Tonka Watson

 

Dog Trainer

 

I’ve had a passion for dog training since acquiring my first puppy after moving to NZ in 2002.  We competed at the top level for agility and attained Canine Good Citizen Gold level award. 

Now onto my 3rd dog, I’ve been a club instructor for years, compete in scent work and agility, and spend all my spare time and money advancing my knowledge about all aspects of canine welfare, behaviour, and husbandry.  

I’m an advocate for welfare based training.  The lifestyle we expect our dogs to adapt to is far removed from their natural habitat and I believe many ‘behaviour’ problems are simply dogs finding an inappropriate outlet for their natural behaviours.  Both dog and owners need to have their needs met to live in harmony and form a trusting and respectful bond. 

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