Dog Training

Dog Training

Dog Training

Our training school is working under the umbrella of Steve & Vicki Aust

Steve And Vicki Austin

Steve and Vicki Austin (CPDT-KA) share their knowledge and experience through various educational formats, including courses and one-day workshops and presentations.
Both Steve and Vicki hold various formal qualifications and have received certification of their knowledge (CPDT-KA) by New York based, independent assessor, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).
Additionally, they both hold Cert IV in Workplace assessment and training; and Working with Children Check Clearances (WWCC).
But it is their experience and success in a range of dog training applications over a combined 70 years in the dog training industry that sets them apart in the field of dog training and behaviour education.
Training techniques are supported by the science of learning and behaviour with a strong bias towards reward-based techniques.

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Our Trainers

A little about our trainers:

I have always loved animals! Growing up in a pet friendly home, I couldn’t wait to get my first dog. In 2005, Sonny joined my family and I knew I wanted to work with animals for the rest of my life. While completing my Zoology degree in 2015, I began working at a boarding kennel, introducing me into the dog industry. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of developing an understanding of differing personalities and temperaments, as well as witnessing many behavioural issues. This inspired me to complete my Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the NDTF. I love learning from dogs and understanding why they act the way they do.

I have a passion for animals, in particular dog behaviour! I have grown up with dogs and started out working with farm animals and gained my Certificate III in Animal Studies at TAFE. I moved to Canada for a couple years and worked at an Animal Shelter where I realised my passion for training and rehabilitation. I was fortunate enough to be able to work with varying behavioural issues and gain knowledge through other training avenues. When I moved back to Australia, I started working at Calabash Kennels and completed my Dog Training & Behaviour Certificate with Steve and Vicki Austin. I find how dogs behave extremely fascinating and my goal and passion is to be able to help owners help their dogs.

What we offer:

A two-week training programme with free follow ups held at Calabash Kennels on Saturdays

Program 1 – Loose lead walking/heel

Walks are such an important way for dogs to gain enrichment. Some dogs love to smell every grass patch, whilst some are fast paced! Having a dog being able to walk nicely on lead and not pull in different directions means they can still smell as they please, and it is an enjoyable experience for both owner and dog. It is also important for incoming dogs ahead as it is less threatening when a dog isn’t trying to pull its way over to meet them.

Program 2 – Recall

Building an association to the word ‘come’. Your dog must associate the word ‘come’ with only positive things, initially heavily rewarded, to create a solid recall – it isn’t going to end your dogs good-times! This is a very important command for your dog to be reliable at, especially at dog parks or out on walks. In some occasions it may even save their life!
Included in program 1 & 2 – Basic obedience (Sit, drop and stay)
These are some of the simpler behaviours to teach and will help with your dogs general manners. Having your dog sit, drop or stay in times they might get hyperexcited or to be less threatening when meeting a nervous dog can be extremely beneficial.

Extra 1 – Place

It is important to set up a safe ‘place’ for your dogs. Somewhere they can go if they are feeling anxious. It is also a great tool for your dog if strangers/familiar faces will be entering the home. If a dog gets highly aroused easily, sending them to their ‘place’ will mean they cannot practice behaviours such as jumping up and it can also calm them down until they are ready to greet.

Extra 2 – Leave It

Leave it is an extremely valuable cue for your dog to understand. It teaches impulse control that can be very useful in many situations. For example, a piece of food drops off the kitchen counter that you want your dog to leave or maybe there is something you want your dog to leave in the yard or out on a walk.

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Dear Linda,
Many thanks once again for your care of Jack and Jill while we were overseas. It was very reassuring to know that they were in good hands over the six weeks that we were away.

Bob and Carmen