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There are so many dog training companies, why should we choose your services?

  • We challenge owners to think differently about their dog.
  • We remove any stress and frustration with having a dog and going through one of our dog training programs.
  • We focus the training on you, the owner — the human in the equation. We want you to understand what methods work, what doesn’t (and why) and help you build a relationship with your dog based on mutual understanding and communication.
  • Our Company has been training dogs for over to thirty years, we know that, that in itself, means nothing if the trainer has only limited exposure to one type of dog training during that time, but we are constantly assessing our business and how our training as a professional business fits into the everyday life of you and your
  • We have extensive experience training many dogs for a wide client base all over the globe.
  • We take our dog training profession serious and treat each dog and owner with compassion and individuality, meaning that our training methods are adaptive and relevant.
  • We have the intelligence and experience to teach you the client the correct way to handle your dog with ease, allowing you to get the most from your training.

Do You Guarantee Results?

We guarantee you will see results and positive changes in your dog, even within the first lesson . We will teach you how to better communicate with your dog, and quickly and effectively help you reach your dog lifestyle balance so your problems disappear. Ultimately, once you are by yourself just you and your dog it is up to you to track progress and practice for even better life long outcomes. We will promise you that—if you stick to our training regimen and make sure that everyone in your household is consistent—you will see life long changes in your dog’s behavior.

If after either we train your dog in a boarding and training situation or a private lesson and you are  ecstatic about the results AND you go home and put your dog in the backyard and ignore them, things will revert back to exactly the way they where before training as you are an integral part of your dogs life.

IN SHORT: You will see results in your first lesson! Guaranteed. The results will compound and improve in subsequent lessons but just like Piano lessons you will only see continuing results if you keep working with what you and your dog have been taught. If you don’t continue with your commitment to your dog it will ultimately be a waste of your time and money.

How long does it take to train my dog?

Training a dog is NOT a one lesson session it takes time and commitment but with the correct instruction for your dog there will be less time spent in frustration. You will see results in your first lesson – Yes that is true, but you must apply the new techniques shown to you to really change your dog’s behaviour for the long term.

Do you recommend dog training equipment?

All of our K9 Smart™ Programs start with a simple flat collar and lead. Amazing results can be achieved with just this equipment. However if we feel that certain equipment will improve, ethically speed up the  are conducted with a flat comfortable collar and lead you will be amazed at the results and the ease of our training. It actually works!

How do you determine which dog training method you use on my dog?

There are many “methods” and your dog training needs will depend on you and your dog, its problem or problems. We do not handle an aggressive dog the same way you would handle a dog with an escaping problem. What we do works! The main point is we will deal with it, quickly, effectively and in a manner that eases your frustrations not create new ones. Our unique style of training The K9 CalmSmart “method” as been developed over 30 years of dog training and is not based on any ‘one method’ As each dog is an individual their training should be structured to suit the individual dog.

What exactly do you do?

We provide guidance through one of our K9 Smart Programs that allows you to become the dog owner your dog needs you to be. The responsibility for your dog’s behaviour lies with you. Our role is to provide you with the right training techniques and support. We are qualified and experienced and take our dog training and our customers experience seriously. If we have a problem in the program we will work with you to find the solution. We assess each dogs problem or training requirement individually. 

When should we start training ?

Right away, the sooner the better. Bad habits don’t  get  chance to become ingrained behaviours. You can start your education as a dog owner learning what is right and what is wrong with your dog and dogs in general.
Training a younger puppy is easier; habits (good and bad) can be formed in as little as 2-3 weeks. As soon as you walk in the door with a new dog or puppy, whether you know it or not, training has already begun. So the sooner you start teaching your dog – the better!

What is K9 PuppySmart?

K9 PuppySmart is a lesson or lessons that are conducted by one of our trainers. These lessons are conducted in your home or a safe place where one of our trainers will go through all things puppies. Its a great start to a new relationship.

What is K9 HomeSmart Training?

We start off with by visiting you in your home and we will sit and discuss your concerns with your dog and and talk about your solutions. We do the lessons in your home or a place of your choice. The first lesson is very in-depth and when we visit you we cover all concerns and discuss with you your training options. With our program we are able to fix all dog problems and prevent new ones from appearing. Effective, realistic and focused Training. However every program is individually tailored to you and your dog.

