training.