There are 5 levels with two slightly different tests at each level. Most of the levels will suit people still in the training phase with their dog. The highest level may interest existing competitors. There are great prizes to be won including hundreds of dollars worth of gift certificates!!
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. With the help of a professional dog trainer, any dog and handler can learn all the skills required to participate in competitions.
Aggression (dog-to-dog and dog-to-human), separation anxiety, conflict between animals within the home, excessive barking, phobias, digging, destruction of furniture and household items, possessiveness of toys, furniture and other items, inappropriate urination and defecation within the home, issues on walks, and issues during car travel are all common complaints from dog owners. All of these behavioural issues can be effectively addressed through a personalized program.
Puppies need the right start in life if they are to mature into the adult dog you want. Effort spent at this critical time, pays off a hundred-fold later in life. The magical window for naturally accepting new experiences lasts from week 3 to about week 12. As the puppy needs to spend the first 8 weeks with its mother and littermates, that only leaves you with a very small window to expose the puppy to lots of new sounds, places, items and people. There are also lots of activities that need to commence during this early time; toilet training, walking on a leash and managing unwanted puppy behaviours are just a few areas that need to be addressed.
Although working with puppies at a young age is the most ideal way to establish the type of dog you want, it is never too late. Dogs of all ages can learn new behaviours. Having a dog that can follow instructions makes the dog's life safer and more enjoyable and makes the human-dog bond much stronger.
Call, text or email to discuss your needs. One-on-one behaviour consultations or training sessions can be conducted in-home, or at a suitable outdoor location.
In-home behaviour consultations are available in the Newcastle, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie and Maitland regions. Other areas may incur an additional travel fee.
In many instances effective consultations can be undertaken through skype, email or phone with video provided by you. Skype consultations are regularly undertaken for Interstate and International clients.
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