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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, running on Wednesday nights
  • One hour class per week + homework
  • Up to 20 weeks old
  • $185.

What is covered in this five week puppy training obedience course:

  • We will provide you with a puppy training folder. This contains all the documents you will require for practising training with your pup at home as well as some extra training advice and information. We will also send these out in digital copies via email on a weekly basis after every class.
  • Teach correct leash handling
  • Explain marker training and release words, this will involve the how and why to mark behaviour
  • Explain reward based program
  • Teach sit with luring technique and how to add in the three d’s
  • How to teach touch/targeting and how to add in the three d’s
  • Teach drop with luring technique and how to add in the three d’s
  • Teach your pup to leave it and give and how to add in the three d’s
  • Mat/bed training with luring technique and how to add in the three d’s
  • Teach to walk on a loose lead and how to add in the three d’s
  • Teaching how to train a reliable recall (problem solve & recall games) and how to add in the three d’s
  • Discussion and exercises on motivational play - pups learn to give toys back
  • Discuss common puppy problems and ways to solve these issues; house-training, jumping up, pulling on lead, not walking on lead, nipping, mouthing, biting.
  • Discuss and explain proofing behaviours, fading out food (schedules of reinforcement)
  • Discuss and demonstrate the use of food and toys in training
  • Discuss luring and shaping
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of training with food
  • Controlled socialisation and environmental desensitisation including pool of balls, stepping up, onto and over raised buckets and surfaces, through tunnel, pup to pup socialisation (discuss safety, play styles and body language)
  • Discuss socialisation and environmental desensitisation - other pups and adult dogs, people, places, situations, locations, sounds, surfaces, objects
  • Puppy socialisation tracker and sound desensitisation app
  • Discuss off lead dog parks, on and off lead areas
  • Discuss the importance of generalising behaviours
  • Q&A and problem solving in each class.

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Junior Adult classes

  • Five week program, running on Wednesday nights
  • One hour class per week + homework
  • 20 weeks - 12 months
  • $185.

What is covered in this five week junior adult obedience course:

  • We will provide you with a junior adult training folder. This contains all the documents you will require for practising training with your dog at home as well as some extra training advice and information. We will also send these out in digital copies via email on a weekly basis after every class.
  • Teach correct leash handling
  • Explain marker training and release words, this will involve the how and why to mark behaviour
  • Explain reward based program
  • Teach sit with luring technique and how to add the three d’s
  • How to teach touch/targeting and shaping behaviours
  • Teach drop with luring technique and how to add the three d’s
  • Teach your dog to leave it and give and how to add in the three d’s
  • Mat/bed training with luring technique and how to add the three d’s
  • Teach to walk on a loose lead and heeling and how to add in the three d’s
  • Teaching how to train a reliable recall (problem solve and recall games) and how to add the three d’s
  • Hand signals
  • Discuss and demonstrate the three d’s of dog training
  • Depending on your dogs level of obedience, we may discuss and teach some other fun skills. Such as spin, crawl, beg, leg weaving etc
  • Discussion and exercises on motivational play - dog learns to give toys back
  • Discuss common problems and ways to solve these issues; house-training, jumping up, pulling on lead, not walking on lead, mouthing, biting.
  • Discuss and explain proofing behaviours, fading out food (schedules of reinforcement)
  • Discuss and demonstrate the use of food and toys in training
  • Discuss luring and shaping
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of training with food
  • Controlled socialisation and environmental desensitisation including pool of balls, stepping up, onto and over raised buckets and surfaces, through tunnel, dog to dog social (discuss safety, play styles and body language)
  • Discuss socialisation and dnvironmental desensitisation - other pups and adult dogs, people, places, situations, locations, sounds, surfaces, objects
  • Socialisation tracker and sound desensitisation app
  • Discuss off lead dog parks, on and off lead areas
  • Discuss the importance of generalising behaviours
  • Q&A and problem solving in each class.

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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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