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"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.

You are his life, his love, his leader.

He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.

You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."    - Unknown

Pawsability Suggestions for a Puppy/Doggy Day During COVID-19 Restrictions


For those with young puppies that are currently unable to get as much guidance as you would like due to restrictions please read.


The most important time in a dogs life are those first few weeks in their new home; this is called the critical socialisation period, and it is only up to between 14 and 16 weeks.


This is the most informative and developmental time where we want to expose our dogs to anything they may encounter as an adult to set them up with the tools to deal with new experiences. It is important that this is done in a positive or neutral way, as what puppies learn in this period stays with them long-term.


Where this can be tricky is that the socialisation period and vaccinations coincide, and many vets recommend keeping the puppies isolated until they're fully vaccinated. We need to weigh up the risks for each, and being aware of potential health risks is important. But, we only get one chance at the socialisation period and if it's missed our dogs will not be as relaxed, confident, balanced and happy as they could've been, and keeping them isolated may result in a dog that reacts to new experiences with fear!


Avoid areas that have high dog traffic, dog parks, nature strips, under trees or anywhere a dog may toilet. The right dogs for your puppy are more beneficial than as many dogs as possible. Not all adult dogs will tolerate puppies and negative experience can stay with your puppy long term, so if they are going to meet a dog, make sure it will be a positive experience.


Safely prepare your puppy for adult life by socialising them to as much as possible. Not just dogs and people, but to ...




Dogs (vaccinated)



Any environment your dog may need to be in as an adult

If possible during these restricted times, perhaps head to Bunnings, grab a takeaway coffee, maybe take them for a drive or head to a train station nearby! But only if you can do so without jeopardising your, or your family's health and safety ... or copping a fine!!


COVID-19 Restrictions and How It Affects Pawsability Dog Training

Temporary Suspension of Pawsability Dog Training Services ... effective 11:59pm, 08 July, 2020


By now it is understand we are all aware of the re-introduced COVID-19 restrictions for the greater metropolitan Melbourne area effective 11:59pm, Wednesday, July 8th. Due to these renewed restrictions we now find it necessary to temporarily suspend all of our services for the announced period of six (6) weeks, remaining in force until the state government deem it safe to lift their imposed restrictions for the greater Melbourne areas. We look forward to returning to our normal services and training schedule as soon as possible.

Although it goes against all principles we believe in for the successful socialisation and subsequent training of our new little additions to the family, we are hopeful this short period can perhaps be assisted through by following suggestions prepared by Michele Z, one of our qualified trainers. The following panel outlines a number of measures you may wish to consider incorporating into your daily schedule, in particular for your new puppy. Most of Michele's suggestions do apply to both adolescent and adult dogs as well! We hope Michele's guidance to assist "getting the ball rolling", proves invaluable for you while we are in this renewed restrictive period!

We thank you one and all for your patience and understanding, and look forward to a return to some sort of normality in the very near future.


Kind regards,

Julie Pawsability


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Due to the renewal of COVID-19 restrictions in force on greater metropolitan Melbourne, it has become necessary to temporarily suspend all  training services.

Hi Dog Lovers,


If you have found your way to my site, I'm sure you would be very interested to learn a little of my background, and the team at Pawsability Dog Training?


I found my way to training dogs in 2006, as I was in search of a new career. One, which I had an inkling, was about to bring much passion to the next stage of my life. I had made a pact within myself to re-invent my circumstances so the next half of my life could be meaningful, and allow me to feel the benefit of making that difference.


I completed my course for Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training with the NDTF (National Dog Trainers Federation) in 2006. I found this course to be totally invaluable, because it teaches all manner of training methods. What is going to work for one dog or owner, isn't necessarily going to work for others!


A successful completion to the NDTF course some months later, and I was subsequently rewarded with my Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training. Almost immediately after the course completion, I was very fortunate in securing a position with Righteous Pups Australia, coordinating and running their Puppy Kinder classes at Moonee Ponds, and on occasion in Gippsland. This consolidated my need to get the message out there with regards to the importance of dog training. As a natural progression beyond the puppy training sessions, many clients asked me about further training, and as it wasn't on the agenda as part of the Righteous Pups training program, Pawsability Dog Training  was born!


Leadership is absolutely without a doubt the most important gift you can give him/her. I've studied many philosophies about how energy works, and all our beautiful dogs need is for our energy to be clear. You need to be able to convey to them ... don't worry about the "pack", we have it covered. I'm you're leader, you can trust me, you will survive ... you can now "just be a dog", and let us as owners get onto making the rest of your life structured and peaceful.


I think there are many misconceptions about taking on the role of "leader" when we have a dog? In my vast experience of working closely on a daily basis, the change in their level of stress is remarkable when we LEAD and not treat them as furry humans?


My absolute calling is to have:


  • Every owner understand the mechanics and theory of training their own dog
  • Every dog to be responsive, happy, and a well adjusted member of their family
  • Every member of the community be glad that Pawsability Dog Training has made them safe


Claire, my senior Training Assistant, is also a fully accredited trainer. She has more recently undertaken and successfully completed the same Certificate III training course with NDTF that I did in 2006. Her passion and dedication to that course has absolutely paid dividend ... another successful graduate added to the chain of experience. Claire’s passion for our canine friends by no means goes unnoticed! Claire has demonstrated outstanding abilities with those dogs she has assisted to train thus far. Her ongoing commitment to personal achievements in this challenging field are a constant reward for the Pawsability business. Claire demonstrates an uncanny knack with the majority of our canine friends, and never allows the rather obstinate nature of some breeds to leave her defeated in achieving a perfect result. Claire strives to please at all levels, and in particular with the owners of those dogs joining our training classes on Sundays at Morris Reserve, and Puppy Kinder classes held during the week.


I hope to meet you all very soon.


Many thanks,

Julie I


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