The SolutionK9
Manners Academy

The Only Manners Academy
of its type in Taranaki

To unleash your dog's REAL potential!

The SolutionK9 Manners Academy is ideal for:

  • Lovable but a-little-bit-naughty dogs
  • Dogs who won't listen, walk nicely on leash or stay when told
  • Dogs who need to learn good manners so you can actually enjoy them again!

Let's Bust Some


(and some dog trainer/behaviourist/guru/whisperer tennis balls while we're at it)


“You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”


Take it from me and the many older dogs that I’ve helped. Every dog can learn how to be a good dog! You just need to communicate with your dog in a way that will help them understand what you want.

Dogs are different, just like you and I are different. We all like different things, want different things and even dislike different things…

Oh and as for tricks – those are easy, every dog can learn a trick or two or 20 😉


“Your dog will grow out of his/her bad behaviour”


Usually the only thing your dog grows out of is their collar/leash or cool doggy wear. But unfortunetly, bad behaviour isn’t something your dog will grow out of. They tend to get better at those bad habits and not grow out of them, but instead grow into them! The only thing that will help your dog “grow” out of his or her bad habits is good training!


“Your Dog Refuses to Learn Because he’s too Stubborn/Dominant/Stupid!”


Um, again from experience… your dog is not stubborn, there is most likely a communication breakdown which means that your dog is struggling to understand what you would like. I’ve worked with some seriously dominant dogs, and again, they were quite happy to learn and train and follow cues when they understood their owners. So, that one isn’t a valid excuse either. And stupid – um, unless your dog has brain damage, he’s not stupid. 

The truth is, you just need to learn your dog’s lingo, so that you can teach your dog what you want!


“Your dog is doing (insert any bad behaviour here) to get back at you”


Dogs aren’t vindictive by nature. Most dogs actually just want to do more of what feels good and less of what doesn’t. Simple as that. So as far as getting back at you goes, that’s definitely a myth, and seriously busted!

It all comes back to your dog is an individual, you are the thinking party and so it’s your responsibility to train your dog in a way that they will understand as well as setting your dog up for success. But don’t worry, we’ll help you with all of that!


“All dog obedience classes are the same”


Not all dog training classes or dog trainers are created equal. Many instructors of group classes lack a broad understanding of dog behaviour and learning and so, often choosing the wrong class will result in you and your dog making very little progress. 

Just ask us how we know. Or you can read about it a little further down this page under “pick my brain and experience to unleash your dog’s full potential”


“Your dog needs to be neutered before he can be trained!”


Your dog might struggle to concentrate when they’re not neutered, but it doesn’t make them stupid. If that was the case dogs wouldn’t have survived all these years 😉 What makes the difference is your training, management and handling of your dog.

If you can’t prevent your dog from having puppies or creating puppies, then by all means you should neuter your dog. But if your dog is well managed, contained and trained it is not a must.



“You must use food/can’t use food/can’t use consequences/must use steak/must or can’t anything to train your dog”


There are many different ways to train dogs! The only right or wrong way depends on your dog. And a good dog trainer can quickly identify what your dog needs to be successful. Not everything will work with every dog. A good dog trainer can teach you how to listen to your dog so that you can find the best way to help your dog listen to what you want.

Pick My Brain & Experience to Help Your Dog

Unleash Their True Potential!

My name is Luzelle, and I understand what it's like to feel frustrated, overwhealmed and embarrassed by your dog's bad behaviour!​

When I got my first dog, I’d never had a dog before. I started from beyond zero experience.

My first dog was the most embarrassing dog EVER.

I couldn’t take him for a walk – he dragged me everywhere (I still have the scars on my knees and a dicky shoulder from his pulling).
I couldn’t walk past people or dogs – he barked at everyone and everything!
I couldn’t let him off leash – he wouldn’t come back (oh the drama of trying to catch him still makes me wake up in cold sweats).
I couldn’t take him to the beach – he chased the birds and totally tuned out, like I didn’t exist.
He chased every cat in the neighbourhood – including our own! (He even got his head stuck in the fence for doing so)
He stole food, the cat’s and ours!
He humped everyone and everything (including me. In front of EVERYONE)

And that was AFTER I took him to Dog Training!

I started from sub-zero – that’s where you have no clue, no skills, no experience and no help! The dog training classes I went to did nothing to help me with my dog’s bad behaviour. So, I had to learn. 

Then I started helping other people with their dogs and got more dogs, and became addicted to helping people just like you transform their once naughty dogs into amazing dogs! So that people like YOU can actually enjoy your dogs and not feel overwhelmed and out of control like I used to feel!

Want to join class now!

That’s a SAVING of OVER $100!!!

You can attend any and as many Manners Academy Classes per week! 
AND, fill up your concession card within 1 month of purchase to get a free gift when you grab your next card!

What are you waiting for? Your dog to get naughtier? Get some breathing space and start enjoying your life with your dog NOW!

The SolutionK9
Manners Academy


Well, Some of Them...

The SolutionK9 Manners Academy is based around teaching you and your dog these core skills:

Important Skills

You can’t teach your dog anything if they’re not focused on you! So the single most important skill you can teach your dog is focus!

