There comes a time in every young puppy’s life where destroying socks and pooping indoors is something any loving owner can no longer tolerate. Fortunately for them (and you), Perth has a variety of different dog training clubs for varying levels of obedience training. Not only is it a great way to get you and your puppy pal on the same page, dog training clubs can also be really helpful for their social skills when it comes to hanging with other pups and people.
Dog Whispering is the brain-pup (see what we did there?) of Neri Karazija, who began the business travelling around Australia in 2005, before settling in Perth. Each year she goes to the UK to spend time with world-renowned wolf behaviourists Sean & Kim Ellis, so it’s fair to say she knows her stuff and is passionate about canines of all shapes and sized. Together with Dog Whispering fam Lisa and Nick, they offer a variety of courses around Perth and the eastern suburbs, including Behaviour Solutions, Puppy Training, In-Home Training and more.
Perth Paws’ Emma and Susan are experienced dog trainers who’ve been working with pups for almost 15 years in a variety of forms, and still regularly attend courses from the world’s best trainers. Offering Puppy Classes, Social Walks, In Home Consults and Walk & Trains, they employ reward-based training without force or intimidation around the Perth metro area. Their website conveniently offers all pricing information, from group social walks right up to private consults.
PTODC was the very first obedience dog club in Perth, and now hold classes on Wednesday (obedience) at Raphael Park and Friday (agility) at Harold Rossiter Park in Vic Park. They work with dogs and owners of all ages and levels, and are always happy for new members to join. Their not-for-profit and run by a committee of volunteers, so you know there’s a heap of love and attention from all involved.
Headed up by Industry Accredit Dog Trainer Trevor Valberg, Top Dogz is a very family-focused affair, with Valberg bringing not only 10 years experience in training, but a strong understanding of home life with children and pets. Top Dogz offers Adult Group Training, Puppy Kindy, Behaviour Consults, “No Jumping Parties”, Post Adoptive Training and Walk & Trains.
SRAODC operate at Dogs West in Southern River, and is a membership-based dog community offering affordable classes in obedience, agility and rally-o if you’re looking to get really serious. They offer an abundant number of classes, and while their current term is already in session, you can sign up as a member for Term 3 between July 7 and 19.
The Midland Dog Training Club was formed in 1997 with the aim of providing pet training for the community, and also help out anyone in obedience competition further their own skills. Since then it’s grown at its forever home of Jack Mann Oval, offering classes in obedience, rally obedience, dances with dogs and advanced jumping. Similar to Southern River, new members will need to sign up for the beginning of a new term, with #3 kicking off July 22 – head HERE for more info.
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