How many visits does it take ?

Typically an In Home client will see us 2-3 times tops! In the initial In-Home Visit we’ll create a unique training plan and cover your training solutions you need. We recommend at least one Follow-Up Visit to make sure you and your family follow through with the training. If you have more specialised training goals then more or ongoing visits are recommended and can be discussed with your trainer.

I am looking at your BoardSmart Boarding and Training program, but I am going away for three weeks?

Our boarding and training programs run for initially 10 days. If you are going away we can extend your boarding for 21 days, or longer if required. Flexibility is an unwritten rule by smart trainers, when it comes to training dogs.


Can I pick up or drop off my dog after hours?

All dogs staying with us must be in or out during specified business hours, although we are not a kennel we still are bound by certain noise restrictions rules. As a private residence we also have a family life (that your dog is included in) AND we do, like you enjoy our time off and after hours.

Can we bring the dogs toys, bedding and food?

We do supply all bedding food and toys, but if you wish you can bring your own dog’s toys, bedding or special food.

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Testimonials & Reviews

Helen Carter
German Shepherd Owner
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"We are using Skype to retrain our very strong German Shepherd, Wesley. He has attended three dog training schools in NSW without success. Since working with Martin via Skype and Videos it is amazing how much we have been able to correct and change his behaviour in two weeks. If you cant get there in person I recommend the skype sessions. Will be continuing to follow our training regime."
Elmer CepedaDirector SAS K9
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We are based overseas and yet we can easily contact K9 Centre everytime we need their services and products. Keep up the excellent and professional approach Martin and K9 Centre
Scotty Sutter
Aggressive Labrador Owner
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"After ringing a few other places no-one would train myself and my dog. A Labrador with aggression. Thank you Martin you are the most knowledgeable dog trainer I know. You were recommended by another trainer but the drive was worth every minute! Thanks.".
Kaiya Chen
Kodas Owner
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Anyone who’s met our boy Koda knows that he’s a handful! Koda is a cheeky GSD, and he had terrible manners, clearly thought being disobedient was a great game, and unfortunately became aggressive towards dogs after he was bitten as a puppy. More Here
Miriam Grace
Dog Owner
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“Yep didn't think it would work! How could we do it online but ..... SUCCESS!”
Helen Carter
German Shepherd Wesley
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WOW Uncontrollable Dog Dog owner who had a previous trainer. We are using Skype to retrain our very strong German Shepherd, Wesley. He has attended three dog training schools in NSW without success. Since working with Martin via Skype and Videos it is amazing how much we have been able to correct and change his behaviour in two weeks. If you cant get there in person I recommend the skype sessions. Will be continuing to follow our training regime.
Nick Coleman
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We contacted K9 Centre for a behavioural assessment after the council unfairly declared our dog menacing due to an incident where she grabbed (and let go of) a neighbourhood chicken. Through conversation and viewing our dogs behaviour in several situations, Martin was able to give a detailed review and promptly provided an official report. We found his assessment to be very insightful and allowed us to better understand our dogs behaviour and drive. As a result of Martin’s assessment, the council reversed their decision. Martin’s service is absolutely outstanding - he’s incredibly knowledgeable and easily able to translate this. His service is professional yet friendly and very efficient.
Scott Brooks
Toowoomba Queensland
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raining My German Shepherd THANKYOU to the K9 Centre Toowoomba for training my 3-year-old German Shepherd named Jazz using their K9 Board Smart Training Program. Since we have had Jazz back, he has been a lot calmer in himself and more controllable. We have also noticed that he listens a lot better and obeys commands a than he had in the past. Not only did the K9 Centre Toowoomba train Jazz but also explained the K9 CalmSmart techniques which in turn helped my instruction over my dog to be a lot clearer and understandable in what I was doing. Jazz did have a lot of aggression issues before The K9 Centre Toowoomba worked with him, now we can do a lot more with the Jazz due to the time and development that he received from the training he received and would recommend The K9 Centre to anyone wanting training for their dog in the Toowoomba, Darling Downs area. I am sure that I will be taking more dogs to The K9 Centre in the future. Regards Scott Brookes Toowoomba, Queensland
Ken and Cath
Strathpine QLD
