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About Zerobites Dog Training

I am a Dog Trainer & Behaviourist. I train in Woodville and Ashhurst, Palmerston North. I hold dog training classes, on a monthly basis, in Ashhurst. Private training is also available. I can help you with your dogs behaviour problems, including aggression. I am also a photographer and my main interests are in Wildlife, Nature and Pet Photography

Dog Training Classes, Ashhurst Palmerston North start Sunday 25th March @ 1.30pm, min class size 3, max size 6, means more time spent with you and your dog. “Book Now” to secure your place.

Dog Training Classes, Ashhurst Palmerston North start Sunday 25th March @ 1.30pm, min class size 3, max size 6, means more time spent with you and your dog. “Book Now” to secure your place.

Dog Training Classes with an expert dog trainer and behaviorist The course is very comprehensive and unlike others, covers more than just dog obedience & dog behaviour.

Small classes max no 5, Min 3, so you will learn more and I can spend more time with you and your dog. unlike some of the larger classes.

To secure your place, Book Now! Start: Ashhurst Domain, Palmerston North, Sunday 25th March 2018@ 1.30pm. Suitable for dogs of all ages.

Classes are kept, as age appropriate as possible. I will teach you how to handle your dog in real life situations.

The course teaches you: How to Effectively communicate With Your Dog & How Dogs Communicate With Each Other. Commands: Sit, Stay, Recall, Down, Social Walking (loose lead/heel) Stand, Leave It (visit Turid Rugaas link on this blog to gain a better insight on how dogs communicate, with each other). Covers Minor Behaviour’s Such As: Jumping Up, Digging Holes, Pulling On The Lead etc

My aim is to also promote dog safety & awareness so this class also covers: How to socialize your dog, the right way. Basic dog behaviour & safety around dogs & people/Dog bite prevention, Responsible Dog Ownership/Dog Control Act, Introduction to Canine Parkour (Urban Agility)

Making a dog safety difference in 2017, most dog bites are preventable. It would be great if we could all in a small way help, turn the tide and try to reduce, through education, the number dog bites/ dog attacks in NZ.

Hopefully along the way, prevent someone from getting bitten and save a few dogs, a one way trip to the vet.

Course cost: $110 (FAQ sheets included) runs for 4 weeks (4 x 1 hour sessions) For more information visit:  or fill out the form below.

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Posted by on March 17, 2018 in About


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Chasing Waves

Chasing Waves

These two boys were having a great time chasing waves. Click on the Brightchic Photography original post link below, to see more photos.


Elayne Hand, Brightchic Photography

I saw these dogs at the beach, they were waiting for the waves to come in then, they would run and chase them. Fun was the name of the game.

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Posted by on January 20, 2018 in About


In memory of Bruno 2006 – 5/7/2017

In memory of Bruno 2006 – 5/7/2017


Bruno, you may have been a pound dog

But you were my friend and a whole lot more, for eleven years.

I was never quite sure how old you were, not that it mattered or I cared.

You were a gentle soul with a heart of gold, you helped so many dogs and their owners.

You and I were a team, from dog training to school dog safety education.

The kids just loved you, I think if the truth be known, Bruno, you were more popular than I.

Together, we weathered the ups and downs of life but we never missed our daily walks and chats.

You were a great photography assistant you used to stand patiently by, while I snapped away,

I know you gave me the occasional “Look” as if to say “Hurry Up”.

The one thing I still smile about and will never forget, is what a lousy traveller you were, black plastic bags, newspaper and baby wipes, were the order of the day.

I never went anywhere without them because man could you chuck. We never cracked that problem, so we learned to live with it.

You had never been really ill, in all the time you had lived with me, so it broke my heart to watch you stagger around that morning. I knew you didn’t have a lot of time left.

So, with a heavy heart, you and I took our last ride together.

I watched you, as you closed your eyes for the last time, you were a special dog Bruno, a gentle soul, who I was lucky enough, to have known and loved for eleven years.


Posted by on July 13, 2017 in About


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Letter From The Dog

Letter From The Dog

This letter is a great read, by  Victoria Stilwell

Since when does “just a minute” only apply to humans? We dogs say it too, except when we do, you humans get angry. You let us off the rope thing to go run around and play and then you ask us to come back at the most inconvenient of times, just when we are having the best fun – playing with other dogs or chasing small fluffies. When we don’t respond, you get mad and tell us how bad we are, but apparently you don’t understand that when we hear our name, look back at you and then continue with our game, we’re also saying “just a minute”. By the way… long is a minute?

