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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.

Walking her is now a pleasure!

Virginia R, Seaford

John, I would like to thank you for the time you spent with us. It made the difference between just having Kora because I had to and appreciating just what a beautiful dog she is. Walking her is now a pleasure and she is even trying so hard not to jump on Grandma. You can actually see her working out what it is that will please us. I can see now how intelligent she is and how quickly she responds. I can’t thank you enough as at this hard time of grieving, you have taken one worry away.
Thank you so much again.

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.

I regularly refer my clients to John

Dr Hugh Wirth, Balwyn Veterinary Clinic International President RSPCA

‘I have known John at AUSDOG for many years and regularly refer my clients to him. He is incredibly effective and never uses harsh or cruel training methods.’

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

Dog Bites and Children

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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.

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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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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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