At Ian The Dog Trainer we help owners and their puppys or dogs communicate better through learned commands such as sit, stay, and come, making the puppys or dogs easier to manage. Enhanced communication with your dog via training enables dogs to understand and respond to verbal and non-verbal cues, strengthening the bond between dogs and their owners. Unwanted behaviours such as barking, jumping up, chewing, aggression etc., can be addressed promoting a harmonious living environment and alleviating the stress experienced having an unruly dog. And well trained dogs are generally more confident, less anxious, leading to further reduced stress levels for both the dog and the owner. Training teaches dogs to walk on lead, come when called, to stay in a designated area, ensuring their safety and preventing accidents . Dogs are intelligent creatures that require mental stimulation, training exercises and challenges their minds resulting in a happier dog less inclined to develop destructive behaviours. And from an owners perspective how much more relaxing is it to have a well behaved dog that knows to follow commands, doesn't jump up on the furniture, the family, friends, and is just a joy to have as part of the family and household. So no need to send your dog to daycare, get a walker in etc., save money, train your dog with Ian The Dog Trainer, follow the advice and instruction, be consistent and you will reap the benefits.

The three stages of your puppy’s life are:

  • 8-20wks – puppy stage – the most crucial learning and conditioning period
  • 20wks – 7mths – adolescent – cheeky teenager period
  • 7mths – 15yrs - adult

Acceptable behaviour as an adult dog is acceptable behaviour as a puppy. Don’t allow your puppy to get away with behaviour that you do not want it to exhibit when it is an adult dog. Set your expectations really high, not really low.

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Investing in the learning and development of your puppy or dog is so important.

You have possibly paid a small fortune for your new family member, and you want it to fit in with your household, your lifestyle and to be a joy to have around.

Contact Ian The Dog TrainerProblem is you are time poor, you work, have responsibilities, kids need to get places, catching up with friends is important, then there are all the weekly chores to take care of but you really want a well behaved puppy or dog.

If you sign up for training classes you’re committed to hanging out with a group of strangers and their dogs, learning general stuff but nothing really specific and related to the personality of your dog plus it is not conducted where you live and where the problems can occur and is generally after work or on the weekend so it’s going to cut in to your already busy schedule.

How amazingly convenient and relevant is it to have a professional dog trainer come to you, at your home, on a date and time that suits you and your schedule, household, commitments.

In home dog training is all about you and your expectations and is a very personal experience designed to suit your household whilst taking into consideration the personality and breed of your dog or puppy.

George The Spoodle

For over 20 years Ian Bradnock, a Professional Dog Trainer & Animal Behaviourist, has been conducting in home dog training and together with his team of trainers, they have been achieving fantastic results with their clients.

The advice and instructions are simple, clear and realistic, nothing complicated, and all you need to do is be consistent and follow the advice given and voila you and your puppy or dog will go forth and enjoy wonderful times together.

So if you’re weighing up heading to a group dog training class with a bunch of people you don’t know, and their overly excited puppies and dogs, over having a professional trainer come to your home it’s possibly the easiest decision you’ll make today. Get the professional to come to you.

Yes it costs money for a personalised training experience but isn’t your time worth it?

Spending a couple of hours at your home and around your streets learning how to train your dog has got to be more worthwhile than locking yourself into a training course that’s going to take 4-6 weeks and is not personalised to you or your dog.

George The Spoodle

I mentioned in my article on digging that giving a dog a nice fresh bone can result in the dog digging a nice big hole in the garden.

There are other more significant problems with bones that I have seen over my many years training domestic dogs at people’s homes.

In summer time bones will attract ants, flies, birds, wasps including the European Wasp.

Bones can become lodged in a dog’s throat, gut or abdomen causing unnecessary and costly surgery. And many dogs will vomit shortly after ingesting a bone.

The old adage ‘’Like a Dog with a Bone’’ is based on the real issue that some dogs become more protective over bones. Over protective behaviour can become aggressive behaviour and this is not breed dependant – it can happen in all breeds.

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Summer is here, the sun is shining, so what better time to book in for your dog / puppy training session at Ian The Dog Trainer. We come to you & help you & guide you on how to get the best from your pet. And if you just need a refresher & follow up lesson, no time like the present - make it happen. So whether you're in Melbourne or on the Mornington Peninsula, just call & get your pet & family all set for Summer! A well behaved puppy/dog is a great pet to have around.

Dogs that dig are doing so for a reason and not because they are suffering from boredom, or simply wish to upset you by destroying the garden beds, lawns, and sprinkler systems.

There are certain breeds such as Malamutes, Huskies and Samoyeds that like to lie in cooling holes and there’s no where better place to dig a cooling hole than in a nice shady part of the garden.

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Contact Ian the Dog Trainer to find out how you can deal with separation anxiety your dog may be experiencing.

Puppies are not born with separation anxiety, their owners / handlers create it.  When you provide a puppy or dog with too much attention and affection it can become dependent as opposed to independent.

Dependent puppies and dogs will be most likely to bark, cry, chew everything and be a general nuisance and these puppies and dogs may develop separation anxiety.

Now I’m not saying that independent puppies and dogs don’t exhibit bad behaviour because they do, but it doesn’t mean that the label of separation anxiety applies.

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