Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of owning a dog. It is important to remember that, along with daily exercise, dogs need discipline and mental stimulation. Training your dog can provide this.
Dog training classes are run by private business or by community groups. You can also train your dog yourself using a variety of publications or references as a guide.
Benefits of dog training
- Dogs that are untrained and poorly socialised often display nuisance behaviours such as barking, escaping, chewing, digging and jumping up on people. Research shows that dog training can reduce these problem behaviours.
- Dogs attending group training classes are more likely to be well socialised and behave better around people and other dogs.
- Dog training provides mental stimulation for your dog which helps prevent boredom.
- Dog training provides exercise and health benefits to both the dog and the trainer/owner.
- A trained dog is more likely to be well behaved around visitors to the home, during visits to the vet and during other social activities.
- A well trained dog requires fewer restrictions and is more reliable to provide freedom to. Therefore, he/she is a happier dog.
- Dog training in public places provides learning of commands amidst other ‘real life' distractions such as other animals, toys, vehicles, pedestrians, bikes and people. These distractions often occur when we need our dogs to listen and obey commands the most! Therefore training in this environment can be very beneficial.
- A well trained dog benefits everyone - the dog, the owner and the community.
- Training should be integrated into everyday activities with your dog.
Council recommends that positive reinforcement, force-free training or a reward base training method is used when training your dog.
Local dog training clubs and contacts
For specialised training and advice you may also contact your local veterinarian for further information regarding a referral to an animal behaviour specialist.
Pet Professional Guild Australia
- A membership organisation representing pet industry professionals who are committed to science-based, force-free training and pet care. The PPG website offers a wide range of educational resources for the public.
Delta Society Australia
- A national not-for-profit organisation which maintains a list of accredited dog trainers on their website.
Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
- A forum for trainers and others involved with dogs to communicate and exchange ideas regarding pet dog training and behaviour. A list of trainers is maintained on their website.
Leichhardt Dog Training Club
Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Leichhardt – phone 0410 860 093
- A friendly and fun dog obedience club
- Arange of ability-level classes held on Sunday mornings
- Positive reinforcement and reward-based training techniques.
St George Dog Training Club
Cahill Park, Princes Highway, Tempe
- Obedience training on Sunday mornings at 8.15am for puppies and adult dogs
Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club
Centennial Park, Eastern Suburbs – phone 0412 645 154
- Obedience training on most Sunday mornings for puppies and adult dogs.
- Musgrave Pond area, Centennial Park, corner of York and Darley Streets
- Please visit www.easternsuburbsdogtraining.org.au for training dates and further information.