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Meet John

I have the best job in the world!

I’ve always had a dog by my side

Growing up in the country, I always had a four-legged friend by my side. And for as long as I can remember, I have had a special love for dogs – a unique connection that others rarely understand.

Today three decades on, I am humbled and proud to be recognised as Melbourne’s premium dog training and behavioural specialist. I have trained thousands of puppies, adolescent and adult dogs in Australia and internationally. And I’ve had the honour of mentoring other dog trainers for many years.

My dog training career

I am a government licensed and fully insured dog trainer with over 30 years’ dog training experience. My expertise has taken me far and wide – from Singapore and Malaysia to Papua New Guinea and Brunei.

After spending substantial time overseas, I returned to Australia in 1991 to formally establish AUSDOG.

Although I regularly focus on the everyday training needs of dogs and their families, I am also recognised as one of Australia’s most accomplished remedial behavioural specialists.

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.’

A holistic approach

Despite what the phrase implies, ‘dog training’ should never be just about training the dog.

Central to my philosophy is the belief that for long-term training success, you and your children must be properly educated on how to raise, care for and train your dogs. Involving you in the training process is the only way to avoid future problems and to ensure a happy, well-behaved companion for many years.

Cooper is a whole new dog

Julie G, Rowville

‘After our 90 minute consultation with John, Cooper became a whole new dog. He no longer ‘sooks’, he walks well on lead – and best of all, he no longer wakes us up at 3am!’

It’s all about quality of life

When people ask me what I do, my answer is simple: I improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners. And with such high dog euthanasia rates across Australia, I believe my work can really make a difference.

My job allows me to change lives every day. I help puppies grow into confident, obedient dogs. I help poorly behaved dogs overcome complex challenges. And I help dog owners and their children fully enjoy and value their companion every day of its life.

I really do have the best job in the world!

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

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Advice from John

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.

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Dog Bites and Children

All too often we hear of another child bitten by a family dog. So many people clearly do not understand about the importance of managing family pets around young children. More children are hospitalised in Australia each year resulting from dog bites than car accidents. You may be surprised to know that most dog bite incidents occur within the family home with small children by their family dog.

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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.

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