Please note javascript is required for full website functionality.

Dog Training Classes

Puppy & Dog Training Classes for the Wairarapa

Our puppy & dog training classes are All About real life results.

Why our classes work:

Experienced, credentialed instructor

Our instructor is the only Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in the Wairarapa, along with holding her Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training. (She’s a lot of fun, too.)

Small class size

You and your dog will share our instructor’s attention with only four additional dogs and their people, max. That means lots of opportunity for individualized focus and questions.

All positive training

Our instructor strives to make training classes a great time for you and your dog, so we use only easy-to-learn, effective, science-based positive reinforcement training methods.

Real life focus

Unlike the typical dog training class curriculum, ours focuses on real-life application. After all, results in class are great, but results at home and out in the world are far better.

“ We like to have real fun, too! ”


Puppy Training Group Class: Puppy Learn With Me

Get the perfect start with your new puppy in Puppy Learn With Me class:

  • Finish your potty training fast
  • Stop unwanted puppy biting and chewing
  • Teach your puppy to sit instead of jumping to say hello
  • Start basic manners foundation training
  • Socialise your puppy so she becomes an easy-going adult dog
  • Set your puppy up for a lifetime of good behaviour

Class details:

Puppy training group class runs for 7 weeks, including an orientation session without your puppy to help set you up for training success.

$280.00 + GST

Class is held at All About the Hound HQ in Masterton on Saturdays.
Open enrolment means you can start right away, so don’t delay!

Ready for puppy relief now and the best dog possible later? 


Dog Training Basic Manners Class: Train With Me

Basic manners training for adult dogs of any age:

  • Teach your dog to sit politely instead of jumping, barking, or pawing
  • Learn the fundamentals of a reliable recall
  • Replace leash pulling with a dog who walks beside you
  • Enjoy a dog who lies by your side while you read email or enjoy a cuppa at your favorite café
  • Impress visitors with a dog who greets them calmly

“ Hey! Sounds just like me! ”

Class details:

Dog training group class runs for 7 weeks, including an orientation session without your puppy to help set you up for training success.

$280 + GST

Class is held at All About the Hound HQ in Masterton on Saturdays.

Open enrolment means you can start right away, so don’t delay!

Ready to enjoy a well-mannered dog?


Loose Lead Walking Workshop: Walk With Me

Extra loose lead walking practice for dedicated pullers

If your pooch likes to pull, our anti-pull workshop is just the thing. Great for those just wanting to focus on leash manners, or for extra practice for our Basic Manners Train With Me graduates who need a little more focus on turning daily drags into enjoyable walks. This workshop includes a real-life practice walk, during which we have a great time while getting great results.

Class details:

Walk With Me is a one-time 2-hour workshop + a 1-hour orientation without your dog.

$80 + GST

Class meets at All About the Hound HQ in Masterton on Saturdays.

Ready for a dog who walks nicely on leash?


Recall Workshop: Return To Me

Extra recall practice for dogs who like to run

If you’re tired of yelling “Come!” over and over, this workshop is for you. Perfect for Basic Manners Train With Me graduates looking for extra recall practice, or anyone just wanting to focus on building rock solid recalls. This two-week programme is high-energy fun for high-level results.

Class details:

Come To Me is two 1-hour sessions + a 1-hour orientation without your dog.

$80 + GST

Class meets at All About the Hound HQ in Masterton on Saturdays.

Ready for a dog who actually comes when you call?


Meet your instructor, April Williams

I love teaching dog training classes!

Really, there’s little as fun and rewarding as seeing dog parents and their four-legged “fur kids” enjoying “a-ha” moments together. That moment when a dog realizes that sitting is her ticket to all things good. Or when a student is able to call her usually unresponsive dog away from a high-level distraction. I live for and celebrate these moments—and I hope to make some of them with you!

Learn more about April and her professional credentials.

April Williams and her dog Archie

A message from our mascot, Wallie

Dogs Like To Learn

A poem by Wallie

Wallie, the mascot of All About the Hound

Dogs like to learn,
because we have lots of energy to burn.

We don’t mean to be bad,
and we love to see you glad.

Like when we sit to say hi,
or to politely ask for a bite of your pie.

Or when we leave a ball
to come when you call.

It’s better when we walk by your side
instead of taking you for a ride.

And when we lie down
instead of acting like a clown.

The thing is, we don’t come knowing what to do,
so it’s good to take us to school so you won’t be blue.

Don't just take our word for it!

  • April does an amazing job with our Husky! She is very professional & always does 110%. We recommend her to anyone!!! See you next fur appointment!Shay Thomas

  • April did a great job on my Maltese/Shih Tzu, Jemma! She went in looking like a hairy Yeti and came out looking like a beautiful princess. Well done April. You are an excellent dog groomer!Amanda Olsen

  • Thanks April for getting us on the right track with training, I have a very tired superstar Teddy who walked loose lead and sat quietly in a cafe today.Joanna Kemp

  • Sheba is 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

  • April is lovely, has a great personality and is very professional. Thanks for all your help with Bailey. Kerry Potts

  • Thank-you April, you did such a great haircut on my dogs. They look fantastic. Penne-ann Huston

  • Thank you April for taking such great care of my deaf old Airedale, Charlie. He was in such a knotted state but you got him looking wonderful! Great breed clip. We will be regulars now. Thank you :)Jannine Yost

  • April offers such an exceptional service; she is friendly and attentive and is good at what she does!Lovena ByMe

  • 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

  • Very happy with Charlie's makeover. Much quicker than where I usually take him. Thanks April, will definitely be back :-)Kristine Mickelssen

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

  • Our precious Max has had his second groom at AllAbouttheHound and what a fantastic job April has done. With a professional set up and equipment, I could trust a great job would be done and I wasn't wrong. Max looks super cute and we will definitely be returning customers.Patricia Acampora

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