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Training the Family Dog was established in 2014. It was created to support families and their pet dogs with modern, effective and ethical, training solutions.

I am a mother of two beautiful children, a wife and a businesswoman. Samantha, my eldest child lives with special needs. Our household is blessed to have a Labrador named Eric, an assistance dog that supports Samantha and is her very best friend.

My younger years were focused on horses with a trusty dog by my side. In 2009, I began working professionally with dogs. I studied and achieved my certificate lll in Dog Behaviour and Training in 2012. To this day, I am actively engaging in conferences and events for ongoing support and up to date knowledge.

As a pet dog trainer, I see many families who don’t foresee the challenges of adding a puppy to their home. Families adjust better when they know how to manage their puppies and appropriately involve the household in Training the Family Dog. The bond between the family and the dog can suffer if unsuitable methods are used. I believe I provide a realistic way for busy families to include and train their dog(s). Teaching families how to communicate effectively and ethically with their dog will establish a happy environment for all.

  • -Helping create an environment where families enjoy their dogs and dogs enjoy their families
  • -Offer training, related to everyday life situations
  • -Helping make your dog a well-mannered and a welcome member of your family
  • -Ensure the well-being of your dog
  • -Assisting owners to better understand their dog and the way they learn
  • -Helping create a trusting home for your dog
  • -Improve your understanding of dog behaviour and responsible pet dog ownership
  • -Promoting a relationship of trust, reliability, protection and respect

  • -Government Accredited, Nationally Recognised Dog Trainer
  • -Certificate lll Dog Behaviour and Training
  • -Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • -Member of Pet Professional Guild
  • -Actively engages in industry conferences and events for ongoing support and knowledge



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Puppies 8 weeks to 15 weeks (the sooner the better)

Congratulations on the arrival of your bundle of joy, have fun and enjoy. Puppies learn so quickly and now is the time to teach them the behaviours your family want, using appropriate positive reinforcement training.



Topics include; but are not limited to:

  • -Toilet training
  • -Puppy biting
  • -Home skills
  • -Puppy play
  • -Increasing bond
  • -Crying when alone
  • -Barking
  • -Chewing
  • -Children and puppies
  • -Socialisation
  • -Stealing objects
  • -Jumping up


Training includes; but are not limited to:

  • -Name
  • -Sit
  • -Down / drop / lay
  • -Leave something alone
  • -Come to you when called
  • -Trade items / food

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Dogs 16 weeks and over

The ideal age to start group training with Training The Family Dog is straight after puppy classes, or if you believe your dogs may be becoming more independent with challenging and unwanted behaviour. During these classes your instructor will help you to begin, or continue your journey to achieve a well-mannered family pet.

  • -Bonding with your dog
  • -Learning to read your dog’s body language and react accordingly
  • -Well behaved family pet
  • -Walking nicely on a leash
  • -Come when call, (off lead)
  • -Mutual respect and trust

  • Dogs Per Class: Minimum 2, Maximum 5
  • Fee: $120.00
  • Duration: 1 hour/week for 3 weeks
  • Venue: Classes are held locally to Matraville

**Dogs over 5 months must have been through puppy classes or had a consult with Training The Family Dog**


Behaviour issues including, but not limited to:

  • -Jumping
  • -Rushing through doors
  • -Digging
  • -Chewing
  • -Barking


Basic obedience include:

  • -Walking on a leash nicely at your side
  • -Sit
  • -Down
  • -Stay
  • -Come

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Private dog training consults are personalized to your family and your dog. They offer flexibility and give attention to your dogs particular needs. They are a great alternative to group training classes for those that:

  • -Are not confident they can control their dog in a group situation
  • -Own a dog that is not suitable for classes.
  • -Are unable to commit to group classes.
  • -Simply because of a personal preference.
  • -Have a dog with separation anxiety.
  • -Have a dog that is overexcited with greeting visitors.
  • -Have a dog that gets too excited around other dogs to learn.
  • -What to brush up on foundations skills, at your house or park.
  • -Have a dog that has developed unwanted behaviors during adolescence.
  • -Have a timid dog.
  • -Have a rescue dog.

Contact Therese at Training the Family Dog to book a place or discuss

The benefits of online consulting are convenience and accessibility. Thay are for anyone that has technology and does not want to leave their house, and/or do not want to have any one in your house.

These work extremely well. The rate is $30.00 per 15minutes. (average consult is 1hr) They can be as short or long as you wish.


When can my puppy join a class?

Puppies can attend after their very first vaccination, puppy class is specifically designed for puppies aged between 8-15 weeks at the start of the course.

How do I enroll my puppy?

Spaces in class are limited to 5 or 6 puppies, to enroll your puppy please contact Therese by phone 0405321677 or email through the contact page. You will then be emailed details and paperwork for the class.

How do I pay?

You can pay Cash at the first class or by Bank Transfer. This information is on the enrollment email.

Can children attend?

Family participation is encouraged as it is important that everyone learns how to act around the puppy. From my experience most young children get distracted at class and then distract their parents, if possible, come without young children. Please feel free to phone me to discuss.

What happens if I miss a class?

Unfortunately no catchup sessions can be guaranteed, however if possible, you may be able to do a 15 minute key points session immediately prior to or after your next class.

What training system is used?

Training the Family Dog uses Reward Based Training; this means rewarding your dog for behaviours you wish to see repeated. The reward can be a favorite game, toy or food.

Do I have to use food to train my dog?

MOSTLY YES, food is used to TEACH your dog. Food is often one of the most powerful motivators for your dog. Once your dog knows a behaviour we move to rewards, which is what the dog wants at that moment.


0405 321 677