Dog Training

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

  • Puppy Preschool
  • Junior Adult classes
  • One-on-One classes.

Bookings and enquiries

Should you wish to make a booking or have an enquiry, please phone 03 9287 6433 or email.

Training is held in our Adoption Hub, 38 Villiers Street, North Melbourne.

All profits from Dog Training help support the operation of our Adoption Centre.

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

Trainers

Your beloved pooch is in great hands with our dog trainers. All possess accreditation from the National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF). Our trainers use modern reward based, science-driven training techniques, and have a particular passion for training dogs that have come from the shelter environment.

Puppy Preschool

  • Five-week program, running on Wednesday nights
  • 45 minute class per week plus homework
  • Up to 20 weeks old
  • Cost: $185
  • Limited to six dogs per class.

What is covered in this five-week puppy training obedience course?

You and your new puppy will learn; basic obedience skills, impulse control, socialisation skills, how to read dog body language, how to carefully expose your pup to new environments, objects and sounds, as well as many other confidence building exercises.

Each week we will discuss common puppy problem behaviours you may be experiencing and ways to decrease these  behaviours.

Our goal is to teach effective ways you can build a strong, happy and positive relationship between you and your pup, and how to make training fun and engaging.

If you are looking to get your best friend on the right track to becoming a well-rounded, confident and happy dog, then this is the perfect training program for you.

Junior Adult Classes

  • Five-week program, running on Wednesday nights
  • 45 minute class per week plus homework
  • Six months and above
  • Cost: $185
  • Limited to four dogs per class.

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

We will work with you and your dog on; how to effectively engage and play, impulse control, socialisation skills, how to read dog body language, as well as other confidence and relationship building exercises.

We will practice and reinforce your dog’s existing obedience skills in different environments, using a variety of distractions.

Our goal is to provide you with the tools to solidify a healthy and trusting relationship between you and your dog.

If your dog already has basic obedience but you wish to continue building a strong, positive and engaging bond, then this is the program for you.

One-On-One Classes

  • One hour in duration + one follow-up phone call
  • Open age
  • Cost: Weekdays – $85 initial consult, $65 thereafter | Sundays – $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.