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Breed Consultation

Advice you won’t find in a book – or on the internet

The costs of a poor decision

Purchasing a puppy can be expensive. But if you choose the wrong breed, it could cost you a lot more in the long run – in both dollars and stress.

Then there’s also the long-term impact it could have on your dog.

Sadly, we hear of too many cases of unhappy dogs, frazzled owners and needless rehoming (or worse, euthanasia) – all resulting from poor or ill-advised breed selections.

Your lifestyle and circumstances matter

With so many breeds (and now cross-breeds) to choose from, selecting the right one is a difficult but critical decision. And just because you might like the ‘look’ of a particular breed, doesn’t mean it’s suitable for you.

There are many reasons why a dog might be right for one person but wrong for another. And there are many factors to consider in your assessment – including your home, garden, lifestyle, children, commitments, neighbours, your life stage, your health and your bank account.

Our expertise can make all the difference

Although many books and websites can help you critique dog breeds, they can’t always be relied upon. Beware of stereotypes too. Many retrievers have no desire to retrieve. And many herding dogs have no herding instincts.

After 30 years of training dogs in their homes, AUSDOG is very well placed to help you make the best choice. Our recommendations are always unbiased – and based on first-hand knowledge of the many breeds
(and thousands of dogs) we have encountered.

John has the magic touch

Barbara J C

‘John Harkin pretty much trained me as well as my dog Meg. He made the process fun and gave me the confidence to build a strong relationship with her. So many people have remarked on how obedient and socialised she now is! I tell all my friends about John’s magic touch every chance I get.’

Yes! We’re ready to choose the right dog breed for our home.

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Advice from John

Dog Bites and Children


Over the years I have been a strong advocate educating owners on the importance of safety of children around dogs. Dog Bite incidents are often a direct result of humanising of dogs. I can’t emphasise enough the message to dog owners that management is so important. All too often, we hear of another child bitten by a family dog, and with horrific outcomes.


The Dangers of Chicken Necks

I have been warning dog owners for many years now regarding the dangers of chicken necks, however many Breeders and Veterinarians keep advising owners to give them to dogs. The University of Melbourne study warns against feeding dogs raw chicken meat especially chicken necks. It is not hard for a pup to choke. Read more about the dangers of feeding your pup chicken necks here.


Children and Dogs

Don’t 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. Often children don’t realise their strength and can damage internal organs on pups with an over-affectionate cuddle.