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The owner and Principal Instructor of WADTA is Claire Lathouras, a qualified, professional dog training instructor. Claire earned her credentials by being trained at one of the best Canine Instructor Schools in the United States ... Auger’s K-9 Kollege & Animal Training Institute based in New Jersey.

Over a period of years she studied practical and theoretical courses for training dogs and their owners and graduated in 2004. In 2005 Claire returned to her home town of Mandurah to open the W.A. Dog Training Academy where she has built a highly successful business over the past five years.

Claire brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her easily learned, dog training techniques. Her technologies are unique, effective and guaranteed to work.

Training includes how to teach your dog directives, such as: SIT, STAY, DOWN, HEEL, COME, OUT, and also covers some basic behaviour issues. You will be shown how to use your body, tone and touch to establish leadership, without compromising the trust between you and your dog.

Obedience training is used to establish a foundation from which you and your dog can learn to effectively relate to one another. The first thing obedience training does is to create a common language for you and your dog. This lets your dog know the proper response or behaviour that you expect in place of socially unacceptable behaviour.

The obedience trained dog can respond properly to your commands, instead of neurotically trying to please and becoming ever more anxious with your displeasure. The dog acknowledges the people in the family as the leaders and becomes more secure and calm in this bond of love and authority.

Obedience training can be used to help fulfill some of your dog's basic needs, such as exercise, the security of knowing what's expected, a feeling of accomplishment, and constructive social interaction. Obedience training will give your dog a job to do and can be useful in redirecting some of the mental and physical energy of your animal.

Claire is committed to creating awesome, fun-loving, trusting relationships between dogs and their owners. With the right training your dog will be safe with children, other dogs and strangers.