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Our puppy and dog training classes are designed to meet the real-life needs of the family dog at every stage of their development, from the young puppy through to the mature adult. Whether you want to master the basics or get that more reliable obedient response under distraction, with over 30 years professional and qualified dog training experience, A.C.E. Dog Training in Wellington are the people to see.

Smaller group sizes at our indoor weekend training venue allow individual attention, without weather constraints, offering a more positive training experience for both people and dogs. Individual training options are flexible to fit into time or travel constraints. Get training tips on toilet training, crate training, socialisation, dog barking, aggression, reliable recalls, meeting-and-greeting manners and all the basic pet dog training obedience skills.

We encourage the whole household to attend, and design our classes for other family members to be involved in the training activities if they wish. Please note that children under 7 years of age may require an additional adult present to supervise them during class.

Puppy Training Classes

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Puppy Preschool

Next Available Courses:
Sunday 15 October 2017, 5pm (No class Labour Weekend)
Sunday 19 November 2017, 5pm
At Nose2Tail, Unit 4/66 Kingsford-Smith Street, Rongotai
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Or Monday 30 October 2017, 7pm
At VillageVets-Newlands, 5-7 Stewart Drive, Newlands
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Cost: $100
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Four week group class for the best start for socialisation, training and information on key puppy raising topics. All family welcome. Ideal for all puppies from 8- 14 weeks of age (at class start). Note: Proof of 1st Parvovirus vaccination a pre-requisite, but full vaccinations are not required to begin.

Puppy Primer

Puppy Primer

Next Available Courses:
Sunday 12 November 2017 10.30am (Class full, waiting list only)
Sunday 28 January 2018, 3pm then 3.30pm thereafter
Weekend training venue at 4/60 Kingsford-Smith Street
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Cost: Full price $150 with 10% discount for students enrolling within 1 month of completing Puppy Preschool
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Five week group class for the older puppy offering age specific training, positive socialisation experiences and qualified development advice. Introduces loose lead walking, recalls, wait and stay, basic commands and includes off-lead interaction for your rapidly growing puppy.  Class size limited for more individual attention and suitable for puppies under 20 weeks of age at class start. Family involvement encouraged.

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Puppy visits

Next Available Course
As arranged. Time slots available Tuesday-Thursdays
In Home, (travel charges may apply)
Cost: $80
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An opportunity to tailor the basics of a good puppy upbringing to your own situation. Home based advice on housetraining, chewing, nipping and biting, play and early training. Perfect for the newer puppy owner, to iron out any specific questions, to encourage younger family to be involved, or as part of the preparation before your new pup has actually arrived.

Dog Training Classes

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Teen Training

Next Available Course
Sunday 12 November 2017 First class 1pm then 12pm thereafter. (Class full WAITING LIST ONLY)
Sunday 28 Janaury 2017 First class 1pm then 12pm thereafter.
Weekend training venue at 4/60 Kingsford-Smith Street
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Cost: Full price $150, with 10% discount for students enrolling within 1 month of completing Puppy Primer.
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The best choice for young adolescent dogs aged 6-10 months ready to start learning about focus and control. An activity focused class builds on-lead skills, close control, good meeting and greeting manners and building handling confidence as well as the  “selective deafness” which teenage dogs often develop. Class size is limited to 6 dogs for individual attention over a five week course. Price includes weekly handouts and certificate of completion.

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Adult ABC’s

Next Available Course
Sunday 28 January 2018,  10.30am
Weekend training venue at 4/60 Kingsford-Smith Street
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Cost: $150 with 10% discount for SPCA adoptees (with voucher) and 20% for our ex Teen students.
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A basic training starter course for dogs over around 12 months – who may not have previously attended group training. Also ideal for recently adopted dogs adjusting to a new home environment or those with special needs in a group situation. Covers all the basic pet dog skills like loose lead walking, recalls, close control skills, and stay with more age-appropriate activities for the adult dog. Class size is limited to four dogs for even more individualised attention over a five week period. Price includes weekly handouts and certificate of completion.

