Questions to ask before selecting a trainer

The different approaches and claims as to the efficacy of dog training methods can be confusing when deciding who to trust with your dog's ecudation and future behavioural wellness.

Asking the following questions will assist you to make a wise decision that will benefit both you and your dog:

Question   C.L.E.A.R Dog Training's reply

What training methods are used?





Reward-based training together with a "Yes! That's correct" marker signal. Force-free methods make it unnecessary to ever use threats, intimidation or pain to train.


Learning shoudnt hurt


Is food used as a training aid?

YES, for new behaviours - definitely. Once something has been learned, rewards (food or a toy or whatever else is most wanted by the dog) are used only on a random basis. Being unpredictable when rewarding known behaviours will help make them solid and reliable.

Do you use check (choker) chains?


NO. Medical studies and post mortems have shown that if improperly used (which even unintentionally can easily happen) check chains can cause neck, nervous system or spinal injuries. For this reason check chains, and other correctional collars such as prong collars and electric collars, are these days no longer allowed on the training grounds of the RSPCA and at an increasing number of dog clubs.

What are your qualifications?

What is your experience?



Our instructors have actively participated with their own pet dogs in various dog sports - some to advanced and championship levels. All are members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia, whose objective is 'better trainers through education', and several have a Certificate IV in Behavioural Dog Training, the highest tertiary accreditation in Australia for dog trainers.

They are well read and keep their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills up-to-date via use of the books on modern training in our extensive instructor's library, weekly discussion groups, training days, tele-courses, webcasts, conferences and hands-on workshops and live-in seminars.

What resources are included in the price?

Free training aids and comprehensive manuals, video and book loans,  training sheets and action plans, telephone and e-mail support.

How long are training sessions? Two hours - with several breaks! Sometimes lessons go on for longer, but are never charged extra. Often only one training session is needed.
Where and when are the sessions? In home tuition and behaviour modification sessions are by appointment  anywhere in S.E.Qld. Travel surcharges may apply for remote areas.
Do you have any literature? Yes - website, via e-mail or by post.

Do you have a guarantee?







There is NO such meaningful thing as 'guaranteed behaviour' for a person - let alone that person's dog! The code of ethics of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia and the Delta Professional Dog Trainers Association, as well as their counterparts overseas, strictly PROHIBIT the giving of "guaranteed results" for a dog's behaviour.

Nonetheless, some non-member training establishments do offer a "life time guarantee" on a dog's behaviour - after only one lesson! This sales 'pitch' is naturally appealing but, if analysed objectively, is meaningless.

We do, however, guarantee to show you a method of training and/or behaviour modification that involves no fear, pain or intimidation and is easy, effective and enjoyable at both ends of the lead.

Are you insured? Yes, we have a ten million dollar public liability policy as well as a professional indemnity policy.
Can I contact previous clients? Of course! Several vets, breeders and dog owners who have brought their dogs to our training have indicated they are more than happy to be contacted. Please also see Owner's comments and references

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