Shouting Dog Caricature

Stop Pulling

Loose Leash Walking is one of the most important skills your dog will ever learn, so there will definitely be a lot of emphasis on this skill!

Dog running caricature

Stress Free Stays

A new way to teach stay in a way that totally makes it clear to your dog exactly what you require of them with maximum effect and no stress

Dog playing with ball caricature

Total Recall

There are a number of ways to teach your dog to come when you call and this lesson is all about teaching you the many different games towards a total recall

Dog with Hoola Hoops Caricature

Leave it!

Leave it without the raised voice, the nagging and the panic! A whole new way to teach your dog to leave it, and you’re not even going to say a word!

Door Manners

Having a dog that doesn’t rush out the door is fabulous. But wanna know how to get it without even raising your voice? (we know the secret without being a party pooper) 

Greeting People

Wouldn’t it be nice if your dog could greet people without jumping up on them? Well, let’s iron out the kinks in your dog’s greeting manners.

Sit - Down - Stand

Yeah, I hear ya, your dog will sit at home, in the kitchen while you’re holding a treat – but that’s it. Almost a bit like a game of Cluedo. Teach your dog to sit whenever you ask them! Or stand or lie down, or whatever…

And More! Much More!

So, what are you waiting for?
Join class now!

That’s a SAVING of OVER $100!!!

You can attend any and as many Manners Academy Classes per week! 
AND, fill up your concession card within 2 months of purchase to get a free gift!

What are you waiting for? Your dog to get naughtier? Get some breathing space and start enjoying your life with your dog NOW!

Answers to Your Lingering Fears and Doubts

Who is The SolutionK9 Manners Academy for?

Class is suitable for all dogs and puppies who need to learn manners and how you expect them to behave so that you can enjoy your life with your dog more!

This class is ideal for your dog or puppy if they: 

  • are pulling on leash and choking themselves (or hurting your arm).
  • are jumping up on people.
  • are reactive to other dogs.
  • won’t come when you call.
  • won’t leave things when you ask.
  • have no door manners.
  • and much more!

When are the Classes?

Mondays @ 2.30 pm

Tuesdays @ 4 pm

Thursdays @ 11 am

Classes are 45 minutes long. No class on Public Holidays.

You can attend which ever class suits you and as many as you like, each week!  

Yup, attend all 3 Manners Academy Classes or just the classes that suits you each week (even different classes if you work changing shifts!)

Where are Classes Held?

The SolutionK9 Education Centre

1225 Frankley Road, Hurworth, New Plymouth (about 500m away from Pouakai Zoo, you should be able to find us on Google Maps! Just watch out, some GPS’s say we’re in town, we’re the other end of Frankley Rd)

Can I just attend the odd class?

Sure, individual classes are $30 per lesson. However, you will need to attend a half hour private lesson at The SolutionK9 Training Centre first, book your private lesson now.

(The private lesson gives you the important skills you need for class, so you don’t feel like an egg the first time you come to class.

We also assess your dog so that we can make sure that they will be safe, and this makes sure we can keep you, them and every one else safe when they come to class for the first time too!)

Can I Cancel Any Time?

Concession cards are unfortunately non-refundable. However they are transferable, so you can sell or gift (keep in mind everyone has to start with a private lesson) your unused cards to one of your classmates if you no longer wish to do any further training.

Just one more thing, there are limited places in this class, so if you cancel you might have to wait until a spot opens up to attend class again.

How Do the Classes Work?

Grab your private lesson and concession card by clicking on the buttons. Luzelle will then contact you to book your private lesson. 

You can attend as many of the SolutionK9 Manners Academy classes per week as you like. And, for every concession card you return filled in within 1 month (of purchase), when you grab your next card, gets you a prize:

1st card = harness, 2nd card = long line, 3rd card = treat bag and 4th card rope-ball toy! How cool is that?

(But let’s face it, it should take you no more than 2 concession cards for your dog to be where you need them to be, and most likely you’ll get the second concession card because you love training so much and you want to learn more and continue being part of the SolutionK9 Tribe. Just sayin’.)

Oh yeah! All concession cards without the private lesson are only $199!

Why Should I Join? I'm Kinda Busy Right Now.

The sooner you help your dog the easier it is to fix and the quicker you can start to enjoy your life with your dog again.

Dealing with problem behaviour takes a lot of time and joy out of your life. And the quicker you can fix that, the easier your life will be.

How Do I Pay for Class?

It’s easy!

You can join class, through the links on this page to use your credit or debit card. We take every step to make sure your payment is secure!


Will the Manners Academy Work for My Dog?

Dog training works. Well, the way I train works. I have helped many dogs, just like your dog, become happy, obedient and well mannered dogs. The Manners Academy is a safe place where you and your dog will learn to try new things and have fun.

If your dog has individual needs, I will endeavour to meet these where I can or advise you of a plan to help your dog learn how to become a happy, confident and brave dog! Because I want you and your dog to be successful!

This class is ideal for dogs who struggle to walk on a loose leash, won’t stay or leave it. Dogs who don’t know to go back to their beds or come when they’re called!

Why is it priced so high?

