School of the Naked Dog - Dog Training in Christchurch, New Zealand
Natalie Perzylo

Team Member One

Natalie Perzylo is pictured with her first dog Holmes. She is a trained teacher and understands about behaviour modification. She studied dog behaviour at Massey University, and CPIT.(now Ara)

Blair Anderson

Team Member Two

Dogs have been part of Blair Anderson's life for more than fifty years. He has trained hundreds of dogs and have a passion for how policy plays its part in enabling 'the naked dog'  to become our ultimate companion.

Max our Springer Spaniel/Poodle

Team Member Three

Max, the Springer Spaniel/Poodle lives with the team and welcomes every dog with his distinct wag. He teaches the rules of the house to those coming to live with him in the short term.

Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell, Victoria Stillwell, John Rogerson

Other Teamsters

Our mentors have played a big part in guiding us to become better trainers and behaviouralist. Some are: John Rogerson, Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell, Victoria Stillwell, Stanley Coren....

Our continuing education

Both trainers attend many canine conferences with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) NZ and other seminars online.

Some of the seminars include

  • Attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Conference in Auckland, June 2017. See webpage for 'advert" 
    John and his training partner Miya (from China) stayed a month in Christchurch, and gave New Zealand the 1st CSI Survivor Camp, Ultimate Recall, Clean Boot Tracking, Seminars on Aggression, and how to 'create' a great dog!  
    See Facebook - John Rogerson NZ Tour

    and read the 

    After the Event Article

  • (Members of) Attended The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT New Zealand ) in 2011, 2012, 2 apdt 014, 2015, 2017
    San Diego in 201, Atlanta, Georgia 2010-- these conferences in the USA are 5 days!  
    Nando Brown and Jo Rosie Haffenden
    The 2017 APDT Conference was held in Auckland. Queens Birthday Weekend saw the New Zealand Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDTNZ) Conference welcome two speakers from the UK to the Auckland. Husband and wife Nando Brown and Jo Rosie Haffenden (The School of Canine Science)... and famed TV Show Rescue Dogs To Super Dogs) were this year's keynote speakers. 

    It was attended by a record 100 delegates, including ten from Christchurch. CHECK our FACEBOOK page for photos, and videos

    The program included the latest science-based thinking and practice on a wide range of training specialities, Touch, Out, Predatory Recall and Resource Guarding were covered in detail and demonstrated in practice.
    Nando's earnest and honest experience (he has a Malinois and three other house dogs) led to some really exciting fringe thinking around canine intelligence and new training concepts that resonate with us. Multi-dog households was certainly talked about!

  • Attended a weekend seminar of K9Nose Work (2014) with Jill-Marie O'Brien in Wellington, NZ

  • Attended Terry Ryan Seminar in 2013 in Wellington which was part of the NZKC educational opportunities.

  • Animal Companion CouncilCurrent Members of Animal Companion Council  of New Zealand and hosted  Dr Lisa Woods at the NZ Animal Companion Animal Conference in October 2012 in Wellington.

  • Trained with John Rogerson, UK world reknown dog trainer. Author of  The Dog Vinci Code. in India January/Feb 2012
    John provided us with even a better understanding on how we can harness our dog's natural abilities to get our canine friends to be our natural companion animals. 

  • Doggone Bite Prevention ProgrammeFormer members of the Doggone Bite Prevention International Organisation

  • Attended a TTouch Workshop in Quebec, October 2010 and organised a   TTouch workshop in Christchurch

  • Attended a two day workshop on  TTouch in Dunedin (2009)
  • Attended 5 days of  Dr Ian Dunbar's Seminar both in Auckland and Christchurch

  • Volunteered at  Dogwatch, Christchurch and created their first website.
  • Volunteered at  Humane Society in Ottawa, Canada.
  • Volunteer as  Red Puppy Appeal and Blind Week Collectors (Blind Foundation)
  • Attend workshop with  Jan Fennell- The Dog Listener
  • Member of CCATS (Chch Canine Agility Training Society) in Christchurch 2002.
  • Natalie received her National Certificate in Dog Training from CPIT (now ARA) 2001
  • Certificate from Massey Principle of Canine Behaviour 2001
  • Teaching Degree, Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada

Our mentors

The strongest leash of all is that invisible leash that connects one heart to another, and it's built of love & trust. The sad reality is that the heart's invisible leash is often broken or has never been built.

Dogs who wear collars do not have to wear them forever. The need for leads and collars begins to disappear as training progresses. If the training is thorough and followed through to off leash control, the collar becomes just another intermediate step in the training process.


It is up to the handler to continue training to the point where equipment is necessary only to obey leash laws and protect the dog.

Suzanne Clothier, world reknown dog trainer / behaviouralist .

About our School

We are professionally trained dog trainers/behaviouralists. We teach and use best practice positive training methods to help you build the companion dog you and your family want.

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Our Dog Store

iQ Dog Toys

We buy the most interesting dog toys. All of the products that we sell, we use. Many of our clients like the Easy Walk Harness for nice loose leash walking, our food dispensing toys for their dogs who need a bit of a challenge and see dog/human interactive toys. Click on to take you there.

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (03) 389 40 65 / 021 82 36 47
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Wainoni Road
    Christchurch, Canterbury
    New Zealand