Mark Vette – Internationally renowned Animal Behaviourist, Educator, Author and TV personality

Dog Zen Virtual Dog School


Now is the time to create that harmonious loving bond you are seeking with your dog The bond between a dog and its human is the most special relationship when there are no stressful or upsetting behaviours getting in the way!

This interactive adult dog school will provide you with everything you need to transform your relationship with your dog and teach you how to train your dog to follow your direction in any place or situation. With personalised guidance, question and answer opportunities, and a guided journey through my 30+ video online training program, you will have everything you need to know.

You will learn about how to effectively establish your relationship with your dog, the critical nature of ‘learning state’, all the tools and techniques you need to correct common behaviour problems and exactly how to do the training to bring out the best in your dog.


  • Access to a closed Facebook community group to share ideas and experiences and ask  me questions
  • Support from my Senior Dog Trainers to guide you through the videos and respond to your questions
  • A weekly opportunity to send Mark your questions and get a personal video response to guide you through your training 
  • 30+video based online training programme that will take you through step-by-step how to:

Dog Zen Foundations


Learn the principles of Dog Zen that will transform how you communicate with your dog, giving you the understanding you need to train your puppy or adult dog successfully.


Videos included:

  • Overview – the scientifically-based training principles of Dog Zen
  • Learning State – understand when your dog can and cannot learn (one of the major reasons training succeeds or fails)
  • Formative period – understand what to do in the critical 2-4 months period for a puppy and what to do if you’ve missed it
  • Shared language – develop a new, powerful language between you and your dog so your dog can understand what you want it to do

Dog Zen Tools and Techniques


Here we cover the essential tools and techniques required for success.


Videos included:

  • Tools overview – learn the why and how of each training tool
  • Leads – how to use them effectively
  • Clicker – marking your dog’s behaviour so it knows what you are asking it to do
  • The Den – recreating a safe place for your dog
  • Contrast training – the importance of positive training and setting boundaries
  • Muzzle – safety option for your dog if you need it
  • Golden rules of training – ensuring effective training sessions that really work

Sound Relationships


Here we establish the fundamental building blocks for your relationship with your dog, which will help you achieve the best result in all of your training.


Videos included:

  • Your role as Mentor and Guide – understand your critical role and build a strong bond
  • Joining up – learn how to have your dog look to you for guidance in all situations
  • Basic commands – teach your dog all the most important commands
  • Meet and greet – learn the dog ‘handshake’ and teach your dog how to meet and greet other dogs and people safely

The 10 Most Common Problems


Now we can solve the 10 most common problems so you no longer need to worry or stress about your dog’s behaviour. We use real life case studies and clear instructions so you can do this yourself.


Videos included:

  • Hyperactive problems – jumping up; pulling on lead; over excitement
  • Noise phobias – fear of fireworks, thunder, vacuums or any other phobias of sounds or items
  • Excessive submission – timidity; submissive urination; submissive behaviour
  • Dog to dog aggression
  • Human oriented aggression
  • Barking
  • Separation distress
  • House training – for puppies and adult dogs
  • Destructive behaviours
  • Recall – ensuring your dog returns when called, every time

The Good Work


Use this section to ensure your training carries over into real life, forever.


Videos included:

  • Proofing and fading the clicker – get out and about into different and more complex situations
  • Training diary – keep on track with your training for a lifetime of results

Start transforming
your dog and your relationship with it today

NZ$75 per month

Dog Zen is a monthly subscription program. You may cancel your subscription at any time.

Training a puppy?

We have options for young puppies (0-5 months) and teenage pups (6-18 months) with age-specific techniques to help you raise and train a pup from scratch, or train an older pup through their difficult teenage period.

Program Features

Be supported by Mark in an interactive, step-by-step approach

30 online training videos and supporting documents

Interactive community to share ideas and experiences to support your learning

We’re here to answer all your questions to tailor to your experience

Cancel your subscription at any time

Is Dog Zen right for my dog?

