Welcome To NDTF

The National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) is the National representative body in Australia for dog trainers from all fields. The Federation was established in 1993 in response to the recognised need for a representative and educational organisation for the dog training industry.

Professional Dog Training Courses

The National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) is Australia’s only government-approved provider for professional canine trainers. We offer a nationally recognised Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training. Our courses can be studied hands-on in Melbourne or via distance education throughout Australia.

Our History and Goals

The NDTF was established in 1993 to serve as a representative and educational organisation for Australians involved in the professional dog training industry. By bringing our members together, the NDTF opens up channels of communication and mutual support for all Australian dog trainers. We also promote ongoing education with professional dog training courses for Australia.

The NDTF also acts as an advisor to state, federal, and local government, industry, and the private sector – we make sure your voices and the voice of the dog training industry is heard.

Promoting a Higher Standard

By bringing dog trainers together, the NDTF encourages cooperation and collective action to promote higher levels of professionalism, integrity, and communication. As individuals, we often feel that our voices go unheard – but, as a coherent group with similar ideals and concerns, we can effect change and help steer our industry in the right direction

Pooches At Play

Educating owners and their pets of the importance of training your dog

National Dog Trainers Federation have decided to partner with Channel 10’s exclusive show “Pooches @ Play”. Working together we look to educate and create awareness around the importance of training your dog appropriately; as well as sharing tips an tricks on based around the care and well being of your companion.

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Tips and Tricks to help you and your companion

The Importance of Positive Reinforcement

The Importance of Positive Reinforcement in Pet Training

Professional trainers are moving away from dated training techniques and are focusing on positive reinforcement. It’s ethical, it achieves permanent results, and it strengthens the bond between owner and pet. In this article, we’ve taken a look at the science behind reward-based training.

The Psychology behind Positive Reinforcement

Decades ago, trainers used heavy-handed techniques to apply what they thought they knew about animal behaviour. However, we now know that dogs respond poorly to dominating, fearful methods of training and become aggressive around their owners. Positive reinforcement is a psychological method that even works to sculpt behaviour in humans and it is definitely the future of dog training.

Positive training techniques use non-confrontational methods to mould a dog’s brain by rewarding desired behaviours, cementing routines, and training complex actions. By rewarding good behaviour and ignoring bad behaviour, there is less chance the dog will feel anger and frustration in the training process. Dogs learn that good things will occur if they do the things their owner likes.

Strengthening Owner-Pet Relationships

Giving a dog the skills to live happily with humans takes consistent guidance from the earliest age possible. If you reinforce a dog’s good behaviour, the chance of it indulging in negative actions lessens greatly and you are left with a more confident, happy canine. Confident, comfortable dogs do not show anxiety, stress or aggression.

Training without force will strengthen a dog’s trust in its owner. Cooperation and kindness, as opposed to dominance and submission, creates stronger relationships. Using positive reinforcement will establish a solid, healthy connection in which your dog will be happier, better behaved and more inclined to obey new orders.

How to Positively Reinforce Good Behaviour

  • Immediately reward desired actions – each moment has to be used effectively as dogs are impulsive creatures. Use treats or affection while immersing yourself in the reward experience. Reward your dog every time they do what you say.
  • Wean off treats – they’re useful in the beginning but should not be necessary for long periods of time. Associating the treat with a sound or action means your dog will still respond to that command after the treats are taken away.
  • Keep it fun – the goal is to teach your dog that obeying your orders will result in good things so make the training short and fun, ending it on a good note wherever possible.
  • Keep it simple – use short, one-word commands and be specific.
  • Be consistent – make sure everyone in the household has clear rules for your dog and doesn’t confuse them by allowing a behaviour some of the time.
  • Don’t stop correcting your dog – positive reinforcement doesn’t mean never being able to say “no” to your pet. If a dog is acting inappropriately, you should still correct this behaviour to prevent it from reoccurring.

For any inquiries or to learn about beginning a certificate III in dog obedience, contact the NDTF online or call 1300 66 44 66.

Agility Training for Your Pup

Agility Training for Your Pup

We all know that playing with your dog is an excellent training technique but imagine being able to professionally train your puppy in a fast-paced, fun activity.

This article takes a look at courses in dog agility training!

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Top Tips for Taking Photos of Your Dog

Top Tips for Taking Photos of Your Dog

Your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances are all tired of seeing the same photo of your dog every day. This article will give you the right tips for snapping pictures of your pup. If you must fill their inboxes with dog photos, they may as well be the best dog photos you’ve ever taken!

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Safe Dog Introductions

Safely Introducing Your Dogs to Each Other

If you’re bringing a new dog into your existing dog’s territory, acting without caution could end with terrible results. First impressions have a lot of weight in dog relationships. In this article, we’ve laid out the steps to help your best friends become best friends.

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How to Walk without Pulling – Our Guide

How to Walk Your Dog without Pulling

Our expert dog trainers have put together this guide to walking your dog without the stress of bad behaviour or anxious leash pulling.

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The Rewards System Explained

Training a dog takes patience and willpower. While there are many teaching methods, the rewards training system has proven to be an ethical and successful way to enforce good behaviour. This article explains the benefits of using the reward experience in canine obedience training.

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