Enhancing the bond between you and your dog

About Me

Square Peg Dog Training

I work with pet owners to provide insight and give them the tools to help resolve issues with their pets.

About Me

Debbie Noon - Square Peg Dog TrainingIn June 2016 I became a Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner. As with many of us who become canine practitioners it was as a result of wanting to help my own dog and so the journey began….and continues today. One never stops learning. 

In doing this work I have come to realize that as sentient creatures, animals just like us, are subject to the same stresses of daily life as we are. More so I think for those living in today’s urban environment. For some animals it’s like being a ‘square peg’ trying to fit into a round hole, hence the name of my business. Even though many animals communicate their stress (fear, anxiety, loneliness) it is not often understood and so remains unresolved or manifests itself in unwanted behaviours.

My aim is not only to help you to resolve your pets issues but also to provide insight and understanding into why they are doing what they are doing:

  • so that you don’t have to walk your dog at midnight to avoid other dogs or people…
  • so you can come home without fear that your house will be destroyed and...
  • you don't live in fear and intrepidation taking your dog to the vet
  • that you can walk your dog down the street without being dragged along…

My approach is a holistic one while incorporating the latest in scientific understanding of dog behaviour and training. I use only positive humane training methods and follow the principles of influence rather than control; direction rather than correction and containment rather than restraint.

Completed Qualifications & Courses:

  • Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner 
  • Certified Fear Free Professional
  • Advanced Award in Canine Behaviour & Training (Sarah Whitehead, UK)
  • Diploma Canine Fitness (CASI, Canada)
  • Living & Learning with Animals (Susan Friedman, USA)
  • Associate Life Coach (ANZCAL, NZ)
  • Full Member APDTNZ & APDT Australia (Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ & Australia)
  • Member ATA (Animal Training Academy)
  • National Certificate in Animal Care Lvl 2



“Thanks for all the help with Button and Charlotte. I have seen both grow in leaps and bounds, something that was very evident in our walk this morning. Charlotte's raised confidence and capability in managing and working with Button has allowed a real passion for dog training to blossom and I can see your influence there. As such, Button is doing well in showing Charlotte attention and listening to her when we see other dogs. Button is acting in ways I only could wish for, so thank you.” - Simon