Dog School Essex


Dog School Essex offers training classes with a difference!  We teach you and your dog the skills you both need to understand each other and have a happy life together.  Using kind, fair and effective training methods, the classes are fun and interactive for humans and dogs alike!

Lessons include walking on a loose lead, coming back when called, relaxing in different places, leaving things and much more!

We are currently looking for volunteers. Please click here for more information. 

Our classes

Monday (50 mins)

09:30, 10:30 and 11:30

Castle Hall, Rayleigh, SS6 7QF

Monday (50 mins)

18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

Our Lady & All Saints, Basildon, SS15 5AD

Tuesday (50 mins)

18:00, 19:10 and 20:20

Writtle College, Chelmsford, CM1 3RR

Wednesday (50 mins)

18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

Dogs Trust Basildon, SS12 0FH

Thursday (50 mins)

12:00, 13:15, 14:30, 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

Dogs Trust Basildon, SS12 0FH

Saturday (50 mins)

09:30, 10:30 and 11:30

Emerson Park Community Association Hall, RM11 2BU

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Trainers' profiles

Hannah has been training dogs for over 10 years and loves seeing the bond between the owners and their dogs improve over the time they spend with Dog School Essex.  She has spent time supporting Dogs Trust Worldwide with the Dog School project in Bosnia and knows how important teaching our dogs to cope in real life situations is…whatever these may be.


Owning two Samoyeds and having competed in both showing (both qualified for Crufts!) and sled dog & weight pull competitions, the Northern breeds will always be close to her heart… but she can never resist a cute puppy, whatever the breed!


Hannah is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (MAPDT 01276) and is also a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.  She is a member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme in Companion Dog Training and has recently gained a CertHE in Companion Animal Welfare and Behaviour Rehabilitation from Bristol University.


Dave has had a range of careers from a graphic designer, a prison officer and a driving instructor, all of which ran alongside his passion for dog training. He was thrilled to be a part of one of the first Dog School teams established and has been involved with the growth and development of the project. Dave has trained many different breeds in all sorts of dog sports from Agility, competition obedience to search and rescue. He has a passion for German Shepherd dogs but since working at Dogs Trust, has adopted two gundogs (Willow, a Cocker Spaniel and Moses, a Golden Retriever) who can be seen in the Dog School advert and regularly assist the team at events and seminars.


Dave is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (MAPDT01300) and is also a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.



Shaun’s interest in dog behaviour began by listening to his wife and her friend talking constantly about it! He decided if this was all he was going to hear about it was time to get involved himself! Eight years on and several dog training courses later (including the APDT instructors course and the Lincoln University Life Skills for Puppies course) Shaun changed his career and joined the team as Coach - and has recently started as Senior Coach for Dog School Essex. He is passionate about teaching owners how to continue and build on their relationship with their dogs.


Shaun currently shares his home with three dogs, a Lab Springer cross called Quiz, Border Collie called Marley and Wilma the Eurasier who loves to demo her skills at events such as Discover Dogs and Crufts.


Shaun has recently qualified as a full member (MAPDT 01387) of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers).


Becky has been involved in dog training for the last 4 years, assisting at various different training classes from puppy basics to agility.  She enjoys training her Cocker Spaniel, Bolt and Mini Schnauzer, Ellie in her spare time.  Ellie has achieved her Gold Kennel Club award and has tried out agility, scent work and is even learning to recognise colours!


Before becoming a Coach with us at Dog School, Becky was a Primary School teacher.  Her love of dog training led her to change her career from teaching children to teaching dogs and their owners!



Amy has always been an animal person, so completed a degree in Animal Management, which she thoroughly enjoyed.  She volunteered at dog training classes whilst working at Dogs Trust Basildon Rehoming Centre for 3 years, gathering lots of doggy experience helping dogs with complex training needs.

For the last 15 months, Amy has been travelling and working with race horses!  Upon arrival back in the UK (and having missed working with dogs), Amy has started at Dog School Essex as their brand new Coach.  She loves training and sharing her knowledge to help owners with their dogs and finds it very satisfying seeing them progress.



Tiggy has had an interest in dog training since she was eight years old and got her own puppy. As she and her dog Sooty progressed through different classes she became more interested in the behaviour of dogs and started to volunteer at several different clubs. She has experience in both helping to train others and training her own dog in Pet Dog classes, Agility, Working Trials and Heelwork to Music since 2006, even qualifying for Crufts in Heelwork to Music in 2011! She has completed a diploma in Canine Behaviour and Psychology and a certificate in Dogs and the Law. She hopes to use this knowledge to continue her passion of helping owners and their dogs bond.

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