Private Puppy Training

Our Private Puppy Training sessions are great for preparing for your new puppy’s arrival, setting up your new puppy’s living space,  Private sessions specifically cater for your dog’s age, breed and circumstance and are designed to teach you how to understand and train your dog using the quickest and most modern techniques.

Popular topics include:

  • prepare your home for your new puppy’s arrival
  • set up your puppy’s living space for successful toilet training
  • teach your puppy how to cope with being alone
  • teach your puppy how to sleep through the night
  • name recognition and building a reliable recall
  • teach any cue or hand signal 
  • calm, settle, self control, wait and stay
  • how to socialise safely
  • brush up on canine learning theory and how to read canine signals
  • strengthen the bond between you and your dog and perfect communication skills
  • manage safe interactions between your puppy and humans (including children)
  • solutions for puppy chewing and biting
  • reduce jumping and promote polite greetings instead

Megan, Danielle, Nicole conduct Puppy Training sessions.

  • Puppy Training $165 for 1.5 hours (discounted to $140 in conjunction with puppy pre-school classes).
  • *follow up sessions charged at $110/hour. Travel surcharges may apply for locations outside of our service area.

Private Dog Training

Our Private Dog Training sessions are conducted in the privacy of your own home or local neighbourhood, where your and your dog will feel most comfortable. Private sessions specifically cater for your dog’s age, breed and circumstance and are designed to teach you how to understand and train your dog using the quickest and most modern techniques.

Popular topics include:

  • teach any cue or hand signal 
  • name recognition and building a reliable recall
  • manners on the street and loose leash walking
  • calm, settle, self control, wait and stay
  • strengthen the bond between you and your dog and perfect communication skills
  • manage safe interactions between dogs and humans (including children)
  • learn how to read canine signals
  • solutions for digging and destruction
  • reduce jumping and promote polite greetings instead
  • tricks, plus learn to take the perfect dog selfie!

Megan, Danielle, Toni conduct Dog Training sessions.

  • Dog Training $165 for 1.5 hours 
  • *follow up sessions charged at $110/hour. Travel surcharges may apply for locations outside of our service area.

Behavioural Consults

Direct Contact: 0401 405 050

Charlotte Barker is a qualified Delta behavioural trainer, holding a Cert IV in Companion Animal Services 2007 and has been involved in positive reinforcement reward based training for the past 14 years. She has conducted agility, puppy classes, basic manners classes, advanced classes and private consultations. Charlotte has worked closely with veterinary behaviourists, vets and clients in their homes assisting with behavioural concerns ranging from excessive barking and separation anxiety; to phobias, fear and aggression. She has spent her canine life in the company of working breed dogs and came to training through the joy of tricks training and agility with Frank, the Kelpie x Husky.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • separation anxiety
  • phobias, fear and aggression
  • anxiety and/or excessive barking, jumping, nipping or destruction
  • growling or lunging around food, toys, dogs or people

$220 for 1.5 hours; Charlotte provides a personal written report and support following any behavioural session with you and your dog. She is also able to assist in helping you decide if a veterinary behaviourist is required for your particular case. An assessment may need to be in person with your dog present, or can be sometimes be assessed by phone. 

Follow up sessions are $125/hour (without written report)

Half hour phone consults run at a cost of $60.

