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Private Dog Training

Dog Training and Behaviour Consultations

Dog Training NewcastleAt Dogaholics, we are fully qualified and highly experienced professionals who are passionate about solving your dog training and behaviour problems.  

Our one-on-one private dog training and behaviour consultations are tailored specifically for you and your dog, addressing problem behaviours and giving individualised support and guidance.  We service the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas of NSW.

All the family is included in the dog training, so it’s realistic, clear and consistent. 

What are private lessons / consultations for?

We can help you with almost any training requirement or behaviour issues you may be having with your dog.  We can help you teach your dog to sit, stand, stay, come, walk nicely on lead and other general manners type behaviours.  We help owners train their puppies, adolescent dogs, adult dogs and yes, even senior dogs can be trained!

If you are having training or behaviour problems we can also help you with that.

Training or behaviour problems that can be addressed in a private dog training and behaviour consultation include:

  • Toilet training
  • Pulling on lead
  • Jumping
  • Mouthing and nipping
  • Barking issues
  • Digging, chewing and biting
  • Your dog won't come when called
  • Separation distress/anxiety
  • Mild storm phobia
  • Anxiety or fear about people, other dogs or things
  • Aggressive behaviours such as growling and biting
  • Lunging, barking and reactive behaviours towards other dogs
  • Problems in a multi-dog household
  • Guarding of food, toys, people and other things
  • Fears and phobias 
  • Introducing a new dog into your home
  • Introducing your existing dog to your new dog/cat (or existing cat to your new dog?
  • Help with a rescue dog you just adopted
  • We can help you to choose your next dog or cat including understanding which breed is right for you and your lifestyle?




What do we do in a private dog training / behaviour consultation?

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In these private consultations, we first start off by taking a history of your dog.  This is so we can obtain information that will help us to determine the cause of your dog’s behaviour and how to then help your dog.  We ask lots of questions to do this.

Then (depending on the issues) we will provide education and knowledge to you about your dog's issues so that you understand the cause and how to change it.  We might also discuss whether your expectations of your dog are realistic and help you set goals that are achievable.  We may also do some practical, hands on training or behaviour modification (if this is practical) and we will always give you strategies to implement when you go home. 

It is important that you are able to dedicate the time and effort to implement these strategies consistently at home so that you can see improvements in the behaviour of your dog.

Changing your dog’s behaviour requires you to change your behaviour first so it is important that you are committed, willing and able to put into practice what you have learnt in our private consultation when you go home.  As much as we would like to have a magic wand and solve all your dog's behaviour issues immediately, behaviour change involves many factors.  Depending on your dog's training and behavioural challenges, you will need to understand that you may need several sessions before you gain the knowledge and understanding as well as the skills to help your dog.  

We encourage everyone to read our blog: “What is involved in a Private, One-on-One Dog Training/Behaviour Consultation” so you understand exactly what is involved.

Booking a private consultation

1. Contact us to book an appointment through our contact form OR BOOK ONLINE.  If you look online and there is nothing that suits you, please contact us directly through our contact us page and we may be able to find a suitable appointment time for you. 

PLEASE do not book an online appointment without being fully available or committed to attending. 

Don't just "book now" and then think "I'll cancel later".  We usually have a 4-week waiting list and it is unfair to cancel at the last minute when we have people and dogs waiting to get help.  We also have a small business to run and we would like to continue helping owners and their dogs for a long time to come.  By not attending or cancelling at the last minute, you put our small business in jeopardy. 


2. On the day of your appointment, make sure you are prepared by bringing plenty of food to be used for training such as cooked chicken breast, cooked kangaroo sausages or any other meat that is healthy for your dog.  You can also bring cheese.  Remember to cut the food up into small pieces.  

3. Your dog will need to have a flat collar (normal) collar/harness and you will need a lead. No choker chains are allowed in training.  Please also bring a mat for your dog to sit on.

4. Please bring with you the cost of the consultation in cash.  We do not have an eftpos machine, receipts will be issued on payment.  You can also pay by direct debit prior to the day.  If you would like to pay via direct debit, please contact us and we can provide our banking details.  Please do not tell us you haven't had time to bring the cash after we have finished your consultation and then promise to pay us later and never do.  We provide our services in goodwill to you and we expect payment at the time of service.  There are no exceptions.

5. Please ARRIVE ON TIME .  We have clients before and after you and if you are late, we cannot run into the next client’s appointment time.  This means if you run late, your consultation will end at the allocated time and you will not receive your full allocated time. 

6. CANCELLATIONS OR RESCHEDULING - We require 72 hours notice for any changes or cancellation otherwise the full consultation fee will be charged.  This is to protect our small business so we can continue to pay our bills and continue to operate.

7. NO SHOWS - If you do not attend your consultation and do not give any notice, the full consultation fee will be charged.  Please be respectful as we have set aside time for your consultation that others could have taken. 

Cost for a Private Dog Training and Behaviour Consultation

$240 for the initial consultation (face-to-face conducted at our home office in Adamstown Heights OR Skype/ZOOM appointments.)
(approximately 75-90 minutes)

$160 for a follow up consultation (face-to-face conducted at our home office in Adamstown Heights OR Skype/ZOOM appointments)
(approximately 50-60 minutes)


The first private consultation is approximately 75-90 minutes in duration and cost is $240.  Further follow up consultations are approximately 50-60 minutes in duration and cost is $160.  We conduct our private consultations from our home office in Adamstown Heights.  We also offer Skype/ZOOM appointments. 

If you require a home visits, a travel charge applies so contact us for a quote.

Our Dog Training Methods

We get effective and long lasting results by using kind, dog friendly and positive methods.

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1. We get to the cause of the problems so we can change your dog's behaviour.

2. Your dog won’t develop psychological damage from our dog training methods.

3. We use science, not force or intimidation to get a dog to perform a behaviour.

4. We do not use any alpha/dominance methods as they are ineffective and dangerous for your dog.

* We may refer you to a Veterinary Behaviourist if we feel your dog has a behavioural issue with an underlying medical condition.





Contact Us

We are based in Kotara, NSW
(Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Region)

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