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COMING OF AGE…when did your sweet puppy turn into the teenager from hell?

Why is it that we see a large number of adolescent (teenage) dogs surrendered to shelters and pounds? The reason might be that when some dogs hit teenage-hood, they can become difficult to handle, destructive and even challenge their owners in some cases. We can liken them to 15 or 16 year old human teenagers who believe the world evolves around them and that society owes them something. Most owners are well prepared for this stage of their dog’s development,…

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MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING… Why playing tug is a great form of reward for your dog!

MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING… Working breed dogs such as Kelpies, Border Collies, Heelers, Terriers and any mixed breed with working lines – these dogs are almost always busy minded dogs and may exhibit an exhausting amount of energy and hyperactivity. And it doesn’t just end there….Boxers, Staffies, Labradors, Shepherds etc, the list goes on. Teaching some obedience skills to highly active dogs, espcially static exercises like sit/stays and drop/stays etc, can sometimes be the equivalent of sticking your finger in a meat…

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Education Starts with Exercise We were thrilled to be featured in a recent article by Bupa Pet Insurance on the best ways to train your dog whether they are a new puppy or perhaps a rescued dog with undesirable behaviours. Read some great tips from some of Australia’s leading dog trainers in the article entitled, ‘Dog Training Tips from Australia’s Experts‘. Here at Four Paws K9 Training, we believe that any problem you may be having with your dog can be solved.…

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Marni & Beethan

To all the 4 Paws K9 training team, We would just like to thank you all for what you have done in showing us humans a fun and engaging way to elicit reliable and socially acceptable behaviour from our 2 young dogs.  From the initial phone call to Trish regarding our “pocket rocket” Marni who would yank at the end of the lead to party with any dog she met, to the Masterclass  weekly sessions with both Marni and our…

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Was great to have Trish come out and help me learn what Max needs 🙂 He is already a different dog, we were all home today to take Riley to an appointment and he has been calmly sitting on his mat with a bone, not jumping as much, and not biting at all! Riley is even playing with toys in the loungeroom and Max is sitting by watching! We still have a lot of work to do with him, but so far…

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“Our previous dog was never like that” or “Our previous dog was perfect, not like this one”….Why you should never compare between your dogs!!! We don’t (or shouldn’t) compare our children between each other because we understand that each child is uniquely different even though they were born to same parents.  We usually understand that each child will inherit certain genetic traits, whether from mum or dad, and even from grandma or grandpa, so we understand and accept why Mary got an A+…

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We adopted Hugo in 2015 as a 6 month old pup who hadn’t had a great start to life. He was incredibly nervous around other dogs, often shaking and barking defensively, and shy of people. This behaviour, alongside his working dog breeding meant we wanted to get a good foundation of obedience, as well as confidence in himself and us as companions and leaders. I now can say that this is exactly what our lessons with Four Paws K9 training…

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Here are some of our Tips Sheets for you to download which will provide you with some general information on the more common problem behaviours: The importance of Puppy Socialisation Information on the “Nothing In Life Is Free” Program Mouthing in puppies House training a puppy Tips for curing excessive barking How to stop your dog from digging holes  

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