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 at our training centre - 6 Macleod Street, Bairnsdale 

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, 2 weeks after 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 are held at our training centre at 6 Macleod Street, Bairnsdale 

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

Locations: Bairnsdale - 6 Macleod Street, Bairnsdale

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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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 

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!

6+ months. Saturday's 11am - Lakes Entrance - 10 Coates Road (Park opposite the Fire Station) Cost: $20 per session

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Introducing you and your dog to Agility

Ever wondered what all the fuss was about? Dogs jumping and running through tunnels? This class teaches you all about the self control, fun and fitness your dog needs to do this!

This class focusses on teaching

  • Focus - keeping your dogs attention 
  • Drive - keeping them going!
  • Confidence 
  • Impulse control 
  • Fitness 
  • Skills such as jumps, tunnels, weaving poles
  • Off lead behaviour

Awesome Agility 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!
  • Toys such as tug toys and balls 
  • Notebook and pen
  • Energy and a sense of humour!

Cost: $150 for 6 weeks. Basic obedience and manners required - any size or breed!

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It's Tricky! A fun and interactive, games based class. Teach your dog cool tricks whilst building on the bond between you both! 

Want to teach your dog cool tricks to show off at a family barbecue? Or perhaps teach a useful skill (like fetching a beer from the fridge)? This flexible class is for you! 

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

Things we cover

  • How to teach your dog to listen
  • Off lead listening and learning skills
  • Coming when you call them
  • Food refusal - not taking food when it’s offered
  • Teaching your dog to go and lay on their bed
  • Interacting calmly with other dogs
  • Targeting exercises - such as closing doors and high 5 


It's Tricky sessions are held with a maximum 10 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!
  • Any items you'd like to start teaching your dog tricks with (skateboards, retrieving items, mats etc)
  • A sense of humour


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

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This 10 week course teaches you the understanding around how dogs can be used in a therapy capacity.

Ever wondered how dogs 'just know' when your having a bad day? Or does your dog show compassion and love towards certain people?

This class will work on off lead and on lead skills. They will be able to learn more advanced tricks and train under bigger distractions.

This class covers

  • Your dog coming when called under distractions
  • Staying in the same position when you leave the room
  • Settling and relaxing whilst you are having a conversation
  • How to make tough decisions off lead (like not eating something that has been thrown on the floor)
  • Placing their head on a lap, shaking paws and other targeting exercises

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: $250 for 10weeks.  9mths + Thursday's 645pm

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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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