Meet The Team

About The Dog Barn

The Dog Barn is a place that loves dogs and it is filled with people who love dogs too! We’re about all things that your dog needs. Meet The Dog Barn Family . . .

“We love the people who work here almost as much as we love dogs. We are very lucky to have a team that embodies what we always dreamed The Dog Barn would be” – Jo & Gareth

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Alison – Head Training Instructor

Alison has worked for The Dog Barn since the very beginning, she is trained in Canine First Aid, Micro-chipping and is qualified in Advanced Dog Grooming.  Alison is also our Head Training Instructor, please see our Training page. Alison was previously employed as a Veterinary Nurse and has competed in Obedience at Crufts with her Collie, Bryn. As well as grooming and training Alison has completed several Canine Nutrition seminars.

Alison currently owns a Labrador called Wibble and a Collie cross called Pumpkin as well as 2 cats!

What does Alison say?

“I love The Dog Barn and I enjoy the variety of people and dogs that I get to meet every day. The area I love most is working with dogs with behavioral problems and rehabilitation.”


Grooming Department


Natalie – Groomer

Natalie has worked with us for just over a year having previously worked at a college teaching Dog Grooming. Natalie is a qualified Groomer, Canine First Aid trained and an APDT Training Instructor.

What does Natalie say?

“I love working at The Dog Barn because I love dogs, particularly my German Shepherd, Ziggy. I’m really looking forward to competing in Rally this year.”





Amanda – Groomer

Amanda is the newest member of our grooming team and brings a wealth of experience with her.

What does Amanda say?

“I am really enjoying the variety of dogs to groom to a very high standard in a very relaxed, stress free environment. I Qualified 2 years ago, NVQ level 3 City & Guilds which i have never looked back as working with dogs is a passion. I specialise is Bichon Frise breeds but also enjoy grooming all breeds. I own a Maltese called Lipsy who is my soulmate. I have groomed for 4 years now and see my career as a joy and not a job. The Dog Barn is a fantastic experience, from a dogs candy shop, to a groom and also a excellent training facility with a great team who make you feel at home.”





Daycare & Kennel Department


Jade – Daycare Assistant

Jade joined our daycare and kennel department in March 2016 having previously worked in a veterinary surgery. She is very passionate and enthusiastic about her role working with dogs. She loves interacting with the dogs and is particularly interested in the training and nutrition part of her role.

Interesting fact about Jade.

Jade has recently become the proud owner of a beautiful Chocolate Labrador called Cookie.





Meg – Daycare Assistant

Meg joined our daycare and kennel department in May 2016 having previously worked in a grooming salon. Meg is an extremely dedicated member of our team and is passionate about animals, particularly dogs and horses.

What does Meg say?

“I love the variety of different dogs we get coming to us, they all have their own personalities and you get to know them all on such a personal level. Each dog means a lot to all of us, old and new, it’s such a lovely thing to be a part of”




 …and more importantly!



Spud is a very lively and energetic member of The Dog Barn. He likes to be outside and potters around between Daycare and the shop with an occasional nap in the house in between.

What does Spud say?

Lots! He is very vocal.







We adopted Lyla from Merseyside Retired Greyhound Trust.

What does Lyla do?

Very little, she will outrun all of our other dogs every morning just to prove that she can and then its back to the couch for the rest of the day and will get up only if someone starts cooking.








Maneash is one of our former show dogs, she is a Champion with a Junior Warrant and has won classes at Crufts.

Interesting fact about Maneash

She loves tennis balls a little too much!






Wolf is our son George’s dog. He is extremely clever and loves to work, we also use him for in house training and he can be found wherever George is.

Why do you like working at The Dog Barn?






Tilly is a big character in a small package. She is extremely clever and has already working to an extremely high level in obedience. She helps out in daycare for us during the day.

Favourite thing about The Dog Barn

Treats, especially sausages!











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