Dog behaviour and training



In this section:

  • Understanding behaviour
  • Dog training resources
  • Child-pet relationship
  • Find an expert

The first 16 weeks of life is a critical learning period for puppies.  During this time social and behavioural patterns are established.  For optimum socialisation, it is essential that puppies have regular contact with humans, with other dogs and with the mother and littermates. (Source: Australian Veterinary Association)

The more time and effort we spend on our furry members of the family, the stronger the bond and a happier doggie.  Here are a few sites to help you learn about dog behaviour, how to prevent behavioural problems and information about dog trainers/animal behaviourists.

Understanding dog behaviour

Dog training resources

Cyrano (courtesy of Blackwatch Border Collies)

Cyrano (image via Blackwatch Border Collies)

  • RSPCA NSW has some handy training video tips from their in-house dog trainer, Tanya. Tips cover positive reinforcement, walking on a lead, come, wait, sit, drop, jumping up and toilet training
  • Dr Jo Righetti has a few videos about basic dog commands.
  • Senior animal experts talk about how to encourage good behaviour in domestic pets, focusing on positive rewards and reinforcement at Taronga Zoo’s Pet Show daily at 1.30pm.
  • Dog trainers, SaxonK9, have tips on how to teach your dog to come to you when they are called.
  • If you want to improve your knowledge about dog obedience, Open Colleges has an online dog obedience trainer course.

Child – pet relationship

Find an expert

Pets4Life recommends that you engage a dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement training methods.  More about dog training methods from the Australian Veterinary Association.


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