October 2017

The Value Of Anticipation

By | 2017-10-05T13:37:54+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Dog Training, Obedience Training, Puppy Training|

One person’s interpretation of what dog training involves is often drastically different to the next person’s.  The concept of reinforcement and punishment is often discussed, however what many clients are unaware of, is that dog training is much more complex than this.  The idea of anticipation in dog training is something often overlooked.  Client’s often find their dog’s anticipation of events to be quite a hindrance, when really it can be used knowingly, to become an asset.  The concept [...]

July 2017

Obedience Training, Why Bother?

By | 2017-07-11T10:44:23+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Dog Training, Obedience Training, Puppy Training|

“I just want him to stop chasing the cat, not to jump on visitors and to not bark throughout the night, I don’t care if he is good at obedience or not”. Often clients come to us dog trainers as a last resort, desperately wanting their dogs to stop ‘misbehaving’. Of course our recommendations change from dog to dog, depending on the dog’s mental state, prior learning, cause of the behaviours, age, owner’s capabilities etc., but more often than not, [...]

October 2014

Dog obedience training graduate- Bella the German Shepherd

By | 2014-10-15T02:31:08+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Dog Socialising, Dog Training, Obedience Training|

Congratulations Nicki and Bella A huge shout out and congratulations again to Nicki and Bella who have successfully graduated and passed through all levels of training, achieving a life membership. The team at Positive K9 Training are extremely proud of all the work Nicki has put in with Bella. For a while Bella had her fair share of issues in relations to being around other dogs, but with Nicki's commitment and dedication to training, Bella has been able to overcome all her issues [...]

September 2014

You need the training, not the dog

By | 2014-09-10T05:43:42+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Behaviour Modification, dog obedience training, Dog Training Tips, General|

“I don’t need training, the dog does” If you ever want to get off to a bad start with a professional dog trainer, just make sure you repeat those words and i can guarantee there will be very few that will want to work with you. I have recently lost a few prospective clients, as they became rather offended when I hinted to the fact that it is them who needs the training to learn how to effectively manage and [...]

August 2014

Puppy Training- Why you need to avoid the “4 week” Puppy school trap

By | 2014-08-12T06:23:05+00:00 August 12th, 2014|Dog Training Tips, General, Puppy Training|

We call it a trap, as its lulls new puppy owners into a false sense of security that their puppy will be trained after four weeks. During these courses you will teach your puppy how to sit,drop etc, toilet training, puppy socialisation, grooming, feeding, biting and the list goes on. To be honest, I can’t blame the new owners for buying into this, I mean $100-$200 4-6 weeks later and their puppy is apparently finished training, it almost sounds to [...]

July 2014

Dog obedience training Balwyn, Kew and Camberwell Class update

By | 2014-07-01T00:56:45+00:00 July 1st, 2014|dog obedience training, Dog Socialising, Dog Training, Obedience Training, Puppy Training|

Dog obedience training class update As some of you may have noticed there have been a few changes and new faces to group class on Sunday mornings. It has taken a while, but we are now consistently growing in numbers and attendance at class on Sundays and to keep our promise of no more than 10 dogs/handlers per instructor so we can continue to offer a personalized service, we are in the process of adding a few new members to [...]

June 2014

Nervous Nelly- Golden Retriever dog training Eaglemont

By | 2014-06-26T03:05:56+00:00 June 26th, 2014|Behaviour Modification, Dog Training, Dog Training Tips, Obedience Training|

Post by Positive K9 Training. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nelly and her family, during an In home dog training session in Eaglemont. She was a beautiful dog to work with and once we understood the cause of her anxieties, we where easily able to help her overcome them. One of her biggest fears was visiting Eaglemont village, any sudden noise or movement would send her into a frenzy, as she had a few bad experiences there when [...]

How to find a good dog trainer in Melbourne

By | 2014-06-12T23:50:58+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Dog Training, Dog Training Tips, General, Puppy Training|

With so much marketing hype and misinformation around dog training and behaviour modification these days, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. What you need to know is what is the best choice for you and your dog.  Any training you do with your dog and a professional dog trainer is an investment so it’s important that you’re able to make informed decisions that will save you both time and money in the long run. The Melbourne dog training scene has recently [...]

March 2014

Puppy training tips- How to stop my puppy from jumping?

By | 2014-03-17T23:50:31+00:00 March 17th, 2014|Behaviour Modification, Dog Training Tips, Puppy Training|

When dealing with any unwanted dog behaviour or action, I always like to first understand WHY the behaviour is being performed and what the dog is trying to accomplish from doing so. Once you understand why your puppy is jumping, teaching them not to jump is relatively simple with a consistent training plan. So why does my puppy jump on people? In my experience I have found the most common reason why dogs jump, is due to the behaviour being [...]

Puppy training tips- How to stop my puppy from biting?

By | 2014-03-05T13:19:09+00:00 March 5th, 2014|Dog Training Tips, Puppy Training|

Puppies biting, is a commonly faced issue by all new puppy owners and one that we are commonly contacted about to help rectify. When bringing home a puppy, it is unrealistic to expect them not to want to explore the world with their mouths, just as young children like to grab everything with their hands; puppies like to do the same with their mouths. So how to stop my puppy from biting? One of the first steps to stopping your [...]

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