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Modify your dog's behaviour and reach your training goals with modern, force-free and dog friendly methods.

Crosspaws Dog Training & Behaviour Consulting can help!

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A Positive Approach for Positive Outcomes.


It all starts here. A consultation is the first essential step to tackle training and behavioural issues with your dog. We will talk about your goals, assess your dog and build a custom training or behaviour modification plan. Pre-adoption consultations - before you get a dog - are also available.

Private Training & Coaching

Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of private sessions in your own home, public locations or via remote conference.

  • Coaching
  • Collaboration with a qualified dog trainer & behaviour consultant will give you a unique opportunity to better understand, manage and modify your dog's behaviour and build the life you want with your dog.

  • Training
  • Off-load some or most of the repetitive work to a qualified trainer, if you are busy or want to reach your goals faster. Frequent feedback and a final handover session will allow you to support, continue and maintain your dog's success.

Behaviour Problems

Is your dog's behaviour a problem? Are you worried about your dog? Get help today!

  • Solutions
  • Some problems may be resolved quite easily while others can take many months of gradual behaviour modification. Only a thorough assessment can give you the answers you need to make the best decision for your dog and yourself.

  • Professional collaborations
  • If the input and support of other specialists is required, Crosspaws will be happy to collaborate with your vet or veterinary behaviourist or refer you to other qualified experts.

Other Services

  • Dog Training Walks

  • A fixed set of dog training walks can be added to a training package or bought stand-alone. A prior consultation is essential to assess your dog and discuss your goals. This may be an option for dogs who are not ready to join dog walking groups or are difficult to walk, e.g. aggressive on leash. Starting from $40 per walk.

  • House and Dog Sitting

  • If you prefer to leave your dog at home when you travel, Crosspaws offers house- and dog sitting services in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Availability is limited, so enquire early. Other pets are welcome. Starting from $30/day.

  • Classes

  • Crosspaws currently runs puppy classes at South Yarra Veterinary Centre and Greensborough Veterinary Hospital. Other classes will be offered in the near future, so watch this space.

  • Collaboration with Veterinarians

  • As a Fear FreeSM certified professional, Sylvie Martin - Crosspaws' owner operator - is happy to work with veterinarians to create stress-free veterinary clinics. Small group classes and private training in stress-free handling and husbandry for clients - which may be offered through the clinic - are also available.

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Sylvie Martin - Crosspaws' owner operator - graduated with honours from The Academy for Dog Trainers, run by internationally acclaimed dog training and behaviour expert and award-winning author Jean Donaldson. The Academy prides itself on rigorous adherence to science-based and dog-friendly training methods and delivers ongoing education to its graduates.

After previous careers in pre-press and software engineering, Sylvie now applies her problem solving skills to help dogs and their humans enjoy life together.

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Puppy Resources

Raising a puppy is a big responsibility. Make sure you give your dog every chance to grow into a happy, confident dog who feels comfortable in our human world.

For everything you need to know about your new puppy, go to the Puppy Resources section.

Professional Qualifications, Memberships and Projects

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