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Charlie Barker and Frank
My experience

I’m a qualified dog trainer and behaviour consultant,
with 17 years qualified industry experience.

Behavioural training services
Behavioural dog training services
Behavioural training services

Providing the know-how for everyday ‘real life’.

Behavioural training services
Mission statement
Mission statement

Enabling pets and people
to live harmoniously.

Training methods

Scientifically proven reward-based fear free training,
as recommended by the Australian Veterinary Association.

Training methods
Dog training tips
Dog training tips

It is best to do 5 minutes of training every day,
rather than half an hour on the weekend.

Hank (Brad Tyndall 2019)

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I consider the motivation behind your dog’s actions in order to help your dog learn new behaviours.

17 years qualified experience

With 17 years qualified experience in the field, I can readily help you with any of your training concerns.
• barking •  jumping • pulling on lead • anxiety • fear • aggression • arrival of a baby/dog/puppy • separation anxiety
• coming when called • over-excitement •  destructive behaviour • a referral from your vet or veterinary behaviourist, and of course
• basic training!

How to Train a Dog provides personally catered one-on-one behavioural dog training sessions – great for fine tuning your training, the ‘time poor’ or dogs with behavioural concerns. We often work closely with vets and veterinary behaviourists to ensure your dog is receiving the care that they need.

Or maybe you have a new puppy? How to Train a Dog will make it fun and easy, using rewards to train your pup!
And helping with all the joys a puppy brings – toilet training, obedience, coping alone, biting and even puppy class referrals.
Anything puppy! – Even before you bring them home!

You may need help deciding what type of dog breed might be suitable for your lifestyle?
Do you need help setting up your home before your new family member arrives? Give us a call!

Training is at your home, or nearby in the street, park or even a café, depending on your dog’s training needs.

Training areas

include Southern, Northern suburbs and inner city:
Abbotsford, Albert Park, Armadale, Balaclava, Beacon Cove, Brighton, Burnley, Carlton, Caulfield, CBD, Collingwood, Cremorne, East Melbourne,
Elsternwick, Elwood, Fairfield, Fitzroy, Glen Huntly, Hawthorn, Kew, Malvern, Middle Park, Northcote, North Melbourne, Parkville, Port Melbourne, Prahran,
Preston, Richmond, Ripponlea, Southbank, South Melbourne, South Yarra, St Kilda, Thornbury, Toorak, West Melbourne, Windsor.

Why us?

Imagine walking your dog being less stressful. Or having visitors over no longer embarrassing. And even chatting to neighbours a joy!
How to Train a Dog can help you do just that… and more!
All the while, building on the trust and bond between you and your dog using ethical, science-based modern training methods.

• 17 years qualified industry experience

• fun, gentle modern and ethical training methods as recommended by the Australian Veterinary Association.

Fear Free Certification

• How To Train a Dog can help you make pet choices easy. *Pet owners need to be aware there is very little regulation in the pet industry.

• we come to you

• Qualified: Certificate IV in Companion Animal Management Services 2007 (Delta)

• education maintained to stay current with best practice

• training sessions are tailored to you and your dog’s needs, whether that’s basic skills, tricks or help with behavioural concerns

• the emotional, physical and environmental well-being of each client is considered

• listed as an approved trainer with MindDog.

• will work with your vet or veterinary behaviourist as a team in assisting you with your dog’s behaviour

• can refer you to qualified pet industry professionals working to current best practice

Charlie’s wonderful nature and expertise and the positive training road she took with Banjo have helped us within weeks to have a happy puppy, speedily responsive to all his lessons…
I can’t recommend her highly enough!

Marcia, Caulfield NortH
MindDog Australia
Pet Professional Guild Australia
Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia
Fear Free Certified