Sep
14
to Oct 12

Good Manners course

Fully booked

5-week course (1 orientation session without dog, 4 practical sessions with dog). Learn how to teach your dog the foundation skills needed to become a well-mannered dog using force free methods. 

Date: Saturdays 24 February - 24 March 2018
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: 120 Roberts Street, Whangarei
Cost: $100
Bookings: Essential - Min 3 for the course to go ahead, max 4-5

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Sep
22
to Oct 20

Good Manners course

5-week course (1 orientation session without dog, 4 practical sessions with dog). Learn how to teach your dog the foundation skills needed to become a well-mannered dog using force free methods. 

Date: Saturdays 22 September - 20 October 2018
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Location: 120 Roberts Street, Whangarei
Cost: $100
Bookings: Essential - Min 3 for the course to go ahead, max 4-5

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Sep
29
to Oct 6

Introduction to Nose Work

2 sessions. This is the fun version of nose work. Dogs learn to search for hidden treats or a toy. Suitable for novice trainers or if you just want to give your dog a great enrichment activity. Develop your dog's search skills and hunting drive. Discover the new fast growing search and scenting dog sport. Inspired by working Detection (Sniffer) dogs, it harnesses a dog’s natural ability to use his nose to find hidden scents. Dogs just love it. 

Date: Saturdays 29 September - 6 October 2018
Time: 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Location: 120 Robert Street, Whangarei
Cost: $65 per person
Bookings: Essential (small groups)

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Oct
13
to Oct 27

Canine Nose Work - Introduction to Odour

Dogs learn to recognise, discriminate, and search for a target odour. For those who'd like to get into the sport of nose work and who have some basic training experience or who have completed the 'Introduction to Nose Work' course. Dogs must be comfortable and not overly reactive when working/learning in proximity to other dogs and humans. .  

Date: Saturdays 13 - 27 October 2018
Time: 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Cost: $120 per person - includes a complete odour starter pack
Bookings: Essential (small groups)

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Feb
20
1:30 PM13:30

Solid Sit

Postponed

Duration: 1 session
Cost: $25
Next start date: Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 1:30 pm

Is your dog a social butterfly and jumps up on everybody she meets? Or maybe you have an enthusiastic door dasher? Does your dog need to learn that ‘sit’ means ‘sit’ no matter what distractions are about? This one-session course centers around building a solid 'Sit' for building your dog’s impulse control. 

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Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Canine Nose Work - Introduction to Odour

4 sessions. The course builds on the 'Introduction to Nose Work' course and shows you how to get started on working with odour.

Date: Saturdays 10 February - 3 March 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Cost: $125 per person - includes a complete odour starter pack
Bookings: Essential (small groups)
What you need to bring: You will receive more information after registration and payment of course fee 

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Jan
4
to Jan 20

Summer holiday programme

Try out some new fun activities with your dog or learn more about dogs, training, and behaviour in these short ‘taster’ classes and presentations. Get some fresh dog-sport ideas or simply enjoy a little quality fun time together. Force-free training methods.

Activities with dogs

Location: 120 Robert Street, Whangarei
Cost: $ 10 per dog
Requirements

  • Dogs need to be over 4 months old and very social on- and off-lead with people and other dogs
  • Dogs must be current with vaccinations
  • Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • One dog per handler

Bookings: Essential – no later than one day before event. Small groups (4 dogs max)

Tricks

Teach your dog a fun trick or two (tailored to your dog’s skill level)

Days and times:
Friday 5 Jan at 3:30 pm
Saturday 6 Jan at 10:30 am
Wednesday 10 Jan at 10:30 am
Friday 12 Jan at 12:00 pm
Tuesday 16 Jan at 10:30 am
Thursday 18 Jan at 2:30 pm

Scent games

Get your dog searching for treats or a toy

Days and times:
Saturday 6 Jan at 1:00 pm
Tuesday 9 Jan at 10:30 pm
Thursday 11 Jan at 10:30 am
Tuesday 16 Jan at 12:00 pm
Thursday 18 Jan at 4:00 pm
Friday 19 Jan at 10:30 am

Canine fitness

Learn how you can keep your dog fit and healthy with simple core and strengthening exercises

Days and times:
Friday 5 Jan at 2:00 pm
Tuesday 9 Jan at 12:00 pm
Friday 12 Jan at 10:30 am
Wednesday 17 Jan at 10:30 am

Solid Sit (Impulse Control)

Build a solid ‘Sit’ around real-life distractions as a tool to help your dog with impulse control

Days and times:
Thursday 4 Jan 12:30 pm
Thursday 11 Jan at 12:00 pm
Friday 19 Jan at 12:00 pm

Presentations / DVD - sessions without dogs

Hear short presentations or view DVD 

Canine Body Language

What is your dog saying to you and other dogs? How can you tell when play turns to aggression? How do dogs show friendliness, fear, or stress? This educational video features a lively presentation and extensive footage of dogs showing examples of canine behaviour and body language. Behaviourist Sarah Kalnajs (US). 2 hours 12 min. Small screen – small groups.

