Meet the team

At Dogs Matter we are passionate about supporting you to have positive and enjoyable relationships with your dogs. This involves both training dogs as well as educating their owners about responsible dog ownership. Our training is built on evidence-based techniques and our training approach will always be led by your and your dog's needs, and will always take your dog's emotional state into account.


Gwen Johnson

Gwen has been training dogs since the year 2000. Since then she has trained pet dogs as well as competing dogs in Dog Agility and Competitive Obedience. Her own dogs have taken her to such well known events as Crufts, Olympia and the World Agility Open. Gwen has vast experience training different breeds of dogs and has a talent in tailoring her training to suit the needs of her students – both canines and humans.


Gwen's incredible eye for detail and knowledge of how dogs learn make her one of the leading dog trainers in the South West. Gwen currently competes with her Border Collie Toast in Competitive Obedience and with her Kromfohrländer Kashoo in Agility. At Dogs Matter Gwen teaches Competitive Obedience, Agility and Life Skills both in groups and within private lessons and is responsible for further development of our training.

Robin Gretenkort, MEd

Robin first got into dog training in 2011. With a background in Education, dog training provided him with a great opportunity to deepen his understanding of cooperative learning processes that take place between dog and handler. Robin completed a Masters in Education in Technology, Creativity and Thinking with the University of Exeter in 2015 and has incorporated the knowledge from his studies into his dog training and teaching.


Robin has competed at Championship Level in Agility with his Border Collie Toast and Kromfohrländer Pretzel, and was also a member of the Agility Team GB Development Squad for 2019 with Pretzel. Unfortunately her career was cut short due to sudden illness. At the moment Robin is studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work and is looking forward to getting back into the competition ring with his Australian Cattle Dog Pie in 2021.