Charlotte

Behavioural Trainer

Charlotte Barker is a qualified Delta behavioural trainer, holding a Cert IV in Companion Animal Services 2007 and has been involved in positive reinforcement reward training for the past 14 years conducting agility, puppy, basic manners, advanced classes and 1 on 1 private consultations. Charlotte has worked closely with veterinary behaviourists, vets and clients in their homes assisting with behavioural concerns ranging from excessive barking and separation anxiety; to phobias, fear and aggression. She has spent her canine life in the company of working breed dogs and came to training through the joy of tricks training and agility with Frank, the Kelpie x Husky pictured here.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Bob Bailey Seminar 2017
Delta Therapy Dog Assessor 2013-2014
Formerly the owner of Furry Critters Dog Training 2007-2017
Vet Nurse Canine Puppy Class Educator 2013
Pets and Parents Seminar with Dr Gabrielle Carter 2013
Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Seminar 2012
Helping the Second Hand Dog Seminar, APDT Australia, 2012
Science Based Dog Training with Feeling Seminar; Dr Ian Dunbar in OZ 2012
Puppy Class Seminar with Good Pet Behaviour 2012
Behind the Scenes with Animal Trainers at Melbourne Zoo; APDT Australia 2011
The Future of Veterinary Behaviour Seminar; APDT Australia with Dr Debbie Calnon & Dr Caroline Perrin 2010
Reactivity Seminar; APDT Australia with Dr Debbie Calnon 2010
Delta Professional Dog Trainer's Association Seminar 2010
Dispelling the Dominance Myth; Australian Veterinary Behavioural Interest Group Seminar 2009
Delta Qualified, Certificate IV in Companion Animal Management Services 2007

Megan

Private Puppy & Dog Trainer

After adopting a dog who provided his fair share of training challenges, I struggled to find good advice and became extremely intrigued with the world of dog training. I found that reward-based methods matched consistently with the concepts I was learning in my Animal Science degree.

I find that helping people to better understand their dogs extremely rewarding. Most of all, I love how a gentle approach to training encourages owners to develop a happy and healthy relationship with their pets.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
PhD (Ag Sciences) 2017 - Present
Bachelor of Science (Honours, Animal Welfare and Behaviour), University of Melbourne 2016
Gentle Dog Trainers Association Dog Instructor Training Course 2015
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016

Professional memberships:
Australian Association of Gentle Modern Dog Training Instructors
Instructor at the Kintala Club 2015 - 2017

Danni

Private Puppy & Dog Trainer

I have always loved dogs and had very close relationships with my childhood dogs that I will always cherish and remember. I think it's amazing how dogs bond with us and understand us, their passion for life and fun is something that brings a lot of joy into my life.

As a dog trainer it is part of my job to build up the dog’s skills and assist them to cope in our world, to teach them what we would like from them and to guide them to socialise politely with one another. I enjoy helping them overcome any issues they may have so that they can have the best life possible. I love speaking and learning their language - to spend time with them and share in their happiness is something very special.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016
NDTF Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training 2015
Founder of Rescuing Our Companion Animals 2014
Ian Dunbar in Oz Puppy Instructor Seminar 2012

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Toni

Private Dog Trainer

I have the funniest memories of my first dog an unruly Alaskan Malamute. We’d skateboard from St Kilda to Fitzroy with him pulling me all the way, this was the best way to capitalise on his excellent capacity to lunge and pull. If only I knew then what I know now - I could’ve taught him to stop turn left and swap spots.

Today I find myself on an incredible exploration in inter species learning and collaboration thanks to my precious rescue pups who demand only the highest form of communication…unconditional love and positivity.

Discovering positive reward based training has given me the skill set to train and aid other people and their pups so that they can build an awesome and loving life together.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Odours & Olfaction and NW2 Workshop, Fred Helfers & Chews Australia, Oct 2018
Suzanne Clothier - Relationship Based Training Seminar Australia 2018
Delta Institute Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 2016 - 2018
Bob Bailey Down Under 2017
Wagging School Meteorite Mentor program 2016 - Present
Wagging School Creativity Unleashed Meta Learning in Dogs 2016
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016

Professional memberships:
Animal Training Academy

Nicole

Private Puppy Trainer

I've always loved dogs so spending every day with them doesn't feel like work to me at all.

After seeing my dog enjoy his Bark in the Park walks for so many years it's great to be doing the same for other dogs and to spread the word about positive reward based training methods. Not only do they work but they help us as humans to develop a strong bond with our dogs.

Every day is different and I love getting to know all the different dogs, helping them learn how to play and interact with each other. They teach me so much too. My own dog, Pablo the Tibetan Terrier is the love of my life, after my husband of course, but only just. He might say it's the other way round.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Delta Institute Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 2016 - Present
Alexandra Horowitz, Inside of a Dog 2017
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016

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