GOODOGZ training

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Puppy pre-school - for pups from 10 weeks old


Upper Hutt, Monday at Maidstone Vet clinic 


Kaiapoi, Wednesday at Marshall & Pringle Vet clinic

The programme is for 4 sessions

Contact Karen on E: or Mobile 021-124-0174

GOODOGZ puppy pre-school has an Open Enrolment policy. This means that puppies can enter the programme at any stage.

Benefits of our puppy classes:- 
  • start class now, or book and come when your pup is 10 weeks old
  • take the mystery out of having a puppy
  • practice real life situations every week
  • meet more puppies and more puppy owners
  • progress at your own rate
  • four weeks long
  • experienced instructor takes the class
  • all based on a programme designed by Karen de Wit

The programme includes:-
  • Essentials like sit, down, come, follow me. 
  • Practical tips and advice - toilet training, barking and biting etc
  • General health care advice
  • Boredom busters and enrichment ideas
  • Socialisation and interaction with people and dogs.
  • Handling tips for grooming and health.
  • Guidance around how children and puppies should interact.

Our programme includes off-leash time which is closely monitored to ensure pups of similar ages/size and disposition are safely interacting. We do not run free-for-all play time as we want to make sure puppy interactions are as positive as possible.

We do not provide a germ free environment, but all puppies must have had at least one vaccination and be at least 10 weeks old before beginning class. A Health declaration is signed to ensure sick puppies stay away from class.

Note (Upper Hutt) : classes are held outdoors, but are under cover. Appropriate clothing for the weather conditions is recommended. Class may be postponed in bad weather.

Ensure you commit and attend for four weeks in a row to take full advantage of the programme. If you cannot attend one week for some unforseen reason we may be able to accommodate you for the extra week. If we postpone a class we will ensure everyone gets to make the class up.

Enrol now!


The info that we received from your course set me up with the initial skills and knowledge to start training.

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, and all the information within your website.

Our next adventure starts with Good Canine Citizen which I know we will both take away more learnings and have a great fun time (Clive)

Thanks so much for the course and sending the photo through. 

You've been an excellent teacher. 

Have a great day. (Bevan)

We took our puppy to the Vet and she pulled us in and got straight up on the scales. are a great teacher! (From Storms owner)

Really enjoyed the classes.  Loved meeting the other owners and their pups. Thankyou for all your helpful advice. (From Ursula)

Gillian says " your puppy preschool training was really valuable! Thankyou!"

Gail said " We loved out first class!  Anne is amazing."

Thanks it has been a great 4 weeks and very helpful. From Paul.

Lydia and George said "Thank you for 4 weeks training - lots of tips! "

Puppy or soft toy??

Before you get your puppy make sure you read this article and then be sure you do want a puppy and can dedicate the time and effort to it that you should.
Click here to read the article.

For more information about clicker training, read this...

For a great treat your dog will love try this!!


Definition of socialisation: “Exposure of a young domestic animal (such as a kitten or puppy) to a variety of people, animals, and situations to minimize fear and aggression and promote friendliness” (Merriam-Webster, n.d.).

The goal of socialisation is that puppies have lots of positive experiences, not bad or neutral ones, with those things they are likely to come into contact with over their lifetime. 

You need to see what your puppy's response is to new things, not what it is and react appropriately.

If puppy tries to attack it, run away from it or freezes when exposed to something new it needs more work.

A puppy that is calm, relaxed, explores and is playful with and without food is responding appropriately.

Often a good guide is that if your puppy cannot take food in the presence of the "thing" then it isnt coping well.

A checklist for socialisation is given to all puppy owners and includes exposure to :- handling, different types of people, unfamiliar dogs, other animals species, new surfaces, different sounds, objects that roll, manmade objects that might be held, pushed etc, new places.

Whilst taking the time to get your puppy out and about, read this article about socialisation. which reminds us to keep it in perspective and to remember that the real aim of dog ownership is to create a dog that loves to be with you. 


Dogs learn quicker if you use a clicker!!

We sell clickers. $5 each. For larger numbers please enquire.

Puppy class graduates, Kaiapoi 2021

Puppy graduates, Kaiapoi

Puppy class graduates 2018

Cuda, Ginny and Junior graduated in September. The two Rottweiler brothers had the loveliest nature's and Cuda wasnt shy about wearing a woolly hat on a cold night!

Below: August graduates - Archie and Lotus

Above; First Puppy pre-school graduates of 2018: Winston, Bailey, Archie, Koby and Doug

Below right: David and his lovely wee puppy Kona at graduation. She was a very good girl on her final night with her loose lead walking and coming when called!

Above: Saber graduated in March

May graduates

above left: Sam & Nicola

Below left: Pango & Christine

and Above: Bindi & Lee family


The amount of the refund will depend upon how many weeks have been attended.

If you have paid and before class begins decide that you cannot come, an administration fee will be charged and you will be given a refund.

Once you have started class there will be no refunds given.

2021 graduates - Kaiapoi

Puppy graduates - June

Recent graduates in Upper Hutt, May 2021

Craig and Ted, Murray and Izzy


July graduates: Poppy the Rottweiler, Enzo the Labx and Axel the Airedale