You are welcome to try other obedience classes but I’m confident that you and your dog will learn more faster and be happier here!

I believe that this is the best value for money dog training group class you will find anywhere in NZ. 

Our classes are small, which means that you and your dog will receive more 1-1 time than other group obedience classes.

Time is precious and the Manners Academy is set up to get you and your dog great results, quickly! In fact our goal is to get you and your dog trained and graduated as quickly as possible.



Please make sure your dog or puppy has received at least one vaccination at 12 weeks (unless your dog is a black & tan breed (Dobermann, Rotweiller, Huntaway, etc) then please ensure your dog has had a vaccination at 16 weeks. 

All adult dogs should have had 1 vaccination at 12 months old or be titre tested to confirm immunity (if your dog has been titre’d no further vaccinations will be necessary) 

Just send us a photo of your dog’s vaccination book before your private lesson 🙂

Join class now!

That’s a SAVING of OVER $100!!!

You can attend any and as many Manners Academy Classes per week! 
AND, fill up your concession card within 1 month of purchase to get a free gift when you grab your next card!

What are you waiting for? Your dog to get naughtier? Get some breathing space and start enjoying your life with your dog NOW!

This is What People have to say about Training with SolutionK9
(and I didn't even have to bribe them)

Laura & Ned

“I have just come back from the most pleasant walk I have ever had with my hypo crazy Labrador! With very few reminders he walked beautifully and to top if off at the end of the walk a cat ran across in front of us and he stayed nicely by my side! This would never have happened without the help of Luzelle, she has helped us so much with our dog and it was the first time I have truly enjoyed a walk with him – and we still have one more class to go! I highly recommend Solution K9!”

Jo & Norman

“Norman started dog obedience with Luzelle a month ago and after the first session we had him walking on a loose lead! Now that’s pretty amazing as we’ve tried everything and yet all walks started out with us nearly dislocating an arm! Such a difference and it didn’t stop there! He’s now much more focused and is loving learning lots of new things. Luzelle is amazing, she spends time getting to know your dog and really gets in their heads, then adapts training to suit your dog which is fantastic! I would recommend her to anyone with any breed dog, if Norman can learn it any dog can!”

Morgan and Lelia the Huntaway Puppy at the Public Catering Company in New Plymouth

Morgan & Lelia

“So amazing what you’ve done for us, we couldn’t have done it without you!”
Annie & Lulu the German Shepherd having a coffee at The Public Catering Company in New Plymouth

Annie & Lulu

“Wonderful – Luzelle works with each dog based on their own character traits. She gives them choices, rather than attempting to push them into things (good for both owner AND dog) — she has helped me immensely with Lulu, as to give her and me confidence! Luzelle works in a way that I have never seen before! “​

Rachel & Libby

“Amazing! Highly Recommend! My dog Libby is now a well-rounded, obedient and happy dog who behaves politely on family outings and loves to learn new tricks and tasks.”

Tim & Isla

Luzelle is amazing, her understanding of what is going on in your dogs mind is incredible. She really knows how to get your dog to work and get the best out of him/her. Isla has come leaps and bounds since working together with Luzelle.

Estelle and Dante the Staffie in Colour

Estelle & Dante

“When we started training with Luzelle, things were different.  The training was different to what we had been told to do before.  Dante was a lot more engaged (focused) with me and getting excited again to train.  Training became something he looked forward to… Luzelle has been a pleasure to work with, not only is she really nice, understanding and helpful, the dogs love her.  And she really cares about helping them and have fun and get things right

John & Harley

“Before starting training with Solution K9, we were training Harley as best we could, but she still had major issues around fear and aggression that we felt at a loss to control. Now that we have started training with Luzelle we are feeling so much more confident that Harley can be a happier more well rounded and well behaved dog. Harley can get close to other dogs without reacting, and is following all basic commands that we are being taught. So exciting getting results and knowing how happy the dogs are!”

Join class now!

That’s a SAVING of OVER $100!!!

You can attend any and as many Manners Academy Classes per week! 
AND, fill up your concession card within 1 month of purchase to get a free gift when you grab your next card!

What are you waiting for? Your dog to get naughtier? Get some breathing space and start enjoying your life with your dog NOW!

How The SolutionK9 Manners Academy Can Help Your Dog!


Want your dog to look up to you and hang off your every word?

Well, the SK9 Mindful Manners Academy will teach you how to get your dog to that level!

German Shepherd Puppy hanging out with her human after her lesson at SolutionK9


Not only that but your dog will also be happy about listening to you! 

How? Because you will learn to become the leader your dog needs!


You will learn to be clear and effective when training your dog so that you can show your dog can’t help but learn how to be an obedient dog!

Take the first steps to unleashing your dog's REAL potential!

Grab your SolutionK9 Manners Academy private lesson as well as 10-lesson Concession card NOW and SAVE OVER $100

That’s a SAVING of OVER $100!!!

You can attend any and as many Manners Academy Classes per week!
AND, fill up your concession card within 1 month of purchase to get a free gift when you grab your next card!

What are you waiting for? Your dog to get naughtier? Get some breathing space and start enjoying your life with your dog NOW!