Gemma Johnstone

Gemma Johnstone, writer for The Spruce Pets

Gemma is a freelance writer with 15 years of experience working in the pet industry.  She is particularly passionate about animal welfare and canine behavior.


  • 15 years experience in the pet industry
  • Ran a dog business for 10 years
  • In the process of receiving an advanced diploma in canine behavior


Gemma is an experienced dog expert who has been traveling around Europe with her rescue dog, Annie, and writing for pet-related publications. Gemma writes content about dogs, cats, and other animals for The Spruce Pets.

Gemma began her professional career with pets in 2005 when she started work for the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She then went on to run her own dog business, Just Dogs, in Edinburgh for 10 years and enjoyed fundraising and volunteering for a number of local dog rescues.


Gemma received a Bachelor of Arts at Queen Margaret University in 1998 and is currently working toward an advanced diploma in canine behavior.

Expertise: Dogs
Education: Queen Margaret University
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Title: Writer

About The Spruce Pets

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