Laura believes in building a relationship with your dog. It should be about working together to achieve things rather than demanding your dog to do what you say.
Laura prides herself on continuing to learn what she can and developing new techniques to help both dogs and their guardians.
Her two dogs, Keira & Kai, are her inspirations. Seeing the different ways they learn and what motivates each of them inspires her to teach people to understand their dog better.
As well as running Constructive Canines, Laura is also a Director of The Dog Safe Workplace Ltd and Founder of Kids Safe With Dogs Charitable Trust.
Laura has several qualifications and is currently studying more. She is also a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand
Caz Pawz Perfect
We work very closely with Caz from Pawz Perfect Dog Training
Caz loves helping you and your dog to achieve your individual training goals by introducing you to a world of fun training games!
She is a Certified Pro Dog Trainer, Certified Trick Dog Trainer, has a PetTech Certificate in Dog First Aid, and a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers of New Zealand.
She will support you in your dog training journey and help you to develop a great relationship with your dog, developing your skills and your dog’s desired behaviours in a fun and reliable way. Learning Games For Life!
Having grown up around dogs, Nick already had qualifications in animal care and zoo keeping when he enrolled on a Pet First Aid course and first met Laura in 2015. He wanted to learn how to better care for a senior dog, as he had become the adopted "father" to Shaggy, a 16 year old golden retriever.
Shaggy ignited Nick's passion for our canine companions, and he is working towards qualifications in vet nursing, canine psychology, behaviour, and coaching. He is also "The Dog Fur-ther" dog walker, manages Kids Safe With Dogs East Auckland, and the Hounds of New Zealand Instagram Page.
Nick volunteers his time to help at puppy classes, because animal welfare is his priority, he is stoked to be associated with a team that builds relationships with dogs, based on positive, force-free, reward-based training.
Vicky has always grown up around dogs and other animals. She studied animal management in the UK and then went on to volunteer with retired greyhounds for over four years.
She then decided to travel and has worked with a variety of animals and in different roles all over the world, including farms, zoo's and a game reserve.
Vicky currently works at Central Bark as a supervisor. She is pet first aid trained and recently completed a vet assistant course.
Vicky has been helping out in classes and workshops for over 2 years now and loves getting to meet new dogs and people, plus use her camera skills to get great photos.
It is fantastic to work with the dedicated team at Central Bark
Laura works as Central Bark's in-house Training Manager, working on site passing on her knowledge to all the Central Bark Team. Ensuring the team are up to date with the most recent scientific based training techniques available. The role also allows Laura to help dogs in a daycare situation and assess a dog's suitability for the daycare environment.
At Central Bark, all the team are trained in low stress handling, using positive reinforcement methods and reward-based training providing them with love, affection, treats and toys.
They believe that all pets should be treated with compassion and kindness with animal welfare being their top priority. They provide clients with honest feedback and updates on how their pet settles during their time there, which is essential for the wellbeing of the animals.