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!

Our classes

Tuesday (50 mins)

18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

Writtle College, Chelmsford

Wednesday (50 mins)

18:00, 19:00 and 20:00

Dogs Trust Basildon

Thursday (50 mins)

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

Dogs Trust Basildon

Saturday (50 mins)

09:30, 10:30 and 11:30

Emerson Park Community Association Hall

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Get in touch

Head coach: Hannah Wilkinson

M: 07920 658655


Senior Coach: Dave Wright

M: 07920 658672

Coaches: Daniella Gouveia and Shaun Bater

M: 07920 658672


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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 recently 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 and 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 TTouch practitioner P1 and is currently studying for a CertHE in Companion Animal Welfare and Behaviour Rehabilitation at 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.

Daniella Gouveia

Daniella grew up on a farm in South Africa surrounded by a large family of rescue dogs. A world away from home, her love for dogs grew when she adopted her deliciously gorgeous Staffordshire Bull terrier ‘Summer’ shortly after moving to the UK. She completed several dog related diploma courses out of interest so she could understand the new love of her life better.


Before long she had joined the Canine Carer team opening the Dogs Trust Basildon Centre in 2014. Of course she fell in love with one of the first dogs through the doors, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called ‘Edgar’ – he joined her and Summer at home shortly after!


Daniella discovered her passion for education whilst talking to new owners about the benefits of fully understanding their new canine companion and reward based training. She is thrilled to be a part of the Dog School Essex team where she can continue to fully support owners to have a fantastic relationship with their dogs.


Shaun Bater

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 has changed his career and is loving his new position as 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 is a student member of the APDT and aims to gain membership in the near future.


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