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Thread: Help! Trainer Recommendations for Mastiff x in Brisbane.

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    Default Help! Trainer Recommendations for Mastiff x in Brisbane.

    Hi everyone,

    As some of you already know I've recently moved to Brisbane with my Mastiff cross, Nelson. I am seeking some recommendations on trainers/training school to help me work through some behavioural issues with my dog.

    I haven't had much success training him with treats or even getting his attention with them whilst he is outside the house yard.

    Main problems;

    - pulling and bucking on the lead.
    - extreme excitement or possibly aggression/dominant behaviour towards small dogs when he is out walking. To the point last walk i put him over my shoulder and carried him home.
    - barking at everything that comes by the house yard.

    I live in Bulimba/Hawethorne area if that helps.

    Cheers,

    Dave.

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    Hopefully one of our behaviourists will be able to recommend someone, or you could contact Steve Courtney at K9Pro, he's near Sydney but I'm sure he would be able to recommend someone near you. Link to Steve's site: Steve Courtney Dog Training | K9 Pro Dog Training and Behaviour Services

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    Hi 'Dave_281' - depends how far you want to travel ?

    I am just an ordinary dog owner - though feel that the best outcome for both you and your pup – will be to attend classes at a training school rather than one on one lessons at home. All the problems that you say you are having with the pup – can all be sorted with you having some training/support/backup – which you will get in a class situation. Pup will also gain some very important socialization experiences and skills.

    Here are some suggestions for you – depending on what and how you want to do the training with your pup:

    Urban Dog Training - Brisbane's Best Dog & Puppy Training & Obedience School!

    Bonnie's Dog Obedience & Care Centre - Homepage

    RSPCA Qld

    V.I.P. Dog Club - V.I.P. Petfoods.

    The next 2 links are behaviourist/trainers:

    Jane Harper: Dogs On Track - Home Page

    Craig Murray: Dog School The home of Dog training in Australia: Home

    So there you are – some reading and homework for you ! It would be best to do a meet and greet, check out of the people and facilities and watch a few classes/lessons – and see what you think !

    Good Luck !

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    Thanks for the links and advice.

    I really wish he was still a puppy it would make life so much easier! He's almost 2yrs old and unfortuantely he would probably be to hard to control at group classes at this stage..

    He has only really had contact with larger dogs growing up and is used to running around in open space with nothing else to really bother him.

    Nelson - river.jpg
    Nelson - under desk.jpg

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    I have just recently starting taking my pup to classes and let me tell you...the people at the training can definitely control/help you control your dog in a group situation. You should look for a not for profit run dog training club, that has different levels...not a puppy school or set week program like a lot of the $150 for 4 half hour sessions I have seen. The one I go to cost $50 for registration and then only $3 a week for as long as you want to go. The trainers are extremely experienced and very helpful. They have trained a lot of different dogs with lots of different challenges. And the club I go to mainly has older dogs starting...my pup is the youngest by far...many of the dogs are 5 and 6 years old.

    Hopefully this helps...

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    Thanks Lysha.

    I've had a quick google but I coudln't find anything over my side of Brisbane..

    Which club do you go to??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_281 View Post
    Thanks for the links and advice.

    I really wish he was still a puppy it would make life so much easier! He's almost 2yrs old and unfortuantely he would probably be to hard to control at group classes at this stage..

    He has only really had contact with larger dogs growing up and is used to running around in open space with nothing else to really bother him.

    Nelson - river.jpg
    Nelson - under desk.jpg

    He's a good looking pooch mate...gotta love Mastiffs hey !!

    Dont be to fazed about group classes with a big dog.....if all else fails a muzzle or similar might help if he gets cranky pants. I found a check chain to be worth it's wait in gold..some people love em some hate em....but for a big dog i reckon they work a treat if used correctly. I did classes with a German sheperd who wanted to eat every other dog but with time and patience he improved a hell of a lot.

    Sorry ,i dont know where Bulimba is mate...but if it might be worth contacting Nev Allen who is on this forum..he runs a great kennel on the north side. Drop him a private message on the forum and with a bit of luck he'll no someone or a school in your area. Good luck.

    Cheers.

    P.S. I'd have loved to see you strolling home with the big fella over your shoulder....what a sight... i would have cracked up for sure !!


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    'Dave_281' - here is a map for you:

    dog training Hawthorne - Google Maps

    The closest to you would be Urban Dog Training.

    Urban Dog Training - Brisbane's Best Dog & Puppy Training & Obedience School!

    Don't forget you are in the 'big smoke' now - not a small town - so driving to get to places in Brisbane will take a bit longer !

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    I'm in Sydney...but I had a quick look for u.

    I'm not sure where abouts in Brisbane you are but I found a few...
    REDLANDS DOG OBEDIENCE CLUB INC
    Southside Dog Obedience Club

    There are a few others if you google Brisbane dog training clubs.

    Hopefully one works out for u

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    Contact Jane Harper or Craig Murray, the only two worth bothering with

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