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Puppy socialisation 

Did you know that the critical socialisation period for your dog ends by 16 weeks of age?!  Waiting until all vaccines are complete to socialize your dog is too late. During this time it is important to give your puppy the very best start in life. Your dogs safe interaction with people and other dogs is an expectation of the community. Socialisation is an essential lesson for pets to integrate with our lifestyle. Being able to take your dog to a park, beach or cafe is one of the many joys of owning a dog. To be able to do these type of activities in a  calm and friendly manner is dependant on positive socialisation in your dogs first 16 weeks of age.  Your puppy should be between the ages of 8-16 weeks old for the first class and must have had at least one vaccination 2 weeks prior to their first group class. The earlier you start the better. We will teach your puppy the skills to develop good habits for a great start in life.

Some of the topics that will be covered are

  • Mouthing and biting
  • How to communicate with your puppy
  • The importance of early socialization 
  • Basic obedience
  • Puppy manners
  • Calm handing techniques
  • Toilet training
  • Crying at night
  • Parasite control
  • Nutrition 
  • Appropriate rewards
  • Finding the correct equipment to use on your puppy

If you are interested in puppy pre school classes please call Smarty Pantz Dog Training 0408 331 398 to

Behaviour Modification program

A certified dog trainer will work one on one with you and your family in your home to address some of the following issues that you may be experiencing

Behavioural issues:

  • Excessive barking
  • Separation anxiety
  • Pulling washing of the clothes line
  • Jumping on you or your guests
  • Aggressive towards dogs or other people
  • Resource guiding of food, toys or bed
  • Digging holes or pulling out plants
  • Fear anxiety towards people, dogs, objects, noises
  • Chewing furniture, shoes and other objects

If you are experiencing any of these problems or any other issues that you would like addressed please call Daniel from Victorian Dog Training Academy    8685 8373 to book a consultation with a certified behaviourists 


Do you want your dog to have better understanding of obedience cues and better reliability?

We will strive to work on obedience positions and get your dog to comply when prompted by verbal commands.

We will work on, down stay, sit stay, come and heel. Depending on the individual dog, there is scope to work on basic scent detection and trick training.

Your dog will be trained by a renowned dog trainer, Daniel Mannix from the Victorian Dog Training Academy. Daniel is extremely passionate about dog behaviour.

Daniels says, I am proud to say that this is my greatest strength as a trainer, a personable, nonjudgmental, ethical, results driven attitude. I work tirelessly to fix issues as quickly as possible and I pride myself on giving honest realistic information regarding the results achievable and the time frame expected.

Another dog passion of mine besides addressing behavioural issues is Scent Detection Training, from 2012 to 2015 I was contracted to train and handle Detection Dogs for the Port of Melbourne during the Cruise Ship Seasons at Station Pier. If your dog is driven enough I can train it to use its nose to find any personal item of yours, it’s an amazing party trick!

My journey to become a better dog trainer will never be over and this is precisely why I am so in love with the profession, I love the thought that I have dived into an endless rabbit hole in the pursuit of knowledge. I am constantly on the lookout for seminars, projects and other ways I can continue to up skill and learn from industry leaders and those who have been around longer than myself. 

  • 30-minute training sessions with a renowned dog trainer and behaviour specialist.
  • 3-5 week training schedule depending on the individual dog requirements
  • Bookings are essential – Sessions will run on Tuesdays and your dog must be booked in for day care
  • Service is exclusive to Waggy Tails members