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Club of the Year Award

Clubs play a very important role in New Zealand society. They draw people together, they help knit communities and they provide a place where people with a common interest can enjoy themselves.

Dogs New Zealand clubs involved in domestic dog training for the public and their dogs go a lot further. These clubs and their volunteer members provide a service which is not widely recognised given the impact it has on society.

A key step in acknowledging the great work undertaken by these clubs and their volunteers is the Dogs New Zealand Club of the Year Award. Awarded every 2 years at the Domestic Dog Training Conference.

2022 Winner...

Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club

Best Dog Training Club in
New Zealand for 2022

Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club is this year's winner of Best Dog Training Club for  2022.

This is the second time that this club has won this prestigious award. This was judged by Jordan Coulson from Devine Canine and here is his rationale for the placings:

“After looking through all the 18 nominations you sent through, in my opinion, the Tītahi Bay Canine Obedience Club is the winner,  With runner-up Hibiscus Coast and in third Upper Hutt.

Some of the key points for me in this choice were: club culture; strong education in the community; support to other groups to use their facilities; indoor option good for continuity; the use of technology to make operations faster and more efficient; staff/trainer and client retention through COVID-19; trainer education and development; great social media and website resources; client newsletter and strong financial growth year after year."

2019 Winner...

Horowhenua Obedience Dog Training Club

Best Dog Training Club in
New Zealand for 2019

Horowhenua Obedience Dog Training Club is this year's winner of Best Dog Training Club in New Zealand for 2019.

The club was formed in 1961, 58 years ago by a small band of enthusiastic dog owners who wished to train their dogs.

2017 Winner...

Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club

Titahi Bay COC

Best Dog Training Club in
New Zealand for 2017

At the inaugural New Zealand Domestic Dog Training Conference the Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club was honoured to receive the award for 2017 Best Domestic Dog Training Club. The club has been going for almost 50 years, and has been training all breeds of dogs from Puppies to dogs of any age.

They have a range of classes including Canine Good CitizenTM related courses, rally-o and competitive obedience. They run competition obedience shows, ribbon trials, rally-o competitions, Black Hawk Canine Good CitizenTM assessments, lend their grounds to other dog clubs and visit local school galas.

The club trains at their training grounds at Ngatitoa Domain in Paremata and also hires the Dogs New Zealand facilities in Elsdon during the winter terms. They have members from Wellington central to Waikanae and even some come from the Hutt.

Clubs throughout New Zealand were asked to fill in a questionnaire about all the aspects of making a successful club and they were chosen out of some very tough competition.

The club has a great committee, trainers and members that get along really well because they are all there for one reason - for the love of dogs.

This term Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club has 114 dogs attending classes.

Dogs New Zealand would like to think that this club not only benefits those people who come to them to get a well-mannered dog but also everyone they will meet when they go out walking in our community.

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