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Happy Dog

Learn, adapt, and thrive with us!

Your dog can be your dream dog!

We'll show you how to build the best relationship and life with your dog,
and provide gentle guidance every step of the way.

Our training programs are designed so you can understand, communicate with and teach your dog the skills they need for an easier, more enjoyable life. 

After working with us, you'll have:

  • A deeper understanding of behaviour and why your dog does what they do

  • Easy and effective games and techniques to deal with distractions, big feelings and unwanted behaviour, and the skills to use them for maximum success!

  • The knowledge and skills to get your dog to (want to!) listen to you so you can be relaxed, confident, and proud of your dog and their behaviour; not just at home but wherever your adventures may take you

  • A cooperative, fulfilling relationship with your best canine friend

Diversity is celebrated here and I understand one size doesn't fit all.
My methods and services are practical and flexible to suit individual needs,
so you and your dog are set up for success and the results you desire.

What Clients Say

~ Kelly and Benji
We have recently started working with Lavinia and I can't recommend her enough!!! We felt like we had hit a brick wall with our boy, we were so stressed about how to help him. He was howling, anxious and always sick but in the 3ish weeks that we've worked with Lavinia so far, he's already completely changed he's even stopped chewing his bed!!! We had previously worked with another trainer that basically taught us intimidation training which caused all his issues but Lavinia teaches you training and also how to have a good relationship with your dog.

Schedule a Discovery Call

Book a complimentary 30 minute chat to discuss the challenges you are facing, what you'd like to achieve with your dog, and how I can best support you in reaching your goals.  No pressure, no strings attached!


Join the Family

Once you're ready to start our journey together,  you can enrol, pay for and schedule your sessions online and at your convenience. You'll be sent a welcome packet with information about what to expect, and an intake questionnaire to fill out (this provides important background information that allows me to more effectively support you).  Now you're all set to go!


The Work (& Fun) Begins!

Are you ready?! Here comes the transformation from difficult dog to wonderdog! You'll enjoy learning and growing together and discovering how great life with a dog can be with some understanding, skills, and handy tricks, as well as dedicated support from a knowledgable, experienced coach and cheerleader to help you along the way.



About this program:

Learn and train at your pace, from the comfort of your own home  with online professional support.

We'll begin your journey with an online consult to discuss your challenges, needs and goals.  I'll then develop and send a personalised training program with instructions and resources to build your skills, address your training issues and help you build the relationship and life you want with your dog.

Just because it's DIY doesn't mean you're doing it alone! This program includes membership in an online community with other like-minded families, online trainer support and feedback on any training/behaviour videos.

What's included:

  • 1 x 60min assessment and planning consult

  • Training program, including notes and resources created specifically for you and your dog

  • 6 months personal e-mail support

  • 6 months access to private group with fortnightly online Q+A, exclusive discounts and training opportunities


  • Essential Equipment List

  • Guide: 10 Top Tips for Training Success!
Working from Home

Is this the right program for me?

This program is designed for confident and committed families who'd like self-paced, supported training help.

The Learn Program is perfect if you already have some training experience and/or need help with basic training issues. 


About this program:


No more struggling and stressing trying to learn and  teach new things in a busy, distracting environment!

Get help for those in-home AND "real world" problems!

This 8-week program ​combines two of my most popular services - private training to focus on your biggest challenges and establish the skills you need, and a small group class to put them into practice. 
Classes are small so they're not overwhelming, and everyone gets the time and attention they need.

Enrolment is flexible/rolling to suit your schedule.

Sign up for one or as many cycles as you like! This program is designed to get you started off right, and help keep you on track with personalised support.

Is this the right program for me?

This program is designed for  who want flexible, in-person support with a expert trainer and other like-minded dog people!

The Adapt Program is perfect if you want help with 
starting out or maintaining training with your:

  • new dog or puppy 

  • excitable teenager

  • sensitive, reactive dog

What's included in each monthly cycle:

  • Access to curated online library of notes and resources

  • 1 x 90min private session

  • 3 x 60min small group classes (up to 3-4 dogs) - choose from:

    • Life Skills training walks

    • Reactive Rover

  • 1 yr access to private group with fortnightly online Q+A, exclusive discounts and training opportunities

  • Training Clicker

  • Treat Bag

  • Essential Equipment List

  • Guide: 10 Top Tips for Training Success!


Life Skills

Training and socialisation walks for fully vaccinated dogs

  • Attention around distractions

  • Recalls

  • Leash manners

  • Socialisation with dogs and people

  • Calmness and relaxation

  • Impulse control


Reactive Rover

Controlled, calm behaviour modification

for dogs with BIG feelings!

  • Change your dog's reactions to other dogs

  • Management and emergency techniques 

  • Games to build focus and engagement

  • Ways to reduce arousal and stress

Family with Pets

Is this the right program for me?

This program is designed for families that want full-service, personalised, training and behavioural support.


The Thrive Program is for you if you have complex training or behavioural needs, or just want the very best, dedicated help for you and your dog!



About this program:

This elite program consists of an private one-on-one training sessions designed specifically for you and your dog, to best meet your needs and achieve your goals.

Together we will develop and work through a training program to improve your relationship and communication with your dog, and resolve specific training and behavioural issues.  Sessions will be held at your home or at another suitable location (e.g. park, vet.) as required.

Gold star service is the core feature of this program - not only are personalised, detailed notes and resources provided after every session, you also get expert trainer access 7-days a week, unlimited training video feedback and lifetime access to an exclusive community.

What's included:

  • 5 x 90min private training sessions

  • Bonus 60 min Zoom follow-up

  • Personalized training notes and resources

  • Expert on call – 7 days/week text and e-mail support for program duration

  • Lifetime access to private support group, including fortnightly online Q+A, exclusive access to discounts and training opportunities


  • Training Clicker

  • Treat Bag

  • Enrichment toy

  • Biothane longline

  • Essential Equipment list

  • Guide: 10 Top Tips for Training Success!

Dogs training in park | Christchurch


No pressure or obligation!

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