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PLEASE NOTE: 

We have been making some changes to our classes. We continue to run Nosework classes. Puppy Classes are now run in association with other positive reinforcement organisations Waglands and Central Allbreeds Dog Training School.
For the Puppy Preschool and Puppy Primer classes, please follow the links under the class headings below.

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Puppy Training Classes

Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool has re-located to Maungaraki Community Hall and is now held in association with Waglands. Click the link to find out more.. Our next Puppy Preschool starts Tuesday 9 April at 7pm.
To register Click Here
Puppy Preschool is a five-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 between 8 and 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 will ask you to carry them into the building.

Puppy visits

Next Available Course
As arranged. Time slots available Monday-Friday.
Cost: $80-$90 per 1-hour session at your home or online.
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

Next Available Courses:
Sunday’s – held on behalf of   Central Allbreeds Dog Training School
Click the links to find out more and sign up via their websites.
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 is limited for more individual attention. Ideal for puppies up to 20 weeks 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.

 

One-on-One Dog Training

Take the Lead Training

Next Available Course
Please register your interest below to discuss availability. Due to current committments we will not be taking on new clients until after Easter
Location: In Home
Cost: $90-$110 per session conducted weekly for 6 weeks.
Register Inquiry
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

Puppy visits

Next Available Course
As arranged. Time slots available Monday-Friday.
Cost: $80-$90 per 1-hour session at your home or online.
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.

Behaviour Consultations

Appointments Available
Due to current committments Jan is not taking on new clients, except by referral, at this time
Location: In-Home
Cost: Initial session charge $320. The first session is 90 minutes, and includes an option for a 30 minute follow-up session via Zoom. Additional travel charges may apply depending on location. 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. Following the completion of a behavioural questionnaire, the 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

Nosework Introductions

Next Available Course
Starting – Monday 8 April, 7.30pm.
Venue: St Aidan’s Church Hall, Normandale
Cost: $180
 
Does your dog follow its nose? Tap into your dog’s unique sense of smell and have fun teaching them Detection Dogs skills, but in a pet-focused context. This class is suitable for ALL dogs of any age – even those with “issues,” or physical disabilities. Each handler and dog work alone and so need not be comfortable in group situations. This Introductory course runs over four weeks with an opportunity to continue into more advanced training by following on into a Next Steps course and then joining our Advanced Nosework group on Thursday evenings thereafter. Enrol Here

Nosework Next Steps

Next Available Courses
Commences Friday 9 June at 7.30pm
Three-week course held 9, 16 and 30 June
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 expands the odour recognition work begun in earlier Nosework classes to other environment and scenarios. Graduatesd are then invited to join the ongoing Advanced Nosework sessions on Thursday evenings. .

Nosework Advanced Session

Thursdays from 7.30-9pm

Regular Venue: St Aidans Church, Cnr Poto Rd and Stratton Street, Normandale
Cost: $30 per session

This ongoing and socially supportive group meets weekly. Conquer new challenges with outdoor, vehicle and more advanced searches. Ideal for those considering entering  actual Nosework Trials or wanting to extend their Introductory training into more “real-life” challenges. Completion of Nosework Introductions or equivalent scent work with another organisation experience a pre-requisite.

Nosework Next Steps

Next Available Course
Starting Friday November – date tbc, 7.30pm
Venue: St Aidens Church Hall, Maungaraki
Cost: $120 inc GST
The intermediary class between Introductions and our ongoing Advanced group who meet weekly. Next Steps takes the teams who have started some nosework skills – either with us or elsewhere and adds more challenges as they move to a confident “Odour Only” alert response. Over 3 sessions we introduce all the elements encountered in “real-life” detection work including exteriors, interiors and vehicles while improving each team’s ability to solve the searching problems they are set.

 

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.