These training classes are not only just for puppies but older dogs too, proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Whether you're after group lessons, in-house training or private one-on-one lessons, there are a range of professional dog-training courses located across Sydney to suit every owner and pet.
Hanrob has been in operation since 1986 and is located at Heathcote, 36 km south of the Sydney CBD. Hanrob has been responsible for training dogs for both the local and international governments.
Every Saturday, Hanrob offers Group Obedience Classes that run for an hour and are grouped by the dog's level of obedience, including puppy, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Hanrob also offers a live-in Dog Training School, which runs for 18 days. Each dog is assigned their own trainer who first assesses their habits and assists them with basic obedience training and socialisation. At the end of the course, the dogs are groomed and owners are given a departure workshop which will instruct them on how to continue the training at home. Owners can also receive a tour of the Hanrob premises if they wish to gain more of an insight about the course. Tours run daily from 9am – 4pm and no appointment is necessary. If owners wish for their dog to be trained at a location more central to them, for example, their home or local park, Hanrob also offers Home Dog Training. This is especially designed to provide assistance to home obedience problems such as toilet training and barking.
Sydney All Breeds Dog Training (SABDTC) has been operating since 1956 and is located at St. Luke's Park, Concord. SABDTC is a not-for-profit club run by volunteers and uses a wide range of positive training techniques, including using food treats and toys to encourage attention and motivation. The Obedience Training Classes are designed so that both the owner and dog learn up to two new exercises during each class, including basic dog obedience such as walking on a loose lead and responding to being called. SABDTC also offers Competition Obedience, affiliated with Dogs NSW and running two official trials every year, perfect for dogs with superior obedience skills or even just for a bit of fun.
Dogs are also taught how to socialise with others without being aggressive
K9 Training is located at the Central Coast and offers In-house Boarding and Training which is a course that runs for 14 days, solving obedience issues such as jumping, anti-social behaviour, aggression and barking. Dogs are trained up to four times a day by the same experienced trainer and as a reward, the dogs receive play and social time every day. K9 Training also offers Private Control Lessons, which take place either at the owner's house or at the Central Coast K9 Training complex. Training is tailored to suit each individual dog's problems, however it is recommended that for maximum results, owners should practice new commands with their dog for at least 10 minutes a day.
Group Puppy Classes are also available and are held every week over three weeks at the Central Coast K9 Training Complex. Over the 45-minute classes, puppies are taught how to sit, drop, come when called and socialise with other dogs without aggression.
Sydney Animal Hospital has several branches across Sydney, including: Inner West Sydney, Kellyville, Newtown and Matraville. Puppy Preschool is considered a vital part of a puppy's life, as many of the social and obedience skills learned in the early stages will be retained for the rest of their life. As the lessons take place on the Animal Hospital's grounds as opposed to other outdoor locations, Sydney Animal Hospital guarantee that puppies are at a much lesser risk of contracting infections and diseases as they require all pets involved in the program to have been vaccinated before joining. All the trainers are experienced and believe in using positive reinforcement such as food treats and praise to ensure a comfortable and loving environment for puppies, aiding them to learn more easily.
Playtime is a great reward for dogs after training.
Not only will enrolling your dog in a training and obedience course give you peace of mind and a well-behaved dog, but it will also allow your dog to learn how to socialise properly with others and reduce aggressiveness, as well as anxiety, keeping both pet and owner happy.