At Training Dogs for Life we recognise that your dog is part of your family so we offer a wide variety of dog training options to suit your busy lifestyle. From group classes, workshops that focus on specific problem behaviours, to games, tricks and agility classes and one on one consultations, either in home or at another suitable venue. We help you train your dog to cope with everyday doggy “challenges” so that you can live happily together-understanding each others needs.

Our training principles are based on ensuring that you and your loved one can learn at a pace and style that suits you in a fun, safe and rewarding environment.


Group Training Classes

  • Groups limited to smaller numbers of 6 - 10, to maximise learning experience.
  • Positive, reward based techniques used 
  • Classes catering to all ages and experience levels.
  • Each class tailored to your experience and needs.
  • Schedule of weekday and weekend classes to ensure we fit into your busy lives.
  • Families (children!) and couples encouraged to join in.
  • Lots of games and off lead activity to ensure both you and your dog have fun!
  • Indoor facility ensuring not even the Auckland weather can spoil your training time.
  • Each class is one hour long


1.Basic Manners

2.Refined Manners

3. Masters Class

4.Games, Tricks and Agility


1.Basic Manners Puppy Training

Young puppies 9 to 16 weeks (pups need to have had their first two series of vaccinations)

Our training classes aim to put you and your puppy dog through your paces. We cover all the basic commands we believe your puppy needs to know in order to be a true pleasure to have around. We teach you how to teach your dog to:

  • Sit.
  • Lie down.
  • Stay.
  • Walk politely through doorways and gates.
  • Come when called (even when there are other dogs to play with)
  • Greet people and other dogs in a polite manner.
  • How to leave things alone when asked.
  • Walk nicely on a loose lead.
  • Teach your puppy not to bite you or others.
  • Housetraining- teach pup the rules of the house.
  • Handling.
  • Good Food bowl etiquette.
  • Some tricks- every dog needs at least one trick to its name!

Puppy classes are run predominantly off leash so owners learn how to control their dog without the need for physical contact. Because at this age socialisation is the number one topic on your puppy’s education agenda, there is plenty of playing, but don’t think that means there is no serious learning going on! On the contrary, your pup will learn the biggest and most important lessons whilst socialising with other dogs, new people and children when it is young. Whilst attending our school, owners will gain insight into how their puppy learns best. Even if you have owned a dog before you will benefit from our trainers breadth of knowledge, with plenty of time for questions and answers.

Puppies and dogs 4 months or over

A perfect introductory training course for young puppy dogs or a continuation of training for those dogs who attended puppy pre-school elsewhere but want to learn a little more! Because our class sizes are small, each dog can advance at their own rate, we ensure you will be challenged each week


In these classes expect to cover:


  • How to get your dog to pay attention to you
  • Redirecting annoying behaviour
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Sit stay
  • Down stay
  • Leave
  • Off- four paws on the ground
  • Come- even when there are other exciting things to do!
  • Hand-signals and verbal commands
  • Reinforcement techniques
  • Polite greetings
  • Overcoming problem behaviours
  • Walking on a loose lead
  • Tricks- every dog needs to show off now and again!

Our belief is that your dog must have a thorough understanding of the basic commands before they progress to more challenging training. With a good basic foundation the sky is the limit!


2.Refined Manners

- Dog and Puppy Training for dogs who have already completed Basic Manners

For those extra keen dogs and owners we offer more advanced training. These classes focus on refining responses, increasing reliability and increasing distance control. Learn how to control your dog from a distance with your voice. When it comes to dog training, practise makes perfect!


In these classes expect to cover:


  • Removing the need of a lure (visible rewards)
  • Verbal commands vs hand signals
  • Sit and down from a distance
  • Sit and down when you dog is on the move
  • Back up
  • Wait
  • Stay with distractions
  • Recalls with distractions
  • Emergency control.
  • come to heel (finish)
  • Targetting
  • work inside and outdoors
  • Focus on recalls and good leash manners and advancing basics



3. Masters Class



A follow on class for refined manners graduates. In these classes expect to cover:

  • Heeling
  • Rally O- obedience
  • Clicker training
  • Long distance and out of sight stay work
  • Fun games
  • Tailored topics where there may be problem areas.
  • Directing to areas and over obstacles.


4.Games, tricks and Agility Dog Training

For motivated dogs with a good command of the basics

For those who have realised that training is fun and rewarding consider continuing your education in our games school. Here we take training to a new level of fun, with the sky being the limit. Three monthly Rosette days and weekly competitions are enough to motivate the most hesitant of individuals (owner or dog), building on those basic commands and adding extra challenges into the equation. Young dogs are welcome to join after they have completed basic training to a good level.

Topics covered:


Agility - direct your dog over obstacles such as ramps, jumps, through tunnels etc.


Games - enjoy our games training that builds on your dog’s obedience but adding in a competitive, fun flavour. Expect to compete in recall relays (training the super-quick recall) and musical chairs (training the rock solid stay) to name but a few.

Tricks - Teach your dog to play dead, bow, speak, shake paws, wipe their eyes, limp on command. Fetch the paper. Shut the door. When it comes to tricks the options are limitless. Be brave and compete for the “trick trophy” in our Rosette day where dogs have the chance to show off their newly acquired skills.

5- Focus modules

We recognise that committing to a 5 week program can be hard, or there may just be one area of your dogs behaviour that needs some work so we have introduced Focus modules. These are two week courses (2 x 1 hour sessions) focused on specific areas such as recall, loose leash walking, distance control, etc. The best thing about these modules is that you can keep coming back, the more you come the cheaper it gets! Keep an eye out on our class timetable for up and coming classes. These classes are suited for clients that have already completed a Basic Manners Class, all new clients will need to attend our entry level program first.






Personal Consultations - suited just for you and your dog.





A personal training session dedicated to you and your dog.

We can either come to your home, meet in a park, or you can experience our indoor training facility, letting your dog romp around in a safe environment, rain, hail or shine.

One on one consultations can be tailored to address any specific problems or to cover basic training topics.

Perfect for new puppy arrivals, barking, separation anxiety,  aggression issues, not coming when called, barking, jumping on visitors, toilet training, chewing etc. Because of our trainers inherent understanding of canine behaviour and behaviour modification techniques you can be assured you are getting the very best of help for your dog.

Sometimes our owners are too busy to commit to a group course or would prefer more individual attention we offer a Personalised Training package to suit your needs just contact us and we will arrange a time that suits you and your dog to meet.