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We can’t thank The K9 Centre Dog Trainers enough for helping us with our dog Phoebe. Prior to training, we couldn’t walk Phoebe on a lead as she pulled too hard. K9 provided us with techniques and methods on how to train with Phoebe, answering our questions and providing direction. After just 2 lessons, it is a pleasure to walk Phoebe on a lead, in fact we don’t even notice she is on the lead. Phoebe also had issues with other dogs, and after a few lessons we have better control of Phoebe when out near other dogs. It is now a highlight of our day to leave home with Phoebe.
Jan Murray
Sunshine Coast QLD
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Thanks guys for the invaluable advice. I cant thankyou enough.
Hannah Twist
Sunshine Coast QLD
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Bear is a 11 month old German Shepherd who is very clever and full of life. I was finding him very hard to train and to get to behave on command. After spending a little bit of time researching ways to train my dog I came across the K9 Centre Australia website and found the Boardsmart Program where I could board my dog and have him trained at the same time. Thank you very much I am very appreciative of you.
Barb McDonald
Sunshine Coast QLD
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Just an update on how we are going. Maisy is fantastic! She really is a changed dog. Yesterday we had a break through with the postman, for the first time she never barked or even got off her bed. She sits and stays without the lead and is generally a calmer dog all round. It was a pleasure yesterday to go out in the garden without her trying to attach everything – she just greeted me as I came out and sat there until I asked her to come. Thanks again. Warm regards from a happy dog owner. Barb McDonald
Dave Gillian
Sunshine Coast QLD
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“I'm a big fan of the K9 Centre’s service - brilliant instruction and idiot proof!" Dave Gillian Sunshine Coast, Australia K9 Home Smart Lesson
Maree and Nev
Redcliffe, Queensland
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I was very hesitant as you were my third attempt to hire a Dog Trainer to fix my problems with Zeus. I was given your name as referral and haven’t looked back. Again, Thankyou what Nev and I have achieved is amazing
Rebecca and Tim
Kenmore, Queensland
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We would just like to say thank you so much for all your help and support with Cleo. As you know we got Cleo from the rspca at nine months old. She had major anxiety issues which stopped her eating and she destroyed the house when I left her. The vet suggested putting her on medication to calm her down but fortunately I listen to you and avoided that route. I followed your advice and within just over a week she is a lot calmer and crate trained. What I love is the fact you are always on the other end of the phone if things are getting hard. Still working with her and I am looking forward to moving onto obedience classes with you in a month. Thanks again. Rebecca and Tim Kenmore.
Nesha and Tim
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We just wanted to say thank you again for the massive improvement in Tash's obedience after spending 10 days with you; and of course, the extra time you spent with us teaching us how to continue on with both Tash and Bob. Tash no longer jumps up whenever she sees us, she no longer jumps on my car when I come home, she has gone from a hyperactive attention seeking nuisance (who we did still love) to a calm, attentive 1-year old German Shepherd who is a pleasure to be around. It is now also no longer a chore to take both Bob and Tash for walks, they both heel nicely on the lead instead of trying to have play fights with each other, pulling and tugging and being very annoying. We really appreciate the time and effort you put in with both of them! Thanks again, Nesha and Charles
Skye and Brad
Gold Coast, Queensland
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We are writing to thank you once again for the training you provided to Indi and ourselves as owners. She has drastically changed her ways to our surprise. We had tried so many different trainers and techniques recommended to us and you were our last resort for her as we thought she would never change. She is such a pleasure to walk now and is improving everyday with the simple and short training you showed us. Her aggression to other dogs has decreased and she is no longer an embarrassment to walk in public. Thank you so much. We will without thought recommend you to others. Look forward to following up with you soon.
Robyn and Wayne
Gold Coast, Queensland
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To the Lovely K9 Centre! Thanks so much for helping me with my dog's ( Nancy ) problems. I was at my wit's end, and in desperation, went searching on the internet one afternoon and came across your site. I saw it was a Brisbane company so thought I would give you a call. After talking with you on the phone,at length, about Nancy's various problems, we decided to go ahead with your programme. Within minutes of you taking control of Nancy, only using the calming technique, she was a calm dog. Wayne and I were totally amazed! She has become a different dog with the simple techniques that you have taught us. All of our friends and relatives are commenting on the difference already. It has also given me the confidence to tackle all of her many problems with hope,that sometime soon, we will have a beautiful dog. I highly recommend this company, for helping anyone with Dog behavioural problems.
Amy Moore
Brisbane, Queensland
