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How has your dog been doing
after the lockdown period?

Our life is almost back to normal now that events with up to 100 people are allowed. During the lockdown period our dogs didn't have a chance to play or interact with other dogs. But, now we are allowed to interact with other people and dogs as long as you wash your hands afterward, so our dogs have opportunities to interact with other dogs too.

If you have a puppy, you must have worried if your puppy would be ok without socialising with other dogs when socialisation was critical for him to learn social skills. Has your puppy started meeting other dogs on the street, at parks, and at the daycare if you use one now? How has he been behaving? 

If you have an adult dog, have you seen any change in his behaviour when he meets other dogs?

In our household I haven't seen much change in Mint, a ten-year-old dog. When it comes to Jasmine, a seven-month-old puppy, the only times she interacted with other dogs during the lockdown period were when she was lunged at by a large loose dog, which happened twice. As a result, she has become more reactive to other dogs. 

What do you do if your dog starts barking and pulling the lead when he sees other dogs? 

We positive trainer often use treats to reward dogs for ignoring other dogs. But, what would you do, if your dog kept staring, if not lunging or barking, at them and ignoring you completely? Would you try to distract him with treats? Yes, that might help as a workaround. But, unfortunately distracting alone doesn't usually help modify his behaviour. In order to change his behaviour, we need to work on his emotional side. In order to help improve his confidence, we need to work with him under his threshold, i.e. in an environment where he feels safe and can actually think about what is happening and what he is doing, while you assist him to help him succeed.

So, a key to successful behaviour modification is practise in a controlled environment. In March we did a Dog Social Skills workshop. Next, we are thinking about offering opportunities to actual behaviour modification training. So, stay tuned!!

Puppy Training!


During the lockdown period we had to cancel a couple of classes that had already been advertised. But, a new term of Pre Beginners Class for Puppies (four-week puppy class) is starting again on Saturday the 13th June! If you have a puppy who has had all puppy vaccinations, be quick to secure your place!

Class: Pre Beginners Class for Puppies
Time/Date: 10:00-10:50am Saturdays 13, 20, 27 June and 4 July (4 sessions)
Location: Takanini/Papakura
Cost: $100 per team
Prerequisite: All puppy vaccinations have been done. 

Even if you think that your dog has already learned the basics, it will be a great opportunity for him to test what he has learned in an environment with distractions!! You will also learn that puppy training is not all about teaching commands. 

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Beginners Tricks Workshop!!

We are happy to announce that we are doing our first tricks workshop this year!! This workshop is for beginners who want to learn how to teach dogs new behaviours while having fun with their dog.

In this workshop you will learn how to teach your dog the following tricks:
  • Spin (360 degree turn) / circle (circle around you)
  • Peekaboo! (middle)
  • Take a bow
  • Shake hands
  • Roll over
  • Paws up on an object/arm
Workshop: Beginners Tricks
Time/Date: 10:00-11:30am, Sunday 14 June 
Location: Dogs NZ Auckland Exhibition Centre, Ardmore
Cost: $25 per team
Prerequisite: Vaccinations are up to date.

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New!! Puppy Starter Package!!


We are excited to announce a new training package for puppy owners! It's called Puppy Starter Package. This package is recommended especially for baby puppies who are not allowed to go out yet, as the package consists of an initial consultation, three private sessions, and online support. In the midst of Covid-19 pandemic, it is suitable for any puppies as a safer option than group classes.

The Puppy Starter Package is available for puppies up to six months old.

Download an information sheet here!
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 (k9trickstas@gmail.com), text/phone (0272514460), or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/K9Trickstas/), if you need any assistance!
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