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!


Kat has been walking Gracie every Friday for the past couple of months. Gracie is nearly 10 months old and is a busy puppy with loads of energy. Due to my change in work the dog walking service has been fantastic. Kat is a true animal lover and makes sure Gracie has fresh water after her walk. Kat has been wonderful to deal with and both Gracie and I have learnt a lot from her. Gracie walks on the lead a lot better now, she also waits by the gate on a Friday morning for Kat to arrive which is so sweet, this has been a great reminder of what day it is over the festive season!Thanks Kat!


I have a very hyper-active 2 year old boxer. I went along to the animal expo at Mt Maunganui to find a dog trainer that could give me some training ,I was not enjoying my dog as much as I should due to his bad behaviour, jumping up at me and strangers etc. I met Kat here and organised a one on one training session . We spent an hour working with Shelby playing games that were also training him to listen and respond to me . life has been so much nicer and im enjoying Shelby so much more we still have a bit to improve on but am very happy with shelbys progress. Shelby and I will be going to a group class with Kat to learn more and would highly recommend anyone needing some assistance with their Dog to contact Kat. Gillian Stops

Gillian Stops

We come from a very busy and chaotic family so the introduction of Jeff (the dog) into family life added an extra dimension. With three kids and being as unstructured as we are, trying to be consistent with our training and getting Jeff to do anything we wanted was a bit of a mission. Kat (the dog whisper) was introduced to us through a mutual friend and proved to be the sanity we were looking for. She talked to us about why Jeff was such a lunatic and what we needed to do as a family to ensure his safety and our peace of mind. With regular sleep overs and guidance from Tama (Kats dog) Jeff is now an all-round good guy and I feel comfortable enough to walk with him to work without a leash and for him not to run under a car or up to another dog and for me to lose control of the situation Basically, he is a great member of our family (better behaved than the kids) and we really need to thank Kat for that

Zac and Steff

“We have Billie a female black retriever who is about 2 years old that Kat has helped us train her when walking with her especially along road footpaths and importantly when crossing roads.Kat has given us good dog obedience tips and methods to keep Billie with us and staying and waiting before crossing roads ONLY on our instructions.And lots of other good dog obedience tips.Thanks Kat.


“We have used Kat on several occasions recently to care for our two dogs, Bhana, an 11 year old Golden Retriever and Chico our 5 month old Cuban Havanese. Kat made the experience very easy for us, she came to our home to collect the dogs and dropped them back home. This made it very easy for us with our work committments and we knew we were getting quality care for our family pets. Both puppies love going to Kat’s and they get very excited to see her.”

Sarah & Alan

Kat was great, it was nice for Loki to be trained in an unregimented way in our own home and her familiar space. She offered great tips to take away and work on and was very flexible and accommodating. We would recommend Kat as a trainer for anyone with a new pup and a dog that needs some refreshers.


Thank you so much to Kat who was really amazing with our Foxy-Maltese-Lady Panda. Kat is structured, patient and absolutely natural with the dogs. Our dog really wanted to please Kat and so we were able to copy Kat to get good results. She also explained a lot and had a logical answer to every question. I enjoyed working with Kat and so did our dog!“

Nicole and Panda

Thanks for your help Kat, helping us provide consistency and recognising his signs. FYI Kat has helped us iron out some anxiety Zeke has around cars (barking and launching at passing cars). Improving every day
Rebecca Ryder

” I joined the Dogs are Us Saturday puppy training a couple months after adopting my 2 year old staffy mix rescue dog.  He was extremely boisterous on the  beach and scaring the little dogs out there with his enthusiasm to play and I needed some tools.  Kat’s class gave Tama a chance to be with tiny young dogs while we worked on basic training.  The difference with his behaviour after just the first week astonished me.  Kat’s lessons are for both dogs and us as their parents.   I thoroughly  recommend Kat’s group lessons and individual coaching.”

Barbara Risi