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Canine Connection offers a range of services throughout Kent. These services include:
- Pesky to Perfect course
- Troublesome to Terrific Teens Course
- Engage, Play, Connect Adult dog classes
- Growl classes for reactive dogs
- 1:1 training

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Robert Balcombe

16 July 2019

Was a gd experience learned a lot my self shame my Bruce didn't god rest his soul. But teenage beagles cross never learn.

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Vicky Kirk

16 July 2019

We sought Rachel’s advice about 9 months ago now. After she was attacked, our little Bonnie had become really reactive to other dogs to the point where we couldn’t take her out for a walk. We’d tried other dog trainers but nothing worked. Bonnie went through Growl classes and has now progressed to be a part of a normal class. The difference in her is incredible. She’s now a lot more comfortable around other dogs, and we’re a lot more confident in how to handle situations when they arise. Rachel uses nothing but love and positive reinforcement. Thanks to Rachel, we now have our dog back and can enjoy our time together rather than dreading walks in case we come across another dog. More...

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Olivia

26 June 2019

Very friendly
Seemed very nice
Professional
Good interactions with my dog
Overall lovely people :)

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Maria

24 June 2019

Very informative trainer team. Great techniques and strategies. Great trainer for puppies. Thoroughly recommend.

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Jayne Loader

12 May 2019

Floss and I have just finished the 6 week growl class- a specific class for reactive dogs, which I can't recommend highly enough. Rachel our instructor is so understanding of the needs of our fur babies and us as handlers/owners. Was unsure initially but so glad we persevered and we are now making progress and I'm feeling so much more confident with her. Thanks so much Rachel @canineconnections More...

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Amy Assinder

12 May 2019

Rachel is an amazing trainer who truly understands and loves dogs and how to use positive methods in order to help them develop. We have just completed the 6 week growl course and enjoyed every week, as it was taken at just the right pace for our reactive dog. It was wonderful seeing her respond and progress under Rachel’s guidance and has given us more confidence too. Couldn’t recommend Rachel’s Growl course enough to those looking for help with a reactive dog. We look forward to attending more classes with Rachel to continue with our dogs training. More...

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Nicola Wignall

20 April 2019

Rachel is a fantastic dog trainer. Everything is done in a positive way and she totally understands my reactive dog Barney.

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Lauren Collins

14 April 2019

I started training my little doggie when he was 1. He had no training what’s so ever I tried but didn’t get very far until I met Rachel.. she is amazing! We have been bringing Charlie for 26 weeks today and what can I say he can; sit, stay, lay, jump through a hoop, roll over, jump, speck, walk backwards, beg, paw, take a hat off my head! If someone told me he would be able to do all that in just over 5 months I would have never believed them! I’m so proud of how far my little fluffy friend has come in a short space of time and it’s all thanks to Rachel with her time and effort and believing in him! More...

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Charlotte Tottman

6 April 2019

5 stars... We've used Canine Connection for over a year walking weekdays and occasionally on weekends and couldn't be happier. They take such good care of Coco and safely transport her in the air con van. Coco loves her time in the field with other dogs. It's fantastic value and wears her out! More...

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Jenny Mclean

5 November 2018

Our pooch loves it and Rachel lovely, knowledgeable and patient

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Zoe Thurston

5 October 2018

I hired a field for an hour so that my reactive dog could have her first off lead run around. She loved it. The fields are secure and i could relax.

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Karen

2 September 2018

Very happy with the training currently given x

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Hollie Ashlin

12 August 2018

Amazing! Needed help with my 11 month old shepherd x. He was like a different dog! Highly recommend and can't wait for more classes!!

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Alexandra Jayne

23 July 2018

Never imagine walking our rescue dog with other doggies as she's so reactive, today we did a group walk and it was incredible. Rachel has given us the support and confidence to get to this point! Just wonderful! More...

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Abbie Shipley

16 July 2018

Rachel walks my 3 dogs 2-3 times a week! They are always happy to see her and it’s a bonus that she has a large secure dog field as I have one dog who can’t go off lead normally. I’ve also been to her training classes and I’m very impressed with her style of training and teaching � More...

