Why did I get a dog???!!!

My dog is a complete nightmare!

Everything ends up in his mouth.

He has eaten my house (yes, you read that correctly!), destroyed my garden, killed the internet, harasses our smaller dog, terrorises our cats and jumps all over visitors.

He constantly tips over his full water bowl and splashes the water everywhere.

By the time he is six months old he is so big and strong that he has already pulled me over a couple of times. I am grazed and bruised and on the verge of tears.

What did I do wrong?

What happened to the cute ball of fluff I brought home?! I didn’t sign up for this – I wanted a dog, not a Tyrannosaurus Rex!

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry.

You are not alone.

I know exactly how you feel and I promise you – IT DOES GET BETTER!

My Journey and Your Journey

I love dogs – I was brought up with them. When I was born my family had a stunning, huge Rough Collie. Think Lassie. I was a teenager when my parents bought my brother and myself a beautiful, gentle Golden Retriever. Best dog ever!
As an adult I got my own dog Leo, a gorgeous German Shepherd puppy. I was totally in love from the minute I saw him – a cute, fluffy little baby with a fantastic personality. I could see my life with him already. Of course he would be the perfect angel, just like my other dog, right? Wrong! He was a complete nightmare as a puppy and as an adolescent dog.

A Land Shark!

The epitome of a Land Shark with some Tasmanian Devil thrown in for good measure. We tried everything. Advice from friends and family didn’t work. At the time, I was so desperate I took him to an old school, traditional dog trainer who used a choke chain as a training aid. After a few seconds and seeing the look of fear in my dog’s eyes I knew I had made a huge mistake. We left immediately and I started searching for a better, kinder way to train my monster dog.

Everything Changed

I found the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and everything changed. I became an IMDT Accredited Dog Trainer. My first student? My 18-month old boisterous, monster dog.

Kind and Effective

Training takes time, patience and dedication. My methods are kind and gentle. I use rewards to encourage the behaviour I want my dog to learn. My beautiful boy is a work in progress but now he walks nicely on a lead. He is more relaxed around visitors. He is more gentle with our other dog and loves to give our cat slobbery kisses.

I was inspired by my gorgeous boy!

Thanks to my gorgeous boy I started my dog training business with the aim of helping people with their dogs. Some dogs are easy – my Golden Retriever for example. Other dogs are not so easy and need some extra help – my Leo for example. I will work with you in a structured programme with ongoing support to help you achieve excellent results while building a strong bond with your dog.

Any dog of any age, size or breed is welcome. Of course, I have a huge soft spot for German Shepherds and I am dedicated to improving people’s perceptions about the breed.

So, get in touch and let me know how I can help you!

Nina 🐾
07968 375220 / nina@ninasark.co.uk

“Training should always be fun for you and your dog. A happy dog learns faster!”

I am an accredited member of The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT – https://www.imdt.uk.com), a leading body which teaches and promotes the very best understanding of the techniques required to train dogs.
All IMDT trainers adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and only use proven science based dog training techniques.
I use only positive methods of training which build trust and enhance the bond between you and your dog.
The IMDT is a signatory to the UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter. The Charter provides assurances to both members of the public and other professional bodies that the dog trainer they employ has been checked, supported and monitored by a reputable accrediting member organisation.
To find out more about the Charter, please click on this link: https://ukdogcharter.org
As an Assessed and Qualified Member of The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, I am proud to display the UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter symbol.
I am proud to announce that I am now a Gold Member of the Pet Professional Network: 
The Pet Professional Network is the first international business support organisation and educational platform for kind, ethical and trusted pet professionals.
Working in collaboration with world class training and behavioural institutes, business and mindset coaches, they help raise the standards of animal welfare providing members with a safe community to grow or expand their business and connect with like-minded professionals.
I have been awarded Gold Membership after gaining a specific level of skill or competence in developing my business and a high level of skill in my field of work.
This is awarded to only the most dedicated Members after a minimum of one year’s commitment to being part of our community and taking an active role in supporting others in our industry.
You can be confident in the knowledge that as a member of the Pet Professional Network, I have been personally assessed and can use their ‘seal of approval’ to show I’m a recommended professional. This reassures pet owners that I am kind, ethical and trusted, dedicated to giving pet owners the very best long term support.
I hold an Open College Network (OCN) Level Three Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour qualification and I am a member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association:  https://www.bvba-org.co.uk
I regularly attend courses and read books and papers to increase my knowledge about dogs and their behaviour.  I am formally studying canine behaviour and I am enrolled in the IMDT Canine Behaviour – Consultations, Foundations and Functions of Behaviour correspondence course (Level 4 OCN Accreditation).
I am fully insured, Disclosure & Barring Service checked (clear) and Canine First Aid Certified.
In my spare time I volunteered at Glendee Dog Rescue, where I assisted by walking the dogs and also spend time with them individually in an exercise paddock to assess their behaviour and well-being.
I am committed to teaching you how to train your dog using force free, innovative, science and reward based techniques, which deliver results while safeguarding the welfare and happiness of your dog. My fun training methods will give your dog a solid foundation of behaviours which can be expanded and developed.
Remember: Training should always be fun for you and your dog!
Nina's Ark Dog Training © Nina Kaikini

My inspiration!

Nina’s Ark Dog Training

© Nina Kaikini Haughton


  • Puppy and Dog Training (all ages)
  • One-to-One Bespoke Training Sessions
  • Behaviour Modification
  • Follow Up Training Sessions
  • Face-to-Face and Online Training
  • Ongoing Support for Clients

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