What we've been told..

"Thanks for making my dog more enjoyable to live with! "

by Dennis

"Has given me confidence to know how to teach him to walk loose leash!"

by Jim

"Can't believe the improvement my dog has made"

by Sandra with dog Jess

"You made training fun. It all makes sense, thank you."

by John with his dog Buster

Dogs told me to tell you...

"Allow me to avoid things I am afraid of."

"Handle a part of my body every day."

"Realise that it may not be safe for children or stangers to hug me.

"Choose a crate that is the right size for me."

"Handle a part of my body every day."

"Learn to manage my environment other than using a crate."


Dogs also told me to tell you when choosing a dog...

"Plan to spend a considerable amount of time caring for me."

"Ask yourself if I'm the best breed to fit your lifestyle."

"Be honest with yourself about your ability to handle my problems.

"Be smarter than I am."

"Be generous with your affection."

"Invent stimulating activities for me."


Our classes are: Life Skills Class 

Hide & Scent Classes, Give your dog a Job Class (for kids) ON HOLD
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Life Skills Dog Training Class in Christchurch, New Zealand

Life Skills Class

This class is for all dogs and all ages. Yes, older puppies too.

You will learn:

  • to teach self-control to your dog,
  • how to teach your dog with emotions, so that you don't have to rely on treats all the time.
  • how to prevent unruly behaviours.
  • why your dog does what he dogs
  • how to play with your dog.
  • to get your dog come back to you
  • how to teach commands sit, down, come, etc
  • how to get your dog to walk beside you (with or without a harness)
  • how to train your dog silently !

Sign up for Monday Morning LifeSkills Class

The first class starts with 20 mins of talking about how dogs learn, equipment used, our philosophy of traning, then we are into training. All dogs stay in the car for the 'talk'

Classes are Sunday  morning 10:00 am-11:00 am

We will resume our Tuesday evening class once restrictions on Covid are lifted.

Where? The Social Hall at the Blind & Low Vision NZ (formerly The Blind Foundation), 96 Bristol Street, St Albans/Merivale  - Put in 92 Bristol Street in Google Maps

We are using the grounds on the outside of the hall. We have a fully fenced little area to train as well as amble space around the garden and car parking.

The is Weather dependent. Any classes that have to be cancelled due to the weather will be tagged the following month for a 11:15am start.

Month Day Cost
July 2022- 10:00am- 11:00am July 3, 10, 17, 24 $ 125- 4 wks
AUGUST NO CLASS   off skiing :)  $ -
September 2022- 10:00am- 11:00am Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 $125- 4 wks
October  2022- 10:00am- 11:00am Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 $125-  4 wks
November 2022- 10:00am- 11:00am OCT 30, Nov 6, 20, 27 $125 - 4 Wks
December 2022- 10:00am- 11:00am Dec 4, 11, 18 $95 - 3 wks


Hide & Scent Class

Scenting Class in Christchurch, New Zealand

Hide & Scent class is basically playing games that challenge your dog's sense of smell and using your dog's natural scenting abilities.

It starts as an easy game then the challenges become more and more complicated.

Your dog will be asked to differentiate between different smells, navigate obstacles, and solve complicated puzzles to find her prize.

Dogs, like children, need games to burn off energy and to just have a bit of fun!. Your dog may not enjoy basic dog training because it involves activities he doesn't necessarily want to do – like hold still while you walk away, or sit and lie down over and over.

Dogs, like children, need games to burn off energy and to just have a bit of fun!. Your dog may not enjoy basic dog training because it involves activities he doesn't necessarily want to do – like hold still while you walk away, or sit and lie down over and over.

The benefits are:

  • the handler starts to read their dog better
  • to teach games like retrieve,
  • increase the relationship between you and your dog
  • that it burns a lot of physical and mental energy for your dog
  • that it helps build your dog's confidence. Your dog can never be wrong because he's using the one thing that he's great at- his nose! Saying this though, the handler (that's you) can miss the subtle signs your dog gives you- and that's what this course is about- reading your dog.
  • that ALL DOGS can join a class because they don't meet any dogs in class

  • To train for scent work, you need another person to set up the scent therefore you will be teamed up with another dog/owner in the class.  

    Sign up for Hide & Scent Class DATE:
    -to be announced-  

    TIME:  7:45-8:45pm

    LOCATION: Blind Foundation Social Hall, 96 Bristol Street.
    This class is AFTER our Life Skills Class

    COST: $85 if you have trained with us before (private or class)
               $110 if this is your first class/training session with us.
               (Normal cost would be $125 for 5 weeks) 

    Kids and Dog Tricks Class

    This class is specifically for children and young adults.

    Your child will learn:

    • how to approach a dog.
    • how to read the signs of your dog telling you he's had enough of playing
    • how to play with a toy.
    • playing games with your dog like "going to his bed" "roll over" "shake a paw" "going through hoops" "crawl" "finding a scent"-- Each game depends on the ability of your dog.
    • scenting games- teach your dog to find 'things'

    This class is great for all kids over 10 (or have the maturity) and must be accompanied by an adult. It is the child who will be teaching their dog with adult supervision.

    The cost is for one dog, but the whole family can come and participate. Maximum of 4 family members per dog.

    Your dog must know basic commands like sit, down, and a basic understanding of commands like 'come'. Your dog must HAVE HAD some basic training.
    We want your child to succeed with a dog that has been trained by an adult.

    This class is NOT suitable for dogs that get over-excited and want to play with other dogs. Come to our Life Skills Class, ask for a private consultation, or play with your dog 1:1 more. Your dog should look at you for "all fun things"

    If you don't know if your dog is suitable, ask us.

    Sign up for Kids and Dog Tricks Class

    When: During school break - to be announced

      COURSE is offered when there's a demand. Email us your interest.

    Time: Day training

    Where: Location to be announced.


    Minimum: 4 dogs per class 



    96 Bristol Street, St. Albans/Merivale- Blind Foundation's Hall

    About our School

    We are professionally trained dog trainers/behaviouralists. We teach and use best practice positive training methods to help you build the companion dog you and your family want.


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    • Phone:
      (03) 389 40 65 / 0221 88 58 17/ 021 82 3647
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    • Address:
      Christchurch, Canterbury
      New Zealand