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Peter Burleigh

5 July 2018

Great dog classes and the exercise paddocks are perfect for my dogs.

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Eliza Harper

9 June 2018

Rachel has been a godsend for our Lucy. We have taken her through Agility and Growler classes and it has helped so much. Rachel is so knowledgeable and passionate about dogs, her classes are relaxed and fun and I always feel comfortable asking questions. My lucy and Merrick also love being walked by Debbie every week and get so excited whenever we go to the field. Wouldn’t go anywhere else! More...

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Weasel !

5 June 2018

Good place to let your dog run free without being able to run off.

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Sean Smith

27 March 2018

I have to say what an improvement canine connection has done for my dog. Just a friendly and great atmosphere for the dog and owner, so it creates a great place to learn and concentrate for the companions. Freya has improved so much and can’t thank you enough!! More...

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Aleks

15 March 2018

4 stars for work w/dogs, but 2 stars for admin. Scheduling & billing, a nightmare.

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Kirsty Gill

20 February 2018

Such a fantastic business with a team who are genuinely passionate about what they do. Once again today you’ve helped me out last minute with your incredible dog walking service - Bo came back covered in mud and clearly loved it!! Thank you xx

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Michelle Fullick

24 December 2017

Best Dog Trainer in Kent. Qualified, kind and adored by both of my dogs (especially my nervous staffie x boxer who loves Rachel more than life itself!)

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Lynn Adams

15 December 2017

We first came across Rachel when we looking for a secure field to hire for our three dogs who were becoming increasingly hard to walk together. It was lovely to be able to relax, breathe and actually enjoy being out with them. We then started Rachel's classes with one of them and only wish we found her when they were younger. Her patience and positivity have changed the way I feel about George and has given me the confidence to feel I can help him to make the right choices. He loves her to bits and although he's got a long way to go she is able to show us glimmers of how he can be every week and always notices the improvements he has made and gives the encouragement to keep going. Rachel always has time to talk about any problems going on and listens patiently whilst being jumped at! She is full of great ideas and experience and I'm not sure where we'd be if we hadn't found her. I love that the classes are in a natural, real dog walking environment rather than a hall so it allows space and freedom when you need it and the opportunity to mix with the other dogs in a controlled way. I'm amazed at Rachel's manner with the dogs and how she sees the positives in them all and knows just how much to stretch them so that they have fun whilst learning how to cope with the expectations we put on them. More...

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Emma Dunkley

11 December 2017

Canine Connection has two wonderful secure fields in which dogs can run freely and safely and this is how we met Rachel. We have two dogs, one suffers from anxiety we think through being attacked a number of times and so finding the field was amazing. Rachel and her colleague Debbie now walk our two dogs on a daily basis during the working week. Both of them adore Rachel and Debbie and are much more settled . We also attend training with our eldest (the anxious one) and his development has been amazing. Previously he was hyper focused constantly watching his surroundings and ready for action. Now he is much more foccused on us and less so on his surroundings. He is more relaxed and his anxiety is definitely less than before. I never thought we would be able to bring down the way he focuses on his surroundings but Rachel’s training classes really work and it’s wonderful to see our baby happier and more settled than he has been for quite some time. Rachel and Debbie really look after and care for our dogs and they are always exhausted after their daily run. I cannot recommend Rachel and her team and enough. More...

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Sheryl Read

8 December 2017

Have been going to training classes with my dog for about 4 months now and he literally has come on in leaps and bounds. The classes are taylored for group and individual needs with project work so you can practice with your dog at home. The advice given is excellent. Highly recommended. More...

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Sarah

7 December 2017

I have used Canine Connection since my dog was 12wks old, starting from one to one puppy advice onto advanced training classes Rachel and her team have been fantastic. I also use their dog walking service and cannot recommend them highly enough, Logan loves his walks and always comes home tired and happy. More...

