Darran Rowe

Over 15 Years Experience as a Dog Trainer and Canine Behaviourist

I have been working professionally as a dog trainer and Canine behaviourist for over 15 years, so I really understand how to make your life with your dog enjoyable and rewarding.

My training utilises only Force free and fear free, positive techniques, so you can rest assured that I’m not going to hurt your dog, just to make them do things for you. I’m all about teaching dogs to make the right choice for themselves, that way you don’t have to shout and scream at them.

Coming from a competitive dog agility background, my training is focused on building and promoting a positive relationship between you and your dog, one based on mutual trust and respect. 

I live with 6 dogs at present, 3 Irish Setters, 3 Border collies of various ages, 2 of which are rescue dogs. Very soon 2 more puppy Border Collies will be joining us. They are all amazing dogs and have taught me so much about the canine world.


BSc (Hons) Degree in Biology from Cardiff University , UK which included Animal Physiology and Animal Behaviour.

PGCE in Education, South Bank University. Fully trained and registered school teacher with full Police Check.

Waikato University Completed PSYC101 Level 7 Paper - Clinical Animal Behaviour.


Endorsed Trainer of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand (APDTNZ).

Full member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG).

Full member of Reiki New Zealand,. Qualified Reiki Master Teacher.

Interesting Facts

Former Manager and Canine Behaviourist for SPCA Hamilton.

Featured dog trainer on CareersNZ website.

Regular radio canine behavioural section on Magic Talk, The Sunday Cafe show with Roman Travers.

UK Kennel Club Approved Agility and Good Citizenship Judge.

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What Some of My Clients Say

“My partner and I learnt a lot on how to help us train our new dog on recall and lots of it we can relate back to our older dog to improve both of their training. All the information was put in to easy to understand language and he helped us get it by relating it to everyday life. ”
Rebecca Steiner
Ellie (Heeler Cross)
"We would definitely recommend Darran to anyone that was wanting a force-free way of training their dog. Darran has had a very calming influence over Floki, and the rest of us as well. He also is very knowledgeable about dog behaviour and has helped our family be on the same page when bonding with Floki."
Jo McFetridge
Floki (Labradoodle)
"A truly wonderful experience with massive improvements both in our puppy and ourselves as owners. Darren has a calm and clear way of training which our puppy really connected with. incredibly pleased with the progress! ”
Devon Samuels
Rusty (Border Terrier)

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