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Welcome to Dogaholics Dog Training! 

Dogaholics Dog Training is a small business covering the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas of NSW.  We also do cats!

Getting to work with dogs and their owners every day is a privilege, and we are delighted you’re thinking of bringing your four-legged friend along to meet us!

At Dogaholics Dog Training, we have a deep love and respect for animals.  We treat animals with kindness, rather than force so we can bring out the very best in our pets.


Dog Training Services (Newcastle area)

  • Private, one-on-one dog training/behaviour consultations
  • Dog Training classes 
  • Dog Massage
  • Greenhound Assessment for Greyhounds
  • Temperament/behavioural assessments for dogs declared dangerous or menacing
  • Training for assistance dogs (including Mind Dogs) for Public Access Test
  • Public Access Test (PAT) assessments



Who are we?

We have a small number of qualified dog trainers who work over the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie area. 

  • Our staff are accredited and certified dog and cat behaviour consultants
  • We are the only approved Greenhound Assessors for Greyhounds in lower northern NSW
  • We are behavioural assessors for dogs who may be deemed menacing or dangerous dog
  • We help owners to train their assistance dogs to prepare and pass the Public Access Test
  • We are a 'Mind Dog' assessor and preferred trainer
  • The winner of the 2013 APDT and Black Dog Wear Scholarship

Our interest in anxiety conditions in dogs led us to pursue a qualification in the fascinating area of canine massage. We admit, we were a little sceptical at first too, but it’s amazing how much massage benefits dogs, helping them to be more relaxed and less likely to incur injury.

Our trainers have the following qualifications:


  • Diploma of Canine Behaviour Science and Technology 
  • Diploma of Feline Behaviour Science and Technology
  • Cert IV in Dog Behavioural Training (Delta Society)
  • Living and Learning with Animals Certificate (Behaviour Works)
  • Approved Greenhound Assessor for Greyhounds 
  • Certificate in Canine Myofunctional Therapy (Dog Massage)
  • Statement of Attainment - Identify and respond to animal behaviour (TAFE)
  • Bachelor of Business 
  • Associate Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Management
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment 
  • Senior First Aid Certificate


  • Vice President, Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia

Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

  • Improve your Training skills, 2018, Peta Clarke
  • Husbandry Training, 2017, Kat Gregory
  • Chicken Training Camp, Poultry in Motion, 2017, Terry Ryan
  • Operant Conditioning - 3 day Seminar/Workshop, 2017, Dr Bob Baliey
  • Introduction to Treibball Workshop, 2016, Newcastle (K9 Nosetime)
  • K9 Nose Work Workshop, 2016, Newcastle (K9 Nosetime)
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2015, Gold Coast (Dr Cam Day, Veronica Boutelle, Nando Brown, Chirag Patel, Malena DeMartini Price, Robyn Hood)
  • Working with Fearful dogs, Separation Anxiety, Dissecting the dynamics of dog-to-dog play, 2015, Brisbane (Nicole Wilde)
  • Unravelling the puzzles of behaviour, training and performance, 2015, Newcastle (Suzanne Clothier)
  • Understanding and helping the adolescent dog, 2015, Newcastle (Suzanne Clothier)
  • Behaviour Roadshow, Sydney, 2015 (AVBIG)
  • Introduction to K9 Nose Work 3 Day Seminar, 2015, Sydney (Jill Marie O'Brien)
  • Relationship Centred Training, 2014, Newcastle (Suzanne Clothier)
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2014, Sydney (Veronica Boutelle, Pia Silvani, Debra Millikan & Debbie Calnon) 
  • Chaos to Calm Seminar, 2014, Newcastle
  • Working Dog Conference 2013, Sydney (University of Sydney)
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2013, Melbourne(Dianne Garrod, Emily Larlham, Peta Clarke, Marion Brand, Jaime Jackson, Robyn Hood)
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2012, Sydney (Grisha Stewart, Dr Sophia Yin, Pat Miller)
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2011, Sydney (Kay Laurence, Dr Kersti Seksel, Dr Gabrielle Carter, Nic Bishop) 
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2010, Sydney (Ken Ramirez, Steve White and Peta Clarke)  
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2009, Sydney (Sarah Kalnjas, Dr Pam Reid & Dr Paul McGreevy) 
  • The Brave New World of Dog Training: Science with a brain and a heart, 2009, Sydney (Dr Roger Abrantes)
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2006, Sydney (Pat Miller, Dr Paul McGreevy, Dr Debbie Calnon, Karin Bridge & Peta Clarke)
  • Coaching People to Train their Dogs, 2005, Sydney (Terry Ryan, Canine Legacy)
  • Science Based Dog Training with Feeling, 2004, Sydney (Ian Dunbar, SIRUS Training) 
  • Australian Pet Dog Training (APDT) Australia Conference, 2003, Sydney (Patricia McConnell)



  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia (APDT)
  • Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA)
  • Delta Institute of Australia 
  • Companion Animals Committee - Lake Macquarie City Council


If you are seeking dog training services in the Newcastle and/or Lake Macquarie areas, please feel free to contact us.  
We would love to hear from you!



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We are based in Kotara, NSW
(Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Region)

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