Your dog and family deserve the best
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.
We are completely amazed and shocked by the instant, wonderful transformation
Terri & Chris T - Oakleigh
Xena Labrador 17 months
Good afternoon Robyn,
Chris and I want to say a huge “thank you” to John and yourself. Firstly for yourself taking the time to speak with me in depth last week and make me feel comfortable we were making the right decision.
We are completely amazed and shocked by the instant, wonderful transformation. When I have a moment I will be sure to add a review on your website.
We feel like we now have an amazing life with her in front of us.
John is truly one of a kind and we are forever grateful.
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!
Wonderfully patient with our rescue dog
Dr M Williams, Canterbury
‘Our rescue cattle dog Abbey initially came to us with lots of love to give and attitude. Even though we’ve been dog owners for a long time, John’s expertise and friendly no-fuss approach were invaluable. Thank you for being so wonderfully patient with our rescue dog – and also for ‘rescuing’ us!’
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.