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Katy Massey

7 December 2017

I attend Canine Connection training classes weekly. I have a Poodle and a Greyhound. Rachel is an incredible teacher/trainer, a joy to find! The classes are well organised, fun, enlightening and extremely positive. Rachel's ethos is one of patience, understanding and kindness which in my opinion is priceless. The classes are held in a large field which is perfect as it allows dogs and handlers as much space as they need. Happiest and Best classes I have ever attended. Thank you Rachel. More...

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Emily

7 December 2017

I couldn't have found a better dog trainer for my small chihuahua with a very big character! I had no idea what I was doing with a puppy so we had puppy one to ones from 10 weeks where i learnt the basics about positive reinforcements including toilet training etc, Rachel is always happy to give advice when needed. We have been at classes since he was 18 weeks old.
Winston has learnt so much and keeps up with the big dogs In the classes , every time we get a new project I think he'll struggle but he thrives from learning new things.
Winston also goes for walks whilst I am at work and when he hears Rachel's voice at the door he just gets so excited and can't wait to go and see her and loves playing with other dogs on her secured field.
Winston found it hard at first going out without me but Rachel was so patient and kind with him and took time to build his trust and now she is his favourite person outside of the family!
Thanks Rachel for helping me to making him into the gorgeous and friendly dog that he is today!
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Amanda Adcock

7 December 2017

Fab service, Rachel and Debbie love and care for our dogs like they are their own! Always happy to help and go the extra mile at short notice!! Would highly recommend

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Emily Louise

6 August 2017

I can't recommend canine connection enough! When I decided to get my little ball of fluff when he was 10 weeks I can't lie I didn't have a clue what to do with him( literally not a clue) From the very beginning at puppy one to ones then to classes Rachel has taught me how to train Winston and at 8 months he has learnt so much that I would never have thought he would be able to do! Also he goes for walks with Rachel a few days a week whilst I'm at work and being a Chihuahua the beginning wasn't the smoothest as he was rather timid ( put politely ) ! Rachel was so patient and now they really are best buds! When he hears her voice he gets so excited. He also loves going for walks with Debbie too! There are not many people I'd trust to take him out but I don't have any worry when he is with them, he has a great time and loves being able to play with other dogs. Thanks Rachel for helping me with him and making him into a well behaved ( well most of the time ) and the fun loving dog he is! More...

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Jayne Alexandra

5 August 2017

Never imagine walking our rescue dog with other doggies as she's so reactive, today we did a group walk and it was incredible. Rachel has given us the support and confidence to get to this point! Just wonderful! More...

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Alex Newman

5 June 2017

Two large closed off fields with lots of room for your dogs to run and around and play and great for training too.

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Tracey Hammond

4 May 2017

The field is just fab, dogs can have a great run round and it's fully enclosed and terrier proof! And Rachel is just the best

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Karen Pittock

21 April 2017

Absolutely amazing . My Holly adores Rachel who has done wonders for her 'very excitable loves everything' but sometimes a little too much temperament . Holly loves her play dates with all her new friends , and I can relax knowing she is 100 % safe under the watchful eyes of both Rachel and Debbie . I wouldn't trust anyone else with my treasure Holly More...

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Caroline Stagg

17 April 2017

During the Easter break I attended an 'Introduction to Clicker Training Basics' Workshop hosted by Rachel Beacroft... its was a real eye opener into how we need to train our pooches ... We (humans) performed some fun simple activities to help demonstrate just how difficult it is to train our dogs to succeed and deliver what we ask of them!!! The workshop really gave us an insight into our doggies world!!! Highly recommend this Work shop to anyone thinking of Clicker training their dog's!!!! More...

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Amanda Louise

17 April 2017

Rachel and Debbie love and care for our fur babies like they are their own and we can not recommend them highly enough!!

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Carla Stepney Minhoto

16 April 2017

My german shepherd adores Rachel and the field is very secure and huge. Rachel has helped me so many times and I highly recommend her! x

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Ann Kincaid

16 April 2017

Amazing!! Our dogs love Rach & the agility fun!. Also freedom to run in a relaxed safe area xx

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Ann Kincaid

Amazing!! Our dogs love Rach & the agility fun!. Also freedom to run in a relaxed safe area xx

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Tracey Hammond

The field is just fab, dogs can have a great run round and it's fully enclosed and terrier proof! And Rachel is just the best

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Amanda Louise

Rachel and Debbie love and care for our fur babies like they are their own and we can not recommend them highly enough!!