Advanced Companion

Advanced Companion

Next Available Course
Sunday 12 November  at 9am (Class full – waiting list only)
Sunday 28 January 2018 at 9am
Weekend training venue at Unit 4, 60 Kingsford-Smith Street
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Cost: $135 for continuing students who completed either Teen or Adult.
$170 for students new to A.C.E. Dog Training (includes home visit make-up session)
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The next step in training with your dog. Strengthens control under distraction, adds more complex handling techniques and builds recall and stay reliability. Graduates receive the certificate recognised by Wellington City Council Animal Control Services for RDO registration discount applications. A five week course limited in size for maximum value and individualised attention from our qualified experienced instructors.

Recall

Recall Redux

Next Available Course:
Current class full. Next start early 2018.
First two sessions held at our weekend training venue: Unit 4, 66 Kingsford-Smith Street then a third session at a local park.
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Cost: $90
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An specialist class for any age of dog over 3 intensive sessions. Build a more reliable recall or “come quickly when called” off-lead –  for in the park or on the beach. Includes an off-site practice session at a local park. Dogs attending must be both people friendly and socially comfortable around other dogs, as this class involves considerable off-lead activities.

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Trick Training

Next Available Course:
Two sessions 9  and 15  December 4-6pm
At our weekend training venue Unit 4, 60 Kingsford-Smith Street Rongotai
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Cost: $100
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Introducing a wide range of tricks from the very simple to the quite complex with an emphasis on fun and learning techniques suitable for handlers of all ages. Surprise your family and wow your friends with all the cool things your dog can now do. A special two week intensive class covering more than a dozen different tricks and trick ideas in each 2 hour session. Note – student dogs should be socially reliable as many of the tricks are taught off-lead.

Nosework Classes

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Nosework Introductions

Next Available Course
Next start Friday 1 September 8pm-9.30pm
Weekend training venue at  Unit 4, 60 Kingsford-Smith Street
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Cost: New students $100, students returning this level $80
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Does your dog follow its nose? Tap into your dog’s unique sense of smell and have fun teaching them what custom’s dogs do but in a less formal context. This class suitable to all dogs – even those with “issues,” or physical disabilities as each dog works with the handler alone and need not be comfortable in group situations. Introductory course runs over four weeks with opportunity to build more advanced training by opting to repeat  at this level or continue into our Next Steps level.

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Nosework Next Steps

Next Available Courses
New To Next Steps  – Next start 8pm Friday 29 September 2017 (Special 3 week block)
Three weeks held at our weekend training venue: Unit 4, 60 Kingsford-Smith Street View Map
Cost:$70
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Continue developing your dog’s unique sense of smell and their skills at identifying and alerting on a special odour where-ever it might be placed. Further develop your teamwork and handling skills in this new sport. This course will be specifically for dogs who have already completed a nosework introductory course and understand the basic principles. Dogs with “issues,” or physical disabilities are welcome as each dog works with the handler alone and need not be comfortable in group situations. Nosework-Next Steps  is a three week class ( 90 minutes sessions) and builds the odour recognition work begun in earlier Nosework classes.

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NOVICE Nosework – The Test

Next Trial Date
Saturday 26 August 2017
Commences 9.00am
Venue: NZKC Exhibition Centre, Prosser Street, Porirua
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Cost $30 per dog
A.C.E. Dog Training Novice Nosework Trials will require entrant teams (dog and handler) to find our key training odour (oil of clove bud) in four different scenarios – Container, Interior, Exterior and Vehicle. Each is within a specific time frame. Note that each dog requires a separate handler.

One-on-One Dog Training

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Private Training Classes

Next Available Course
As arranged, time slots available weekdays Monday to Thursday
In Home
Cost: $360 pre-booked package or $80-$120 per session individual
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 We have a 4-5 week package to cover all the basics with you or can individually tailor puppy or older dog training to achieve the agreed goals. One-on-one sessions are focused into 40-45 minute blocks and can be pre-purchased at a package rate or arranged individually as you prefer for specific goals. The concentrated nature of one-on-one means we can accomplish much in a short time. Additional travel charges may apply for locations outside Wellington City.