Source: Letter From The Dog

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Posted by on May 21, 2017 in About


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ZeroBites Dog Training has been selected as one of the top, 100 Dog Training blogs on the web, by Feedspot.

ZeroBites Dog Training has been selected as one of the top, 100 Dog Training blogs on the web, by Feedspot.

I had a nice surprise when I checked my email this afternoon from Feedspot. The email said “I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog ZeroBites Dog Training has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Dog Training Blogs on the web.”

ZeroBites Dog Training is ranked at number 49 to check out the top 100 on Feedspot click here.


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Posted by on May 21, 2017 in About


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Dog Killed in Day Care

Yesterday a dog was found dead in a Day care, the facility has been shut down and can not be named at the present time, as an investigation is underway.  Needless to say, the owners are devastated, their dog was attacked and killed by other dogs. To read the full story click here.

This is very sad and shouldn’t have happened. Boarding Kennels and Doggie Daycare’s. Have a responsibility to look after the dogs in their care.

If the dogs are run together, they should have someone physically present, “standing & watching”, while the dogs are being exercised. To watch out for signs of stress, distress, bullying, aggression etc.

Also small dogs and large dogs shouldn’t be run together, some dogs may see a small dog as prey, and try to kill it. Understanding dog behaviour and body language is a must. It only takes a moment for something bad to happen.

Before you board or send your dog to day care, check out the facility,  and take a few moments to read Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: What owners need to know!

Auckland dog daycare shuts down following death

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in About


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Dog Training Q & A to some frequently asked questions & queries

Dog Training Q & A to some frequently asked questions & queries

I thought I would do a Q & A page to answer some commonly asked questions and queries I frequently receive. This page will be updated as more Q & A are added.

Q 1.  Do you offer a performance guarantee?

Sorry no, I do not. When it comes to dog training, there are too many variables, I have no control of, to offer any kind of guarantee. Dog training is all about me teaching you how to handle/communicate and train your dog. Your dog may listen to me but your dog isn’t my dog, you have to do the work.  I can only advise, guide & show, I can’t make you listen and take note of my advice or suggestions. Neither can I make you work and spend time with your dog as required, on a daily basis.

Although, I can ask you to let me know, if something I have shown you, isn’t working for you, I can’t rely on you telling me. Dog training is about commitment,  there are no quick fixes when it comes to training your dog.

Trades people such as plumbers, mechanics etc, may guarantee their work and guarantee’s apply on most consumer  goods, eg cars, TV’s, fridge/freezers and the like. As with any written guarantee, you need to read the fine print, re conditions that can make guarantee null & void.

Some dog trainers may offer a guarantee, it maybe just a gimmick, to increase their client base, you need to read the small print.

Q 2. Are you a dog whisperer?

Dog whisperer is a phrase,  which has been used quite frequently since Robert Redford movie the “Horse Whisperer” was released in 1998. it was based on the 1995 novel “The Horse Whisperer” by Nicholas Evans.

In fact, All animals speak to us, if we as humans, choose to watch, listen and learn. So, no, I am not a dog whisperer but like many other people I can read and understand dogs and what they are trying to tell us.

Many dog trainers/behaviourists, over the years have used the phrase “dog whisperer”, as a good marketing tool, to increase their client base and revenue.

Q 3. Do you only hold “group dog training classes” on a Sunday?

Yes I do, I find for most people, the time and day is more convenient.

Q 4. When is your next Canine Parkour Class (urban agility)?

I am sorry but due to the lack of interest, I no longer hold Canine Parkour classes. I do however include an introduction to canine parkour, in my group classes and private training packages. I also offer a one hour private parkour training session, to anyone who is interested.

Q 5. Hi, just wondering when your next Pet Support Group meeting is?

Again, unfortunately due to the lack of interest, I know longer offer this free service.

Q 6. Do you train when its raining?

Yes I do, I train in all weather, unless it is extreme, or there is a possibility of someone getting injured e.g. Its a very windy day and there’s bark or branches breaking off trees and being tossed around, by the wind.  They have the potential to harm. So I will cancel, I usually contact people via phone or text. So, if the weather is a bit crappy, don’t assume I am going to cancel.  If you don’t hear from me, its still on.

 Q 7. Why do your classes cost more than the dog training clubs?

Volunteer club members, run the classes and they only charge a nominal amount to cover their basic costs. That is why their courses run for longer and cost less. Unlike myself and many other trainers, we have to cover our costs and live.



Posted by on May 5, 2017 in About


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