Why a class for older dogs?

Dogs pass through developmental stages just like children. People who have taken their puppies to puppy school often lament that the training seems to lose its intensity when the dog reaches around 6 months of age.
Often people will have missed out on puppy school or may rescue a young dog with an unknown history.
To undertake this level of training with this older member of the family can help to build a bond between the dog and the family. It also gives us the opportunity to observe and shape any behaviours that need tweaking.
In essence, this is the time in a dog’s life when he/she needs to learn that it’s time to start behaving like a “grown up dog”.


Dogs attending this course must be fully vaccinated. The usual age of participants is 5 months and above. This course is not suitable for dogs who are exceptionally unfriendly towards other dogs. These dogs are better catered for in the Growly Dog class.


We specialise in dog training in Newcastle, dog training in Port Stephens, dog training in the Hunter, dog training in Maitland.

During 6 week course dogs and their humans will work to develop and refine:

  • 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


We have Level 1 Classes in Fern Bay, Lambton, Bobs Farm, Shoal Bay, Teralba and Morpeth.

It’s important to note that classes will have numbers limited to between 6 and 10 dogs, depending on the location. You need to attend all 6 weeks and that is why the calendar only starts the starting day for each course. If you need to start on a different date or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0459 574 428 and we will help you find the perfect course dates!

As some of our venues are outside start dates may be delayed if we have had inclement weather during the previous course.

Please note:To ensure the safety of our clients and staff we are limiting attendance to two people per dog.  This is to allow for social distancing and follows our venue guidelines.  We are very committed to educating the whole family and as such we are sending a recording of a Barkers in Balance online lesson each week.

Hi Julie, just want to say that Kujo is doing well with his training.. As a 7 year old I did not believe we could teach him anything or undo the problems he had but we were wrong. You have done wonders in the the two home visits we had.
I guess seeing is believing and our eyes have been opened. You came highly recommended and I endorse that recommendation. Everybody who knows Kujo cannot believe the difference. I am looking forward to him joining the classes for older dogs very soon.
Once again I say thank you for all your help.

- Robyn & Brian

Upcoming Level 1 Classes

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Lambton, Saturday 8 October at 10:30am BOOK COURSE NOW

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