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Take the Lead Training

Next Available Course
As arranged, time slots available weekdays
In Home
Cost: $700-$860
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Let the experts come to your home and train your dog for you. A better solution for training issues when you are too busy or struggle trying to make progress yourself. Take the Lead Training packages will kick start a better relationship – teaching your dog to walk nicely on a lead, come back when called, wait nicely while visitors arrive, or help work on problematic phobias, fears or aggressive behaviour. Conducted with 4-5 daily or near-daily visits, over a condensed period. Packages include a handover session to pass on the skills achieved, so you too enjoy the benefits of your dog’s new training skills.

Consultations

PuppyVisits

Puppy visits

Next Available Course
As arranged. Time slots available Tuesday-Thursdays
In Home, (travel charges may apply)
Cost: $80
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An opportunity to tailor the basics of a good puppy upbringing to your own situation. Home based advice on housetraining, chewing, nipping and biting, play and early training. Perfect for the newer puppy owner, to iron out any specific questions, to encourage younger family to be involved, or as part of the preparation before your new pup has actually arrived.

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Behaviour Consultations

Appointments Available
Mondays to Thursdays.
Location: In Your Home
Cost: Initial session charge $160 Additional travel charge may apply. Options and Packages available.
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Not all problems can be resolved with attending a group class. There are times when your dog’s issues would be best addressed by working with you and your dog alone, perhaps in your own home. An initial consultation with an experienced, qualified behavioural trainer is supported by written materials and tailored notes to help find a solution best fitted to your dog’s needs. Common issues we address by private consultation include house-soiling, destructive behaviour, barking, fence running, fearfulness and on-lead aggression to name just a few.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need for class?

All canine students attending A.C.E. Dog Training Classes at the Rongotai site must be up to date with vaccinations. A vaccination certificate or other proof of vaccination provided by your veterinarian will be noted on your form by a staff member prior to bringing your dog into class for the first time. This can be brought to the first session, or alternately a copy of the certificate can be scanned and submitted with your enrolment form.

How long are the classes?

Most group training sessions run for an hour. The specialty classes such as Tricks, Nosework and Recall Redux are a bit longer and usually  run for 90 minutes each week.

How do I enrol for the next A.C.E. Dog Training class?

Click on the link at the class you are interested in to direct to the online registration form. If you are not sure which class to enrol for then check the box requesting further information or contact us directly.

How do I pay?

Payment in advance is recommended and can be made online to A.C.E. Dog Training at 12-3223-0130439-00. Please put your dog’s name in the reference field. Alternatively, bring cash or cheque to the first class. Sorry, but we do not offer EFTPOS at this time.

Do you offer any discounts?

We actively support the work of the Wellington SPCA, and offer a 10% discount for recent adoptees on enrolment at their first class. We also have a 10% discount available for students who re-enrol within one month of completing a previous level.

What do your dog training classes cover?

Standard group classes are age-specific, and geared to the needs of the average dog at each stage of their development. In puppy training classes, we teach the basics – sit, down, stand, stay, come when called and start loose-lead walking along with structured off-lead socialisation. Puppy classes offer heaps of additional content with training tips and advice on toilet training, house training, nipping, biting, chewing, jumping up, clicker training to name just a few. In the teen and adult dog training classes we briefly review these areas in case you missed the early start and then expand on loose lead walking, add heeling or close control and recalls under distraction, teach wait and stay, start on-lead meeting and greeting manners without jumping up, offer training advice on dog barking, destructive behaviour, safe travel, retrieving, grooming and much more. In addition to obedience training classes, there are specialty classes for the fun stuff such as Nosework skills (detector dog training with a fun flavour), dog Tricks Training, child handlers and our ever popular Recall Redux – to get that really reliable come when called. All sessions are supported by class handouts so that the skills learned can be reviewed later and progress is not interrupted if for some reason you are unable to attend a training class session.