TEACHING WITH

Positive Methods

TEACHING WITH

Positive Methods

Private Training

Mark offers personalised private dog training sessions to help with most behaviour issues, but specialises in difficult situations such as aggression and on-lead reactivity. Based in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Inner West, Mark is available for in-home behavioural training. Mark will assess the situation, explain what is going on in a clear and detailed manner, and then show you what you can do differently to improve your dog’s behaviour.

Mark Ehrman teaching client about dog training

YOUR DOG BEHAVIOURIST

In Sydney, Australia

Mark Ehrman of Canine Counselling is the first Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) in Australia, and a faculty advisor and mentor for the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. His methods focus on training you to help your dog learn manners, not become obedient. This results in lasting, high-quality dog training and a better quality of life for you and your canine companion.

Group Classes & Puppy Schools

Mark offers group classes for puppies and adolescent dogs. Puppy school is about teaching those young puppies below 14 weeks old all about socialisation and interactions with other dogs. For older dogs beyond the early puppy stage, Mark offers group classes that focus on one topic for each hour-long class. This can be perfect for wanting to improve one issue, without having the expense of a private consultation. Learn about puppy schools and adolescent group classes by clicking the buttons below..

When we know better, we do better.

Dog training has EVOLVED beyond the outdated “pack leader” and “dominance” model of dog behaviour.

If you’re ready to change paradigm, and learn about dog behaviour from a modern perspective, let Mark help you reframe your dog’s behaviour and help you learn new approaches to changing behaviour.

PUPPY SCHOOL

Upcoming Classes

Puppy School

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5 week puppy school prioritising puppy socialisation and interactions.

 

 

Puppy School

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

5 week puppy school prioritising puppy socialisation and interactions.

 

 

Puppy School

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5 week puppy school prioritising puppy socialisation and interactions.

 

 

PUPPY SCHOOL

Upcoming Classes

Puppy School

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5 week puppy school prioritising puppy socialisation and interactions.

 

 

Puppy School

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

5 week puppy school prioritising puppy socialisation and interactions.

 

 

Puppy School

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5 week puppy school prioritising puppy socialisation and interactions.

 

 

Canine Counselling by Mark
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We had Mark come to our home for a consultation. He was warm and empathetic while providing thorough, evidence informed information and strategies. We found he took a practical approach which was grounded in positive behaviour interventions. Since our session about 6 weeks ago, we have seen wonderful initial gains from all the strategies he suggested. Highly recommend Mark if you are looking for someone to help your pooch with lots of positive reinforcement.
We attended Mark’s puppy school at Rosebery vet hospital from week 1-5. Our pup was a significantly larger breed to the other pups. Mark was able to manage this with ease and all pups enjoyed their time. We learnt so much about socialisation and behaviour in an open and well controlled environment. I highly recommend Mark to all puppy owners. His knowledge, ability and care were invaluable. Thank you Mark! Ringo had a blast!
Our little daschhound Winston just graduated puppy school Tonight, what a fantastic time my daughter and I had! We learnt so much. Highly recommend for any puppy and Mark is amazing
Highly recommend. Mark was our trainer for puppy preschool and when our dog (now 3) experienced some behavioural problems, we instantly thought to reach out. We have already seen remarkable improvement. Mark’s expertise and genuine care have made a huge difference.
I cannot speak highly enough of Mark. I’ve used him twice for two difference dogs over the past 5 years. My first puppy unfortunately had epilepsy. My current dog is very scared of children and reacts badly around them. Mark has been an outstanding help with both dogs. The positive reinforcement training promotes lasting positive behaviour changes. Mark guides you through lots of little steps that are easy to achieve but have a huge impact on your pup. Money well spent every time. Highly recommended.
Mark was very knowledgeable, informative and fun! Can recommend!
My Mini Schnauzer Basil attended the Puppy School course with Mark and from week 1 to graduating we saw such a difference. Both my husband and I have learnt so much about dog behaviour and thoroughly enjoyed the weekly classes. Truly quite sad they are now over. Would highly recommend Mark and his classes to those thinking about signing up. Mark is not only hilarious but very engaging with a wealth of knowledge.
After going into full panic mode after getting our new puppy, marks reassurance and guidance throughout the weeks was superb. Always at hand for advice and the socialization our boy had from it has set him up for life. Great methods and techniques taught that helped us know how to react and practice for all our new puppy concerns. Highly recommend and Cash our puppy couldn't wait to go every week. Sad that its over. Thanks Mark
Mark is a great and supportive trainer. Recommend every time
Great education session on how to get our dog to be more relaxed in company. We learnt a lot during our session and have seen a definite improvement in Vinnie’s behaviour since we have started implementing some of the strategies we were taught.Highly recommend.
My dog attended the puppy school for the past five weeks, and I have to say Mark was so helpful and informative throughout the sessions. Marks ability to read the behaviour of the dogs was amazing and he truly loves what he does. I guarantee you will have a great time, and so will your dog!
Best investment to have a beautifully trained puppy in such a happy environment . Mark was a fun informative teacher and made it a great course. Highly recommend
Mark did an excellent job of helping our little pup come out of her shell. He was patient, professional and knowledgeable at all times, and taught us training techniques, do's and don'ts, and answered all of our questions. The handouts he provided also contained additional useful information. Highly recommended.
An excellent experience seeking advice on our two dogs with very different issues. Mark helped us to understand the reasons behind certain behaviours and strategies to address them. Strategies have been very effective and importantly, we now know more about the underlying causes and drivers. Thanks Mark!
Mark's extensive knowledge, tips, and demonstrations were crucial to our puppy Rusty's early training success and socialisation. Over the course of a five-week program, we have come leaps and bounds. This is not only a program for dogs but their parents too. Any questions or concerns were welcomed with the intention to create the best life for the dog. For example, challenging a dogs fear towards something in the developmental stage so they do not have behavioural issues later on. I also had peace of mind knowing that my pup was in a safe, sterile environment where he could socialise. To any other puppy parents who are hoping to maintain their sanity and bond further with your new furry family member, I highly recommend the Canine Counselling service.
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EXPERT IN

