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. Whether it’s the frustration of puppy training or trouble with a seemingly aggressive animal, there is often a solution and we are here to help! We have 4 training locations and 25 instructors, each with their own area of expertise in dog-related activities who are more than willing to assist you with your dog.  As Melbourne’s first privately run dog training school, we have the knowledge and expertise to teach even the most challenging of canines, and their loving owners, how to enjoy a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life together.

Here are a few insights to help you with your training efforts. We want you to have an effortless and easy relationship with your canine companion; it is our mission to support all Aussie dog owners in their quest to develop an amazing relationship with their beloved pet!

The Magic of Walking


One of the best things that you can do for your pet is to walk with them – daily! Dogs need a lot of exercise, at least 30 to 45 minutes a day. When your pet gets to walk or run off leash they release all their pent up energy and are more likely to relax and behave at home. Dogs who don’t get enough exercise tend to be nervous, anxious and, in some cases, may exhibit troublesome habits like barking or aggression.

We’ve found that many dog owners tend to skimp on this area when they really evaluate their habits – taking their furry friend for a quick ten minute jaunt around the block in the morning and evening is not enough. Many owners point out how difficult it is to find time to go for long walks every day, but we have a few tips to make it easier, and to create a healthy habit out of walking for you and your dog.

The trick is to turn exercise into a joy, rather than a burden. There are a couple of ways you can do this. First, don’t forget that you need exercise too. A brisk 30-minute walk outside will get your blood flowing, keep your body in shape, and relax your mind (as well as your pup’s). Instead of a basic loop around the block, put on your training shoes and make it a workout for both you and your dog with a long, fast stride.

Secondly, try changing up the scenery. Pack up your furry friend and visit some of Melbourne’s beautiful parks and hiking trails. Try to find places where you can let your dog off-leash so he can run around. You may not have the time to do this every day, but once or twice a week you can turn your daily walk into an adventure. You can also go with a friend and their pet for a really great time!

We want you to enjoy your dog; try out one of our dog and puppy obedience training classes if you need some more guidance. We are always here to support you and your pet!

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