Our Courses

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Puppy School Courses

We specialise in Newcastle puppy training, Port Stephens puppy training, Hunter puppy training and Maitland puppy training.

During a 4-week course puppies and their humans will learn about:

  • Basic obedience
  • Food and resource guarding
  • Bite inhibition
  • Recall with distractions
  • When to play and when to settle
  • Keeping discipline positive
  • Desensitisation to handling and new sounds and sights
  • Anti-jumping techniques
  • Appropriate socialisation and play behaviours.


Level 1 – Good Manners Course

This is the time in a dog’s life when he/she needs to learn that it’s time to act like a “grown up dog”

  • Basic obedience with distractions
  • Correct leash walking, minimising pull on the leash
  • Holding the dog’s attention with increasing distractions
  • Strategies to reduce jumping up
  • Developing and maintaining a reliable “Stay”
  • Recall over increasing distances and with increasing distractions
  • Appropriate greeting and socialisation between dogs
  • Mealtime manners


Level 2 – Advanced Good Manners Course

During a 6-week course dogs and their humans will extend their skills to:

  • Much longer and stronger “Stays”
  • Off-lead recalls over longer distances, while passing distractions
  • Refinement of recalls to include the “Finish”
  • Increased resistance to jumping, in the presence of greater stimuli
  • Use of commands over greater distances
  • Introductory agility exercises: hurdles, tunnel, hoop, pause table
  • Off lead play and socialisation, depending on the dynamics within the group.


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Level 3 – Off Lead and Tricks Course

During a 6-week course puppies and their humans will learn about:

  • Heeling exercises off lead with distractions
  • Advanced “Stays” with increasing distractions
  • Advanced “”Recalls” past other dogs
  • Long distance commands in novelty events
  • Developing a repertoire of dog tricks
  • Team events for increased co-operation and focus.


Reactive Rehab Course

During a 6-week course reactive rehab dogs will learn to:

  • relax in the presence of other dogs
  • respond faster to commands in the presence of other dogs
  • voluntarily focus on the human in the presence of other dogs
  • practise appropriate ways of greeting other dogs
  • disengage from other dogs before they have gone over their tolerance threshold.

The humans will learn:

  • strategies to use when their dog becomes agitated
  • checking their own body language when handling their dog
  • more about dog body language and how to read this in their own dogs in times of stress.



Private Consultations

Private consultations are the ideal way to learn about your dog without the distractions of other dogs and people. This service enables us to tailor a program to cater specially to your dog’s needs. Some of the behaviours we can assist you with include:

  • Jumping up
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Mouthing and biting
  • Separation anxiety
  • Toilet training
  • Chewing
  • Digging
  • Obsessive behaviours
  • Fears and phobias
  • Attention seeking
  • Barking
  • Aggression
  • Relationship issues in multi-dog households