About K9 Trainer
With over 20 years experience our lead trainer Guus Knoopers has trained dogs from all walks of life. From the beloved family pet to the abondend stray rescued from death row. The one common factor is the results, outstanding!! Our name may seem misleading as we train dogs for a wide range of roles from family pets, bomb detection, companion dogs, aversion training, pest detection, agility conservation roles and more. While our original theme was conservation dogs (kiwi location, Bio-Security and the likes) we have expanded into traing dogs for a diverse clienteele.
Training dogs for many agencies that cannot be named has proven Guus' skill and ability to produce top quality dogs time and time again. No matter if its training your family pet not to chew your slippers or training a Bio-Security dog to protect a country's border Guus has the ability, passion and patience to achieve results that surpass even the most demanding requirements. Over the last 20+ years Guus has tested and trained dogs from animal shelters, pounds and SPCA facilities to become detection dogs. With New Zealand's low Bio-Security risk and Guus' reputation for outstanding results these dogs are highly sort after by overseas governments for the detection of explosives and other hazardous detection roles.
K9 Trainer also has trained dogs for conservation projects like Macquarie Island (Australia) pest eradication project. Together with Steven Austin, Guus lead a team of handlers to Macquarie Island to work on the eradication of rabbits, rats and other rodents.
Other projects undertaken by K9 Trainer include Mustelid and invasive species projects with in New Zealand for government departments such as the Animal Health Board, Regional Councils and the Department of Conservation. K9 Trainer have also assisted other conservation dog trainers with advice and help to get their dogs through the required certification.
Guus is an approved aversion trainer for the Department of Conservation. He has AUQA and NZQA certified qualifications.
A unique training aspect provided by K9 Trainer is their in-house training option where people can bring their dog to Guus' facility while they go on holiday. Guus and his staff will train your dog while you are away. If you are paying for pet accommodation anyway, then for a small extra investment your dog can be trained at the same time. Depending on the length of time the dog will stay at their facility Guus ensures owners most issues can be dealt with. After returning from their time away the owners will be shown the progress their dog has made and a continuing training plan will be given and explained to the dog's owners.
Guus is a member of dog sports Rotorua and enjoys the dog sport such as fly ball and obedience. With a passion for dog sports Guus is now a member of KNPV (also known as Royal Dutch Police Dog Sport) in Holland. This sport is not currently active in New Zealand but Guus hopes to introduce it to other like minded dog trainers. For more information on KPNV Contact Guus. Other sports Guus would like to see introduced to New Zealand include, French and Belgian ring sports, for more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Ring_Sport & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_Ring .
Guus's Work History and Achievements