Private training tailored to your needs

About the Playful Paws 1:1 Behavioural Consultation

There are times when a regular training class isn’t the right fit for your dog’s needs.

In this case, specialist training will help your dog conquer their behavioural concerns and provide you with positive behaviour management strategies.

Through a 1:1 Behavioural Consultation, Playful Paws will come directly to you in your own home. This will allow us to have time to discuss the problem behaviour and see the environment where the problem occurs – i.e. in the home, around the neighbourhood etc. It also allows us the opportunity to begin training in an environment that is familiar to you and your dog and the ability for all of the family to be present, to ensure consistency.

Training should always be fun for you and your dog, so we endeavor to educate you on the principles of positive learning theory and how to practice these. We want you to succeed!

Playful Paws specialises in training dogs that live with anxiety, such as barking or nipping at strangers, lack of confidence in new environments, chasing other dogs and other concerning behaviours.

If your dog is presenting with any of the following behavioural concerns, you may benefit from a private consultation:

  • Barking
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Escaping
  • Resource guarding
  • Reactivity
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nervousness
  • Over-excitable behaviour such as Jumping up
  • Lead reactivity


Q: Should I complete a behaviour consultation or attend an Animal Behavioural Class?

A: Animal Behavioural Classes cover obedience issues in a generalised way to provide cost effective training, generally focussing on behaviour prevention and general obedience. A problem behaviour is often specific in nature and requires assistance from a qualified trainer to implement a behaviour modification plan.

What do I get from the training?

  • An initial consultation of 1.5-2 hours and unlimited phone and email support thereafter.
  • A behaviour support plan will be written and in conjunction with ongoing training will assist in minimizing the problem behaviour.
  • On-going visits or attendance in class, after initial consultation can be discussed.


Please note: It is extremely important that any homework set by the trainer is undertaken in a consistent manner, this will ensure the behaviour can be minimised and you will see improvement. 

Workplace Visits + Companion Animals

About the Playful Paws Workplace Visits

Animal-assisted therapy is a highly effective way of reducing stress, improving team morale and lifting the mood of a workplace.

Research shows that pets provide many health benefits in the workplace.

The Playful Paws Workplace Visit is a tailored 2 hour consultation and dog visit.

Do you feel like your workplace could do with a boost?

Contact us today to find out more and arrange a beneficial visit for your employees.

If you work in the Animal Behavioural field and want to gain a better understanding of ‘dog language’ or refine your dog training skills, I would love to hear from you.

It’s not what we have in life, but WHO we have that matters.

JM Lawrence