Learn With Sarah | HotDogs K9 Training

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Train Your Dog the Way They’d Love to be Trained.

Not in Dunedin, NZ? Explore the digital products to get you started.  Local to HotDogs? Raise your training game by working with me in person.

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.

Karen T and Kenzie

Pain Free Puppy Raising Ebook ($12 NZD)

Positive training methods to help your new puppy thrive and reach their full potential

Pain Free Puppy Raising ebook

Do you want to raise your new puppy to be the best dog they can be? Do you want to bring out their full potential and avoid future problems?  


Maybe you’re finding your new addition to be more challenging than you expected? 

 Fear not!  

 I can provide you with the force-free essentials you need to shape your puppy’s future self, without using scolding or corrections.  Puppyhood only lasts for a few short weeks so make the most of them with this ebook.

“Sarah helped us train our energetic collie/lab puppy Tui. She has an incredible breadth of knowledge and wisdom which she passed on to us. Tui is a handful, but such a smart girl and without Sarah’s guidance I don’t think we could have successfully helped Tui learn the ways of the world so well. Sarah showed us that our first puppy journey can be such a positive and enjoyable one.”

— Hannah S. and Tui (In Person Client)

Sanity Savers for Positive Trainers ($10 NZD)

Dealing with things that make you go “Argghh!” without using punishment

Sanity Savers for Positive Trainers ebook

All dogs will do stuff we’d rather they didn’t.  It’s a fact of life – dogs and humans have very different ideas of what’s appropriate and what isn’t!  And rewards are great for teaching your dog to DO stuff…


If you want to use force-free methods, how do you STOP your dog doing those very things they find so much fun (but you loathe)?

If this is your life right now, this little ebook is just what you’ve been looking for.

I think the (Sanity Savers) ebook was great because it didn’t sugar coat anything – there were definitely a few times with toilet training when I thought, surely I should love my puppy more than this? So I really appreciated your honesty!
The ebook has given me the confidence to stay the course with training my puppy and has meant that the training actually pays off and that I can see results. The Sanity Savers ebook has had a very positive effect on my relationship with my puppy .

— Stephanie L. and Zephyr

Fundamentals Of Marker Training Online Course ($67 NZD)

Got the training bug?  Do you love teaching your dog how to do cool stuff using rewards?

Fundamentals of Marker Training course

If you’ve dipped your toe into reward-based training and found the water to be perfect, and now you’d love to learn how to take your training to the next level…


You train for dog sports and would love to get the kind of scores the ‘big name’ players achieve, while still having a fabulous time with your canine partner…

then this is the course you’ve been waiting for!

By going through The Fundamentals of Marker Trainings course I have realised that almost everything is teachable and rewarding the good behaviour is much easier than checking the undesirable behaviour. We have made huge progress and I have a happier much less confused dog. I would 100% recommend this course to any new or experienced dog owner.” 

— Helen T and Red



Competitive Obedience and Rally-O for Beginners – 1-2-1 Sessions at Hotdogs in Dunedin, NZ ($45 NZD per 45 min)

handler and dog in 'working bubble'

Got the basics?

Want to keep training but don’t know what to teach your dog?

If your dog already knows, ‘sit’, responds to their name – even off lead, and can walk with you nicely for a few steps, you’re ready to really start having some fun together.

Why not give sports training a go?

“I went to Sarah for help with competitive obedience and while I received great help with this I also learnt how to train the dog as a ‘whole being’, learning about environmental, physical and mental stimuli and to become more of a team in our everyday lives.

Her positive training methods are great and she always has a solution for any problem that arises. I am so pleased with Sarah’s training methods that I am going to her with my new dog as well.”

— Michelle C and Rowan

Sports Training Problem Solving 1-2-1 Sessions At Hotdogs ($45 NZD per 45 min)

Sarah & Felix Heeling

Already training for sports but struggling to get the results you want?

  • Can’t get those perfect fronts or finishes?  Those tiny details are costing you big points…
  • Perhaps your dog’s heelwork just doesn’t make the grade?  Wibbles and wides plaguing your scores…
  • Or your dog’s stays just evaporate like mist in the sun…leaving you mortified or just plain disappointed.  All that effort and once again you have nothing to show for it.
  • Perhaps your dog struggles to pay attention in the trial environment? Disengaging to check out what else is on offer…  Training is a dream at home or the local park but it’s a whole different story when it really matters!

I’ll  work closely with you and your dog to help you develop the skills you need for the sport you love, so that both of you have the best experience possible, in the ring and outside of it.

This is a bespoke service and will be different for everyone.  Each team is unique, which means that every solution is also unique.

 (*If you train agility I can help you with training issues such as start-line stays, contacts or disengagement/motivation problems.)

Sarah helped me tremendously when my confidence in both myself and dog were at a very low point after a very poor attempt at an obedience test.  She was brilliant at looking at, and assessing, both Frost and myself as both individuals and as a partnership.

Sarah has a wonderful box full of positive training skills and is happy to try different options if the first doesn’t work, until she gets to something that suits us both… I liked the way that she didn’t have just one box that everyone has to fit into and how well she worked each partnership on its own merits.”

Anne M. and Frost

Not sure if I can help?  Drop me a line and we can chat.