If you have a ‘naughty but nice’ dog, who you love to bits, but in one or more areas has some challenging behaviours you are not able to change, then Dog Zen is for you.

You truly do not have to learn to live with this! 9 out of 10 dogs can be retrained, and I have 40 years of clinical experience, and 1000’s of clients as proof that the Dog Zen training way works!

Here’s just some of the types of dogs my Dog Zen Training is perfect for…

The Dog Who Is Super Excited To See Everyone

Your excessively exuberant dog cheerfully strokes the ego of all who it meets with its enthusiastic greeting. Unfortunately, it often takes it too far – jumping, licking, playfully biting others (who may not be so enthusiastic in their response). You may feel you’re constantly trying to rein your dog’s spirit in, which becomes exhausting for you and tiring for those around you.

The Dog Who Loves The Sound Of Its Own Voice

In your dog’s world, there is a valid reason why it feels the need to bark, however in our human world, it is not typically welcomed by you, or those around you. You and your neighbours grimace when your dog goes off on another canine diatribe. Those sitting near you at a cafe trying to enjoy a quiet coffee, or walking past, mutter under their breath. You worry they’re seeing you as an owner who cannot control your dog’s behaviour. In reality, when you know how, you can!

The Dog Who Doesn’t Always Like Its Own Kind, Or Other Humans

This can be distressing for you, because you know how loveable your dog is with you, and those that it knows & trusts. Yet when you’re out and about, your dog makes it very clear that it’s not feeling warm fuzzies towards others. This level of grumpiness or aggression (to other dogs and/or humans) at worst could see it receive a one way ticket to the vets (something no owner wants to be faced with!).

The Dog Who Can’t Live A Second Without You

The bond between human and dog is incredibly special. There is a mutual unconditional love between the two of you. A dog who is experiencing the horrors of separation distress is in fact suffering from too much love. This is equally painful for you. You find yourself changing your life around to manage your canine friend’s clingy needs. This problem will never resolve itself and will only bring you and your dog more pain and anxiety if not addressed.

Hear from our happy customers directly


Susie - Auckland

“I started at module 1 and I’m about half way through watching module 4. If I wasn’t writing this email I would be watching some more – I’m addicted! I’m finding the video’s really interesting and valuable and I’m looking forward to getting into the training. ”


Sharon - NZ

“Just wanted to let you know what a difference your Dog Zen programme has made to our dog Macy (and us!). We’ve been using clicker and contrast training from your videos and today we had success for the first time by turning her round and asking the other dog owners to do a “nose to tail” greet. So simple, but so effective!!”


Maree (& Ella) - Hot Water Beach, Coromandel

“Just love your videos (& can’t wait to receive your book). I look forward to watching a few videos each day and am learning so much. Thanks for putting together & sharing such brilliant techniques! .”


Rachel - Lyall Bay, Wellington

“We have found the videos very helpful and informative with our hyperactive, but beautiful border collie cross!! She has calmed down a great deal, thanks to Dog Zen!”


Pip - New Plymouth

“I think everyone should be doing this course before owning a dog! So informative into the workings of a dog’s mind. Critical to dog ownership.”


Pip - New Plymouth

“I have been watching all the Dog Zen foundation videos and learning a huge amount. We started work on the clicker on the weekend and he is making progress already on the lead, which is wonderful. I wish I had been onto this programme when he was a pup! Watching the dog language and foundation videos are really helpful to firstly know how a dogs mind works. Great and really important starting ground!”


Kerri - Whakatane

“Thank you so much for your expertise and help with training my girl. Your format is extremely easy to follow, it all makes sense and it’s been a huge help to me. She’s definitely come such a long way on a short time. “


Philippa - Christchurch

“I found the online training programme extremely useful – interesting, well-filmed and informative. It seems to cover everything that anyone would need to know. Congratulations on a fine product”


Chloe - New Zealand

“This course has helped me much better understand canine behaviour and why they do what they do, and how to positively build those much needed relationships in order to successfully get them through their needed training. Thank you Mark Vette! Rated 5 out of 5”

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