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

Welcoming Ben

Welcoming Ben


You hear this word all the time in regards to training your dog. What does it mean? Why is it such a sought after behaviour? What will it bring to your training? Do we really need it?

Look into the eyes of young Benny there…what do you see?

You see him, all of him, from the nose to the very soul.

Well that is what I see anyway when I look into a dog’s eyes that is giving me total focus.

A beautiful open honesty that allows engagement and open communication, those eyes will tell you everything.

So if your dogs eyes slide away from yours or their gaze is forever seeking out better options in the environment then that should be a red flag for you. Where have you gone wrong?

Does the dog lack in suitable rewards for the work you are asking of it?

Or are you laying everything at that dogs feet and it does not have to work for what it gets?

Has the dog lost trust in you through inconsistent boundaries? inconsistent training methods?

Have you lied to your dog, promised it the world and then not delivered?


Go back to your very foudation training, reset command-action-response-praise and release.

Look at your reward system, is the pay rate fair? Or have you stopped paying the dog once you thought “he knows”? Hey you propbably know your job too but if the boss stopped paying you then I am pretty sure you would stop working for them!!

Is the dog just shut down and bored? Have you been working at the same level and doing the same thing without raising the criteria? Please do not bore the dog, he is not an idiot. Challenge him to rise to the task set, exceed your expectations and so will he.

If you are not gaining focus like you see in young Benny there then you just may never have thought to condition the behaviour in the dog. There are so many exercises we can do to have focus as an automatic response in the dog.

That look of ….”can I?”  Using positive and negative markers to communicate to the dog that YES that is what I want or NO that is not what I want. Build the trust in the dog that a negative marker just tells the dog that try another alternate behaviour and see if that is what the handler wants. When they get it right..YES and the dog gains the rewards.

Your dog reads you better than we can ever read them. They have the power of their nose, we rely on eyes and ears. Work on building a training environment of trust so that a dog is willing to experiment and try offering you more and more. Keep that reward system high, raise the criteria as you go. Short bursts of intense training will gain you more than an extended session that flattens the dogs drive to work (and sometimes the will to live lol).

Be brave, look into those big brown eyes and be as honest with them as they are with you.

Using Luring in Your Training

Using Luring In Your Training


There are so many ways that we can engage with our dog when we are training, what we use as a
training aid is dependent on your dog’s preference.


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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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