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Dog Training and Behaviour in West Yorkshire

Welcome to Best Friends

Hi, I’m Jan Westby and I’ve been running Best Friends Pet Dog Training and Behaviour since 1990. I live in Bradford with my rescued Pomeranian, Freya,  who came to live with me in 2018 when she was around 7-8yrs old.

I teach owners throughout Yorkshire how to teach their dogs to be sociable, happy, well-controlled family pets and also how to change unwanted behaviours using kind, fair, fun, highly effective methods based on sound science, understanding and communication rather than out-dated ideas based on so-called ‘dominance’, coercion and fear.

All this is done via my online classes on Zoom and small, friendly classes in Saltaire plus online  sessions or home visits for 1-1 training or behaviour issues.

Over the years I have attended hundreds of hours of courses, lectures, seminars, workshops and study days with some of the profession’s most knowledgeable and respected teachers and practitioners and one thing I am absolutely certain of is that the more I learn about dogs, the more I realise just how much more there is to learn so I continue to read and study in order  to add to my skills, keep my knowledge up to date and ensure that my work always follows best-practice in positive, reward-based training for you and your dog.

Believing firmly in positive, kind training, I’m a founder member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and have a Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (Dip CABT) from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE). I’m also a member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT), a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and I hold a Certificate for Teachers and Trainers of Adults.
To further emphasise my commitment to force-free, fear-free training I’m a member of the Pet Professional Guild UK (PPGUK).

I also worked for several years as the external training and behaviour consultant for the then Leeds and Wakefield branch of the RSPCA, and Dogs Trust Leeds, working with staff and dogs both in-branch and with adopted dogs and their new owners to manage training and behaviour problems that can sometimes arise after adoption.

All this means that I’m passionate about helping you and your dog have the best relationship you can possibly have right from day one, and if something has gone a bit off track for some reason, helping you get back on track so that you definitely are Best Friends.

There will be here’s a fully functioning web-site coming soon where you’ll be able to access information on all the services I offer, including prices, plus details of the content and availablility of all my classes. You’ll also be able to book classes and pay online, as well as have access to articles on living with and training your dog.

In the meantime, for more information on classes, 1-1 training or a behaviour consultation or just to discuss what you’d like to achieve with your dog, please get in touch by calling on 01274 675697 or email me at

I look forward to hearing from you.

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