Playful Paws

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December 5, 2017

Dreaming of a dog that you can take anywhere? Want your best buddy to fit within your family?

6 week classes are available for dogs of all ages, sizes and abilities. Small classes, tailored training, move at your own pace.

We pride ourselves on having small classes so you get the tailored training you need and move at a pace that suits you and your dog. Learn how to understand why your dog does the things they do and how to shape the behaviour you want. Create the family member that you want to be involved in everything.

Setting up your puppy with skills for life.

Puppies are sponges for experience and learning – even the things we would prefer they didn’t learn!

Dreaming of a dog that you can take anywhere? The first 16 weeks of your puppy’s life is crucial for creating the way they look and associate with the world.

Our puppy preschool will help you understand your puppy and give you a great start to creating the life-long best buddy you desire. With an emphasis on socialisation and fun, puppy preschool is an awesome way to kick start your training with our passionate and experienced trainers.

Puppies can start from 8 weeks of age following their first vaccination. It will cover

  • Looking through your puppy’s eyes – understand how they experience the world
  • Naughty behaviours – problem solve how to create a calm and happy puppy. Some of the behaviours we target:
  • Chewing
  • Jumping up
  • Mouthing
  • Scratching
  • Over-excitability
  • House training – teach your dog where to go to the toilet
  • How to settle in a crate and what to use a crate for
  • Meeting other dogs calmly
  • How to meet people nicely
  • Teach your puppy to sit and drop
  • Start teaching how to walk on their lead

Puppy Preschool is held with a maximum of 6 puppies per session and held at The Doggie Den 

What to bring

  • A mat for your puppy to settle on
  • A flat collar, head halter or chest harness and a regular leash (no extender leads!)
  • Lots of high value treats (cut as small as ½ your pinkie nail) – don’t be too stingy!

Cost: $100 for 4 weeks. From 8 weeks with their first vaccination. Monday nights 5.30pm

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Building the foundation for future learning

Your puppy is now settled into your home, and their confidence is growing, as is their cheekiness! Start work now on rewarding the behaviours you want, to help create the dog that fits with your family.

Our playful puppy classes will help you to understand your puppy's behaviour and shape a well - rounded, social dog. With the focus being on building rapport and trust with your dog in a fun and supportive environment.

Puppies can start this program from 16 weeks of age, it is not compulsory for you to of completed the puppy preschool.

It will cover:

  • Building on the bond with your puppy
  • How to maintain your puppies focus with distraction
  • Teaching the basics - sit, drop, wait, on your bed
  • Start teaching some cool tricks! Like high 5 or roll over or beg!
  • Meet other puppies on lead calmly
  • Teach your puppy to settle, perfect to take them out for a cuppa!
  • Start teaching them to walk nicely on lead
  • Introduce new things to your puppy

Puppy Preschool is held with a maximum of 6 puppies per session and held at The Doggie Den. 

What to bring

  • A flat collar, head halter or chest harness and a regular leash (no extender leads!)
  • Lots of high value treats (cut as small as ½ your pinkie nail) - don’t be too stingy!

Cost: $150 for 6 weeks. 16weeks - 6months. Tuesday or Wednesday 5.30pm

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Working through adolescence

Do you have a young adult that sticks their paw up at you when you ask them to do something? Or perhaps they pretend not to hear you? Or simply just out right ignore you?

Your dog is a teenager!

Our Terrible Two classes will help you to understand adolescent behaviour and when to start back at square one. Learn how to stay calm and learn the quirks of your soon to be adult puppy. Your dog will be amazing to live with. They will be calm with visitors and will start to listen to you. Your dog will love to learn new things and includes an introduction to tricks and agility.

In a calm and social environment you will learn how to:

  • Settle your dog with high distractions
  • Walk nicely on lead without lunging
  • Using your environment as rewards for appropriate behaviour
  • Build on your basic sit, drop, wait and stay
  • Meet dogs on lead and maintain your dogs focus
  • Real life skills; such as settling at a cafe and walking on the street
  • Teach your dog targeting - touch, on your bed and high 5!
  • Introduce new things to your dog


Terrible Twos are held with a maximum of 6 dogs per session

Locations: Bairnsdale -The Doggie Den.

Lakes Entrance: 20 Lake Tyers Beach Road

What to bring

  • A flat collar, head halter or chest harness and a regular leash (no extender leads!)
  • Lots of high value treats (cut as small as ½ your pinkie nail) - don’t be too stingy!

Cost: $150 for 6 weeks.  6-18months. 

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Building skills for your adult dog

Did you miss the boat for training your dog? Or are continuing to progress and want to learn how to have a well-adjusted, calm dog?

Our Adorable Adult classes are a calm, fun and supportive way to continue training the life long partner you desire.

Focusing on you understanding your dog, learn how to

  • Teach your dog to go on their bed
  • Walk nicely on a slack lead
  • Say hello to people and dogs calmly
  • Settle in different environments
  • Leave it - ‘you’re never going to have it’!
  • Food refusal - stop your dog eating everything your visitors offer them
  • Teach your dog to stay, even when you’re not watching

Adorable adults are held with a maximum of 6 dogs per session and held at The Doggie Den. 

