Train with Sarah

In person, One-2-One Training in Dunedin, Otago, NZ

Some dogs love toys…

Private training is a great option if group classes are not for you.  Maybe you work shifts or unusual hours? You can schedule private training to suit your needs.

Some dogs also do better with private training.  They may be anxious and fearful around new dogs or people, stressed in new places or have health problems that make training in group classes a poor choice.

Private training ensures that both you and your dog are relaxed, comfortable and in a great situation in which to learn.

…others love food!

Free Downloadable Guide to get You Started

When we first get a dog we think of training: teaching our new best friend things like ‘come when I call you’, ‘sit’ ‘walk nicely’ or tricks.

And those things are important. However, more important, in my experience, is how we set up the environment and how we behave with our dog every moment they’re awake.

Dogs are learning whenever they’re not sleeping; and what they learn in that time will have far more impact on their day to day behaviour than the few minutes spent in ‘training’ sessions.

So, do your dog and yourself a favour: read this booklet I’ve prepared for you (it’s only 23 pages). Don’t try to fix established problems later – take positive steps to prevent problems now!

The Nuts ‘n’ Bolts of Teaching Dogs

This is the HotDogs in-person Foundation Course. Covering six modules to give you the basic skills to train your dog, it focuses on training YOU how to communicate clearly, kindly and effectively. No ‘whispering’ skills required!

This is where everyone starts at HotDogs (unless you can demonstrate you already have these skills in place).

What does it cover?

  • How dogs learn and the best way to teach them.
  • All about marker signals and why you need them.
  • The best ways to start behaviours.
  • All about cues; what they are , what they’re not and how to use them effectively.
  • Building reliable behaviours so your dog responds in the real world.

The results? 

  • No more frustration because your dog won’t listen to you.  
  • A rock solid bond built on understanding, compassion and trust. 
  • A fun and engaging way to spend quality time with your dog. 

How long does it take?   The in-person Nuts ‘n’ Bolts Course takes approximately 6 – 8 sessions to complete, depending on how quickly you and your dog master the stages of training.

How much does it cost?  Each session is $65 for 1 hour.  The course includes detailed lesson booklets, workbooks and videos. I tailor the games and exercises to fit with your own personal training goals so you’re not learning irrelevant material.

What’s Next?

Sports Training

Training for Sports is a great way to build a strong bond with your dog.  It gives you focus, improves your training skills and is incredible fun too! 

If you have a smart dog, they will be delighted to get their teeth into the challenges of training for sports. 

You don’t have to be interested in competing to have fun teaching new skills. 

Read about the many benefits for both you and your dog here.

Happy Handling

Many dogs are terrified of the vet, groomer, or even their owner, doing care tasks.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  

By systematically making the necessary care tasks non-threatening and pleasurable, we can remove much of the stress and fear involved.  

This results in calmer vet visits, quicker (and cheaper!) grooming trips, and your dog can now get the medical or husbandry care needed – without you feeling guilty about putting your dog ‘through it’.

How long does it take?   With Sports or Happy Handling training you can do as many or as few sessions as you like.  We work to your requirements and goals, at your pace.

How much does it cost?  Each session is $45 for 45 minutes.

“Sarah’s approach to dog training is evidence-based and is positive, humane, and compassionate. If a particular strategy does not work for my dog, she will go back to the drawing board and try something else.

It is because of Sarah’s commitment to meeting my dog’s individual needs (and not taking a one-size-fits-all approach) that we are starting to see marked improvement. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Sarah and seeing more great progress!“

— Karen T.

Not sure what you need?

Contact me – we’ll figure it out together.

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