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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 24th June @ 1.30pm, min class size 4, 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 24th June @ 1.30pm, min class size 4, 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 6, Min 4, 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 24th June 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 2018, 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: http://www.zerobitesdogtraining.com/BLT.html  or fill out the form below. Payment to be made, prior to commencement of class.

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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in About

 

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Puppy Training Classes, Are They Enough? To be honest, no they are not.

Puppy Training Classes, Are They Enough? To be honest, no they are not.

A poem from an untrained pup
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Puppy training classes, are they enough? To be honest, no they are not.

Puppy training classes can be a great start to socializing and training your dog, if run correctly but that is all they are, just a start.

They do not prepare the owner for the problem behaviours that often occur in the “teenage period” which usually starts around the 6-7 month mark and can continue until the dog is 15-20 months old, this time frame can vary depending on the dog.

Usually classes are run for four weeks and only take dogs up to 4 months of age. They cover the basics in behaviour and training but very few, cover anything in-depth. Most do not teach, you the owner, good leadership skills, in other words, what you need to know and do, to utimately have a well rounded obedient dog, who is a joy to have around. After all there is more to learn than just “sit and stay”.

Young dogs are quite pliable and can be easy to teach, owners often say to me “he is such a good boy/girl, does everything I tell him/her” but four weeks of puppy training is not enough to instill basic training in a dogs mind.

I often chat to frustrated owners who are having problems with their dog. They tell me, they took their dog along to puppy training class but for whatever reason, chose not to continue on with any form training.

Which is not good for them or their dog because more often than not owners become angry and frustrated, which can and does make matters worse.

That is why its is important to continue on with obedience training classes.

A good training class should cover obedience & behaviour problems along with many other issues, in more depth. They should teach you how to handle your dog in the real world. In other words, Good leadership and communication skills are the key. After all, like I said before, there is more to be taught than just “Sit and Stay” Classes should give you a good grounding and help set you up for life.

Below is a very good article on why you should continue you and your dogs education by taking your dog to classes.

Why should I take my dog to training classes?

http://www.tarynblyth.co.za/articles/whytrainingclasses/

I run classes on a monthly basis, If you and your dog would to join one of my classes, please contact me or visit my website or see the class information on this blog for details.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2018 in About

 

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I don’t have Facebook on my phone.

I don’t have Facebook on my phone.

I thought I would mention and I know it maybe hard to believe but I choose not to have Facebook or messenger on my phone, as I personally, don’t want to be connected, all the time.

So if you leave me a message on Facebook and wonder why I have not replied, it is not that I am being rude by not replying, it is just that I won’t see it, until I switch on my laptop and check my messages, both morning and night.

So, if anyone needs to contact me,  either phone or text, maybe the way to go for some, text being my preferred option, as I always have my phone with me and do check it, regularly.

My contact details can be found under the “About” tab on ZeroBites Dog Training Facebook page.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 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

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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.

 
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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…..how 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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