Dog Behaviour & Training

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

Clicker and Target Training

Clicker and Target Training - A small dog with a bow on its head

This article is anoutline of clicker and target training which aims to teach the basics about what clicker and target training are, their benefits and their methods.

Destructive Chewing

Destructive Chewing - A dog chewing a bone

Dogs, especially puppies, are extremely playful and this can also be destructive. Learn how you can guide this normal behaviour into non-descructive activities


Tug-O-War - Dog pulling in a tug o war training exercise

Tug-O-War is a fun way to train your dog. Learn how to play and teach Tug-O-War with your dog the right way so that is fun as well as a great training tool for your dog.

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It is important to teach your dog to ignore an object or food on command. For example, if you are walking you do not want to let your dog investigate a dead cane toad…

Mat Training

Mat Training - A dog laying on the floor

Unless we teach the dogs how we expect them to behave around the house they will not know. The mat training exercise teaches the dog exactly what we do require of him.


Barking - A dog barking

Barking is a normal canine behaviour and there are many different reasons why a dog barks. They use many different sounds and owners often can undersand the different sounds.

Citronella and Other Collars

Citronella and Other Collars - A well fitted dog collar on a white dog

Collars and devices are often used for dealing with barking and other problems with dogs. We are opposed to the use of any devices that cause pain or suffering.

Snatching Food

Snatching Food - A golden retriever puppy

Food snatching can have it’s origins in a number causes including hunger, competition, anxiety and attention seeking. This article explains how to handle food snatching.

Nothing In Life Is Free

Nothing In Life Is Free - A dog on a lead sits next to handler

In the human world nothing in life is free. Dogs also understand this, that something is expected of them in return for life’s rewards.

TTouch (Tellington Touch)

Tellington Touch - Photo of a cute fluffy dog

This dog article briefly covers the Tellington Touch, which is a method used to enhancing the mental, emotional and physical well being of your companion animal.

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.