ABOUT

The Team

Increased confidence, having more fun with your dog, lowering stress, solving problems, and learning new skills – are just a few examples of how working with Luke’s Dog School will benefit you.

WHY US

Why choose Luke’s Dog School?

Our mission is to help you to get the best out of your dog.

Training your dog shouldn’t be seen as a boring part of dog ownership, but rather a fun activity to be doing together.

Helping Luke’s Dog School run smoothly are our fabulous dog trainers and class assistants. We can’t wait to meet you!

Luke Balsam

Founder & Head Trainer – APDT 01406 – IMDT – ABTC – PPG

Luke has been working professionally with dogs since 2015.

Specialising in city dog training, Luke has developed a unique set of skills to help dogs and their owners cope in such a busy and bustling area.

Luke has also spent years working in animal-assisted therapy where he trained volunteers to take their pet dogs into hospitals and care homes.

Luke’s work has been recognised by the National Office of Animal Health, Animal Hero Awards –finalist, Animal Star Awards – finalist and judge.

Featured in; The BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, London Live, Dogs Today, K9 Magazine, Dogs Monthly, The Dodo, Good Deed News and various local and national newspapers.

Luke now shares his life with his wife Lara, daughter Arabella and Indie, their working cocker spaniel.

Jack

Trainer

Jack has been a dog enthusiast since childhood, even before his family’s first puppy! He has owned several over the years and currently cares for Mia; his big, boisterous Dobermann.

He studied theatre and performance at university, and now puts those collaborative and communication skills to great use with owners and dogs alike!

Jack continues to learn and be fascinated by canine psychology and development and hopes one day to rehabilitate larger breeds to work on screen and stage.

Jack is currently studying with IMDT and the School of Canine Science.

Aimee

Junior Trainer

Aimee has been passionate about dogs, from a young age! Helping train her own dogs as a kid, is where her passion for all things canine behaviour blossomed. Aimee’s goal is to ensure that, every dog has the best relationship possible, with their human companion! 

Starting her career with dog walking, she has experience with all breeds, great and small! Having worked at a doggy daycare and boarding kennels, Aimee knows what a dog needs, to live a happy and fulfilled life. With Agility, Canine Behaviour and Animal Care qualifications under her belt, Aimee is keen to extend her wealth of knowledge, further with Luke’s Dog School! 

Having a Golden Retriever Puppy and a 13 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, to care for; she understands the needs of the young dogs and the old ones! 

Aimee can’t wait to see, where her dog training career takes her!

Rina

Dog Training Assistant

Rina is a class assistant for Luke’s Dog School. Her hobbies include baking, country walks and of course, she love dogs!

Since owning her own dog, she realised the joy of being an owner but also the need for good training and so she is committed to helping guide owners with training their dogs with LDS to give them the best possible outcome.

Selena

Dog Training Assistant

Selena found her way to dog training classes when she rehomed a dog, never having had one before. This started a years long interest of learning more about dogs, training them, and understanding their behaviour.

She now works as a dog walker. One of her favourite things about helping at Luke’s Dog School classes is watching the owners and dogs improve each week and their human/dog bond deepen.

Rachel

Dog Training Assistant

Rachel has spent 40 years working as a Human Nurse, Psychologist and Therapist to Traumatised humans. This has enabled her to study the non-verbal relationships we have and that dogs think and learn with the language of the body.

Injured, sick or lost animals were all around her while growing up. She was always nursing something to health. Foxes, moles, bats, magpies and rodents were common, if temporary, residents and they also had a variety of pets too.

Rachel now has Mabel (cockerpoo) and has learned and loved Agility, Parkour, Scent Work, Expressive Language (via buttons), Learning Tricks and Kennel Club Obedience to Gold standard. She has been studying Canine Behaviour, development, language acquisition, training and dog health, nutrition, anatomy and physiology and has a particular interest in training dogs and humans to work closely together in Disability and Mental Health sectors

Susanna

Dog Training Assistant

Susanna enjoys good food and experimenting with different recipes and has a general interest in health and well-being. She loves being outdoors – walking, hiking, cycling, picnics – any excuse, any weather, but especially when the sun is shining.

Her happy place is in the woods. This led to wanting a companion on her walks and getting her first dog. But before taking this step, she would ‘borrow’ her neighbours’ dogs to go walking or jogging and sometimes they would come to stay with her when their owners went on holiday.

She got Rory, a little Cavachon, as a 9 week old puppy. He is very small with a huge personality and makes everyone smile. She quickly realised the importance of training in order to have the best relationship together and how she could incorporate fun and games into the training for a happy and stimulated dog.

Susanna can’t imagine her life without a dog in it now and has developed a real love of dogs and a passion for training.