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Are you looking for puppy and dog training and live in Norfolk ? Then you are in the right place.

Providing Fun and informative (NON FOOD BASED) dog training throughout the Breckland area of Norfolk.

I have been around dogs pretty much all my life, and currently work a number of our canine friends in both Obedience, Agility and Gundog Related roles.

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Jane K

24 July 2019

Absolutely amazing! Steve was the only trainer I spoke to who didn't want to train my 2 Lakeland Crosses separately. They pulled me through his door as unruly teenagers and left as maturing adults walking to heel - and this was their first session!! I know there is still a lot more work to do, but Steve's no nonsense approach, explaining where I was going wrong, gives me huge confidence for the future. I can't wait for our next session. More...

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Julie Beachwood

30 June 2019

Great training in a calm, fun atmosphere, the emphasis on the relationship between owner and dog rather than dog and treats.

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wendy ford

25 April 2019

I attend weekly classes with Steve with both my Cocker Spaniels, they have moved on with their training immensely in this time, but I have struggled at home and on walks with the excitement and noise from one of them. Steve visited at home and within minutes had highlighted things we could be doing to help. By the time he left both my dogs were happy and relaxed and over the next few days my confidence has increased so that I am able to take them both for walks together, and not find the levels of excitement and noise too much. We have a long way to go, nothing with dogs is easy or quick, but with a new found calm approach I am now learning how to pass this on to my dogs. More...

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Amber Barker

25 January 2019

Steve is a dog trainer like no other. Brilliant in his work. Took 5 minutes to see an immediate change in my dog.

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Sindy Hart

26 December 2018

Amazing ... absolutely amazing ...the best money i have ever spent ..24 hrs and I have a different dog ...I have gone from being too embarrassed to take her out to being so proud of her ..and thanks to Steve I have a new found confidence ....proper down to eath no nonsense training and you walk away with the dog you knew she could be ..highly recommended ..dont hesitate ring today More...

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Helen Murphy

26 December 2018

Absolutely fantastic, kind, funny and knowledgeable trainer!!At last I've found a dog trainer who actually understands the problems I have and has been able in just one session to give me the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with mine and my dogs recall issues. Steve has a fun but firm approach with dogs and owners! and I can't thank him enough. I have tried other trainers and always been left deflated with no positive results. However after just the first visit with Steve we were straight outside in a field with my dog so Steve could observe the issues we had an offer an immediate solution which I was able to practice alongside him.I am looking forward to returning to complete some lead work in the new year.. many thanks More...

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Wayne Easlea

26 November 2018

Steve visited us at home and within half an hour our adorable but ‘uncontrollable’ cockapoo was behaving as Steve requested. Steve spent time explaining how we, as his parents, need to change our behaviour to help our dog to learn how to behave. We know we have a lot of work to do but now feel really positive about the future with our dog whereas before we were feeling lost. Thank you Steve! More...

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Vicky Bacon

25 July 2018

Brilliant first 121 session with my 6 month field cocker spaniel. (Cockerpoo in disguise)Saw the dog he can become walking to heel sitting when I stop, and staying put when you walk away !! amazing to see his potential now for my homework � see you at classes next Friday More...

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Kim Sneddon

25 July 2018

Excellent training session from Steve. Our 8 month rescue lab walked to heel in minutes, fabulous. Made lots of sense and can't wait to start classes.

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Jess Newbury

25 July 2018

Just one word "amazed"
Just got back from my first session and already the change is amazing! 100%recommend
Thank you so much Steve

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Dean Shelton

25 July 2018

Flo had a fab first session today - thank you! lots of new smells and doggy friends - very exciting for such a little girl.
she slept most of the afternoon!

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Nicola Maskell

25 July 2018

Had a 121 session which couldn't have gone better, positive training with much learnt and progress made. I'm very much looking forward to the next session and would happily recommend breckland dog training .

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Ally Pothecary

25 July 2018

We had our first 1-2-1 session today with Steve, with our 2 cross Staffie's, main reason, constant pulling on the lead and recall. Today we focused on the ' pulling ' side of things with Steve giving us clear and precise advice and demonstrating his methods, within 15 minutes our dogs had improved tremendously. Having walked the dogs ourselves this afternoon the difference after one session is remarkable. We look forward to our next session with Steve in 2 weeks time, and would highly recommend Steve for his knowledge and expertise...so happy that i found Breckland Dog Training. More...

