Hello and welcome to Best Behaviour Dog Training Ltd, ran by Zoe Willingham, a qualified, independently accredited dog trainer and behaviourist.

*** Multi Award Winning Training – Theo Paphitis Business Award and Dog Training Service of the year 2022 for 2 years running – Prestige Awards ***

We were born out of a genuine concern for dogs and owners after seeing and experiencing first hand, a number of outdated and potentially damaging training techniques that were, and are still being used to train dogs – we are passionate about bringing kind science based training to dogs and their owners.

The training school and behaviour practice has received many recommendations from dog owners and animal welfare charities, vets and other animal related organisations.

DOG TRAINING WITH A DIFFERENCE
• Quality training that goes beyond the basic, to prevent problem behaviours of the future
• Modern force free science based teaching methods that really works for the rest of their lives.
• Access to an exclusive online community for support and help for anyone using our services, or has used our services in the past
• Force Free, reward based training – no yanking at leads, no choke chains, no training collars, or anything that causes your dog fear or discomfort.
• Family friendly environment – everyone welcome
• Training is ongoing; do as much or little as you wish
• Training booked as 8, 12 or 16 weeks at a time where classes are always different
• 1-2-1 Training – Live 121 video link sessions with your trainer which are recorded and sent to you afterwards 1.5 hours

We also offer Behaviour Consultations, Agility and Masterclasses

ACCREDITATIONS
• Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT)
• Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and Behaviourists (IMDTB)
• The UK College of Scent Dogs accredited Instructor & Handler
• City & Guilds in Scent Detection
• Talking Dogs Rally Instructor
• British Veterinary Behaviour Association
• Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners
• International companion Animal Network – Welfare First.
• ISCP – International School of Canine Psychology – In progress
• Also a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild and am DBS checked.

Classes at the Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Ipswich to support the Blue Cross financially, and allows the dogs awaiting a forever home a place in every class to prepare them for their new life.

WHERE OUR CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE
Our Colchester times are Monday to Sunday 09:00 to 16:00, except Tuesday 09:00 to 20:00.
Also available in Ipswich, Martlesham, Kembroke Kennels, Barham and Stowmarket.

Address & Contact

Our Address

Dogs play centre, Seven Saints Farm, Severalls Lane, Colchester, CO4 5JB

Telephone

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Jeremy G 30th March 2022 10:54 am
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Puppy and dog training classes – 5 star

Elliot A 15th March 2022 9:34 pm
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Very good puppy training and recall training for my dog

Luxury Dog Hampers 23rd February 2022 8:11 pm
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I’ve been a customer of Best Behaviour Dog Training for several years now and I can 100% recommend them. I really love that Zoe and her team are led by science based, kind methods and really want the best for your dog and not just a quick fix.

I started training with my puppy Bertie when he was just 12 weeks old and did in person training where it was clearly explained why we learn the skills that were being taught.

It’s clear Best Behaviour is a cut above the average dog trainer who gets you to traipse around a village hall telling your dog to heal 20 times. All the little exercises you’re taught help to build your dog’s confidence and helps you bond with them.

I also love that the training is adapted to the individual dog. Whilst attending the Ultimate Recall masterclass, Zoe noticed Bertie was picking up things quickly and would come give me more advanced exercises to do, she would also encourage me when he was a little slower and picking something up.

There is no shaming in front of the class, you’re spoken to individually if you need extra support which I think is amazing and it’s clear that the lessons for puppies and adult dogs are well thought out to accommodate all.

I feel so lucky to have found Best Behaviour Dog Training, they really are the one stop shop for dog training, behaviour and dog sports.

Lesley S 18th February 2022 2:28 pm
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Have been going to best behaviour training for help with my puppy. Zoe is very kind and caring and puts you at ease, she explains everything we do so we understand the reasons for the training methods. Zoe and her team are excellent and very professional nothing is to much trouble for them would highly recommend.

Caroline M 23rd January 2022 7:55 pm
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I have used Best Behaviour for both of my dogs – very different breeds – and cannot speak highly enough. We have tended the general dog and puppy classes as well as some of the masterclasses and they have been a lifesaver. In particular the ultimate recall class as my cocker spaniel was a bit of a runaway not any more!

The trainers are so knowledgeable and helpful and it’s so obvious how passionate they are about training dogs properly so as to enhance not only the owner’s life but more importantly, the dogs life. Worth every penny and would thoroughly recommend.

James S 23rd January 2022 6:07 pm
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The team here are incredibly passionate about giving the best training to dogs and very knowledgeable about it. I recommend them to anyone who asks me about dog training, cannot fault them in thier professionalism.

M Cadwallen 19th January 2022 10:22 am
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Easily one of the Best (it’s in the Name) dog training facilities I have tried, the staff are knowledgeable, caring and most of all patient with my pet. Making good progress and very pleased.

Jade W 15th January 2022 3:06 pm
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I love bringing my puppy to these classes. I find them so helpful and very informative. The information they give you is so easy to follow and you can practice at home. My puppy loves the classes and the games we practice at home. Very happy puppy and puppy owner!!

Denise R 4th January 2022 4:19 pm
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Having previously used Best behaviour with good results I decided to book a telephone consultation with Zoe regarding our Spaniel. We were having problems with him barking at people outside and also when he was in the car. During the consultation Zoe offered us practical advice so that we could begin to work on the problem immediately. She was very thorough and took a full case history and was willing to answer all my questions. Her methods are both successful and kind too the latter was very important to us .. We were given lots of useful information which has benefitted both us and our dog. She is very approachable and knowledgeable and happy to share that knowledge . Unfortunately we live too far away to attend training classes however if we were closer I would be very interested in classes too as I’m sure I this would benefit both me and our dog .

Adrian C 13th February 2021 8:05 pm
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We have been training online with these people during lockdown and it has been excellent. Cant recommend enough. We have also just signed up to an online 121 package and will be doing classes when we are allowed. Our puppy has been a dream thanks to all the help we have been given.