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All About the Hound

Our focus is to educate and help you to nurture a great relationship between you and your best friend.

We love what we do and are committed to caring for your dog as if it was our own, while offering you flexibility, convenience and value for money. Your dog needs environmental, physical and psychological enrichment - we provide these through socialisation, exercise, training and education.

What you can expect from us

  • Our #1 priority is your dog’s health and well-being
  • Experienced in dog handling and canine behaviour
  • Qualified Professional Trainer
  • Qualified Professional Groomer / Pet Stylist
  • National and International Accreditations
  • Your dog treated as an individual
  • Flexible hours Professional, caring and friendly service

About April

April is the owner/Director of AllAbouttheHound Dog Services.

With an emphasis on educating you and on nurturing a strong bond between you and your dog, April offers force free training using scientifically proven methods based on applied behaviour analysis. Having a sound knowledge of the science that governs learning, her goal is to promote positive reinforcement training by making it more accessible to members of the community therefore offering an alternative to the more traditional approaches to training.

With many dog breeds requiring regular grooming throughout their lifetime, April is particularly passionate about dogs having positive grooming experiences during their lives and works with owner and puppy on ‘positive start to grooming’ programmes using positive reinforcement training.

April established AllAbouttheHound in 2013. A professional dog trainer and professional groomer, April is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy and is a Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), as well as a certified professional groomer. April is proud to be among the first group of graduates from the Australian Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program held in Melbourne.

April also holds professional memberships with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Professional Groomers, Inc.

April has three dogs, Archie, Millie and Precious who keep her busy, entertained and amused with their comical, cheeky antics. April also fosters dogs through a local dog rescue group.

Professional Memberships

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), APDT (Australia)
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), (USA)
Karen Pryor Academy
IPG – International Professional Groomers, Inc

Our Credentials

  • Karen Pryor Academy Animal Training & Behaviour Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP),
  • Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training
  • Certified Salon Professional (IPGCSP) / Certified Professional Groomer (IPGCPG) – Track 1
  • Dog Diversity Grooming School - Professional Dog Grooming Certificate
  • Sunraysia Institute of TAFE - Professional Dog Grooming Certificate
  • Domestic Animal Business Registered
  • Police Checked
  • Full Insurance

What areas do we service?

We are based in Masterton and provide doggy services to owners and their furry friends in the following areas:

  • Wairarapa
  • Featherston
  • Martinborough
  • Greytown
  • Carterton
  • Eketahuna
  • Gladstone.

What they say about us

"Sheba looking very clean and fluffy after her appointment with April today. She is now looking forward to her Play Date with April and friends next week . Highly recommend." Julie Morris

"Thanks April for grooming Becca with such care. We will be back next time for sure and will certainly recommend you for growing in the area." Aziza Young

"April offers such an exceptional service, she is friendly and attentive and is good at what she does!" Lovena ByCali

"April was very caring & loving towards my baby dog. Fantastic work with the grooming!!" Vicky Madytianos

"Benji has been to AllAbouttheHound for a bath and tidy.  He came home smelling very tropical and sporting a full and fluffy look.  I was very pleased and will definitely be going back. I thought the service was great." Octaviana Filimon

We can’t wait to meet you and your 'best friend'!

Yours truly in all dog matters,

April Williams
Founder/Director, Dog Lover, and Pet Parent to 3 dogs.