Dog daycare, dog training and dog boarding near Basildon, Essex

We are extremely happy to say we have been awarded ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ by Thurrock Borough Council under the new Animal Welfare Regulations


We are a family run team of devoted animal lovers and we are passionate about offering only the very best level of care, love and attention for your dogs.

Having a great team is the key to our success and we fully recognize the importance of the commitments we make to our customers and the trust they put in us when caring for their pets. Having reliable team members is very important to us as this allows us to be as flexible to the individual needs of our customers as possible.

We are an Award Winning Company offering a very high level of pet care as standard. Our customer feedback is exemplary and we pride ourselves on delivering an Excellent level of Customer Service.

All members of our team are insured, DBS checked, and have many years of experience in owning and caring for all types of pets. All team members are canine first aid trained.


We are very proud of our team

  • Tina: proprietor, Head Dog Trainer/Behaviour & Doggy Daycare
  • Marie: Doggy Daycare Manager
  • Mel: Doggy Daycare Assistant
  • Abbie: Doggy Daycare Assistant

Tina – Owner, Dog Trainer & Behaviour

Bella Paws Owner Tina

Bella Paws doggy daycare and puppy crèche (originally dog walking & pet services) was established 13 years ago when dog walking was a relatively new career for many people. It all started when Kevin and I were looking for home boarding for our own two dogs Tasha and Hugo. After using kennels in the past the idea of putting them in kennels again was just unthinkable. We searched for a while to find an alternative solution and came across home boarding, but we found it difficult to find someone to look after our dogs in the way we would like and whom we could put our trust in. Realising there was a need for a warm, welcoming and homely place for dogs to stay, we opened our home to home boarding and with my experience as a dog handler, trainer and behaviourist we could provide other pet services such as dog walking, dog training and holiday feeding for cats.

In 2014 we opened our Doggy Daycare Centre and in 2019 we opened our Puppy Crèche which has been a huge success.

We know how important our pet dogs are to us, and that gives us a very good understanding of what customers expect from us when caring for their pet dogs. We feel honored that our customers entrust their pet dogs into our care and we in return can provide them with peace of mind that we will look after their pet dogs as if they were our own.

With such a variety of services to offer, we feel that we can provide our customers with everything they need for their pet dogs.

Our dog daycare team

We have a great team of ladies who all have at least one thing in common, their love for all animals and they are all very passionate about their work.

Each member brings their own unique experience with them to the team, these range from working at veterinary clinics, experienced dog handlers and all members must have many years experience of owning and caring for their own pets.

Each team member goes through an interview process, which consists of finding out about the person, their pets past and present and any relevant experience they may have. They also get to meet my dogs and if they haven’t met a flattie (Flatcoated Retriever) before then be warned, they like kisses. They will then be shortlisted to join us at our doggy daycare to assess their handling, knowledge and experience of being around dogs. And finally all of our team members must be DBS checked, Insured and first aid trained.

Each member is given full training and further training sessions are held to help them learn and understand about dog body language and to have an essential understanding of how dogs behave on their own and in groups. First aid training can also be given.

All of our pets are different and it’s important that each team member spends a considerable amount of time with our customer’s pets, as this helps to give them a deeper understanding of their behavioural traits, which is an important skill when working with dogs and other animals.


Our Dogs – Chloe, Hudson, Brinkley & Buster (Flatcoated Retrievers)

Chloe is very intelligent which may explain why her kennel name is “Smart tart”. Chloe is a very loyal and lovable companion for Hudson, Brinkley and our family and is the perfect role model for her younger brothers. Chloe has learnt many aspects of dog training from competitive obedience, tricks, agility, heelwork to music, working trials and even gun dog training, as well as appearing on TV and is my little star.

Hudson has a very lovable cheeky character. He is very willing to work and loves to please. Hudson settled into our home life very quickly and learnt the ropes from his older brother Hugo (sadly no longer with us) and big sister Chloe. He loves to be around humans and enjoys playing with Chloe, Brinkley and all the dogs that come and stay with us at Bella Paws. Hudson has learnt many aspects of dog training, a very fast learner and a very special boy.

Brinkley is a Liver Flatcoat and a new chapter for us as we have always had black flatties. Brinkley is young and full of character just like his older brother. Brinkley enjoys agility, flyball, gun dog training and swimming. He’s a real character..

Buster is our rescue flattie. As with all rescues he did not have the best of care, love and attention he deserved and in need of a warm, loving home where he could be loved unconditionally especially in his later years. He has settled into our home very well. Sadly his brother Snoopy was very poorly with severe health issues when he first came to us and despite all our best intentions we were devastated to loose him. Buster continues to enjoy his home luxuries here with us and has become a loving member of the family.

I would like to take this opportunity to Thank you for visiting our website and look forward to meeting you and your pet dogs very soon.


What they say…

Fantastic
This service is fantastic - I can't recommend it highly enough. They've gone above and beyond in every way. Sensational service.
A Client
Dog's name: Sarge