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dog training CHRISTCHURCH
AND ONLINE throughout NZ

Using positive techniques and straightforward dog training methods, I'm here to reduce stress for both you and your best friend. 

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If your dog is...

  • Leash reactive -barking or lunging at other dogs, people, bikes, or scooters 

  • Aggressive - Biting, snapping, or growling 

  • Anxious, nervous, fearful, or shy - in general or in certain situations

  • Fearful or stressed -during vet visits, grooming, handling, meeting new people, car journeys etc

  • Fearful of noises - such as fireworks

What if your dog was a source of stress relief instead of a struggle?

I can help you rediscover the joy of living with your dog, increase your dog's resilience, and relieve the worry you have about your dogs behaviour.

I'm here to help turn stress into calm.

Dog Training initial session
(everyone starts here)

  • Assessment of your intake questionnaire

  • 1x initial session (60 - 90 minutes) 

  • Session notes emailed to you 

$160 online 
$180 in person

Please note that significant behaviour change will not usually occur in a single session; these sessions are a jumping off point. Behaviour modification for takes patience and persistence, and I'm here to help!

dog training follow up sessions

  • 1x 60-minute follow up session

  • Session notes emailed to you

$110 online 
$120 in person

Just need a quick tip?

Email me your question and I'll email you one tip. Includes video review if applicable. $40 

Behaviour helpline

30 min Zoom or phone call $65 

Stuck with a pressing dog-related issue? Schedule a 30-minute Zoom or phone call with us, or email us to get the guidance you need. Whether you're dealing with a concerning incident, seeking advice on dog behaviour, planning for a new puppy, or simply want to discuss any dog-related topic, we're here to help.

 

Please note that this service is designed to provide quick relief, resources, and general guidance, and is not a comprehensive consultation. The advice we offer will be general in nature and will not include written notes. If you require a more in-depth understanding of your dog's behaviour and customised training plans, consider booking an initial consultation for a comprehensive review.

"Kylee is just amazing and we are so grateful we have found her. She has a calm approach when dealing with anxious dogs and (stressed out) owners and has a good sense of humour which makes training sessions relaxed and fun."

Nadja

Ready for a better life with your best friend?

  • How much time will I need?
    For dog behaviour, I will send you a questionnaire to fill out, then initial consults are 90 minutes long, and can be carried out either online throughout NZ, or in your home in Christchurch. Follow up sessions are 60 minutes. In between sessions you'll be working with your dog to strengthen their new skills learned in our sessions. I aim to keep the process as straightforward as possible, and if time is limited, we can collaborate to find solutions. For puppies, I will send you a questionnaire to fill out, then initial consults are 60 minutes long, and can be carried out either online throughout NZ, or in your home in Christchurch. Follow up sessions are 60 minutes. In between sessions you'll be working with your puppy to strengthen their new skills learned in our sessions. I aim to keep the process as straightforward as possible, and if time is limited, we can collaborate to find solutions. I also provide in-home puppy training to accommodate busy schedules. So, if time constraints are an issue for you, I can work with your puppy while you work.
  • What dog training methods do you use?
    I use positive, ethical, and scientifically backed dog training and behaviour modification methods. I do not use shock collar, prong collars, choke chains, slip leads, or intimidation techniques. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of ethical dog training, check out this article from ABTC.
  • How much does dog training cost?
    Check out our dog behaviour prices here, and puppy training prices here.
  • Will I need any special dog training equipment?
    Necessary training items Treats - For the day of our session, please prepare lots of tiny, delicious treats that your dog really enjoys, and have them in an easily accessible container or bag. Depending on your dog's size, breed, appetite, health and preference of your pet, this could be up to 500g of fresh sweetcorn-kernel-sized pieces of meat, cheese, fish, boiled egg, etc. in a wide-mouthed, easy-to-hold container. We might not need them all, so they can be frozen, but having lots of delicious treats is usually very helpful. Well fitted collar and/or harness, and a strong leash. Recommended training items, but not necessary A clicker and a wrist strap for your clicker - this can really help to speed up training Treat pouches can be invaluable to free up your hands, and have easy access to treats.
  • What can I be doing before our session?
    Protect the welfare and safety of your dog, yourself, and other people and pets, and avoid any additional negative learning. The initial phase of behaviour modification is to preserve the safety and well-being of both humans and animals, and prevent further undesirable learning through management. This means preventing the dog's exposure to problematic situations, interactions, or environments. This can entail "limiting their environment" and is meant to alleviate the pressure on the dog as well as any other animals or humans involved. Anticipate and avoid The first recommended step, management, is something you can begin implementing straight away! Avoid your dog's exposure to stressors or problematic situation until our sessions begin. Identify any problematic scenarios to anticipate and avoid them - before they pose a threat to human or animal safety or well-being. For separation-related issues, try to avoid leaving your dog alone by establishing a caretaking arrangement that ensures they're not left unsupervised until our sessions start. When dealing with human-directed fear aggression it is crucial to respect your dog's personal space and ensure the safety of everyone. Don't let strangers greet your dog if your dog is uncomfortable with strangers - cross the road if out on a walk, or put your dog in another room if you have visitors over. Avoid putting your dog in potentially stressful situations. If your dog is reactive towards other people or dogs, refrain from taking them to busy areas and avoid peak times. Take measures to prevent physical harm to individuals and other animals and shield the pet from stressful environments. Apply the above anticipate and avoid approach until our sessions start. Use physical barriers like doors, baby gates, leashes, or tethers to ensure safety where needed. Use compassionate prevention, and behavioural adjustments from humans. Prioritise the comfort and well-being of your dog, making sure they have all their needs met without causing distress. Aim for a calm and peaceful environment for your dog. Avoid punishment It is advised never to punish or correct your dog. This is ineffective and is counterintuitive to training and behaviour modification, and increases anxiety and frustration. Instead, focus on avoiding situations that may lead to issues until our session. Avoid using techniques based on establishing dominance or displaying authority. Keep a diary/take videos It can be helpful for you to gather information on triggers, and any events that may have led to the behaviour. Avoid deliberately setting up situations to provoke problem behaviour, especially if it could be distressing or unsafe. However, be prepared to naturally capture video footage of occurrences, if safe to do so. Additionally, keeping a diary of any problems that arise can help- outlining not only the behaviour of concern but also the factors that triggered it, interactions, and contexts (including human actions), as well as your responses during the behaviour.

Hi! I'm Kylee, a registered veterinary nurse and dog behaviourist in Christchurch.
My mission is to empower you and your best friend through positive training methods, so that you can enjoy a more peaceful life together.

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