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

Matching Your Dog to Your Personality

Matching Your Dog to Your Personality

Before you make the commitment to bring a pup into your home, it’s important to do your research and find the perfect dog for you. Too many animals end up with the RSPCA because their owners weren’t capable of looking after them. In this article, we’re going over some important traits to consider when choosing a dog.

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The Best Foods to Feed Your Dog

The Best Foods to Feed Your Dog

As pet owners, we’re always happy to share our meals with the demanding puppy at our ankles. Some food is better for dogs than others, and some food should be completely avoided. In this article, the experts at the NDTF are breaking down the most nutritional snacks you can give your four-legged friend.

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Don’t Be A Square

Don’t Be A Square:

An Interview with Canine Connect

Observing the dog training industry there are no grey, or colourful areas, in terms of the ways in which trainers asses and develop a dogs behaviour. Ideas that were deemed contemporary are no longer “modern” as everyone is adapting the same training style; however, there is always a show when it comes to Canine Connect.

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The Real Life of a Dog Trainer w/ Kacie Gauld

Every trainer comes into their own after becoming certified with us, and so they should. This is something we feel Kacie has done amazingly well as she is constantly explaining how over the years she has met many trainers both domestically and internationally that align their training philosophy with her own, in which she feels is very important.

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Defining Your Own Path as a Trainer w/ Kacie Gauld

Every trainer is different in the way they approach their expertise, and after talking with Kacie Gauld from “Kacie’s Puppy School” we discovered how important this is.

Kacie has built a long-term relationship with us, as we first come in contact with her many years ago, completing her Certificate III in Dog Behaviour in Training as a Distance Learning student. We got back in contact with her recently as she became a part of our Find A Trainer Service, and recently opened her new business.  We discussed all areas of the industry from extending her knowledge on an international level, and her development as a trainer to opening her puppy school and her opinion on the role of child awareness when it comes to them interacting with the dogs around them.

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An Insight Into the Industry- Part Two

Continuing on from our previous post with an experienced trainer and business owner Brydie Charlesworth, we asked her for her outlook on being a business owner and if her experience with The National Dog Trainers Federation helped her in any way.

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