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Gemma Woolley

Owner / Trainer / Homeboarding manager

Welcome to my business, My name is Gemma. I have been brought up around dogs from a young age. From a very young age I was always off exploring the countryside whether that was with my grandad and the dogs or on my pony. Over the years I have worked in various animal based jobs. To list just a few.... shops, livery yards, house sitting and vets. It was after this that I decided to go to University and study Animal Management and Behaviour. Once gaining my BSc hons in Animal Management I then went on to gain my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. After 12 months working in education I decided to go back to animal care full time as this is where my heart lies. 


It has been a fun filled few years since setting up Simply Animals and in this time we have grown from strength to strength. 



  • BSc (Hons) Animal Management 

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education 

  • Pet first aid 

Harriet Gray

Rally Trainer

Pam Wild

Agility Trainer

Pam entered the world of agility relatively late in life after retiring as a headteacher.  Due to a passion for the sport, good trainers (people not footwear!), a very disciplined approach and an amazing bond with her two collies, she became a Grade 7 handler.  River and Poppy also competed at Champion level in both performance and steeplechase in UKA competitions.  Pam originally trained as a PE teacher, specializing in skill acquisition, fitness and netball. This gave her a strong background for much of what agility entails.  She also played netball at international level.

“Agility enabled me to embrace what really mattered to me – my dogs, my fitness and my love of learning.  What I achieved was beyond my wildest dreams. When one has gained so much from something, I feel it is important to be able to give back.”


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Ryan Rodgers

Homeboarding Assistance & all round Dog training club assistant

Hazel Hulme

Club administration & KC Good Citizens assessor

Hazel has always owned and trained dogs from being very young.  To date she have 2 mini schnauzers, and a Labrador Sam who is going to be trained up as her next assistance dog. Prior to Sam she trained both border collie and one of her miniature schnauzers as her assistance dog. Hazel has attended The All Britain Dog Trainers course to learn how to teach dog training. After passing beginners novice and advanced hazel started teaching and opened up 3 clubs.  


Hazel is also a trainer for Dog A.I.D. and has her City and Guild’s Kennel Club Accredited Trainer certificate. Hazel has competed at both obedience shows and breed shows, along with being in a display team that did training displays at the RSPCA. 


Demonstrator and all round assistant


Shirley Watton

Puppy Trainer 

After leaving full time work as a teacher Shirley was able to pursue her passion for dogs and the joy that they bring into our lives. Shirley now has two Border Collies and is Granny to Ludo the WHV. Saffie, Balthazar and Shirley have all been involved in Obedience, Rally and Agility.


"I found working with dogs so enjoyable and rewarding that I really wanted to become a trainer myself. After shadowing classes and attending courses, I qualified several years ago and am thrilled to be part of the team."

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