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BLUE ASH DOG TRAINING & DAY STAY

Ash Huntly 10.05.15

In dog training there is no quick fix solution to anything. What appears to be a quick fix undoubtedly comes with any number of undesirable consequences. There are many trainers who will try to tell you that a dog is dominant, or needs to be dominated to be kept in line. The word “dominant” has been grossly misused in relation to dog behaviour and dog training, and whilst there is a place for it in the context of ascribing a more common trait or preference over another, there is no place for it to describe the overall nature of a particular dog – your dog really isn’t plotting to take over the world!

 

Training

I use force-free principles to train all my dogs and work on a basis of understanding and shaping behaviour to get the desired result. I also believe that training is 3 parts mechanical skills and 2 parts relationship quality. I work with you to teach you the basics of dog training and will also introduce to you concepts to help you understand what is motivating your dog to do what it does, and offer solutions to help manage that behaviour while training an alternative that is more acceptable.

What I offer:

♦   1-on-1 Coaching Sessions

♦   In Home Consultations & Training Sessions

♦  Day Training – trainer only sessions with your dog

♦  Workshops & Seminars on a range of topics

♦  Individually tailored basic training plans

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Day Stay

The Day Stay operation is kept small and exclusive. I pick up and deliver your dog in my specially adapted van and bring them back to my premises for a day out.

Your dog will enjoy a home environment. There are paddocks, bush and a pond to play in and the company of at least 4 other dogs. For rest time there are shady kennels, a cool tiled floor or, in winter, a warm log fire. Your dog doesn’t have to be left home alone, he or she will be integrated into my pack and life here and will get to enjoy whatever it is my guys will do.

Please note: Because of my own ageing dogs (3 of them) I am not taking any dogs larger than around 20kg, depending on breed or breed mix. I will often choose dogs based on their play style: my dogs seem particularly wary of those who use body slamming as part of play (that’s a fine play style if there are others who also enjoy it) and it isn’t fair on them in their golden years to be slammed about. They enjoy chasing, tug and fetching and if your dog enjoys that, then chances are they will be a good fit. I also have a couple of ongoing injuries which just won’t go away and the larger, stronger dogs who haul me sideways when fetching them to and from the van can do me a hurt!

What I offer:

♦  Loads of room

♦  Exclusive Day Stay in a Country Setting

♦  Pick up and delivery service

Proud to be a full member of

Pet Professional Guild

         
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Association of Pet Dog Trainers, NZ

 

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Dog Training

DOG TRAINING

Phone 09 435 6525, Mobile 0276 122 144 or email bluash@xtra.co.nz

In dog training there is no quick fix solution to anything. What appears to be a quick fix undoubtedly comes with any number of undesirable consequences. There are many trainers who will try to tell you that a dog is dominant, or needs to be dominated to be kept in line. The word “dominant” has been grossly misused in relation to dog behaviour and dog training, and has come to mean all manner of negative things. Whilst there is a place for it in the context of ascribing a more common trait or preference over another, there is no place for it to describe the overall nature of a particular dog – your dog really isn’t plotting to take over the world! It’s like saying my right hand dominates me simply because I am right-handed. I favour using my right hand, however, that’s because that is what has worked for me in the past and it gets me what I want at any particular moment.

I offer a number of training options, customised to suit you and your dog.

  • Day Training: following a separate assessment consultation I will put together a plan for training your dog for you
  • 1-on-1 Coaching: one-off sessions, or package deals held at my training facility, individually tailored to go at your own pace
  • One-off Consultations at your home
  • Behaviour Modification
  • Full Day Workshops at my training facility: dates and subject TBA
  • Classes: dates TBA

Contact me: 09 435 6525 or 0276 122 144

or email

bluash@xtra.co.nz

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Dog Day Stay

Phone 435 6525 or 027 612 2144   –   or email me at bluash@xtra.co.nz 

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At Blue Ash we have almost three acres of land which includes a little bit of bush, a stream, paddocks and a pond for your dog to romp around in. Provided they have good house manners and don’t get too over-excited, your dog will be allowed free run of the house too – so it’s a real home environment for his day stay.

There will be directed activities such as a walk to the pond and games around the paddock. Quiet time will also be had and regulars may be included in keeping me and the Blue Ash dogs company while we go about our chores. Your dog will have a minimum of four other dogs to play and hang out with. There are 8 kennels overlooking the play area and your dog will be encouraged to take a rest there from time to time, though this is rare – we tend to chillax around on the front patio.

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We are a home-based operation, so wet days, sick days and conference days may be cancelled. It is difficult for me to have lots of excited wet and muddy dogs inside my house.  Fortunately I am home more often than not, and really, on balance there aren’t that many wet days in the middle of the week (as those of you who work in offices know), and I am generally pretty healthy overall.

Please note: Because of my own ageing dogs (3 of them) I am no longer taking any dogs larger than 20kg, depending on breed or breed mix. I will often choose dogs based on their play style: my dogs seem particularly wary of the dogs who use body slamming as part of play and it isn’t fair on them in their golden years to be slammed about (although that’s a fine play style if there are others who also enjoy it). They enjoy chasing, tug and fetching and if your dog enjoys that, then chances are they will be a good fit. I also have a couple of ongoing injuries that just won’t go away and the larger, stronger dogs who haul me sideways when fetching them to and from the van can do me a hurt!

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Pick up time is between 9.00am – 10.30am

Drop off time is between 4pm-6pm

Rates 

(includes pick up and delivery within 15km radius of our premises)

$35 per day

$30/day two or more days per week – 

Open:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Contact

I may also offer overnight stays to existing clients where all dogs fit in well.

