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The Best Dog Trainers in Canberra

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Does your four-legged friend need some training? Whatever the age of your beloved pup, an experienced and effective dog trainer can ensure you and your dog’s relationship is healthy and happy.

In this article, we’ve got three fantastic dog trainers in Canberra to recommend. We’ve done our research and these organisations offer some of the best obedience and training classes in the region. Some provide sports and agility training, too, which is a great fit for some dogs.

Are you ready? Let’s get right to it.

What makes a great dog trainer in Canberra?

Not sure what you’re looking for in a Canberra-based dog trainer? We can help. We suggest working with trainers that possess the following qualities:

  • Experienced. The best dog trainers in Canberra have tons of experience. They’ve seen all the behavioural problems before and can help you train even the most stubborn of pups.
  • Effective. What’s the use of a dog trainer if they can’t yield real results? Look for a trainer with a proven track record of success.
  • Comprehensive training knowledge.Got a specific issue you’d like sorted out? The best in the dog training industry will be able to help.
  • Passion. A good dog trainer is a true dog lover. They are passionate about helping your pets live their best life.
  • Well priced. Don’t overpay for dog training that doesn’t work. Look for a trainer or obedience class that charges a fair price.

What else would you add to this list?

The top dog trainers in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

After conducting some local research and reading testimonials and reviews, we’ve come up with this list of the top dog trainers in Canberra.

The ACT Companion Dog Club

The ACT Companion Dog Club champions positive training methods that can reshape your dog’s behaviour in a healthy and supportive way. Suitable for pooches young and old, their training and sports classes will transform a mischievous dog into the perfect four-legged companion.

Belconnen Dog Obedience Club

Since 1975, the Belconnen Dog Obedience Club (BDOC) has helped pet owners and their dogs develop happy and healthy behaviours. They also provide top-quality sports, agility, and obedience training.

Paws2Play

Paws2Play offers a safe and supportive environment for your puppy or adult dog to develop fantastic everyday behaviours. Classes are run by fully-qualified, experienced professionals. They cater for every age level and ability and know exactly how to overcome the most difficult behavioural issues.

Paws2Play also offers a dog day-care service if that’s something you are considering.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you ever hired a dog trainer or attended obedience classes in the Canberra region? We’d love to know how it went. Share your experience – good or bad – in the comments section below.


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7 Responses to The Best Dog Trainers in Canberra
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zllauh zllauh 2:11 pm 27 Jul 15

i taught my labra and a bull dog from youtube . lol :p
worked for me teaching them basics

Jessmmac Jessmmac 1:57 pm 07 Dec 14

I work for a business called A.B.C.D.O.G, and run one-on-one training sessions. Having worked in an animal shelter for a fair while I have a lot of experience with working breeds (plus I’m a Kelpie owner) If you’re interested have a look at our website abcdog.biz

Zultan Zultan 7:46 am 07 Dec 14

When we got our puppy in March, I tried to reach out to the Belconnen dogs club and despite multiple attempts received no replies. Instead we went to http://www.paws2play.com.au in Macgregor with great results. Cannot recommend Geraldine enough.

JackW01 JackW01 10:04 am 05 Dec 14

taninaus said :

The specialist companies are good for one off or time limited training and will certainly give you tips on managing your pooch. However (unless you have the financial means) they do not provide socialisation and ongoing activities.

there are 4 Dog Obedience clubs in Canberra that offer a range of activities including obedience, agiligy, flyball, dancing with dogs, rally-o and lots more. membership to the clubs is quite affordable with an annual fee somewhere around $200 to access an activity for a year. the training is in group situations and if you go regularly the dogs and owners develop connections. Kelpies and other energetic breeds are certainly a breed that is prominant at the clubs. contact details are available on the Dogs ACT website at the bottom of this page: http://dogsact.org.au/Club_lists.htm

She is fairly social already, it might be worth looking ito the different activities. Thanks for the info 🙂

JackW01 JackW01 4:22 pm 04 Dec 14

Mess said :

We have two Kelpies and older one and a puppy. We use a company called Naughty Dog. He helped us out with some issues we had with the older one, and our puppy is currently attending his puppy school. Highly recommended!

Thanks for the advice I will look them up 🙂

taninaus taninaus 1:45 pm 04 Dec 14

The specialist companies are good for one off or time limited training and will certainly give you tips on managing your pooch. However (unless you have the financial means) they do not provide socialisation and ongoing activities.

there are 4 Dog Obedience clubs in Canberra that offer a range of activities including obedience, agiligy, flyball, dancing with dogs, rally-o and lots more. membership to the clubs is quite affordable with an annual fee somewhere around $200 to access an activity for a year. the training is in group situations and if you go regularly the dogs and owners develop connections. Kelpies and other energetic breeds are certainly a breed that is prominant at the clubs. contact details are available on the Dogs ACT website at the bottom of this page: http://dogsact.org.au/Club_lists.htm

Mess Mess 12:51 pm 04 Dec 14

We have two Kelpies and older one and a puppy. We use a company called Naughty Dog. He helped us out with some issues we had with the older one, and our puppy is currently attending his puppy school. Highly recommended!

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