Aggression (dog-to-dog and dog-to-human), conflict between animals within the home, possessiveness (resource guarding) of toys, food, furniture and people, modification of owner guarding behaviours, fear and anxiety-based behaviours, phobias, separation-related problem behaviours, issues associated with reactivity and hyper-arousal on walks and during car travel. These are all common complaints from dog owners and each of these behavioural issues can be effectively addressed through a personalized reinforcement-based training program. This is the type of training we specialize in.
Competing with your dog can be fun and creates an incredible bond. There are many competitive dog sports to choose from in Australia. Some of the most recognized sports include: Obedience, Rally-O, Agility, Dancing with Dogs, Tracking, Flyball and Retrieving & Field Trials. These have recently been joined by Trick Dogs and soon will be joined by Scentwork. The foundation sport at the basis of all of these sports is obedience. This does not mean "making your dog do what it's told". Obedience is about forming a bond with your dog so you both share a common language. You can then use cues that you both understand and your dog will enthusiastically follow your cues to perform certain tasks. Obedience, scentwork and retrieving, form the basis of a number of dog sports. Dog training with the goal of competing, can be very rewarding. Nowadays there is also an option of online titling with dogs. Many people find this less intimidating, less expensive and more practical than attending a competition. It is also an excellent option for anxious or reactive dogs.
With the help of a professional dog trainer, any dog and handler can learn all the skills required to participate in competitions or online titling programs.
We can help prepare you and your dog for competition or online titling.
NOTE: We do not offer puppy training or pet training (dogs jumping up at visitors, dogs pulling on walks (without any reactivity/aggression), dogs requiring basic pet skills such as go to a mat, stay, recall, etc.)
Puppy and pet training is super important. We recommend you locate a reinforcement-based dog trainer to assist you with your needs. If you would like help locating a positive dog trainer, we can help you find someone in your area.
Call, text or email to discuss your needs. One-on-one behaviour consultations can be conducted in-home, at a suitable outdoor location, or via Zoom, Skype, or phone.
Note: we do not offer routine puppy training (unless there is a significant issue requiring specialist assistance.)
In-home behaviour consultations are available through much of Newcastle, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie and Maitland regions.
Heatherbrae, New South Wales, Australia
Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant - IAABC
Professional member - Association of Professional Dog Trainers - USA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers - USA