Why a course for dogs that growl?

Some dogs begin to grow up and just don’t “get it”, particularly when it comes to being appropriate around other dogs. Reasons for this can include lack of early socialisation experiences, significant negative incidents with other inappropriate dogs, lack of experience in looking to the human for direction or perhaps just lack of consistent training. The result is usually a dog who lunges, barks and growls at other dogs. Before you know it, you’ve joined the “Midnight Walkers’ Club”!


This course is for dogs that are reactive on the leash, often to the point where you won’t or can’t walk them. The class is not suitable for dogs who have seriously injured or killed another animal. Dogs that have reached that level of aggression need to be seen in a private consultation.


During this course your growly dog will learn to:

  • relax in the presence of other dogs
  • respond faster to your directions in the presence of other dogs
  • voluntarily focus on you in the presence of other dogs
  • practise appropriate ways of greeting other dogs
You will learn:
  • strategies to use when your dog becomes agitated
  • to check your own body language when handling your dog
  • to better read the body language of your dog and other dogs



We can cater for dog behaviour in Port Stephens, dog behaviour in Newcastle, dog behaviour in Maitland and dog behaviour in the Hunter.

Saturdays at 9am: Fern Bay

Fern Bay Public School
6 Vardon Rd

Dear Julie, this is just a short note to express our appreciation for your advice and guidance in improving the behaviour of our miniature Dachshund, Schultz. At eight months he was seeking to “own” both us and the house by excessive barking and patrolling the doors and fence. He had few social skills. Under your guidance we have adopted the controlling role in the house and in doing so have made Schultz a happier and quieter dog. He now sleeps happily next to our bed rather than in it! In addition I benefit from the morning stroll on the “Doggie” beach while Schultz socializes with the other two- and four-legged beachgoers.

The most surprising aspect of his transformation is the speed at which it has occurred. This new regime for him is less than two weeks old and while he (and we) are still learning, the progress has been impressive.
We would happily recommend your services to anyone seeking some sensible advice on behaviour modification for their dog.

- A & C, Corlette


Upcoming Growly Dog Courses

Your investment is only $440 per dog

This is a course that requires you to make personal contact.

Growly Dog classes run continuously. Your dog may join the class at any time, provided there is room in the class and he or she has completed an initial 1:1 consultation. This is why we need to speak to you in person before enrolment. Enrolment in the class gives you an initial 1-hour consultation, followed by 6 group sessions. During the initial consultation we will assess your dog and observe current behaviours and handling techniques. This session allows us to give you and your dog techniques to practise in preparation for group involvement. This will give you some solid strategies to use right from the first group session. Working with a Growly Dog is a work in progress so you are welcome to continue in a casual capacity once you have completed your first course. This will help you to reconnect and brush up on some skills. 

Call us 0459 574 428 to enquire about vacancies.