Dog Aggression Training

Mark is an on-lead aggression specialist, having completed the Aggression in Dogs Master Course, and is a Certified Behaviour Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI-KA). If barking and lunging on lead is an issue, Mark can help. His modern, best practice techniques avoid punishment and outdated dominance concepts. If traditional dominance and pack-leader methods haven’t worked, or don’t resonate with you and how you want to treat your dog, let Mark introduce modern methods that focus on the relationship and avoid the fallout of punishment and absolute control.

aggressive dog being held back by owner

LASTING RESULTS

Not Short-Term Obedience

Mark works with canine guardians that want to help their pet become a well-trained, intelligent companion; not a dog that you always to direct it what to do. Showing you how to teach your dog to make good decisions, and not just control them, can give you and your dog a better quality of life. Improve negative behaviours such as aggression and lead pulling in the healthiest way possible.

Dogs are a valued part of every family

BEHAVIORAL ISSUES

We Work With

Mark’s extensive experience and training prepare him to handle various dog behaviour issues to improve your dog’s life and give you a permanent solution.

Aggression toward other dogs or people

Not coming when called, or “selective hearing”

Lunging & on lead reactivity

Puppy behaviours such as jumping up, nipping, toilet training, etc.

Excessive barking

Most other undesired behaviours

Canine Counselling is a dog training service run by Mark Ehrman, a certified dog trainer with a diverse background and modern training methods. His formal studies in dog behaviour, combined with experience and ongoing education, allow him to accurately diagnose what is happening with your dog. Mark will then clearly explain what is happening and how we can improve your dog’s behaviour. Unlike many animal behaviour professionals, Mark believes using truly humane and positive methods is the best approach to behavioural modification training.
There are many reasons why it might be a good idea to hire a professional dog trainer. First and foremost, professional trainers have the knowledge and experience to train dogs effectively. They are well-versed in identifying and addressing behavioural issues, creating personalised training plans, and providing guidance and support throughout the process.

Consistency is key in dog training, and professional trainers can provide that consistency. They can work with you and your dog regularly, which can help your dog learn and retain new behaviours. Additionally, training a dog can be time-consuming, especially if you are not experienced. Hiring a professional trainer can save you time and effort, as they can set you on the right path from the start, rather than trying lots of solutions you might see on the internet. Every dog is unique and may require different training techniques. Professional trainers can assess your dog’s individual needs and create a customised training plan to address those needs. By taking this approach, you can be confident that your dog is receiving the training that is most effective for them.

Professional trainers are more likely to produce long-lasting, positive results than DIY training. They can help address problematic dog behaviours and teach new skills, leading to a happier, well-mannered companion. Hiring a professional dog trainer can help you establish a positive, lasting relationship with your dog and ensure your furry friend is well-behaved and happy.

Working with a Sydney dog trainer can benefit canines and their owners, from basic behavioural issues to help with more serious issues and personalised in-home training sessions based on your goals.

While some dog trainers promise fast results, Mark promises quality training services that help your pet learn positively. The timeline for your dog training services will depend on your dog’s current behaviours, what you would like to work on specifically (leash pulling, chewing, basic obedience, etc.), and your commitment level. For more details, contact Mark and set up your dog training consultation.

A dog behaviourist is a specialised professional who focuses on diagnosing and treating problem behaviours in dogs. They possess specialised knowledge and training in animal behaviour, psychology, and learning theory, which they use to help dogs overcome problematic behaviours. Initially, a behaviourist will observe your dog and gather information about their behaviour, history, and environment to determine the potential root cause of the problem. Based on this assessment, they will create a personalised treatment plan that is tailored to the specific needs of your dog. This plan may include a range of techniques, such as behaviour modification, training exercises, and environmental changes. The behaviourist will also teach new behaviours to replace problem behaviours and work closely with dog owners to provide guidance and support throughout the dog training process. Finally, a behaviourist will monitor your dog’s progress and adjust the training plan to ensure the best possible outcomes. A dog behaviourist can help improve your dog’s behaviour and strengthen the relationship between you and your furry companion.
Anytime you begin to observe a behaviour that you would like to improve or change but haven’t succeeded yet. Or if the problem is getting worse (despite your efforts to improve it!), you should see a dog behaviourist. Examples of such behaviours may include aggression, excessive barking, destructive behaviour, fearfulness, and compulsive behaviours.

It is also recommended to seek the help of a behaviourist if your dog has experienced a significant life change, such as a move to a new home, a change in family members or routine, or a traumatic event. In some cases, even seemingly minor changes can trigger behavioural issues in dogs.

A behaviourist can work with you to identify the underlying causes of your dog’s behaviour and develop a tailored treatment plan to address the problem. They may use techniques such as positive reinforcement training, behaviour modification, and environmental management to help your dog overcome their behavioural issues.