Stay & Train

Give your puppy the best start in life by coming to stay with us for fundamental training  during its most critical developmental period. Puppies that complete this course are set up to potentially become service dogs, assistance dogs, support dogs, and therapy dogs.

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Stay and Train – 4 weeks

Aim & intended outcomes:

Our Stay and Train program was developed to give your dogs the best possible start in life by raising them during the most critical part of their development. The program was created by specialist ex-police dog trainer and groomer Nikki, who has your puppy stay in her own household as part of her family along with her dogs, cats, horses and other Stay & Train Clients. Stay and Train has a set curriculum of intended outcomes for your puppy which can be found below.

Who is this course suited to?:

Puppy owners with a puppy aged between 8-20 weeks. Puppies that have completed this course are prime to complete further training successfully. Outcomes are optimal for Service Dog / Assistance Dog / Support Dog  and Therapy Dog training. 

Course costs:

Starting at $99(incl. GST) per day
Airport Transfer $165 (incl. GST)

How this course is delivered:

The importance of correct training during the early stages of a dog’s life is clear to professional dog trainers and handlers such as Nikki. During her career as a specialist service dog trainer for the Queensland Police, she found that the dogs with the most issues were the ones who did not have sufficient training, or guidance during their early stages of development.

This Stay and Train program was developed to be the most effective method of  building the most healthy and desirable habits, behaviours and experiences necessary for your dog reach its full capability. 

During the 4 weeks of Stay and Train, your puppy will live in Nikki’s household in a purpose built area, where your dog will become acclimatised to a domestic environment.  Your puppy will be brought up as part of a family along with dogs, cats, horses and other Stay & Train Clients – as well as being socialised during outings.

How this course is delivered:

Family Pet

  • Instills behaviours at an early age that a dog will require to become a valuable member of your family. It will come with A healthy respect for food which will enable you to continue to develop behaviours that you desire, obedience training, trick training.
  • a loaded marker that will enable you to easily communicate with your dog in relation to marking desirable behaviours and reward for those behaviours.
  • well socialised with a variety of people, animals, sounds and other essential environmental factors.
  • Obedience – sit/watch, down/watch, stay, loose leash walking, recall.
  •  A good routine for you to integrate into your family.

Service Dog / Assistance Dog / Support Dog / Therapy Dog

Instills behaviours at an early age that a dog will require to become a dog able to successfully complete the PAT. It is
absolutely essential that a dog with a job has good environmentals, taught calmness from an early age and is
able to problem solve and deal with stress. Your dog will be returned to you with:

  •  healthy food drive – a respect for food for further training.
  • Loaded marker – makes it easy to train for further behaviours.
  • Only rewarded for calm behaviours which means the dog is less likely to act out and become unruly.
  •  Ability to problem solve.
  • Be well socialised in a variety of situations for sounds, pets,

Stay and Train outcomes:


  • Crate training.
  • Vehicle Travel.
  • Visits to Vet for injections and health checks.
  • Socialise extensively with children / adults/ sporting fields / dogs/ trucks / livestock / shopping centres etc,
  • Toilet train ( we use the command “be quick” so you will be able to empty the dog out on command prior to bed or travel etc,
  • Basic obedience, ( sit, down, stay, watch, loose leash walking )
  • Familiar with a lead,
  • Get the dog into a routine,
  • Your dog will be fed a quality raw food diet.
  • Socialised around livestock & agriciltiral equipment.
  • Regular contact will be made with yourself including videos and pictures and happy to skype with you & your family.
  • Towards the end of the Training I will forward you a document that outlines all commands, food & your puppies routine.


To book or to find out more:

To make any enquiries or book a session or program please send an email to Nikki at


The proof is in the pudding. See what our clients have to say about our services.

Nikki took in our Charlie for board and train for 6 weeks. During this time, she kept us up to date and really took great care of our boy. 

It has been a month since Charlie has gone home with us and we can not ask for a better dog. He has come home crate trained, toilet trained (we really like “be quick”), recall is already reliable, confident and most important to us is that listens to when being told no. We have had a handful of experienced sitters that helped look after charlie since he has been home and everyone are extremely impressed by him. 

Nikki and her team has also gotten charlie used to grooming. This was really important to us especially due to the type of coat he ended up having. Brushing and combing him, cleaning his ears and face wasn’t an issue at all. He also already understood that he won’t get what he want if he doesn’t put up with grooming. 

As part of our research in getting a puppy we often saw “common” puppy issues talked about in different forums, online groups etc like issues with reactiveness  to other dogs and people, crate training, nipping/biting, toilet training, barking, destructiveness, pulling on walks and we are soooooo glad we don’t have any of these issues. 

So thank you Nikki and your team for the amazing job you’ve done with Charlie! You’ve set him up to great success

PS really love that you taught him to look at the camera. So instagramable 😆

Lilia   & Marcus
Stay & Train Course Participants 2021

Contact us!

To make any enquiries or book a session or program please send an email to Nikki at:

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