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All types of support. Puppy support. 1-2-1’s. Classes. Behaviour work. Competitive agility.

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A full set of online resources available with trainer support.

‘More than just a Dog Trainer’

Business Franchise Opportunities

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Essential Canine Life Skills

Here at Essential Canine Life Skills we pride ourselves in offering a holistic package tailored to you and your dog’s requirements.

We are specialists in supporting all our clients with empathy and with the highest level of quality training. Our award winning brand has been recognised by experts on numerous occasions. All our franchise areas are owned by trainers who have had to undergo rigerous assessment and training and we are dedicated to supporting their CPD and wellbeing to ensure you, the client, the best quality of service possible everytime.

‘More than just a Dog Trainer’

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Our Approach

Positive Reward Based Training

How We Train


Our methods are simple. We use proven fun positive training methods, and work hard with our clients to achieve the dog of their dreams. We are passionate about quality customer service and will train you with bespoke holistic packages. We work with you. Harsh outdated training methods are not needed or tolerated.

By keeping the quality and reputation of an award winning brand, you will have all the perks of supporting your local dog trainer but be safe in the knowledge that they are well trained and well supported. Something that is so important in an unregulated industry.


‘Together We Can Achieve’

Stop your dog pulling on the Lead?

Would you like to achieve amazing recall?

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Collaborative Joint Projects

How we are giving back to our local Community

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Perfectly Balanced Canine Universe

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Check out our diary for events that may be of interest to you.


Here at Essential Canine Life Skills we pride ourselves in providing a warm, relaxed welcome to all our events.

We arrange all different types of events, seminars and conferences.

We invite other trainers for open minded discussions, train the trainer days and world class guest trainers.

Testimonials & Reviews

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Jo Zandee

Being a dog owner for the first time was daunting but with Emma’s help, myself and Barney learnt together and I would not have the happy well behaved dog I have without the training I have done at Essex Dog Training. Cannot thank Emma enough. Xx

Jo Zandee
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Alan - Newlands Pets

Over the years in the dog industry I have got to know many different trainers. Emma is the first that I have found is as good with dogs as she is with people. If you want your dog well trained Emma is the first person to turn to. That is why I never hesitate to recommend Emma & her team at Essex Dog Training AOC.


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Marie Kelly

Would recommend 100% Emma and her team. They do everything Bronze, Silver and Gold Obedience to Tricks. They also do home visits and 1-1’s. What ever your doggie needs are this is your Team. I’m not sure how our Miss Ellie would be if I had not gone to Essex Dog Training.⭐️

Marie Kelly
Chloe Harris
Chloe Harris
I have trained with all the trainers at Essex dog training and have had a great experience, we have been training here for almost 3 years and have had amazing support throughout in both agility and obedience with my puppy, helping with everything from at home with a puppy to now competing at agility with my dog x
Siobhan Rooney
Siobhan Rooney
We have been on only three 1-1 sessions with Emma & cannot believe how far our little Winnie has come since our 1st ever session! Emma is so lovely and it is so easy to understand what she is saying & how we can incorporate the training sessions into our daily lives. I love that she messages you after each session with videos & information on what we practised in the 1-1. Highly recommend & cant wait for our next sessions to come x
Natalie Barnett
Natalie Barnett
Loving the puppy classes in Hadleigh with Emma on a Tuesday night.....very patient with us ...great trainer 👍👍
Darren Marsh
Darren Marsh
We have been with the club over 2 years now, I was new to dog agility and I was taught the basics and over the past years the staff have improved my ring skills by leaps and bounds and my dog absolutely adores agility and the staff. I found the staff very helpful and knowledgeable always quick to respond to any questions even if it's out of the normal office hours highly recommended
Chris Welch
Chris Welch
Attended for the first time on Wednesday, there were 3 other puppies on their second attendance since classes resumed. It was quite structured & I felt I learnt new techniques for training.
Lisa Blatch
Lisa Blatch
I first contacted and arranged a 1-1 with Emma 3 days after our little pup arrived and it was the best thing we could have done. She spent a couple of hours advising us on how to set up her own area, build a routine that fitted in with our family life, toileting & obedience. A few months later we enrolled on obedience training & we now have a well trained little cockapoo who is well socialised, excellent recall and walks to heel off lead & greets people in a loving appropriate way. Emma is very knowledgeable about issues affecting dogs, professional in the way she works and most importantly her methods work. She really loves dogs and is passionate about wanting to ensure all dogs reach and fulfill their potential. If you are considering getting a dog or have a dog which you want to train to be well behaved and responsive to your instructions I would highly recommend.
A Atraedes
A Atraedes
Had our first online session with Emma(be responsible- social distance, protect yourselves & the NHS), she was fantastic and very worth it! Our Weimaraner, Blue, is 18 weeks and such a lovely dog but needs training as she gets to excited and sometimes...destructive haha! But Emma knows exactly what’s she’s doing and has given us a solid foundation to work from and we are already seeing a few results on day one! Thanks Emma, Blue looks forward to continuing her training!
Ed Solman
Ed Solman
As first time dog owners we were nervous and had no idea where to start and who to trust with our Fifi. Emma made us feel relaxed and very comfortable with her approach, infectious enthusiasm, clearly with her love of dogs and knowledge of dogs inside out. Our pup is taking obedience, agility and trick classes and Emma has worked wonders in a very short space of time with her positive and supportive approach. She has helped us understand our pup's needs and how to enrich her life with fun training in our every day routine. She is now a much happier, better behaved dog who loves her training! And it's not just the dog, we are also learning how to be better dog owners. I would highly recommend Emma and the Essex Dog Training team to anyone who owns a dog and needs help with anything at all.

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