Dogs Are Us

Get the best out of your dog through training and fun
Bay of Plenty

"Like children, dogs are entitled to and actually need an education. Such training is valuable it gives your pet a sense of security and increases his sense of responsibility... and they enjoy it. Every engagement you have with your dog, you are training them."

Kat Stephenson

Dogs are us is here to help dog owners better understand their relationship with their dog through education and building trust.

Having studied with NDTF in Australia, and continued learning with other great trainers I bring my knowledge and passion to wanting to understand any problems we face as dog owners and how I can best help. By building relationships with our dogs through training and offering ongoing support, good foundations is the place to start. Through understanding  how our dogs learn we can create sound obedience and a great working relationship with our dogs

We got Lulu (Shar-Pei cross Staffy) from [the SPCA] when she was 3 months old, she was very well behaved and perfect looking puppy. Kat was recommended to us by our friends and this proved to be the right decision. Lulu was abandoned as a very little puppy and ended up with Kat as a Foster Dog Carer and we believe that her very first beginning of life couldn’t be better than at Kat’s. Kat’s first training helped us to settle down with our first dog. She is 2 years old now and we have the best dog ever! Thank you Kat 🙂

Oliv & Marek (Lulu)

Just a short note to say thank you for your help this afternoon and for adding to my confidence by reiterating that I’m on the right track with Ziggy. I’m certainly looking forward to our next outing!! I wish you all the very best with your “Dogs are Us” business as I found you very knowledgeable, patient and confident in your approach to both owner and dog and I shall certainly be passing on your details. Thank you once again


We booked Kat for a one on one training session over the weekend. She was great.She offered lots information and great idea’s, as owners we also learned so much in that one visit.Our puppy Bailey had a ball, we now have new fun interacting games to play as well as homework to do. I can already see a difference in our bond and can’t wait to show Kat how far we have come the next time we book her!


Could dog training be right for you?

  • Puppy conditioning and development- from toilet training, to the early stages of learning, socialization and more...
  • Basic Obedience- recall, lead work, basic manners
  • Behavioral Problems- this will always depend on situations and will be assessed on a case by case basis
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