The SolutionK9 Mindful Manners Academy
The Only Mindful Manners Academy of its type in Taranaki
To unleash your dog's full potential!
The SolutionK9 Mindful Manners Academy is ideal for:
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!
The SolutionK9 Mindful Manners Academy
Well, Some of Them...
The SolutionK9 Mindful Manners Academy is based around teaching you and your dog these core 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!
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!
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
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
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!
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)
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…
Many dogs are protective over their food. And have you been told that you need to take your dog’s bones away to teach them to give up their bones… um, there’s a much better way to teach your dog to allow you to handle their food!
Walking past other Dogs
One of the most difficult skills your dog will learn, but it’s very important to get your dog to be able to walk past another dog without a second thought – how much more could you enjoy your walks!
No need to resort to drinking at the thought of getting your dog into or our of your car! Learn effective ways to get your dog into and out of your car so it can be one less barrier to your adventures!
Go to Your Bed/Place
No more need for your dog to get under your feet while you’re cooking dinner! Teach your dog to stay on their bed instead! No matter what is happening!
And More! Much More!
So, what are you waiting for?
Join class now!
*There is a $75 joining fee which covers your first private lesson at the SolutionK9 Education Centre
Answers to Your Lingering Fears and Doubts
Who is The SolutionK9 Mindful 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!
When are the Classes?
Mondays @ 2.30 pm
Tuesdays @ 4.00 pm
Thursdays @ 9.30 am
Classes are 45 minutes long. No class on Public Holidays.
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?
No, we don’t have casual classes available unfortunately.
Can I Cancel Any Time?
I have a one button cancellation policy. You can join for as long as your dog needs or you like, and cancel whenever you need to.
If you don’t Love the Mindful Manners Academy, I insist that you cancel. Even though it will break my heart, it’ll be best for both of us
Going on holiday, you can pause your membership, just keep in mind if you cancel, you will need to pay another joining fee to join class again as your dog will need another private lesson.
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?
Join any time! The classes are membership based, so you join class on a month-by-month basis and can attend as many Mindful Manners Academy classes as you like during the month!
Your joining fee covers your private lesson where we will teach you and your dog (OK, more like teaching you how to teach your dog, but you get the picture I’m sure) how to focus
There are three Mindful Manners Academy classes per week. That means that you can come to one or all three classes if you prefer! There are no minimum or maximum classes you need to attend!
There are no term contracts, you can attend for as long as you and your dog need help, and cancel any time
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.
I cannot guarantee that the price for the Mindful Manners Academy will always be this low, however, I will not raise the price for any current members, once you join, your membership stays at the membership rate you signed up with until you cancel.
How Do I Pay for Class?
It’s easy, you can join class, by subscribing through the links on this page to use your credit or debit card.
It makes life so much easier as it sets up an account for you in our system where I can give you access to special bonuses!
(You get special bonuses when you’ve been a member for 3, 6, 9 months, etc. And these are all designed to help you enjoy your dog more!)
Will the Mindful 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 Mindful 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!
The Mindful Manners Academy can’t fix problems between your dog and cat, or if your dog has specific challenges around your home, we recommend a private lesson for these.
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 and be happier here!
Time is precious and the Mindful Manners Academy is set up to get you and your dog great results, quickly!
You can attend as many classes per week as you and your dog needs for a flat monthly subscription. There are no minimum, and more classes may be added (depending on popularity and demand of course)!
This class is way more affordable than our normal 4-week Obedience Class which is priced at $195 for one lesson every week for 4 weeks and 1 private lesson)
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)
This is What People have to say about Training with SolutionK9
(and I didn't even have to bribe them)
Laura & Ned
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 & Lelia
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 & 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!”
How The SolutionK9 Mindful 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!
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 full potiential!
Join and attend as many Mindful Manners classes as you and your dog would like!
For the monthly subscription of only
$99/month!* That's less than $10 per class! WOW!
(cancel any time!)
*There is a $75 joining fee which covers your first 1 hour private lesson at the SolutionK9 Education Centre (normally $125 the discounted private lesson is not available separate from the SolutionK9 Academy)