Day and time: Saturday 13 Jan 3:00 pm
Cost: Donation to Ruakaka Dog Rescue

Clicker training

Learn about the theory behind clicker training and how to use the clicker in your training

Days and times:
Friday 5 Jan at 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9 Jan at 5:30 pm
Saturday 13 Jan at 1:00 pm

Cost: $ 10 per person

How dogs learn

Find out about the two main ways dogs learn and how to apply this to your training

Day and time:
Friday 12 Jan at 5:30 pm
Tuesday 16 Jan at 5:30 pm
Saturday 20 Jan at 1:00 pm

Cost: $ 10 per person

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Aug
18
to Aug 25

Canine Nose Work - Introduction to Nose Work course

Discover the new fast growing search and scenting dog sport for fun and enrichment. Dogs learn to search for hidden treats or a toy. Develop your dog's search skills and hunting drive. 

Date: Friday 18 and 25 August 2017
Time: 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Location: 120 Roberts Street, Whangarei
Cost: $50 per person
Bookings: Essential (small groups)
What you need to bring: You will receive more information after registration and payment of course fee

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Jul
9
10:00 AM10:00

‘Train your dog like a Pro’ – Workshop

Want to take your dog training to the next level? Improve your mechanical skills, learn about behaviour principles and important training basics, and find out how to develop and run effective training sessions. Force-free training methods.

This workshop is great for people who have some basic experience and understanding of dog training and want to advance their training skills.

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Date: Sunday 9 July 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Location: Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Whangarei, Barge Park – indoor classroom and covered outdoor arena
Cost:  $60 observer, $70 with dog
Bookings: Essential. Max 15 observers and 4 working / demo spots with dogs available. (Min 5 for workshop to go ahead)
Registrations and more information: Email [email protected]

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Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to mushing - workshop

Find out everything you need to know before you hook up your dog to your bike or scooter. Learn how to train your dog and how to keep your dog and yourself safe. Go for a short trial run with your dog on a scooter and a bike.

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Date: Saturday 25 June 2016
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Location: 321 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei (in the Whangarei Treatment Providers building – parking out the front and back) and Barge Park
Cost: $45 per person

If your dog loves to run, if you can't walk him enough, if he pulls your arm off, if driving to the dog park each night is difficult, try ‘mushing’ type of activities such as scootering, bikejoring, or canicross, and, if you can get to some snow in winter, even skijoring or dogsledding. The workshop covers

  • Why teach your dog to pull a bike or scooter?
  • Different mushing options – which suits you best?
  • Can my dog mush?
  • Gear you need and how to use it
  • Training: Skills and commands your dog should know
  • Conditioning
  • Dog health and safety
  • Human health and safety
  • Things to do and watch out for when running
  • Assisted practice run

What you need to bring: You will receive more information upon registration

Contact: For more information, contact Angelika on 021 268 5949 or email [email protected]

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Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Canine Body Language – Tutorial

Learn how to read your dog’s body language. Understand what your dog is communicating and how your dog is feeling!

It will improve your relationship and help you to make better choices in both training and in everyday life with your dog.

It will also help make interactions with your dog safer – for you, others, and especially children, but ultimately also for your dog! Most dog bites occur because people are not able to read what the dog is communicating long before the bite occurs.

 How do you think this dog feels about being hugged?

How do you think this dog feels about being hugged?

Date: Thursday 23 April March 2015 (postponed from 26 February)

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Where: 321 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei (in the Whangarei Treatment Providers Building, 'Canine and Equine' entrance at the back)

Cost: $10 per person

Bookings: Please RSVP

Please leave your dog at home

As we all know, dogs don’t speak English - they rely heavily on communication through body language. To have a rich and positive relationship with our dogs we need to establish a common language. Yet this is often frustrating for both species and causes many misunderstandings. People are constantly talking to their dogs as if they were humans, and dogs are trying to ‘talk’ to us as if we were dogs.

Your dog is talking all the time. Dog behaviour is not random. Behaviours serve a function for the dog. It can reflect the dog’s internal state or it can be a deliberate attempt to communicate with you, someone else, another dog, or another species.  

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Cause for Paws 2015

Check out our stall at this year's Cause for Paws 2015 - a fun day out for the whole family including your pooch. All entry and auction proceeds go to the Whangarei SPCA.

Get an answer to those questions that have you puzzled about your dog, like “Why does my dog always pull on lead?”. 

Throughout the day, we will also give a number of short talks on some common dog behaviour topics such as ‘Getting a reliable recall’ or ‘Help – my dog is guarding his toys’.

And while you’re visiting our stall, try your dog in canine detection work – can she find the hidden treat?

Date: Saturday 21 March 2015

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Deloraine Cattery, 50 Konini Street, Riverside, Whangarei

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Jan
13
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to clicker training - Seminar

If you’re keen to start training your dog with a clicker and want to learn more, this short seminar is for you!

Learn how to use the clicker to train your dog. Find out what you need to do before you start training, how the clicker works, and how to teach your dog new behaviours or tricks.

When: Tuesday 13 January 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: 321 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei. It's in the Whangarei Treatment Providers premises (previously Alzheimer's Society) next to the Foot Clinic. Parking is at the back. Use the 'dog' entrance where you see the black metal gate.

Cost: $15 per person, includes a clicker

Booking: Contact us to reserve your spot

What you need to bring: Please leave your dogs at home – this seminar is for humans only. Bring pen and paper if you’d like to take notes.

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Dec
6
to Dec 7

Whangarei Summer Show

Come and say hello. You'll find us at the Whangarei Treatment Providers marquee. We'll be there for a few hours each day. Tell us about your dog or find out more about our Puppy Programme, Dog Training, and special activity classes. We hope to see you there.

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