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Leanne Williamson

25 July 2018

We’ve had huge changes already since meeting with Steve 24 hours ago! Never thought we’d ever see our dog take to training but he’s been a champ. The tools we’ve been taught are realistic and easy to stick to and work instantly. Have another meeting booked for more work and have no doubt our dog will be a changed pooch. Thanks Steve! More...

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Hayley Nelson

25 July 2018

Just returned home after our first 1-2-1 with Steve, and what a relief it is to have finally found a decent dog trainer! Don’t look anywhere else just phone this man ASAP!! More...

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Emma Gent

25 July 2018

Have been training my puppy golden retriever with steves guidance for about 14 weeks now ! Highly recommended !!

So friendly, a good giggle and lots learnt each session.

The kind way of training that actually works !!
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Trish Kyson

25 July 2018

Steve has worked wonders with my 5 year old rescue collie cross. After two 121 sessions she has progressed to group classes and in just 4 weeks I have a new dog.
She has gone from being nervous and unpredictable around other dogs,to having the confidence in me to deal with situations she was previously nervous in. She is learning to relax and starting to enjoy the company of other dogs with the bonus of better behaviour both on and off the lead.
I can't thank you enough for all you are teaching us and your sense of humour always makes training enjoyable.
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Rhian Daisy Nicholls-Snowball

25 July 2018

Steve has shown both my and my working cocker how to behave and work well in the beating line. She’s learned correct manners and is turning into a fantastic little gun dog. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough! More...

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Sam 'Collins' Allen

25 July 2018

Lottie (13 week old Sprocker) and I have just had our first one to one with Steve ! I was seriously impressed ! By the end of the hour Lottie was sitting next to the left leg, walking on a loose lead and staying when Steve dropped the lead ! This was a dog who hadn’t listened to any commands at all previously ! We have also banished her pink harness and pink lead much to my husbands relieve ! We have homework to do before the next session ! Both Lottie and I enjoyed the session and are very much looking forward to the next one ! Thanks very much Steve and you were right she slept all the way home ! More...

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Meg Fisher

25 July 2018

Had our first 121 with steve today and it was brilliant! I have a 9 month old golden retriever that constantly pulls on the lead and barks at other people/dogs. after just a few minutes steve had him under control and walking along side him, buddy was like a different dog! we’re very happy and excited for the next lessons! More...

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Nicole Morley

25 July 2018

Just completed our first 121 session with Steve!
Wow!! I can't believe after one session how much better our 8 month old lab is!
Instead of dreading going out for a walk because he's going to pull me the whole way or have to have him on a halti just to be able to walk him, I actually can't wait to take him out for a walk tonight!!
I'm so excited for more training sessions now to watch how my dog is going to grow into a well trained and behaved dog!
Thankyou so much Steve for your help and I look forward to the next lesson!!! �
Anyone looking for someone to help with training a dog I can't recommend him enough! I just wish I found Steve when my cocker spaniel was a puppy!
A fantastic lesson, lots to work on and I can't wait ���
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Clair Greenacre

25 July 2018

Had our first one to one session with Steve today. Our main issue we have with our Weimaraner was pulling on the lead. We can't believe what a difference there was within an hour, we were amazed. We have booked in our next one to one session and look forward to the practising in between. Steve is very knowledgeable and a great guy, thank you! More...

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Jen Kira Biggs

25 July 2018

Met Steve for the first time today, what can I say..... What a lovely, honest, professional person! We have another few sessions to help willow and I but even after the 1st session, I have learnt alot and willow has already made a small change!! Can't wait to progress further! Thank you so much Steve! More...

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Alison Hodgson

25 July 2018

Fabulous 121 today. Steve is calm, personable, knowledgeable and had our 7 month old Cockapoo walking to heel without any fuss within 2 minutes. Amazing. Practised on the way home in a quiet lane and after checking 3x had the most obedient dog. What a pleasure and long may it continue with the guidance we’ve been given for the coming weeks before our next session. Highly recommended. Thanks Steve More...

