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Many people's first question is "how much will it cost?" to train their puppy or dog. Cost of training is very important however what is far more important is the cost of not training or the high cost of incorrect training.

These days people generally spend a lot of time and money investing in their own personal development, however how many stop to consider the importance of investing in the development of their own companion dog who is part of the family and will hopefully be around for 10 to 15 years. Good training can mean the difference between enjoying an asset or ending up with an expensive liability.

Private Lessons at and around your home with AUSDOG

Private lessons at and around your home is the ultimate way to train your puppy or dog to become a well  behaved companion dog. People may think it is costly but if you do your sums you will find it is not the case. The savings will far outweigh the cost. The benefit of a professional lesson at home is that you learn very quickly what is right for you and your puppy or dog where the issues occur for you.  Training that suits your needs this is what saves you time and money and eliminates confusion.   You, your family and your dog quickly benefit from many years of expertise and knowledge.

What are the advantages?

  • Convenient, quick, saves you time
  • Qualilty training by a highly skilled professiona
  • Safety of Children around dogs l
  • Learn what is right for you and your puppy or dog
  • Education that has long term benefits
  • Dispel the myths and misconceptions
  • Correct handling and management that suits you and your individual dog
  • Your dog is in his/her own environment
  • Realistic socialising and conditioning around your local streets, parks, shops & cafe's
  • The whole family including children can be involved
  • Problems addressed where the problems occur
  • Government licensed and fully insured
  • Any age, any problem

AUSDOG only provides private lessons.

AUSDOG is a premium dog behavioural and training company owned and operated by John Harkin. Over the many years John has observed all types of training methods and options. AUSDOG at home training involving the family is far superior to all other options available and produces exceptional results in a fraction of the time.

John provides real solutions and results for people who appreciate quality.  He has a passion for what he does, and what he achieves for owners and their companion dogs. John developed his unique way of working with dogs over many years that has proven results time after time and as a result he is a leader not a follower and has become recognised for his innovative approach.    He receives numerous referrals through existing clients as well as many of melbourne's top veterinarians.

Your options are:
  • Club/Group courses
  • Boot Camp
  • Puppy Pre-Schools
  • Books and/or videos
  • Advice from well meaning people
  • DIY Dog Training

Club/Group Courses

This can be an enjoyable hobby and often produce very good results if you have the time and dedication. It can be very confusing and intimidating for both handler and dog. Generally children cannot participate and our view is that they are most important and require teaching with the dog. Often a lot of conflicting advice is received due to not having the same instructor every week. Generally very little individual attention is given to you and your dog. Most at home problems can't be addressed in a group situation, this is why receive many calls from people who have attended group classes or courses.

Boot Camp

In our opinion, the owner should always be present when the dog is being trained. It is equally as important that the owner learns and understands how to handle and train the dog so the dog respects you the owner as the master, not the trainer at the kennels. Dogs should only be trained in this manner if you are physically incapable of handling the dog, in most cases the dog will revert back to it's original behaviour within a matter of weeks.

We do not recommend this type of training as generally people who do not have time to train their dog do not have time to own and enjoy their dog. 

Puppy Pre-Schools

We totally disagree with this concept. People are generally told this is important for socialisation. Nothing in our opinion could be further from the truth. Puppies do not socialise with dogs out of their pack in strange environments. The highest percentage of dogs we attend to with anti social and undesirable behaviour have been to puppy pre-schools.  Most are run by well meaning Vet Nurses or amateur dog trainers who are misinformed.

The first 18 weeks in a pup's life is the most crucial learning period therefore pups should be trained in and around their own environment. Owners should receive assistance from a very experienced dog trainer in relation to puppy rearing and training to suit their individual pup's character and temperament

Books and Videos

Would you try to learn how to train and ride a horse from a book or a video? If you would we doubt you would have much success. Horses spend most of their lives in a paddock. Dogs spend most of their lives in and around your home and family. There are many variables in dogs, not only breeds but also characters, temperaments and disposition. There are many good books written about dogs and just as many not so good. The book that is right for one dog can be totally wrong for another, even of the same age and breed.

We find most people that try to train their dog with a book end up with a very confused dog not to mention a confused owner. Imagine trying to fix a motor mower with a Mercedes manual. It just doesn't suit the mower. The same applies to most dogs with books and videos.

Advice from well meaning people

Don't take it! What is right for one dog can be totally unsuitable for another. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation in relation to dog training that can confuse the owner and dog with disastrous results. 

DIY Dog Training

Many people think they are born with a natural ability to train dogs, very few people have a natural ability to train a dog to be an enjoyable companion without professional assistance.

Results are evident by the high failure rate of those that try.

A common problem we encounter is that many people are adverse to the thought of receiving professional assistance when it comes to training their family dog. With the assistance of an experienced trainer providing you with the correct advice to suit your dog you can achieve results very quickly. The major part we play is in teaching you how to handle and train your dog in the correct manner avoiding the mistakes that so many people make.

To find out how we can help you, call (03) 9870 5105 or our Melbourne Freecall number 1800 287 364, select 1 for our general enquiry line or simply drop us a line through our Contact Us Page.

For the sake of your dog, Consult AUSDOG The Dog Training & Behaviour Modification Professional

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