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Carla Stepney

My german shepherd adores Rachel and the field is very secure and huge. Rachel has helped me so many times and I highly recommend her! x

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Karen Pittock

Absolutely amazing . My Holly adores Rachel who has done wonders for her 'very excitable loves everything' but sometimes a little too much 😂temperament . Holly loves her play dates with all her new friends , and I can relax knowing she is 100 % safe under the watchful eyes of both Rachel and Debbie . I wouldn't trust anyone else with my treasure Holly More...

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Caroline Stagg

During the Easter break I attended an 'Introduction to Clicker Training Basics' Workshop hosted by Rachel Beacroft... its was a real eye opener into how we need to train our pooches ... We (humans) performed some fun simple activities to help demonstrate just how difficult it is to train our dogs to succeed and deliver what we ask of them!!!
The workshop really gave us an insight into our doggies world!!! Highly recommend this Work shop to anyone thinking of Clicker training their dog's!!!!
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Michelle Fullick

Best Dog Trainer in Kent. Qualified, kind and adored by both of my dogs (especially my nervous staffie x boxer who loves Rachel more than life itself!)

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Emily Louise

I can't recommend canine connection enough! When I decided to get my little ball of fluff when he was 10 weeks I can't lie I didn't have a clue what to do with him( literally not a clue) From the very beginning at puppy one to ones then to classes Rachel has taught me how to train Winston and at 8 months he has learnt so much that I would never have thought he would be able to do!

Also he goes for walks with Rachel a few days a week whilst I'm at work and being a Chihuahua the beginning wasn't the smoothest as he was rather timid ( put politely ) ! Rachel was so patient and now they really are best buds! When he hears her voice he gets so excited. He also loves going for walks with Debbie too! There are not many people I'd trust to take him out but I don't have any worry when he is with them, he has a great time and loves being able to play with other dogs.

Thanks Rachel for helping me with him and making him into a well behaved ( well most of the time ) and the fun loving dog he is!
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Kirsty Gill

Such a fantastic business with a team who are genuinely passionate about what they do. Once again today you’ve helped me out last minute with your incredible dog walking service - Bo came back covered in mud and clearly loved it!! Thank you xx

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Sean Smith

I have to say what an improvement canine connection has done for my dog. Just a friendly and great atmosphere for the dog and owner, so it creates a great place to learn and concentrate for the companions. Freya has improved so much and can’t thank you enough!! More...

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Abbie Shipley

Rachel walks my 3 dogs 2-3 times a week! They are always happy to see her and it’s a bonus that she has a large secure dog field as I have one dog who can’t go off lead normally.
I’ve also been to her training classes and I’m very impressed with her style of training and teaching �
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Eliza Harper

Rachel has been a godsend for our Lucy. We have taken her through Agility and Growler classes and it has helped so much. Rachel is so knowledgeable and passionate about dogs, her classes are relaxed and fun and I always feel comfortable asking questions. My lucy and Merrick also love being walked by Debbie every week and get so excited whenever we go to the field. Wouldn’t go anywhere else! More...

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What I love most about my job is teaching owners to communicate effectively with their dog and to see the bond and connection grow and develop between them. I like to give dogs choices and teach owners how to reinforce the most desirable behaviour so in the end the dog will want to make the correct choices.

My very first dog, who is still with me today at 13.5yrs old inspired my decision to take a completely different career path. We faced many challenges together at the start and together have been on an unforgettable journey.

I am a positive, force free trainer. My approach to training, whether it be in a class environment or 1:1 is to help the owner want their dog to do things, not force them. I use compassionate teaching methods based on scientific research. Emphasis is based on having fun with your dog whilst still working on a variety of different exercises depending on which class or 1:1 session is being undertaken.