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Training Options

PLEASE NOTE: 

We have been making some changes to our classes and are now focused on our puppy training and private training. Register via our website for Private Training and Behaviour Consultations, as well as registering your interest in Nosework.
For the Puppy Preschool and Puppy Primer classes, please follow the links under the class headings below.

Our puppy training classes are designed to meet the real-life needs of the family dog. 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 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

Puppy Preschool has re-located to St Aidans on the Hill in Maungaraki and is now held in association with Waglands. Click the link to find out more and sign up.
Puppy Preschool is a four-week group class for the younger puppy offering age-specific training and qualified development advice. Get the best start for socialisation, training and information on key puppy raising topics. Ideal for all puppies up to 14 weeks of age at class start. We follow the modern positive approach to puppy raising, maintain low student:teacher ratios provide comprehensive support materials and ensure social experiences are well-managed for a better value learning experience. We encourage family or household participation.
Please note that we do not require puppies to be fully vaccinated to start this class but we do need to see proof that they have begun vaccinations and ask them to be carried into the building.

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Puppy visits

Next Available Course
As arranged. Time slots available Monday-Friday.
Cost: $80 per 1 hour session at your home.
Inquire Here
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 new puppy owner to iron out any specific questions, to help younger family members to be involved, get early training underway, or as part of the preparation before your new pup has actually arrived.

Puppy Primer

Puppy Primer

Next Available Courses:
Puppy Primer is now being run in association with Central Allbreeds Dog Training School at their Club grounds in Ian Galloway Park, Wilton.
Click the link to find out more and sign up via their website.
A five-week group class for the older puppy offering age-specific training and qualified development advice. Positive socialisation experiences with people and other pups.  Introduces loose lead walking, recalls, wait and stay, basic commands and how to manage off-lead interaction for your rapidly growing puppy.  Class size limited for more individual attention and ideal for puppies up to 6 months of age at class start. Family involvement encouraged. A practical and positive solution to start your puppy’s education, help with housetraining, common puppy problems and early training skills.

Dog Training Classes

Events

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SSANZ NOVICE Nosework Trial

Next Trial Date
Monday 7 June 2021 (Queen’s Birthday)
Commences approximately 10am
Venue: Fraser Engineering, Peterkin St, Taita, LOWER HUTT.
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Cost $34.50 per dog inc gst
A.C.E. Dog Training Novice Nosework Trials 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. Each dog requires a separate handler. Judges to be announced Run under the sanctioned rules of the Scent Sports Association of New Zealand. Entry acceptance priority is given to SSANZ members if entries exceed capacity – as per SSANZ regulations
Entries close Monday 31 May 2021………..
 

 

One-on-One Dog Training

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Private Training Sessions

Next Available Course
As arranged, time slots available on Mondays and Wednesdays
These sessions are also available online.
Cost: Pre-booked packages available, or $100-120 per individual session
Contact us direct to discuss your needs. 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 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 of 80c/km apply for locations outside Wellington City.

 

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Take the Lead Training

Next Available Course
Please register your interest below to discuss availability. These are arranged as recurring weekday sessions.
Location: In Home
Cost: $75-90 per session
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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 weekly or over a condensed period to fit your needs. Package options include a handover session to pass on achievements, so you too enjoy the benefits of your dog’s new training skills.

Consultations

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Puppy visits

Next Available Course
As arranged. Time slots available Monday-Friday.
Cost: $80 per 1 hour session at your home.
Inquire Here
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 new puppy owner to iron out any specific questions, to help younger family members to be involved, get early training underway, or as part of the preparation before your new pup has actually arrived.

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Behaviour Consultations

Appointments Available
Mondays to Fridays.
Location: In-Home
Cost: Initial session charge $280. The first session is 90 minutes, and includes an option for an online 30 minute follow-up session. Additional travel charge may apply to basic charge. Additional options and packages for further training are available.
Enquire Here

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.

Nosework Classes

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Nosework Introductions

Next Available Course
We are taking a break from Nosework classes and will be starting up again likely in May 2021.
Cost: $140
Enrol Here to register your interest
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. This Introductory course runs over four weeks with an 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
Register interest for 2021
Three-week course
Cost:$120

Continue developing your dog’s unique sense of smell and their skills at identifying and alerting on a special odour wherever 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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Nosework Advanced Session

Thursdays from 7.30-9pm

Venue: St Aidan’s on the Hill, Cnr Stratton St and Poto Road, Maungaraki
Cost: $30 per session

New challenges with outdoor, vehicle and more advanced searches. Ideal for those considering entering  Novice Nosework Trials or wanting to extend their training in more “real-life” challenges.

 

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?

Our puppy training sessions are one hour. Our specialty classes may run for 90 minutes per session.

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 calendar month of completing a previous level.

What do your dog training classes cover?

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 positive 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. They will build the confidence of both you and your puppy.
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.