Behavioural and Obedience Training for Dogs and Puppies. Real-world results without relying on food treats.

Best Mate Dog Training teaches novel, food-free methods that allow your puppy or dog to truly become your best mate, reliable and trustworthy in distracting situations. With our training methods you can take them more places and involve them more often in family life. We come to you for convenient one-on-one training in your home, or wherever you are having issues. The sessions can also be used to build a solid training foundation, helping to prevent problems before they occur.

Convenient – we are open weekends, and we come to you, so no travel required.

Realistic – Practical methods, which are effective in the real world and work in the situations you and your dog are in every day.

One-on-one – Training to suit your specific problems, and the benefit of the trainer’s full attention.

Fix behavioural issues without using food treats

Fix behavioural issues without using food treats

We deal with a range of issues, including:

“Selective hearing” of obedience commands

Jumping up, barging, stealing & chewing

Pulling on the lead


Mouthing, nipping & biting

Over-excitability and unhealthy obsessions

Chasing other animals (e.g. chickens, sheep, cats)

Food aggression and resource guarding

Dog aggression

“This is the best and most effective dog training I have ever seen! We adopted a 10 month old Labrador who had come from a breeder with zero rules. He would jump, bite, push his way through, eat [kids] toys and toilet inside. We got a treats based trainer in which was unsuccessful and then we found Grace. It’s been 3 weeks since we started the training and he is a different dog!! Even our 3yr old daughter can ‘control’ him with the commands. Money very well spent and I cannot speak highly enough about the training.”
— Robyn

Not all training methods are equally effective. If you’ve tried other methods before with limited or no success, we may be able to help. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about how we can help you and your best mate.

We are based in Rolleston, and service the surrounding areas in Selwyn and Christchurch