Edinburgh dog trainer celebrates Best Business award

Suzanne Gould, owner of Edinburgh Holistic Dogs, aka The Rescue Dog Ranger, won Best Pet Care Business at the Scottish Business Awards for the Edinburgh and Lothian region at the Leonardo Murrayfield Hotel on Friday.

She specializes in training Romanian and foreign rescue dogs.

Suzanne launched her Great Junction Street-based business in February 2017 after being made redundant as a fashion designer.

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Suzanne Gould, owner of Edinburgh Holistic Dogs

She said: I am absolutely thrilled with the pride of being named the winner.

“When I found out I was a finalist I was so honored but never thought I would be the big winner.

“The other finalists were amazing as well, which makes it even more special for me.” She added: “It was a great night.

“Everyone was there to cheer each other on and celebrate their own victory. It was a great evening.”

Suzanne, 37, lives with her former adopted English Sheepdogs, Erick and Ally in Leith, and her business is her dream come true.

“I work with dogs every day,” she explained.

“I meet amazing dogs and their owners and experience incredible transformations with my training programs as well.” Suzanne continued: “My business is still young and to be recognized at Scotland’s Business Awards is fantastic.”

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She said her clients appreciate her friendly approach, constant support and the fun she brings to the training.

Lizzie Bradford, a former client, paid tribute, adding: “Suzanne started working with my Romanian rescue dog, two weeks after she arrived. He was six months old and suffered from a lot of anxiety, and I felt overwhelmed.

“Her approach is positive, kind and detailed, so you know exactly the steps to take when working with your dog.” Suzanne eliminated competition from a shortlist which also included Dofos Pet Stores, Central Pet Cremations and East Lothian Aquatics.

She now heads to the general final which will take place in Glasgow on October 24.

It will feature 16 regional winners that reflect independent and local businesses.

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