What to bring

  • A flat collar, head halter or chest harness and a regular leash (no extender leads!)
  • Lots of high value treats (cut as small as ½ your pinkie nail) - don’t be too stingy!

Cost: $150 for 6 weeks. 18months +

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Tailored group sessions to further your dogs skills

Do you love learning and spending time with your dog? Want to continue to expand on your dogs skills? This ongoing class works on off lead and on lead skills. They will be able to learn more advanced tricks and train under bigger distractions.

Tailoring our class to suit what you want to learn we also cover

  • Your dog coming when called under distractions
  • Staying in the same position when you leave the room
  • Settling and relaxing whilst you have dinner out
  • How to make tough decisions when you’re not home (like not eating something that has been thrown over the fence)
  • Walking nicely in lots of different environments on a loose lead
  • Anything else specific you would like to work on with your dog

Advanced classes are held with a maximum of 8 dogs per session

What to bring

  • A flat collar, head halter or chest harness and a regular leash (no extender leads!)
  • Lots of high value treats (cut as small as ½ your pinkie nail) - don’t be too stingy!

Cost: $150 for 6 weeks.  18mths + . 

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Teaching your dog to meet dogs on and off lead

Does your dog pull or lunge toward other dogs? Are they scared when they meet dogs? Do they not know how to play with other dogs off lead?  Our Social Sessions are aimed at both on and off lead social skills whilst your dog’s continue to listen to you!

The focus will be on your dog learning social skills in a supportive and friendly environment.

This class is suitable for any age dog and will cover:

  • Building on your bond with your dog
  • Listening to you when you call them!
  • Learning how to meet other dogs on lead calmly
  • Socialising at different distances, until your dog is comfortable
  • Off-lead play in a controlled and fenced environment
  • How to maintain your dog’s focus with distraction
  • Teach your puppy to settle, perfect to take them out for a cuppa!
  • Teaching them to walk nicely on lead

Social Sessions is held with a maximum of 10 puppies per session

What to bring

  • A flat collar, head halter or chest harness and a regular leash (no extender leads!)
  • Lots of high value treats (cut as small as ½ your pinkie nail) - don’t be too stingy!

Cost: $20 per session. 6months - onwards (no age limit).  Saturday 8.30 am

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Flexible classes that focus on the bond between you and your dog

Can’t commit to a six week course? Or perhaps you’d just like the occasional brush up on your skills. This flexible class allows you to drop in when you can! This means that your dog will always be socialising with different dogs, whilst working on listening to you.

We tailor this class each week to suit who is in the class, so each week is slightly different.

Things we cover

  • Walking nicely on lead
  • Coming when you call them
  • Basic and intermediate tricks (want to train your dog to get a beer from the fridge? We can start working on this!)
  • Food refusal - not taking food when it’s offered
  • Teaching your dog to go and lay on their bed
  • Interacting calmly with other dogs


Our drop in sessions are held with a maximum of 6 dogs per session and held at The Doggie Den

What to bring

  • A flat collar, head halter or chest harness and a regular leash (no extender leads!)
  • Lots of high value treats (cut as small as ½ your pinkie nail) - don’t be too stingy!

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6+ months. Thursdays 645pm. Cost: $20 per session

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This term of classes focuses on the bond between your child and their dog.

Does your child want to be more involved in training? Perhaps they lack a bit of confidence around their dog or other people. This class allows you to have the confidence for your child to train their dog. This set of classes focuses on your child’s confidence around dogs, how to teach, fun with dogs and also saying ‘no’!

We tailor this class to suit the children in it. And adapt to different learning styles for the children.

Things we cover

  • Walking nicely on lead
  • How to teach recall through games
  • Basic and intermediate tricks (want teach your pup to ride a skateboard?!)
  • Basic skills such as sit, drop and stay
  • Teaching your dog to go and lay on their bed
  • Interacting calmly with other dogs
  • Talking to other children or adults - have the confidence to say no!
  • Learn how to approach other dogs or people with their dogs

Our drop in sessions are held with a maximum of 8 dogs per session.

  • This is suitable for children 8 years and above. Adults must be present (cuppa’s available!)

What to bring

  • A flat collar, head halter or chest harness and a regular leash (no extender leads!)
  • Lots of high value treats (cut as small as ½ your pinkie nail) - don’t be too stingy!

Cost: $180 per term Thursday 530pm

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All classes have an initial orientation session that gives you all the information you need to create a successful relationship with your dog. In this session you will learn

  • The science behind how your dog thinks and learns
  • Understand how your dog communicates through their body language
  • The quickest and most effective way to train your dog for the best results
  • How to have a happy and calm home life with your dog
  • Learn how your behaviour influences your dog’s behaviour

Please note: This is for the human in your dog’s life, so they get the night off at home with their cuddly boo and a chew

 

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MEGS HOPMAN
Bairnsdale, East Gippsland, Vic.

Hi, I’m Megs Hopman – Founder of Playful Paws: Training & Wellness (Playful Paws). Through professional and personal experience, I’ve developed an appreciation for individuality. I understand that every dog, or person, is different – and it’s important for an Animal Behavioural Specialist to develop a training plan around this individuality. I love meeting new people, and their fur best friend, and finding how to bring out the best in each partnership. The saying ‘dogs are like their owners’ doesn’t fall too short from me.

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