Dog Behaviour & Training

Tips, techniques and guidelines for training and understanding the behaviour of dogs. Provided by the RSPCA Animal Training and Behaviour Centre.

Toilet Training Puppies & Dogs

Toilet Training Puppies & Dogs - Photo of a cattle dog puppy

Toilet training can be a new puppies most frustrating exercise…and yours. Just when you think the puppy has got the right idea, you find another puddle. What do you do?

Getting Dogs Used to the Car

Getting Dogs Used to the Car - three dogs sticking their heads out the window of a parked car

It is important that dogs learn to enjoy a car trip with us. Learn how to set your dog up to succeed at being at ease with driving in a car.

Why We Don’t Punish Dogs

Why We Don't Punish Dogs - a black pug in the grass

Dogs only make associations with things that have immediate consequences for them. As such, when using punishment, you must catch them in the act.

Puppy Mouthing

Puppy Mouthing - a puppy biting a hand

Mouthing is often tolerated in young puppies as it is thought to be a teething behaviour. Learn more about nipping, mouthing and biting and what you can do to deal with it.

Why Should I Crate My Dog?

Dog Crates - A dog sitting in the grass

Why Should I Crate My Dog? What Sort of crate should I Use for my dog? How do I set the Crate Up for Success? Learn about crating your dog for success with this general fact sheet.

Leaving Dogs Home Alone

Leaving Dogs Home Alone - Photo of a burmese mountain dog

Here are a few tips on how to keep your dog happy when you leave your dog home alone. Keeping your dog happy at home alone will lead to a more enjoyable life for you and your dog.

Resource Guarding in Dogs

Resource Guarding in Dogs - A dog growls and shows teeth

Aggression over a valued resource, like food, can happen quite commonly in both adult dogs and puppies. This article covers best practice for dealing with resource guarding in dogs.

The Silly Game

The Silly Game - A dog lays on its back

A great game for playing with dogs who aren’t interested in playing with toys or you. For dogs that are picky with toys, it can help to broaden their range of toys.

Doggy Digging

Doggy Digging - A dog digging a hole in the lawn

Puppies love to dig, it’s new, fun and you can usually find really interesting stuff down there. Here are a few tips to manage your puppy’s digging behaviour.

RSPCA animal training courses are available across Australia:

  • Queensland: call the RSPCA Animal Training & Behaviour Centre for further information in regard to courses available on (07) 3426 9928.
  • Victoria: for any information on training and behaviour in Victoria call Amanda Murcutt on 92242521.
  • West Australia: call the RSPCA PawsCentral Adoption Centre for further information about courses available near you on (08) 9209-9309 or visit the RSPCA WA website.
  • NSW: Information is available on the RSPCA NSW website.
  • Australian Capital Territory: Information is available on the RSPCA ACT website.
  • South Australia: Contact information is available on the RSPCA SA website.
  • Northern Territory: Contact information is available on the RSPCA Darwin website.
  • Tasmania: Training is available at the Hobart Animal Care Centre in Mornington. Go to the RSPCA Tasmania website for further information.