Dog Training In Perth

Is taking your dog for a walk stressful? Are they destroying your home? Or jumping up on you and your guests? The Vetwest Dog Trainers are here to help! Vetwest Dog Training uses effective reward-based training to assist you and your dog with their behavioural issues.

Please note our classes are currently suspended due to COVID-19.

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What we cover in the 6 week course

  • Appropriate dog to dog socialisation
  • Sit, drop, heel, stay and stand
  • Managing problem behaviours
  • Walking with a loose lead
  • Recall, handling and targeting
  • Stimulation and enrichment
  • Leadership
  • Park etiquette

Classes Are Currently Suspended Due to COVID-19

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Vetwest Dog Training is designed to provide owners with the tools to work with their dog in order to have a pet that is well behaved at home and in society.

By understanding how dogs learn and using positive reinforcement methods you will be able to train your dog to be a well-mannered member of the family.

Positive reinforcement techniques (reward-based training) are proven to work faster than aversive methods whilst maintaining the bond of trust between owner and dog.

Our instructors are highly experienced in helping clients get excellent results with their dogs and we think you'll be delighted by the results you start to see once you commence your training. It is expected that by week 6 of the training dog owners will have either eliminated or at least significantly reduced unwanted behaviours.

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Who can benefit?

Anyone that wants to learn positive reinforcement techniques to train their dog into a well-mannered member of the family will benefit from Dog Training at Vetwest. By attending dog training, owners will learn what motivates their dog so their training methods can be adjusted to ensure positive outcomes.

We encourage all members of the family to attend so that everyone is working together with the dog. This achieves more consistent results, faster.

Children are able to train the dogs but must always have an adult present and be physically able to hold the dog.

Anyone who has not trained a dog before can quickly pick up positive reinforcement training. Those who may have trained dogs using aversive methods will find it easy to adjust.

What dogs can benefit?

  • Dogs of all ages (from 13 weeks of age)
  • Dogs of all breeds
  • Hearing impaired dogs are welcome
  • Talk to us if your dog is aggresive

Note - All Dogs must be fully vaccinated to attend dog training.

About the course

Vetwest Dog Training courses consist of 1 class each week for 6 weeks. The first class is owners only with no dogs present. This enables the owners to concentrate on the advice being given by instructors without the distraction of their dog.  This dog free lesson is extremely important as it sets the ground rules for the following classes so we encourage all family members to attend this one in particular. However, we do encourage all family members to come to all lessons.

Classes are small with no more than 8 dogs in a class. They are held outdoors, usually in a park, where there will be some distraction so owners and dogs are working in real life situations.

The 6-week course is $180 with one lesson each weekend running for one hour.

Clients will receive a dog training booklet to assist them through the course and to help continue the training once the 6-week program is finished. On completion of the course, all will be presented with certificates and a graduation pack.

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What does the course cover?

Sit, drop, heel, stay and stand - Important training cues for everyday life

Recall - So you can confidently let your dog off the leash at the park or beach and know they will come back

Loose lead walking - Enjoy calm, in control walks on lead with a dog that is not pulling

Handling and targeting - Make your dog comfortable with you handling them and also use targetting to direct your dogs focus or action

Mat training and tricks - The mat is a useful tool to send your dog when you want them quiet or out of the way

Socialisation - The importance of appropriate dog to dog and dog to human interaction

How to deal with behaviour problems - Such as jumping up, mouthing, digging, chewing, barking and others you may have.

Mental stimulation and environmental enrichment - How to keep your dog entertained while you cannot interact with them or are not home. This helps to prevent destructive behaviours and vocalisation.

Leadership - Positive ways to ensure your dog sees you as the leader.

Park etiquette - How to prevent undesirable behaviours when out and about.


Requirements to attend dog training

Dogs must be at least 13 weeks of age at the beginning of week one of the course. If you have a puppy aged between 6-12 weeks our Puppy Preschool will give your pup the best start in life.

All dogs must be fully vaccinated (and 10 days has passed since receiving their final vaccination) by week two of the course. A current vaccination certificate must be provided at week one or at the very latest week two (first class with dogs) for those who have not had their dog vaccinated at Vetwest.

Classes Are Currently Suspended Due to COVID-19

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Venues, times and bookings

Where: Radonich Park in Beeliar
When:  Sunday mornings 
Contact: Vetwest 9404 1134
Email: [email protected]

Where: Amery Park in Hocking
When:  Saturday mornings
Contact: Vetwest 9404 1134
Email: [email protected]

Where: Bellport Park in Mindarie
When:  Sunday mornings
Contact: Vetwest 9404 1134
Email: [email protected]

Where: Simpson Park in Padbury
When: Sunday mornings and afternoons
Contact: Vetwest 9404 1134
Email: [email protected]

Victoria Park
Where: John Macmillan Park, Victoria Park
Address: Kent St, Victoria Park WA 6100
When:  Sunday afternoons
Contact: Vetwest 9404 1134
Email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my dog have to be to attend?
Dogs from 13 weeks of age at week one of the course can attend (14 weeks old at the second class). There is no upper age limit.

Should I feed my dog before class?
Best not to feed him for a least two hours before the class to ensure his is going to be interested in your training treats.

How much does Dog Training cost?
Dog training is a 6-week course and the cost of the course is $180. Our Instructors are experienced in positive reinforcement training methods as well as dealing with dog behaviour problems and how to prevent them.

My dog already knows how to sit and drop is this class suitable?
One star is held outdoors with more distractions and the instructor can help you train him in this situation.

My whole family want to train our dog too, can they all come?
We encourage all the family to come but children must remain with the parents at all times.

I have two dogs, can I bring them both to the same class?
You can, however, we have found dogs from the same household seek each other out and owners struggle to get their attention resulting in poor outcomes. We strongly recommend you book the dogs into separate classes.

How do I book my Dog into class?
We currently hold training at numerous venues across Perth. Please call to book in for classes:

Vetwest Dog Training call 9404 1134 or contact the local Vetwest in your area

Hocking - 9404 1177
Victoria Park - 9404 1140
Beeliar - 9404 1199
Padbury - 9404 1133
Mindarie - 9404 1155

What do I need to bring to classes?
Clients are asked to bring each week:

  • Kong or chew for the dog
  • Mat for the dog
  • Chair for each member of the family
  • High-value treats.
  • Treat pouch
  • 1.8m lead preferably. Shorter soft woven leads are acceptable. Retractable leads, bungy leads and chain leads are not appropriate for training.
  • Flat collar or martingale collar or harness.

Owners should also avoid feeding their dogs for at least 2 hours prior to the start of each class so they are hungry enough to respond to the training treats used.

My dog is going to be sterilised during the course can I still bring it to training?
Your vet will recommend you keep the dog calm for 7 to 10 days after sterilisation.  If you get your dog sterilised early in the week you will only miss one class which will be fine if it is week 2 – 4, as the Instructor will go over the previous week's lesson.  If you miss week 5 the Instructor will not have time to revisit the previous week's lesson as week six is graduation.  If appropriate, It would be best to have your dog sterilised before the classes start remembering your first week is dog free which will mean you will not have to miss a class. 

My female dog is in season, can she attend dog training?
No, but we can book her in for when her season has finished.

What is your refund policy?
A full refund is given if cancelled at least 7 days before the class starts. If cancellation occurs within 7 days of the class starting or after the class has started then no refund can be given.

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