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Rachael Powell

25 July 2018

I have to say Steve is incredible at what he does and his knowledge of dogs and their behaviour is phenomenal. His style of training is simple, with few commands, no treats (which is great) and as long as you’re consistent & persistent then the results are amazing.
My pup has been going to puppy classes at Breckland Dog Training since he was 8 weeks old, he is a big dog and without the training put in from the beginning he would be a handful... but he is brilliant.
We have also attended one2one sessions with Steve and a Recall Workshop.
I highly recommend Steve to anyone that’s getting a puppy or thinking of training their dog. You will be thrilled with the results... we are�
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Lorna Sutton

25 July 2018

Steve has worked wonders with the three year old, out of control, Golden Retriever we re-homed two months ago! Charlie arrived with limited manners, and very few redeeming features personality-wise! He struggled to walk in a straight line on the lead and would just randomly snake into the road with no fear of traffic! He was overweight, dominant, strong and I was fearful to walk him in case he spotted another dog or the local wildlife and I got dragged into the road.

Charlie has had only two training sessions with Steve, one which my husband attended and the second with myself. This morning I was complimented on my well behaved dog by an elderly Gentleman on his mobility scooter. Charlie was walking to heel, sat on command, didn’t lurch towards him and allowed him to pass. In fact, many people have noticed how much better he is on the lead and I’m very proud of that.

Charlie is our first dog and we would not have got this far without Steve’s help. The way that Steve trains with praise works exceptionally well. I now look forward to our walks as much as Charlie does! Oh.....and personality-wise, Charlie is transforming into a calmer, more respectful dog and has became a much loved family pet. We still have work to do and look forward to our next training session.

Thank you Steve!!
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Sharon Wilson

25 July 2018

Steve is worth his weight in gold, with guidance and a bit of homework, We've managed to get our 3yr old rescue GSD X Belgian shepherd to start to overcome his fear of being touched on his nose, wear a halti to go out, and walk to heel!! It's made such a difference to the marathon and tripping we've had. I now enjoy taking him out for walks as I can walk at my own pace � can't Thank You enough. More...

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29 June 2018

Quite simply, amazing! In less than 1 hour Steve had my 1 year old cocker spaniel who has always been a puller on the lead and "rules the roost" walking to heel on loose lead, sitting and staying put. Will certainly be using Breckland Dog Training again to master the basics my beloved girl has so desperately needed. Thankyou Steve! More...

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Clive Bourne

25 May 2018

Steve is a great trainer

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Raechal Simpson

25 May 2018

He knows what he's doing!

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Steve Swallow

25 May 2018

I had to give it 5 stars I own the company, but come and see for yourself what we can do

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Andrew

1 February 2018

Only attended 2 sessions so far very good

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Debbie M.

6 September 2016

Very informative and within a few minutes of arriving at my home trained my Cockerpoo to sit/stay. Not to jump up. All without treats, instead rewarded with praise and fun. Puppy & I given homework. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Thank you for your kind words Debbie :)

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The variety of training requirements, and problems facing owners, and working with those owners to get the very best out of their dogs.

Following a 30 year career installing storage systems, and ill health, a change in direction was needed. Having trained with a local gundog trainer my first cocker spaniel to a high level, I looked into a full time dog training career and the rest they say is history. Seeing regularly between 60 and 100+ dogs per week in a combination of classes and private lessons, we are fast becoming the areas busiest and most respected dog trainer.

Not only have a passed the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers Instructors course, Studied Canine Training and Management at Writtle College in Essex, I have a passion for helping people get the most from their dogs.

Offering help and advice on everything dog related and not just training issues, gives me a broad knowledge of this most fascinating of subjects THE DOG !

Services

Available in your own home, or at our base in Ashill.

These sessions are carried out in our training centres in Mid and South Norfolk, offering a chance to be with like minded puppy owners, learning to train and socialise their pup to more socially acceptable as it matures. Puppy classes cover everything you need for a well mannered pet dog, including:- Sits Downs Loose lead Walking Food Manners Door Manners Recall Health and Well Being Socialisation Travel Laws affecting dog ownership And much more besides.

These sessions are carried out in our mid Norfolk training centre, and the surrounding country side, we seek to train gundog owners in both the high level of obedience needed for a dog to work in the shooting field and also how best to work that dog within its chosen role on the shoot.