Establish the rules and relationship you and your dog will be happy to live with.

Forward Paws was established to teach you – the dog or puppy owner – simple and effective techniques to help improve your dog’s behaviour. Since each puppy or dog is unique, training can be customised to best meet your needs and those of your dog.

Positive reinforcement training is based on rewarding your dog for doing the right behaviour – not punishment for doing the incorrect behaviour.

I offer a range of training programmes for puppies and dogs of all ages, from Absolute Beginners to Advanced Level, as well as specialised services e.g. competition training & remedial training to address behavioural issues.

Is this your puppy? Is he looking for some-one to untangle the confusing web of leash versus feet?

“Sit, what is that? Is that when I jump up and put my feet on you and then fall on my rump? Oh, you mean when I plop on the floor and fall on my side and you laugh because it is so cute?”

Or is he the one who has just chewed your favourite shoe and then ran outside, dug a hole in your flower garden and buried it? Hmm, does this sound familiar?

Don’t feel bad because that is what I am here for – my job is to help you train or retrain yourself and your dog to enjoy a comfortable, friendly, working relationship.

I have more than 25 years’ experience instructing obedience, agility, and behaviour modification. I have a Certificate in Principles of Canine Behaviour, and am a Member of the NZ Association of Pet Dog Trainers & NZ Kennel Club. See my full profile here: Cheryl Ritchie’s profile

Obedience, Scent and Agility Classes
April 2024 to June 2024 Dates

Early Learning/Puppy Basics

6.30 – 7.30 pm Dogs and Puppies

Classes will commence on :-
  17th April,  22nd May,  26th June

7.45- 8.45pm Dogs and Puppies

Classes will commence on: –
 17th April,  22nd May,  26th June

Advanced Obedience and Scent Class
6.30- 7.30 pm

Classes will commence on:-
23rd April,  28th May,  2nd July

Foundations for Dog Agility
Puppy/Dog Beginners Class
To Be advised

One on one classes available

Programmes and Services:

Puppy & Dog (mixed) Training Classes – Small Group.
Puppy Training Classes – Small Group or One-on-One.
Dog Training Classes – Small Group or One-on-One.
Surrogate Day Training – Private, One-on-One.

Specialised Training & Services:

Dog behavioural assessment, assistance & behaviour modification.
Fun Agility Programme (puppy and adult dog).
Competitive Agility Programme.
Obedience Training for the Older Dog.
Games and Tricks Training.
Puppy & Dog Selection Assistance.

Availability & Locations:

Small Group Classes are available in Silverdale, Hibiscus Coast.
One-on-One Training is available in the following areas: East Coast Bays, Whangaparoa, Hibiscus Coast and Rodney.
Surrogate Day Training – I will train your dog for you while you are at work and then transfer those skills to you.