Down Under Dog Trainer
Who we are
Down Under Dog Trainer
Owned and operated by dog behaviour and training expert Max O’Neill, Down Under Dog Trainer is your last stop for your dogs behavioural problems. Whether you have a young, excitable puppy or an older dog with some bad habits, we have the tools, know-how and techniques to work with any dog and situation. We routinely put a stop to leash pulling, mouthing and nipping, excessive barking, resource guarding, poor recall, OCD behaviours, leash reactivity, unnecessary nervousness, door rushing, running away, aggression, separation anxiety and many other negative behaviours.
We believe that communication is the cornerstone of a great relationship with your pet. That’s why we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Our diverse toolkit of training techniques empowers you to connect with your dog on a deeper level, sans the need for treats as bribes. We help you understand the ‘why’ behind the behavior, not just the ‘how’ of stopping it, making the solution more sustainable and meaningful.
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Meet the FOunder
How it all began
Hi, I’m Max, the founding owner and head trainer at Down Under Dog Trainer.
Having grown up around dogs and always being able to easily connect with, and understand them, I was sure I wanted to work with dogs from a young age. It wasn’t until I visited a shelter and saw how many dogs were put up for adoption that I realised what area of dog training I wanted to work in. It was a case of serendipity that led me to wanting to be a dog trainer of the people. Sharing my knowledge and experience with everyday people such as myself, and helping them to better understand their dog in order for them to have a healthier and longer lasting relationship. I find working with a dog who’s owners thought they were a lost cause, and changing their lives to be the most rewarding thing of all.
Philosophy and Methods
My training philosophy is that every dog, every situation and every owner is completely different, and therefore, there isn’t a cookie cutter approach or method that can be applied to every case. With that being said, I employ techniques and methods from an abundance of different areas. Whether it’s from my course, other dog trainers or real world experience, as long as a method or technique isn’t cruel, I’m always open to trying it out because you never know when it might be just the right thing for the right dog at the right time. I’m not religious with or exclusive to one particular method of dog training, as there simply isn’t one method that works in every situation. So whether you want your dog trained to a click, whistle, hand signal or have them stop attacking the mail man, I’m your guy.
We’re not just about individual transformations; we’re about creating a community of responsible and knowledgeable pet owners. Our supportive network provides ongoing education, resources, and a sense of fellowship that extends far beyond your initial consultation. We invite you to be part of this vibrant community where we all learn, share, and grow for the betterment of our four-legged family members.