WHY Club K9?
HELLO FELLOW FUR PARENTS
I bet you are asking yourself, why Club K9. Let us tell you... We believe all pets are part of the family and should be treated with love and understanding. We understand how important positive socialization is, with both other dogs and other humans and strive to create a happy environment for them to play. We know your dog is different, there are no two dogs the same and we are here to ensure your dog gets the best possible care and enrichment when they can not be with you.
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WHY WE DO IT
Let us tell you a bit about why we work with dogs and started the daycare. Club K9 is a family business, 100% New Zealand owned and operated. We started off small a few years ago helping locals where we could with their pet needs, to help fund the expenses of a beautiful disabled dog we rescued that needed ongoing medical attention. It quickly became our dream to expand, open a doggy day-care, training facility and in time a non-profit no-kill shelter for abandoned and unwanted dogs.
We believe in giving back and over the years have developed a strong relationship with Chained Dog Awareness New Zealand, fostering relinquished dogs and helping these dogs to rehabilitate to life off the chain. Toni volunteers her time to help new forever parents with behavioral issues that can present with their new rescues. It is so rewarding to be able to help these dogs that can be so broken and show them what love is.
MEET THE TEAM
Behaviour Consultant / Owner
I have always been passionate about animal welfare and enrichment - dogs have taken over my life and I love it. When I got my first dog I made all the mistakes, so I enrolled in Unitec to study Animal Management: Canine Behaviour and Training and became a qualified Dog Trainer. After my formal training, I moved into an amazing mentorship with ThinkDog. I believe it is important to continue learning and upskilling yourself which I do through The Canine School of Science, Aggressive Dog, and many more. The daycare came next. I wanted to create a safe place for dogs to enjoy positive socialization, where they would be loved and mentally stimulated, and bring on other trainers and handlers who share my passion and beliefs.
Club Manager / Pet Dog Trainer
Club K9 has become my home away from home. I have always been passionate about animals and animal welfare, I entered the industry through completing my certificate in animal care through Unitec. I then gained employment in the doggy daycare circuit while completing my Certificate in Captive Wildlife Management making me a qualified zookeeper and animal trainer. This led me to throw all my efforts into the dog world and complete a number of other dog related training including Dogs 101 and 102 through Dog Guru and Defensive Dog Handling. I'm always learning from our dogs and enjoy the challenges that the industry brings.
Hello! I’m Alyssa, one of many handlers at Club K9! I’ve always had a passion and love towards animals especially dogs, my dream job has always been to work with or help animals. My goal is to continue my education with dogs, learning as much as I can about them and their crazy ways, to ultimately become a qualified veterinarian. I am a dog mum to my fur baby Dakota, my rescue dog who I adopted at 7 months old. He was an abused chained dog with a rough history, he is my challenge dog for sure. His trust over the past few months attending Club K9 has improved drastically, he is a much braver and far more confident dog who can handle life much better as a whole. He’s made a few best friends over the past few months which was a huge break through for us as he was extremely terrified of other dogs at the start! We haven’t 100% conquered everything but we are both learning together at getting better! He’s doing an amazing job!
Canine Handler / Dog Trainer
My name is Michelle, and in the photo with me is my best bud, Arlo.
I have always been passionate about animals, especially dogs, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have dogs of all shapes, sizes, and personalities my whole life. I am currently studying towards my Certificate in Animal Management – Canine Behaviour and Training at Unitec; my goal is to continue gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to become a qualified dog trainer and support dogs to flourish by setting them up for success. I have been getting my work experience here at Club K9, which has been a rewarding journey, allowing me to combine my passion with my dream profession of working with and alongside dogs. The unconditional love and excitement they bring is truly infectious and seeing them thrive in a social and stimulating environment is incredibly rewarding.
Canine Handler / Off Leash Adventures
Hi, my name is Ally,
My journey began over 30 years ago back in Scotland with rescue cats and my first rescue dog Max. Since then I have been passionately involved with animal welfare in NZ.
I am part of an amazing animal rescue foundation, which has been instrumental in teaching me skills to rehabilitate abandoned puppies and dogs and being part of a fantastic fostering-to-adoption process.
Having multiple cats and dogs of my own, it made sense to turn my passion for animals into my 24/7 focus.
Club K9 has stepped in and given me that ideal opportunity to work with all manner of dogs, their welcoming and friendly approach to training and socializing really stood out to me. Their ongoing support has made stepping out of the corporate world - seamless, and the obedience and behavioral training skills I have learned over the years are constantly being enhanced by the knowledgeable staff at Club K9. I actually wake up and look forward to each working day, which is truly magical.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
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