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.
Immense value time and again
Dr Corbett, Thrifty Vet, Bayswater
‘Behavioural issues are not our area of expertise. So we regularly refer our clients to John at AUSDOG. Our clients report time and again that even a brief discussion over the phone provides immense value.’
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!
I would definitely recommend John
Craig G - Parkdale
We had John come to train little Alfie a feisty Mini Schnauzer and we were amazed with the results. He was able to quickly identify the dogs nature and the issues that required attention. Methods were clear and very practical and easy for the family to follow, even down to the appropriate treats & toys. I think that one of the most valuable parts of the training was that John trained the whole family on how to provide consistent and clear direction to Alfie. This meant that after the training we were all capable and could maintain consistent approach to the training. Our 2 girls felt very comfortable with John’s coaching and enjoyed the training. We are now able to enjoy our little pooch and he is much happier also, I would definitely recommend John.
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.