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Why AUSDOG?

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.

John absolutely transformed my dog

Annette C, Armadale

I first met John 10 years ago when my Golden retriever, Toby, was 12 weeks old. I told him that, although I had raised and trained 3 previous dogs ( a Corgi and 2 Golden Retrievers) it had been 15 years since the previous Golden was a puppy and, as a new and furthermore, now older, mother I lacked confidence and felt I needed some guidance. 

I shall never forget the couple of hours we spent with Toby that day. We walked him to the nearby train station, stood on the platform and watched trains go by, walked amongst throngs of schoolgirls on the footpath as they headed towards the station, took him to a coffee shop, crossed busy roads, watched noisy trucks pass by, crossed pedestrian crossings – all with John’s firm guidance and expertise. 

This is a man who really knows dogs and, I suspect, also has considerable insight into owner’s personalities!

My interaction with John resulted in a placid, well trained and incredibly loveable dog and I am deeply grateful to him.

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!

Lola has completely transformed

Carly M, Carrum

‘Our 15-week-old American Staffordshire Lola used to be a little terror. She would pull so hard on her lead that she choked herself – and refused to let go of socks, shoes and whatever else she could find. And when we tried to play with her, she would bite the entire time. But since John’s help, Lola has completely transformed. She walks on her lead like a dream, no longer jumps on the couch and hasn’t bitten us once!’

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.

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

MUST READ

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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