The Team


Vikki Pickering

Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant.


Vikki with her dog Asha

Vikki is the owner of You and Your Dog and is an Accredited Professional Canine Trainer (PCT-A).  She has a Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology which she gained in 2012 through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute


Vikki is passionate about promoting education amongst children and adults on how to be safer around dogs to prevent dog bites and help to keep dogs out of shelters as a consequence.  Nelson City Council are proud supporters of her initiative and she frequently attends primary schools, community centres and child-care centres to present her dog safe workshops.

Vikki is dedicated to continued learning, she attends dog behavior and dog training seminars and conferences each year and keeps herself up-to-date with learning theory, research and training techniques.

Vikki’s training methods are based on modern behavioural science and understanding of the fact that animals learn by consequence and association.  Her aim is to use gentle yet effective methods to change your dog’s behaviour.





Behaviour Seminars – Qualifications – Short Courses attended:

  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand 3-Day Conference, Auckland, 2017
  • Bob Bailey 3-Day Seminar, Auckland, 2017
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia 4-Day Conference, Sydney, 2016
  • The Pet Professional Guild – Gained accreditation as a Professional Canine Trainer (PCT-A) 2015
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia 3-Day Conference, Brisbane, 2015
  • Karen Pryor Academy for Dog Trainers – Puppy Start Right Course for Instructors 2014
  • Dr Suzanne Friedman 3-Day Seminar, Auckland 2014
  • Dr Ian Dunbar  3-Day Seminar, Auckland, 2013
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand 3-Day Conference, Auckland, 2013
  • Clicker Training with Debra Millikan – 2-Day Workshop, Nelson, 2013
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand  3-Day Conference, Auckland, 2012
  • Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Diploma of Canine Behaviour Science, and Technology,  2012
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia 3-Day Conference, Sydney, 2011
  • Dr Kersti Seksel & Dr Gabrielle Carter  2-Day Seminar, Perth, 2011
  • Challenger TAFE – Companion Animal Studies – One year practical part-time course Perth, 2011
  • Challenger TAFE – Provide Animal First Aid – Segment of Companion Animal Course, Perth, 2011
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia  3-Day conference, Sydney, 2010
  • ACS Education Australia – Certificate of Attainment for Animal Behaviour, 2009

Lizzi Gillard

Class Instructor / Dog Walker

Lizzi is an experienced dog trainer, dog handler and qualified veterinary nurse. She instructs our K9’s Got Talent trick training classes, Simple Manners classes and our Super Manners Dog training classes.  Lizzi is also a qualified dog walker and pet sitter.

Lizzi is has three of her own dogs – Cora and Eva (pictured below) and Hanna.  Her dogs have many fancy tricks up their sleeves ranging from the basics to the advanced and Lizzi with her trio of dogs prove to be a hit when showing off their tricks at various events around Nelson.


Lizzi with her dogs Cora and Eva.

Lizzi with her dogs Cora and Eva.







Louise Royal

Class Assistant

Louise has been our loyal assistant for all of our dog training courses for the last couple of years.  She has plenty of skills and knowledge of the dog world and enjoys being involved with helping owners with their dogs during class time.  Louise used to run her own dog training classes in lovely Hokitika on the West Coast while also having the role as SPCA inspector during her years living there.  

Louise is owned by three beautiful dogs Mika, Karma and more recently Oscar.  

Louise with puppy Karma and Mika