Ros Freeman is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has been training dogs for over 30 years. She is the former owner and director of Bark2School. You read more about Ros by clicking here. Below are links to the services offered by Ros Freeman's Dog Training.
If you are interested in attending one of Ros's puppy and dog training classes or need that
extra support and help Ros can not only offer her training classes. Also available is a more
personal 1-1 home visit consultation if you have a new puppy or just need that extra little bit of help
with any problems you may have or be worried about. Ros also offers 1-1 obedience training, Behavioural
consultations and agility classes.
Please feel free to call Ros at any time for an initial chat. Ros covers Gosport, Fareham, Isle of Wight and Hampshire and surrounding areas for all dog problems.
Ros has worked in the industry for over 30 years, having owned dogs, cats, horses, chickens and rescued many dogs.
Ros has helped owners with a vast range of problems with all kinds of animals and has owned and run a free-range
chicken farm and equestrian centre in West Sussex. Ros and her husband David moved to France for a few years and
returned to Gosport in 2008 and established Bark2school with her daughter Emma who was (and still is) a Qualified
Animal Behaviourist - (Emma left the animal industry to become a school teacher. Ros and her husband David continued
to run professional, dog training classes and 1-2-1 In Gosport and surrounding areas for many years. In 2016 their
son Danny joined the company as a partner and took over the dog walking from David who retired. Ros and Danny joined
forces and set up the Limited side of Bark2school both as directors, they continued to work together and opened the first
commercial dog day care centre in Gosport.
Ros prides herself on offering a friendly, supportive service to all her owners and their puppies, and dogs.
Ros is a full member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and she works to a very strict code of conduct.
Her methods of training are force-free, positive, motivational and reward base training.
Ros believes that dogs learn by association; if something is "pleasant" for a dog ie. something pleasant happens to the dog as a result of the dog's action or behaviour - then the dog will continue to repeat the action and receive more positive results. She can demonstrate and develop your dog's training by practising using reinforcements to train your dog to work with you and learn good behaviours. She would like to teach owners to find out what it is their dog finds rewarding and work with them and their dog on the specific training/reinforcers. It could be a ball, a rope or even piece of food. She teaches owners how to encourage their dogs with verbal cues and encouragement. She will help owners understand the difference between "negative" and "positive" training/reinforcements, both of which may be used as part of your training, but each part will always be explained and demonstrated. Ros will help and support you and your puppy, not only during the classes but also beyond.
Ros, I am so glad I went with Ros Freeman Dog Training school I really am. It's been such a pleasure and I can really enjoy pudding being a
confident owner. The Gas man came to check my boiler today. I asked Pudding to sit and wait... no barking he sat and watched.
Even walking Pudding is so relaxing and I have you to thank for it. I have always owned dogs but Pudding is the first one I sought
training with and it's such a different experience. I would encourage anyone to get advice from a professional trainer (you!) even if
they have owned dogs all their life. I can't thank you enough! I'm off to check my lottery ticket if I've won we can set up a big training centre
[ Helen Perryman ]
"I cannot thank Ros, Sue, Danny and Diane enough for all their support and encouragement with our cavapoo puppy, Ludo.
When I took Ludo to his first puppy socialisation class, he was so shy and lacking in confidence that he spent most of the
time hiding under a chair. By the end of the five weeks with the expertise from the Ros Freeman Dog Training Team, Ludo had become a confident,
happy puppy who loved class and was eager to take centre stage.
Ludo also completed the junior obedience classes and once again the Ros Freeman Dog Training Team have been amazing. The support not only in class but also in between classes is superb. As a consequence Ludo has grown to be a well mannered happy puppy and I have learnt invaluable lessons on how to be a responsible owner. Ludo and I shall greatly miss the weekly class but look forward to developing the skills that Ros and her team have taught us over the last few months.
Thank you Ros Freeman Dog Training!
[ Pascale and Ludo.x - Sept 2017 ]
Dear Ros, David, Danny and Donna,
I wanted to thank you all for the help and encouragement that you gave to me and Charlie over the course of both the Puppy Socialisation and Basic Obedience classes with Ros Freeman Dog Training. As a new dog owner (though having wanted one for 30+ years!!) you gave me the skills and confidence to progress with Charlie from tiny Labrador pup to the 25kg 5 month old ball of energy he is now! When Charlie meets people we're often met with comments about how well behaved he is for a puppy and that's down in no small part to the work you all put in with us - thank you!
Due to us both having busy jobs your dog walking service is a real godsend and it reassuring to know that Charlie is in good hands when I'm at work. He certainly enjoys it and from the way he greats Danny and David when they come to pick him up for walks I think it's fair to say that he looks forward to it too!!
[ Steve & Charlie - November 2016 ]
Just letting you know how pleased we were in choosing your puppy training school. Many thanks for helping us to train Isla. Derek and I are enjoying having Isla and look forward to many happy days with her.
Again many thanks and kind regards
[ Derek and Irene X - Oct 2016 ]
Having completed the puppy socialisation class, the obedience class was an obvious choice for us. Lomond is mostly off the lead at just
6 months old, something I never imagined this early, and to be honest, I had no idea how to even establish that. I am in no doubt that
without Ros, her team and the classes we wouldn't have the family dog we have now. Our training won't stop here and we are hoping to pick
up some of the other classes, such as agility. It does take dedication away from class, it is really worth it. Thanks again Ros for all your
[ Vickie, Jamie & Lomond - August 2016 ]
Where to start. (May 2016) Firstly Ros who is the lady which was my first port of contact was very helpful understanding and non judgemental
(I was at the end of my tether).
Not only did she offer help over the phone but that help made it possible to keep my beautiful gsd. Through Ros we made an
appointment to have Emma the trainer over and not only was I surprised but the price (in a good way) but also the professionalism
of the whole booking process it was clear from the start and both trainers were more interested in helping than how much money they
could prize from the customer.
Appointment day arrived and we had two full hours we talked and practiced some techniques plus also learned to manage out own
The report we got a couple of days later was full and comprehensive.
In all a very good place to entrust your dogs future too with people who are real and not judgemental. I wouldn't hesitate in
recommending Ros Freeman Dog Training to any one who needs help with their dog.
Thank you Ros Freeman Dog Training.
[ Richard Martin, Southampton - May 2016 ]
The course was really helpful to our family even though I have had dogs all my life I've never used formal group training like this before. One
of the important things I have learned is that dogs don't speak English so long instructions are useless. Tones and sounds are much more important
than words; be consistent don't cave in when it seems too hard. The most important lesson that Ros taught me which has been most valuable... Ignore
behaviours (within reason) you don't want; reward behaviours you do. I keep that in mind all the time and I mean all the time.
My dogs have been good well behaved dogs, but that was perhaps more luck than good training, This training has been so helpful and I recommend Ros to anyone with a puppy, even if they believe they are experienced with animals, who wants to develop good habits and a contented, well socialised dog.
[ Lorraine and Steve A... Lee on The Solent - March 2016 ]