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DOG TRAINING

Lort Smith offers three training programs to cater for dogs of all ages:


Bookings and enquiries

Should you wish to make a booking or have an enquiry, please phone 03 9321 7273 or email

Training is held at the Lort Smith Adoption Hub, 38 Villiers Street, North Melbourne.

All profits from Dog Training are invested back into the Adoption Hub.

Conditions of the Lort Smith Dog Training Program can be downloaded here.

 

Mia Shaw, Head Dog Trainer

Your beloved pooch is in great hands with Mia. She is a Lort Smith Animal Welfare Officer and a National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) accredited Dog Trainer/Behaviourist.

Mia has worked in a professional capacity with dogs since 2009. Beginning with assistance dogs, she now works with private clients and rescue organisations - conducting both one-on-one and group obedience classes. Mia uses modern reward based, science driven training techniques.

With a particular passion for training shelter/rescue dogs, Mia loves to work with families, helping them understand their dog’s behaviours and building a lifelong bond.

 

Puppy Preschool

  • Five week program (Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm)
  • One hour class per week + homework
  • Up to 20 weeks old
  • $185.

Course outline 

Week 1

  • Introductions
  • Handouts
  • Check equipment is safe, appropriate and good quality.
  • Explain marker training and release words.
  • Teach and demonstrate how and why to mark behaviour using word ‘yes’ or a clicker
  • Teach and demonstrate and explain use of release word
  • Teach sit exercise and set homework (5 second sit & release)
  • Explain reward based program and what’s covered
  • Sits, drops, recall, mat training, loose lead walking, socialisation,
  • Common puppy problems; house-training, jumping up, pulling on lead, not walking on lead, nipping, mouthing, biting.

Week 2

  • Lead handling and equipment check
  • Check homework - problem solve as needed - discuss and explain proofing behaviours, fading out food (schedules of reinforcement)
  • Discuss use of food and toys in training (demonstrate)
  • Discuss luring, shaping, advantages and disadvantages of training with food
  • Mat training (go to your mat/bed/place)
  • Teach drop - set homework (5 second drop and release)
  • Discussion on nutrition
  • Discussion mouthing/nipping puppies - problem solving strategies
  • Learn to walk on a loose lead
  • Controlled socialisation including pool of balls, stepping up, onto and over raised buckets and surfaces, through tunnel, pup to pup social (discuss safety, play styles and body language).

Week 3

  • Check homework
  • Discussion and exercises on motivational play - pups learn to give toys back
  • Mat training (go to your mat/bed/place)
  • Recap loose lead walking and recall training (problem solve & recall games)
  • Question time
  • Discussion on flea and worming treatments and protocols, house training, council regulations, off lead dog parks, on & off lead areas
  • Importance of recall training.

Week 4

  • Discuss the importance of generalising behaviours
  • Discuss socialisation - other pups and adult dogs, people, places, situations, locations, sounds, surfaces (have assistant wear wig and sunglasses, colourful clothing, umbrella’s etc)
  • Targeting and on your mat exercises covered
  • Name recognition exercise and recall practice
  • Go over puppy socialisation tracker - introduce Puppy Sound Proof
  • Training App (sound desensitisation app). 

Week 5

  • Recap all exercises
  • Q&A and problem solving
  • Discuss grooming, handling, bathing (Lort Smith DIY dog wash)
  • Where to from here
  • GRADUATION!
  • Socialisation with other pups.

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Junior Adult classes

  • Five week program (Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm)
  • One hour class per week + homework
  • 20 weeks - 12 months
  • $185.

Course outline 

Week 1

  • Introductions 
  • Handouts 
  • Check equipment is safe, appropriate and good quality 
  • Explain marker training and release words 
  • Teach and demonstrate how and why to mark behavior using word ‘yes’ or a clicker 
  • Teach and demonstrate and explain use of release word 
  • Teach sit exercise and give homework (5 second sit and release) 
  • If dogs able to sit reliably in class with distractions, add duration and distance (explain 3 D’s) 
  • Explain reward based program and what’s covered 
  • Sits, drops, recall, mat training, loose lead walking, focus, socialisation (if dogs compatible) 
  • Common juvenile canine problems; jumping up, pulling on lead, challenging behaviors and authority, not paying attention, lack of impulse control.

Week 2

  • Lead handling and equipment check
  • Check homework - problem solve as needed - discuss proofing
  • Discuss use of food and toys in training (demonstrate)
  • Discuss luring, shaping, advantages and disadvantages of training with food 
  • Mat training (go to your mat/bed/place) 
  • Teach drop - set homework (5 second drop and release)
  • Discussion on juvenile dog socialisation and dog parks, off and on lead areas, on-lead introductions, council regulations / local laws
  • Controlled socialisation/body conditioning and awareness - stepping up, onto and over raised buckets & surfaces, dog to dog social time if appropriate (discuss safety, play styles & body language).

Week 3

  • Check homework 
  • Discussion and exercises on motivational play - dog learn impulse control & to give toys back
  • Mat Training (go to your mat/bed/place) work on reliability 
  • Loose lead walking and recall training (problem solve & recall games)
  • Questions
  • Targeting exercise - why/how (good for focus, can help shy/fearful dogs learnt to accept hands near them, can help guide dogs onto and over different surfaces such as scales in vets etc) 
  • Set homework - mat training dog needs to start reliably going to mat, no lure, introduce cue.

Week 4

  • Check homework
  • Discuss the importance of generalising behaviors and distractions. Discuss socialisation 
  • Work more on mat training - give examples of how this can be an excellent practical skill (when taking dogs to cafes etc, sending dog to their mat when doorbell rings or when cooking etc) 
  • Name recognition exercise and recall practice 
  • Question time
  • Set homework - loose lead walking exercise - have a target in mind (can be in house, down the street etc. Dog must get to target without pulling). 

Week 5

  • Check homework 
  • Recap all exercises from the course - troubleshoot
  • Do a fun shaping exercise using chairs/buckets etc
  • Introduce Leave It cue
  • Where to from here?
  • GRADUATION!
  • Socialisation with other dogs.

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One-on-One classes

  • One hour in duration + one follow up phone call (Saturdays 4:30-5:30pm)
  • Open age
  • $100.

Not all dogs are comfortable in a group situation and will be better suited to one-on-one training. In these sessions, the Trainer will focus on specific issues that you are facing and develop an ongoing training program to suit you, your family and environment.

Many dogs experience challenges on walks including; lead reactivity, pulling on lead, lack of attention/engagement, dog-to-dog reactivity, so a short walk is included in this class to be able to accurately observe and assess the behaviour.

 

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