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Looking for an APDTNZ member trainer or pet professional?

In order to ensure you are receiving the best professional pet dog training, behaviour advice, and guidance we recommend that you select one of the full APDTNZ members listed in the APDTNZ Trainers Directory below. You find them listed geographically - North to South.

Another way is to look for pet professionals who are displaying the APDTNZ logo on their website, printed materials, or uniform. logoThe APDTNZ logo is your assurance that the pet professional using it has not only agreed to the ethical standards set by the APDTNZ (Code of Ethics) but will also be able to provide you with professional pet dog services, in your local area.

Please be aware that permission to use the logo is given to individual full members only, and not to businesses, organisations or clubs. If the APDTNZ logo is shown in association with a business or club, it does not necessarily mean that each individual within that organisation has agreed to abide by the "Code of Ethics" of the APDTNZ. You will need to confirm that you are working with a full member of the APDTNZ.

Please let us know if you see the APDTNZ logo displayed by a business or club so we can confirm the legitimacy of its use. If you have any concerns or complaints regarding the conduct of or the services you have received from an APDTNZ member contact us by email.

Choose your dog trainer wisely

Did you know that dog training is an unregulated industry? Unlike other skilled professions like medicine, law, or accountancy, there are no standards or rules for what a trainer should know before working with dogs. How you choose your trainer really matters for both you and your dog.

Ask these simple questions for the best possible results:

  1. Do you belong to the APDTNZ? Membership with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand indicates a voluntary commitment to high standards of professional knowledge and business ethics.
  2. What training methods do you employ? Animal behaviour science has come a long way in the last decades. Skilled trainers can produce incredible results with humane, positive-reinforcement based training, leaving no excuse for outdated methods that use force, pain, and intimidation.
  3. What do you do for continuing education? Ongoing education is a hallmark of professionalism in any industry. Any trainer you consider hiring should regularly attend conferences and seminars based on the latest training science, including the annual APDTNZ conference.
  4. Can I watch a class? Sitting in on a class will give you a good sense of a trainer’s methodology. But don’t just watch the instructor. Are the students interacting with their dogs in a relaxed, upbeat way? Do the dogs seem happy and focused?

    If you hear scolding or yelling, or dogs looking stressed with their tails tucked and heads down, find another class. And if a trainer won’t let you watch, find a trainer who will.

APDTNZ Trainers Directory


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Northland region

Rebecca Roper 19 Kerikeri 027 448 6671 OK K9 Dog Training
Angelika Cawte 37 Whangarei 021 268 5949 Happy Tails Dog Training
Ann Kenny 96 Whangarei 027 612 2144 Blue Ash Dog Training

Auckland region

Susie Londer 1 Auckland 021 364 393 Dogease
Paula Denby-Gibbs 8 North West Auckland 022 6367308 DoLittle Training Ltd
Cheryl Ritchie 50 Auckland 027 224 1982 Forward Paws Dog Training
Sacha Berger 103 Auckland 021 061 8480 DOGlife NZ
Debbie Markwick 120 Auckland 021 113 1781
Rhiannon Jill Taylor 122 Auckland 021 113 4695 Complete Canine Care
Sarah Ellich 128 Greytown 021 472 408 Dog Days
Bridee Manning 149 Pokeno 022 303 5390 Dog Mechanics
Carolyn Bassett 150 Auckland 027 627 8786 Sir Lancelock
Conny Dodssuweit 164 Auckland 021 1584129 Dog Help

Waikato region

Sue Williams 20 Waikato 021 100 2390 Noseworx
Joanne Small 26 Hamilton 027 477 1047 Kool K9 Training Ltd
Darran  Rowe 139 Hamilton 0274 585872 Kukura Dog Services
Lacey Knox 153 Pokeno 027 431 9390 Complete Canine Care
Alice Gasnier 156 Te Awamutu 021 031 5559
Tarah Spyve 157 Whitianga 021 495 620 Shine Canine

Bay of Plenty region

Bev Binney 83 Taupo 027 488 1928 Best Friends Dog Training
Diane Lesley Parkes 125 Tauranga 021 064 0462 Canine Collective

Hawke's Bay region

John Lane 25 Napier 027 246 3977 K9 College NZ

Taranaki region

Jo Moody 7 Hawera 027 364 5238 Hawera Dog Training
Viv Pert 43 Hawera 021 160 8851 Hawera Dog Training Association

Manawatu- Whanganui region

Margarette Marshall 4 Wanganui 027 290 5013 K9 Kindergarten
Karen Shell 91 Fielding 027 525 3891 Communicanine
Kristan Dantas 155 Palmerston North 021 265 6249
Linda Guinness 166 Feilding 027 4488000 Totally Vets & Feilding Dog Training Club

Wellington region

Jan Voss 16 Wellington 021 818 222 A.C.E Dog Training Ltd
Debra Kiernan 33 Carterton 027 244 1688 K9 Wise
Karen de Wit 36 Upper Hutt 021 124 0174 Goodogz Training & Grooming Centre
Shelly Turner 58 Wellington 021 1264 4221
Debbie Noon 72 Kapiti Coast 021 749 9242 Ttouch Practitioner
Cathi Napp 144 Wellington 021 401 471 Unleashed Pawtential/Central Allbreeds
Rhea Hurley 146 Porirua 021 413 431 Vet Smart
Lucy Anderson 147 Wellington 027 212 1228 Behaviour Vet/Confident Canine
Francine Harrison 165 Wellington 021 453813

Tasman region

Susan Walsh 90 Tasman 027 360 6043 Dog Almighty

Marlborough region

John Hammond 162 Blenheim 021 821 207 K9 Kindy Ltd

Canterbury region

Els Desart 10 Lyttelton 021 062 4966 Kuri
Dennis Nuberg 14 Christchurch 027 293 9220 Happy Dog
Kelly A. D.  Brown 142 Christchurch 021WAGGLETAILS Waggle Tails NZ
Holly Caird 151 Christchurch 027 309 3944 West Melton Dog Training
Lisa Sturm 152 Christchurch 021 107 1159 Sit Happens
Deborah Chadoutaud Maslet 167 Christchurch 020 4007 6862 Mind Pro Animal Behaviour
Lucy Sandford-Reed 169 Christchurch 027 480 7953 Selwyn Dog Training Club

Otago region

Audrey Campbell 24 Dunedin 027 319 5118
Catherine Wallace 93 Oamaru 027 434 6104 Vet Behavioural Therapy
Leone Ward 94 Queenstown Lakes 021 636 599 Dogs Zone
Helena Akesson 98 Dunedin 021 0237 5611
Carlotta Taylor 127 Dunedin Humanimals Vet Clinic
Philippa Collins 148 Queenstown 027 741 2020 Queenstown Dog Agility Club
Sarah Ripley 168 Dunedin 021 2929 764 Hot Dogs K9 Training