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    Whether you are wanting a well behaved family pet or you have competitive ambitions for your canine buddy, Nicky Rutherford is a qualified, experienced, patient trainer with a natural approach who will help you succeed.


As well as courses Images Dog Training offers one on one personal training. Private lessons are available for puppy training, behavior modification and competitive training. Private training is also a good option for people with busy lives as lessons can usually be worked in to suit your timetable

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    Canine Good Citizen

    This course prepares you and your dog to deal with many real life situations you will encounter in day to day life. Canine Good Citizen is a qualification recognized by...

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    X-training course

    This is for dogs and their people who would like to have a go at a bit of everything.  In this course we cover some aspects of the Canine Good Citizen course, we...

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    Puppy classes

    Nicky’s favourite!!! A puppy is a blank canvas so you can ‘shape’ good behaviour right from the start and prevent problems further down the track. Our...

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    Behaviour modification

    Unfortunately, sometimes things do go wrong and some dogs will display undesirable behaviours. Behavior modification always starts with a private session so we can...

Our happy clients

Over the years Nicky has had many successes with her dogs in the competitive ring.  She was utilized by her local dog club as Head Trainer for several years and has served time on the Obedience judges panel.
Whilst Nicky is still competing she gets the greatest kick these days from seeing her clients succeed in achieving their various goals. Read below to see what clients have to say about Images Dog Training.


  • Fiona and Zoe

    “Hi Nicky, Zoe won a 1st and 4 x 2nds in Advanced A and a 2nd in Novice B. There was an Advanced A lineup of today of Jim 98 (1st) Glenda (3rd) and myself 98 (2nd) which we felt was a great reflection on Images dog training school!”

  • Ann and Queenie

    “Hi Nicky , I have appreciated the learning environment you provide and all the encouragement you have given me with training Queenie this year, i have really enjoyed it and feel so much more confident and bonded with her.”

  • Emma and Tilly

    “Hi Nicky, You are a LEGEND, Tilly is walking beautifully now. I am enjoying our walks so much that we are getting out more often, and no more pulling! If it wasn’t for you and your help Tilly may just have gone to another home.”

  • Margaret van Oosten

    “Thank you Nicky for sharing your vast knowledge and expertise with us. We all thoroughly enjoyed it especially the dogs who all went away with full tummys. Another excellent motivational seminar by Nicky Rutherford.”

  • Deb, Pete and Pup

    “We had a blast! The dog slept very well last night. We reminded ourselves on the way home that the whole reason we started training with you was to be able to do an event without her nutting off all the time. She has come a long way.”

  • Mel and Millie

    “When I started coming to Images my Boxer dog Millie had started getting aggressive with other dogs when out on walks, thankfully that is now a thing of the past. Thanks for only being a phone call away when we had set backs.”

Upcoming events


Nicky's proven training methods have been rolled into bite sized packages of information that are 'easy to digest'. There are a bunch to choose from! A quick chat with Nicky will help you decide the best fit for you.

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Meet the team

Nicky is continually adding to her skill set and understanding of dogs. She has a qualification from Massey University in Canine Behaviour and has trained with some of the best dog trainers in the world including Kamal Fernandez, Mary Ray, Susan Garrett and Greg Derrett. Nicky currently has several dogs competing successfully in top level obedience and her achievements include training three of her own dogs to Obedience Champions and one to Grand Obedience Championship status. Nicky served her local dog club as head trainer for many years and was also on the Obedience Judges Panel.

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    Nicky Rutherford

    Head Trainer

    Qualified in Canine Behavior, Massey University.  15 years as a professional dog trainer. Nicky has created her own style of dog training that suits all her clients, domestic pets to competitors.

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    Demo Dog

    Maggie is a rehomed shitzu maltese cross but she thinks she is a miniature Border Collie.  Incredibly clever she is part of Images demo team.  She is always popular at displays as she skateboards, and does numerous other tricks



    Obedience Retiree

    German Shepherd/Siberian Husky X. He competed in Obedience to Test C and was retired a few years ago.  His claim to fame is he has been a ‘model’ on a photo shoot for a clothing designer!

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    Obedience Champion

    Son of Image and is 9 years young.  He has a fantastic temperament and is a real clown!  He has sired some fabulous pups who have gone on to do well in Agility and Obedience. Black Jack recently gained his Obedience Champion title.



    Competitive Obedience and Demo Team Dog

    Acer is currently competing in Test B obedience.  She is an honest little dog who very rarely comes home without a ribbon.  She is an awesome mother and many of her offspring are competing successfully in obedience.

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    Competitive Obedience & Demo Team Dog

    A rehomed tri-color border collie who is relatively new to the team but making his presence felt.  He won Novice at the National Dog Obedience Assembly and has gone through the grades very quickly.  Working in top level obedience at the moment.  He sired a lovely litter last year.  2 of the puppies went to Australia.

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    Competitive Obedience and Demo Team Dog

    A black and white bitch bred by Chelsea Marriner from top trialling lines.  Envy has the most amazing work ethic.  She will just keep trying and trying until she finds the right answer.  Nicky will be putting Wicked over her next season and the resulting litter should be very exciting!

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    CEO & Founder

    Grand Obedience Champion,  13 years young, Sibebord (Siberian husky/Border Collie. Nickname ‘Little Miss Perfect’.   She can be traced back to most of the puppies bred by Images under the Pinehills Kennel name. Nicky waited two years for Image to be born and has never regretted the wait!





Our boarding kennels

Leave your ”best mate” with us… he will be comfortable and content. Our emphasis at Images Farm Stay is to provide dogs with a stimulating, safe environment with regular contact with us. We keep numbers of dogs boarding to 6 to 8 at a time so we can give them all individual attention.
We have two large yards available for shared play during the day – one for small dogs and one for large dogs.  We also have individual outside runs for dogs who like their own personal space.  At night time the dogs come into the barn and have their own private ‘apartment’.



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There's always alot of things going on Images Dog Training and Boarding Kennels, so this is our way of keeping you up to date.




157 Riccarton Road West,
Mosgiel, New Zealand

E nicky@imagesdogtraining.co.nz

03 489 8988 or 027 4466 715

(Please leave a message and Nicky will return your call)



We are located three minutes from Mosgiel or a short 15 minute drive from Dunedin CBD and are very handy to State Highway 1. Follow SH1 south, take the first turn right after the East Taieri (Coke) Dairy onto Riccarton Road West. Follow Riccarton Road West cross the railway line and contine straight ahead (you will see a sawmill at the intersection of Riccartin and Bush Road). We are the first driveway on the left after the sawmill and there is an Images sign beside the gate.