Professional dog training & behaviour consults, puppy classes & dog training and nosework classes that are fun, informative and designed for real life situations.

With over 25 years dog training experience I use effective, science based positive reinforcement methods. If you need help with your puppy or dog... You have come to the right place!

Puppy Behaviour


Teaching your puppy from the time it comes home at 8 weeks will give you and your dog the best chance of long term behaviour that you really want to see and reduce the unwanted behaviours very quickly.

Your puppy does not understand what you want and there are ways to teach them kindly that will work more quickly and effectively that saying "No" to your puppy all the time.  

Remember they do not understand English or any other language except dog and they also have to learn our social standards which are very different from canine standards.  Pooping on carpet for instance is much the same as doing it on the grass to them so when you catch them and tell them off they probably think they are getting told off for doing it with you present!!!

If you take on a puppy it is your responsibility to learn a bit about how they think before you can teach them how you want them to behave.

If you would like any help with choosing the right puppy for you or information on dog behaviour,  I am happy to answer a few questions on the phone or email or come do a behaviour consult to set you off on the right track.  Just go to the contacts page and I will get back to you as soon as I can.




Dog Articles & Info

When we trainers talk about things dog we can often say things that dog owners do not fully understand.  I often get surprised to realise that pet owners do not automatically understand their dog because I forget that I have had years of watching, reading and studying dogs to learn what I know.  ( Secretly I think I don't realise how old I really am but don't tell anyone that!!!).  So I thought I would explain a few words I use here in relation to dogs and particularly fear behaviour.

Flight:  Moving away from, trying to hide avoiding or averting eyes

Fight: Moving towards, posturing (standing tall or stiff) barking, growling, lunging, aligning front to front.

Freeze:  Becoming very still, flattening on the ground, shutting down all communication totally.

Behaviours may vary from dog to dog and for different reasons, but hopefully this will give you a better picture of what is meant by the various expressing used about a dog's behaviour.



Fun & games

Nosework classes are up and running again and going well  and I will add on some other scenting classes for fun as well.  also I am looking at organising a 2 day workshop on detection dog work for fun if enough people are interested. So please let me know your interests so that I can tailor classes to suit this community.  

Some people have asked for some fun agility while others are wanting general obedience class.  I am currently teaching a program called CLASS - Canine Life and Social Skills and have got together with some interested people to set up Wanaka Dog Club with the aim of getting some fun agility and other activities underway.

In the meantime come along to Nosework. Each dog works on it's own at its own pace so no need to worry if your dog is dog reactive, shy, or has a disability they can all do it.