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Gypsy has improved out of sight since my decision to contact the K9 Centre for her. I cannot recommend their services highly enough. Thank you so much for your training expertise and knowing that I can call at any time in between sessions if I am unsure how to handle a situation.
Lena & Colin Reay
Sydney NSW Australia
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Another happy client!. Max loves to walk and run REAL fast, out front leading his pack. After one short lead training session, Max caught on pretty well to what a loose lead meant...fantastic results! Lena & Colin
Buderim Sunshine Coast Queensland
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Hi, My name is Tania and I am the owner of two Rottweilers, Jake who is now 10 years old and Diego who is 18 months old. I have been training with the K9 Centre since February 2004. I found the services of the K9 Centre through the internet and was quiet impresses with what he had to say when I got in touch with them about training Diego. Jake has had some professional training before and I was interested in trying a different method, it seems that Jake is being re-educated in a sense and he is responding well to The K9 Centres way of dog training. Since Diego has started training we have gone from doing a full range of obedience to protection work and now we are working on tracking, Diego has a long way to go and I have all intentions of staying with the K9 Centre Although I have a small amount of experience in training dogs, The Trainers at the K9 Centre have shown me a whole new path to ways of training my dogs and I am extremely pleased with the results. It is quiet pleasing to find a dog trainer that does not use food as the only way to train dogs
Danielle and James Moss
Brisbane, Queensland
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I have never had a dog before and The K9 Centre has helped us to start our life with Rocky on the right foot. They have given us the skills and confidence to help shape Rocky into the kind of dog we would like him to be. They Have been very hands on, helpful and professional 10/10. Would highly recommend.
Alison McNamara,
Brisbane, Queensland
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The trainers from the K9 Centre were extremely professional and knew exactly what they were talking about. They showed great interest in my dog and helping me learn more. Thank you sooo much....Buddy and I both learnt a lot!  I would recommend their services.
Karen Peach
Caringbah, Sydney NSW
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“I can't thank you enough for what you've taught me.I would recommend you to any one who needs good training..thankyou” And also: “Loved our training session again today,you really are transforming my dogs.I would happily recommend you to anyone
Christian & Aimee
Queensland , Australia
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The K9 Centre has been fantastic in assisting us with improving our dog’s behavioural issues. From our first meeting, our trainer was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable about reducing separation anxiety in our 4-year-old cocker spaniel. We started with the basics such as sit and stay through to crate training which has really helped ease the intense separation anxiety our dog had been suffering. We meet our trainer every second week to learn new skills and improve our dog’s behaviour. At each meeting they provided us with techniques and encouragement to take back control. I have no hesitation in recommending The K9 Centre for all your dog training needs; they never caused our dog any distress and was always available to chat on the phone if we had any questions. I had issues with other trainers that we had used and their methods; however our trainer made us feel very comfortable about the way they treated our dog and the techniques that they used.
Vickie Pollock
Queensland , Australia
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Thank you so very much for all your help with Buddy, our 3 year old golden Labrador. When I brought Buddy home, he was uncontrollable and I didn’t know where to start with him. He was so lively and unmanageable. Taking him for a walk was a nightmare. After going through your training program the changes have been amazing. For the first time I know how to control him and predict what he is going to do next. That is the best feeling of all. That doesn’t mean he still doesn’t get overexcited, but after going through your program I know how to calm him down without yelling at him, pleading with him or bribing him with treats. He now knows who’s the boss. Thank you for your knowledge and patience with him (and me) and seeing his potential of becoming a well-trained dog. Your kind and firm method produced instant results. I enjoyed going through the program and am so happy that we have a happy and obedient dog who has become a much loved member of the family.
Darren, Patricia and Flor
Highgate Hill, Queensland , Australia
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Thank you so much for the training and education you have provided for Rocky and Bailey. It has been a very worthwhile exercise not only for the animals but also for our understanding of the psychology of dogs and in turn identifying behaviours and how to effectively respond to problems. It has and will continue to improve their happiness and well being and that of the household. Once again thank you for the opportunity to share your experience and knowledge around these amazing animals.