How have you been doing?

Firstly I need to apologise that I didn't send you any information when we came into the lockdown. I hope you and your family including fury members are all doing well.

How is your dog's training going? Is he enjoying more time with you at home? Are you taking advantage of more time with your dog at home to address any issues or improve your relationship?

During the lockdown many of my peer dog trainers have started offering online sessions and courses. But, that would be beyond my ability, so, instead, I have been sharing some training ideas and tips on our Facebook page. If you haven't, please Like or Follow the page!

In this e-letter I would like to introduce three types of activities that you can enjoy with your dog at home.

Trick Training

Trick Dog Title certificate and ribbonAs many of you know, trick training is one of my specialties. I love trick training not only because our dogs can learn some cool tricks that we can show off to our friends and family but also because it helps improve our mutual relationship and understanding. 

I am pretty sure that you have taught your dog some tricks already. In fact all behaviours you teach your dog can be considered tricks, such as Sit, Down, Stay, and Come. In addition to those four basic tricks, does your dog do Fetch, Give, Leave It, Go to Bed, Focus (5 sec), Hand Touch, Paws on an Object, Peekaboo (Middle), Spin, Roll Over, and Shake Hands for example? If your dog can do 15 tricks, your dog can earn a Trick Dog Title!

If you are interested in Trick Titles or just Trick Training, join our K9 Trickstas Learning Group on Facebook!! It's free. As well as questions about trick training, you can ask anything there. I will do my best to help you!

For more information about how to participate in Do More With Your Dog! trick dog titling programme, please read this information sheet.

Jasmine’s tricks for her Novice Trick Dog title

Scent Work

Scentwork (also called Nosework) is a great enrichment activity for your dog! In order to comply with the social distancing rules, you may be having a hard time finding a way to exercise your dog. Lack of exercise can lead to behavioural issues in our dogs. However, it is not physical exercise. Mental exercise can help satisfy our dogs.

The easiest scent game would be "Which hand holds a treat?" Once your dog has learn to put a paw or the nose on the hand that holds a treat, you can use some containers next and hide a treat in one of them.

To find more information about Nosework, join the Facebook group "Nosework NZ Discussion Forum".

Getting Started with Nosework

Cooperative Care

Does your dog let you trim the nails and brush the teeth without much hesitation? If so, that's awesome! But, nail trimming, brushing teeth, and other types of grooming in general can cause stress in our dogs. Especially because we need to do it regularly unless you have a good groomer who can do it for you, such stress can impact your relationship with your dog. 

Cooperative Care training helps reduce stress in ourselves as well as our dogs. Rather than forcing our dogs to put up with the required procedures, we prepare them little by little so that they willingly accept the procedures.

To see cooperative care training in action, visit Dr Deb Jones YouTube channel "Cooperative Care with Deb Jones" or join her Facebook group "Cooperative Care with Deb Jones".

Here is a video of Jasmine practising to get her nails done.

Cooperative Care - Nails
Your instructor, Manako, is:
  • Full Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand
  • Certified Trick Dog Instructor (Do More With Your Dog!)
  • Certified Sport Dog Trainer (Foundation) (Fenzi Dog Sports Academy)
  • Certified Instructor of Rally-FrEe (Rally Freestyle Elements)
  • Registered Training Provider for Purina Pro Plan Canine Good Citizen Programme

Feel free to contact her by email (, text/phone (0272514460), or Facebook (, if you need any assistance!
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