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Build manners and social skills in private training walks with a calm dog role-model
Real world preparation with private training and small group classes 


Intensive training  and behavioural support for those extra special dogs

What Clients Say

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.
~ Kelly and Benji

Schedule a Discovery Call

Answer a few questions to see if we'll be a good fit, then you can 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.



If you want a dog that can:

  • stay calm around other dogs and people

  • greet dogs and people politely

  • listen to you around distractions

  • go for walks BOTH of you can enjoy . . .

This program provides personalised support for you and your dog to improve your dog's social skills and behaviour on walks so you can enjoy happy adventures together!

You will learn: 

  • skills and techniques to help your dog stay calm around distractions (especially other dogs)

  • how to build engagement and focus

  • how to handle your dog for more control and ease

  • how to manage introductions and social interactions for success

  • dog body language so you know when things are ok (and when they're not)

You can then put these skills into practice with structured private walk sessions with a calm, sociable adult dog in set-ups that are tailored to best suit your needs.

Brindle bull terrier and gold Silken Windhound sitting on grass | Christchurch New Zealand

Is this the right program for me?


  • If your dog already has basic leash walking skills

  • if your dog is friendly and: 

    • new puppy

    • overexcited or frustrated greeter

    • slightly nervous

Life Skills


Teach your dog essential life skills in a program designed to maximise success! 

No more struggling and stressing trying to learn and teach new behaviours in a overwhelming class environment  - establish skills at home then put them into practice in real-life settings with expert support, with small group training walks.

Group class enrolment is flexible/rolling to suit your schedule.

This program is designed to get you started off right, and keep you on track and enjoying life with your dog.

Skills covered:

  • Attention around distractions

  • Recalls

  • Loose leash walking

  • Polite behaviour around dogs and people

  • Calmness and relaxation

  • Impulse control

Four puppies of different breeds lying down in group class | Christchurch New Zealand

Is this the right program for me?


  • If you want practical in-person support with a qualified trainer and other like-minded dog people

  • If you want comprehensive life skills training for your:

    • new dog or puppy

    • excitable adolescent

    • adult dog that needs a brush-up on manners



This elite program consists of 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 personalised behavioural program to:

  • resolve complex and/or multiple  training and behavioural issues
    e.g. anxiety, aggression, fear, reactivity.

  • strengthen your relationship, understanding and communication with your dog

  • improve the quality of life for you and your dog!

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 essential equipment, expert trainer access 7-days a week, unlimited training video feedback and lifetime membership to a special online community.

Gold Silken Windhound sitting and large black and white puppy rolling in grass | Christchurch New Zealand

Is this the right program for me?


  • You want a full-service, intensive training support tailored to achieve your goals most effectively

  • If your dog has complex behavioural needs

  • If you want the highest quality, dedicated help for you and your dog!


Does your dog struggle out on walks? Are you exhausted from all the barking and lunging? Are friendly off-leash dogs the bane of your existence?  Do you just want to be able to walk down the street without having to stress about who you might encounter?

If your dog has BIG feelings about other dogs and you are ready for change, then this course might be the lifesaver you need!

This 6 week course will teach you and your dog what you need to know and provide a safe, supportive controlled environment to learn how to successfully navigate an unpredictable and sometimes overwhelming world!

Learning is a combination of online self-study and weekly in-person classes where we can review and put skills into action.


You'll learn:

  • How to change your dog's emotional response to other dogs

  • Management and emergency techniques 

  • Games to build focus and engagement

  • Ways to reduce arousal and stress

Physical barriers are used to limit visibility and interaction between dogs.  Controlled exposure is adjusted according to individual dogs' progress and needs.

In-person classes are held at Wag Doggy Daycare (211 Waltham Rd).

What's included:

  • Online Zoom introductory class 

  • 5 x weekly small group (max 3 dogs) classes

  • Online library of notes and curated resources

  • Membership to private Reactive Rover FB group for online support


  • Training Clicker

  • Access to exclusive monthly membership for ongoing expert support, including regular training challenges, Q+As, group walks and classes and training discounts

Jack Russell and German Shepherd looking at owners in Reactive Dog Class | Christchurch New Zealand

Is this the right program for me?



  • If your dog struggles with reactivity or overarousal around other dogs (or people)

  • If you are committed to learning and working independently between classes

  • If you want a safe, supportive environment to learn and train with your reactive dog

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