Welcome to HONDERWIJS, centre for pet dogs and families.

At our dog training school, you will find courses for raising and training your dog. HONDERWIJS provides a happy relaxed atmosphere for you and your dog to learn positive reward based training together. To give your puppy the best start in life it is essential that you teach him or her to be well behaved, have good manners and be friendly to people and other dogs.

In the Agenda you will find the starting dates of our training classes and workshops. 

Information on our training classes, private training, workshops you can find under ‘English’ at the top of the page. Our training location is in Wassenaar-Kerkehout. Classes can be given in English when needed, usually in a group combined with Dutch dog owners.

You can register your dog by completing the registration form on the website. Once the course fee is paid we will send you confirmation of joining the class. Final grouping will be done approx. 2 weeks before the course starts. You will receive an e-mail with all the course details.

We kindly ask you to transfer the fee into our bank account number  NL88 KNAB 0255 3935 98 (BIC code KNABNL2H) stating the name of the dog.

We look forward to welcoming you and your dog to our dog training school.

Dog training

The main goal of HONDERWIJS is to develop a good relationship between you, the owner and your dog, based on mutual respect and understanding. We use positive reinforcement techniques which are important to help build a strong bond between you and your dog or puppy.

Advice dog behaviour

Raising a young dog is not always easy. In order to prevent problem behaviour it is important to get the right advice and provide the correct training to give guidance to your dog. In a separate theory lesson you will be informed about dog language and behaviour.

The trainers

Janette Haring and Sonja Vrolijk are qualified pet dog trainers and certified behavioral counselors for dogs, accredited by the Dutch “Stichting Certipet”  They are a member of the Dutch Association of Behavioral Counsellors for Dogs NVGH, the Association of Instructors O&O and the international Association of Professional Dog Trainers APDT.

Testimonials

Honderwijs provided a great start for Chester and I, he was the first puppy I had owned and therefore the friendly atmosphere and clear instruction (in English & Dutch) was excellent. We completed the first 2 courses and Chester (a Red Setter) has settled very well in to our family and is a well behaved puppy, thanks to the help received from Janette and Sonja.  It is also great to meet up with other new puppy owners.
Donna with Chester
Thank you Janette and Sonja for your help in teaching me and my family how to train and to be good owners to our little Ronja! Ronja is our first dog and your help has been invaluable to us. Both the different courses and the home visit was great! What stood out through all our contacts was your genuine concern for the wellbeing and happiness of Ronja and all the dogs in your training, something that we greatly appreciate.
ronja reference
Klas with Ronja
My husband and I have always adopted shelter dogs or taken in strays. We’d dealt with problems before but nothing prepared us for Troelie (age 1,5) and Ferro (age 6) border collies adopted from a shelter in Belgium. Neither was housebroken. Ferro could be aggressive with other dogs and fixated on bicycles. Troelie, emaciated from giardia, was terrified of everything except other dogs.  Any new situation rendered her dead-eyed and motionless---she’d collapse in a terrified crouch. We had to pick her up and carry her to get her to move at all. We called Honderwijs and Janette agreed to come to our home the next day for a thorough evaluation.  She prepared a page and a half of written advice--most of which was completely new to us. We gratefully followed her suggestions, including crating the dogs and fitting them with pheromone collars, with good results. She came with me to the kennel when vacation plans forced us to kennel the dogs for 10 days after having them only 10 weeks. She knew the kennel workers and together, they came up with a way to handle our dogs. We signed up for basic training for both dogs.  Troelie’s come a long way but she requires special treatment in class and both Janette and her partner, Sonja, modified exercises for Troelie without short-changing the rest of the participants.  With the guidance of Honderwijs, we look forward to many enjoyable years with Ferro and Troelie.
Suzanne & Paul with Troeli & Ferro