Training Classes

*Please Note:  We currently aren't taking any new applications for training. Please check back soon.

Puppy Pre-school

There are many benefits to teaching your puppy to be well behaved at an early age. Young puppies are quite able to learn obedience skills, toileting behaviour and social boundaries. All of these things help make your relationship with your dog more rewarding for the years to come.

With our progressive and positive learning techniques you will:

  • Develop an understanding of normal puppy behaviour.
  • Learn how to read your puppy's body language and respond appropriately.
  • Develop effective techniques for positive behavioural development.
  • Learn important tips about walking in public areas.
  • Understand the need for socialising your puppy.
  • Teach your puppy some important 'do not' lessons
  • Understand important boundaries when playing together.
  • Develop strong bonds between you and your puppy

The most important thing about Puppy Pre-school is 'start early'. Waiting too long can allow behaviour problems to establish which then require more intensive training to overcome.

What to bring with you to our puppy classes:

  • Up to date vaccination card - it is required that your pup has had their first vaccination at least
  • flat collar and lead (no retractable leeds or chain leads please)
  • Lots of yummy soft treats

Classes usually run on Thursday evenings between 6-7pm for 4 weeks at the Home. It us $100 for the whole course and it is to be paid at or before your first class. Please arrive a few minutes early to get your pup settled and all members of the family are welcome to attend.

To book in please call our trainer Eimear on 0479 086 151 about enrolling your puppy in our Puppy Pre-school classes.


Advanced Training Programs

Our trainers also provide training classes for puppies aged 16-24 weeks old and juvenile/adult dogs. 

We also offer other classes, including Socialisation Classes and Dog Reactivity in small groups on demand. Our goal is to provide cost-effective support primarily to dogs we have re-homed who need additional behavioural training but also welcome all other dogs in need of suport! Please call us to enquire about these classes or register your interest.

All classes are held by DELTA Certified Trainers.

All classes are held onsite at the Dogs' Refuge Home, 30 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park

Below is an outline of the upcoming training classes. If you would like to book in, please contact the Refuge on 9381 8166 to book your place.

Senior Puppy Training Classes

Classes are run by a qualified dog trainer who will help you raise your puppy to his or her full potential!




16 - 26 weeks old


6 classes - the first class is puppy free!

Class Length

1 hour

Class Size

Maximum of 8 pups. Will not run with fewer than 4 pups. The entire human family is more than welcome to attend too!


Please contact our office on 9381 8166 for more information on times.

Please bring to Class One

  • Vaccination certificate
  • No puppy

Class Four

  • Revison
  • Coming back when called (recall)
  • Interaction (how to know how if your puppy is happy)
  • Body language
  • Teach tricks and other fun things

Class One - Puppy Free

  • What is socialisation?
  • How dogs learn
  • Dog body language
  • Common puppy problems (covered in handouts)
  • Toilet training / mouthing / crying / 
  • destructive behaviour / attention seeking etc
  • Go to mat

Class Five

  • Revison
  • Coming back when called (recall)
  • Interaction (how to know how if your puppy is happy)
  • Body language
  • Teach tricks and other fun things 

Class Two

  • Pay attention
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Recall
  • Handling

Class Six

  • Revision in the form of a novel obstacle circuit
  • Graduation!

Class Three

  • Leave it
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Exchanging items

Working With Reactive Dogs

  • Small group 4 dogs only (minimum 3 to start classes)
  • 6 classes - 1 class based without your dog and 5 x 45 min practical sessions to follow
  • $180

These classes focus on changing the dog's association towards other dog/dogs in the controlled environment of the class thus developing the capacity for the reactive dog to be able to interact around other dogs without barking and lunging on lead. It covers strategies and management to help with this including: Curving, body language, how to do polite meets and greets, 'find its', 'look at thats','watch, parallel walking, meets in the parallel yard with a calm dog, calm dog coming into class and more. It all depends on how the dogs and owners are coping and learning. Barriers are erected during the class for safety.


Socialisation Classes

This is similar to Working with Reactive Dogs but changing the dog's association to people rather than dogs. These classes will help improve your dogs body language and help them with polite meet and greets. Ideal for dogs who are fearful of strangers. If your dog is reactive to other dogs then Working With Reactive Dog classes are recommended as a first step.

  • Small group 4 dogs only (minimum 3 to start classes)
  • 6 classes - 1 class based without your dog and 5 x 45 min practical sessions to follow
  • $180


If you'd like to book a class for your four-legged friend, please contact our office on 9381 8166