108 Tarleton Road
Spreyton Tas 7310
By appointment only
Closed public holidays
Shop 3, 207A Invermay Road
Invermay Tas 7248
9.30am – 4pm Mon-Fri
9.30am – 3pm Saturday
18 Albert Road
Moonah Tas 7009
9.30am – 4pm Mon
9:30am – 4pm Tue-Fri
9:30am – 4:30pm Sat-Sun
We offer a doggy day care service at Hobart’s famous Salamanca Market.
9am – 1pm Every Saturday
Training is particularly important for dogs. When looking at training options, we recommend that you look into reward-based training methods where your dog is set up to succeed and then rewarded for performing the ‘good’ behaviour (known as positive reinforcement).
Reward-based training is enjoyable for your dog and enhances the bond between you and your dog. Rewards may be in the form of a food treat or verbal praise such as ‘good dog’ in a pleasant tone of voice, given immediately after your dog performs the ‘good’ behaviour.
Reward-based training also involves generally ignoring any ‘unwanted’ behaviour. If your dog isn’t rewarded with attention or a treat, then it’s likely to stop performing that behaviour.
Reward-based positive reinforcement training is the most effective and humane way of training your dog and addressing any unwanted behaviours.
Punishing your dog for ‘unwanted’ behaviour is likely to increase anxiety, it may exacerbate your pet’s behavioural problem and will not help you develop a healthy bond. Your dog also won’t have the opportunity to learn what is ‘right’.
Punishment and negative reinforcement training methods have been linked with undesirable side effects for dogs such as aggression in self-defence, escape and avoidance behaviour, learned helplessness (depression) and fear of people or the environment where the punishment occurs.
Socialisation, and reward-based training can often help you avoid behaviour-related problems in the future.
Sadly, this is one of the most common reasons pet owners provide us when surrendering their animals.