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Why AUSDOG?

The standard by which others are judged

Established in 1991, AUSDOG is a fully licensed and insured dog training company in Melbourne. Owned and operated by leading dog trainer and behavioural specialist John Harkin, AUSDOG is the standard by which other dog training businesses are compared.

We come to you

At AUSDOG, we believe that the secret to happy, confident and well behaved family companions is training them in their natural environments. At home, along neighbourhood streets, at the local park – wherever your puppy or dog spends its days.

That’s why we come to you for all consultations and lessons. We service a long list of Melbourne suburbs and offer flexible appointments 7 days a week.

A very special style of dog training

Privately owned and operated, AUSDOG is not a franchise operation. So you can rest assured that we steer clear of stock-standard, cookie-cutter approaches to dog training.

So what do we teach? Let’s just say you won’t find it in a book or via Google.

As a professional dog trainer for over 30 years, John Harkin has developed and refined his own effective strategies to training and behaviour management. Centred on principles of positive reinforcement, he treats all dogs as individuals and knows how to get results – in a fraction of the time you would expect.

Very happy clients

Dr Alan, Mont Albert Vet Surgery

‘My experiences with AUSDOG have always been very positive. All my referred clients have been very happy with their outcomes, including those with dogs that had very complex problems.’

Broad, specialist expertise

Okay, we know that sounds strange. How can our expertise be both broad and specialised at the same time?

Well, it’s true. You see, we’ve been in the dog training game for so long that we do have many specialist skills. From breed selection and puppy socialisation to new baby preparation and home relocation, we really have seen and done it all.

We also understand all breeds and can help you overcome all types of behavioural issues – no matter how strange or complex they may seem.

Fast results. Long-term benefits.

Choosing your average Joe from the puppy preschool down the road because it’s cheap or convenient would be a mistake. Sadly, there are too many people out there without the necessary qualifications and experience to give you the reliable advice you deserve.

With the tick of approval from vets and dog owners alike, you can relax with AUSDOG. We don’t just promise fast, long-term results, we have the endorsements to prove it!

An absolute marvel

Jillian & Les P, Malvern East

‘We are so grateful for John’s expertise. Our home is now calm and peaceful – we can even leave doors open! Our puppies are quickly adapting to the new rules. John is an absolute marvel.’

Training that’s tailored

Although we see similar trials and tribulations every day, we also know that every puppy, dog, owner and family is different.

At AUSDOG, we’ll assess your dog’s individual character, your home environment and your lifestyle to ensure that our training is right for you, your dog and your family.

Yes! We’re ready for our dog to become a happy and well-behaved companion.

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Advice from John

Children and Dogs

Don’t just take it for granted that because your dog is good with your children that he or she will be fine with all children. Don’t be paranoid, however, exercise caution with dogs around children, particularly those under 8 years. Also be very careful with puppies and small children, often children don’t realise their strength and can damage internal organs on pup with a very affectionate cuddle.

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Christmas time and lots of food around

Be certain to ask your guests not to feed your dog. Many foods that are fine for humans are not so good for dogs.
The last thing you want during the festive season is a sick dog and a big Vet bill.
Ask your Vet to provide you with a list of dangerous foods and plants and don’t over feed your dog.

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Heat and Dogs

Dogs rarely die from cold, but often die from heat exhaustion. Please exercise plenty of care over the summer months, a dog can die locked in a hot car just as quickly as a child can. Also be very cautious on hot pavements, dogs pads are no tougher than our feet unless conditioned. Even then radiant heat from the pavement is not far from dogs vital organs. It is never a good idea to walk your dog in the heat of the day.

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