$40/night – One night runs from 1pm to 12noon the following day

Areas covered:

North, West and Central Whangarei (more or less: Tikipunga to Kamo/Three Mile Bush Road, Western Hills, Woodhill, Maunu (as far as Cemetery Rd – 3km down), Central  and Morningside

See map of the Day Stay Bus Route

You may be put on a waiting list. Dogs come and go and situations change, so do enquire.

Terms & Conditions for Day Stay will apply. You will be sent a form before your first appointment.

Contact me: 09 435 6525 or 0276 122 144 or email bluash@xtra.co.nz

I have been asked if dogs can be dropped off and picked up and generally the answer is “No”. The reason for this is because many people coming and going twice a day disrupts the dogs that are here each time there is a vehicle movement and it can take a while for them all to settle down again. You may also arrive to drop off or collect your dog at a time I am out picking up or delivering other clients and I prefer to be here at those times.

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About Me

ABOUT ME

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Hi. I am Ann Kenny and I am the owner and trainer at Blue Ash Dog Training. Based in Whangarei, I have 20 years’ experience owning and training dogs. I have competed in Agility, Obedience, Heelwork to Music, RallyO and Flygility – and have the ribbons and placings to prove it!

Currently I own  several dogs and regularly compete in Agility, Jumpers, Flygility and dabble in RallyO. I am a member of the APDTNZ (Association of Pet Dog Trainers, NZ) and PPG (Pet Professional Guild) and continue to keep up to date with the latest scientific principles of dog training by studying, attending seminars and conferences and also by taking on-line courses.

I hold a National Certificate in Animal Care (Lvl 3) which I gained in 2000.

I have spent at least 15 years (on and off) on the Whangarei Dog Training Association committee, holding a number of positions not limited to Treasurer, Secretary, President, Show Secretary – not to mention instructing classes from time to time, organising enrolments and being the newsletter editor! I was again the Secretary for this organisation and am in charge of memberships and in 2016-2017 swapped to Treasurer. I finally retired from the WDTA committee in 2017, but have continued to support the club and am still in charge of the Memberships. I have been a committee member for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ (APDT NZ) since June 2016.

Over and above what I have been involved with on a club level, I also devoted time to my Zone which covers an area from Cambridge to Cape Reinga.

My philosophy is to train using scientifically proven methods of reward and reinforcement. Dogs, just like children, learn better where there is no stress put on them and the learning is fun.  This does not mean there are no consequences for bad or rude behaviour, but those consequences are not based on intimidation and fear.

Training & Education

Seminars:

Kay Lawrence (UK – Clicker Training, NZ seminar 2003)

Greg Derrett (UK – Agility, NZ seminar 2009 and an on-line seminar in 2012)

Dr. Ian Dunbar (UK, now living in USA – behaviour and training, NZ seminar 2008 & 2013)

Suzanne Clothier (USA – behaviour and psychology of canines, NZ seminar 2003)

Edie Thompson (Canada – TTouch practitioner, two NZ Seminars 2005 & 2008)

Susan Garrett (Canada – Agility and Domestic Obedience, two on-line seminars 2011 & 2012)

Steve White (USA – behaviour and training, NZ seminar 2012)

Kim Moeller (USA—behaviour and training, APDT NZ Seminar, 2012)

Sue Walsh (Ireland, now living in NZ —behaviour and training, APDT NZ Seminar, 2012)

Sophia Yin (USA – behaviour and training, focusing on aggression, NZ Seminar, 2012)

Debra Millikan AABP-CABC (Australia – CAP1&2 – Competency Assessment Programme for Clicker Trainers) Assessment Advisory clinic to get us started on how to put our video submission together

Grisha Stewart MA, CPDT-KA (Alaska, USA – Behaviour and Adjustment Training for Aggression, Frustration and Fear in Dogs – November 2014)

Veronica Boutelle (USA – Making your Business Work) ADPT NZ Conference, June 2015.

Pat Miller CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA (USA – Body Talk, Personality Profiles and Behaviour Assessments, Copy That, Bite Me, Nose Games, B.A.T. & C.A.T.) APDT NZ Conference, June 2016

Dr. Liza Schneider (NZ, Holistic Vet Care) APDT NZ Conference, June 2016

Bob Bailey – (USA – getting the best in the quickest time, clicker training) Learning About Dogs 3 day Workshop, April 2017

Nando Brown – (UK) APDT NZ 3-day Conference, June 2017

Jo-Rosie Haffenden – (UK) APDT NZ 3-day Conference, APDT NZ, June 2017

Sarah Stremming – (USA – Worked up & Freaked Out) Workshop, Wellington, NZ February, 2018

Lesley McDevitt – (USA – Jumping Gymnastics) Workshop, Matamata, NZ, March 2018

Kay Attwood – (UK – Platform Workshop, Brain Games), APDT NZ Conference, June 2018

Cristine Dahl – (USA – Leadership Program – Training with Regard), APDT NZ 3- day Conference, June 2018

Ken Ramirez – (USA) – APDT NZ 3.5-day Conference, June 2019

School of Canine Science – (UK/Spain) – 30 days of Canine Science – online course refining training using markers, cues, bridges and other concepts. September 2019

Coming up:

Chirag Patel – (UK) – Clicker Training Camp with Learning About Dogs, 2019 (possibility)

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Contact

Phone me on 09 435 6525or fill in the form and email me.

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