2020 Workshop Program

Pro Dog has become a hub for industry workshops. Our workshops have included some of the world's most skilled trainers and experts in their field. We have regular Friday evening workshops throughout the year, comprehensive 3-5 day workshops and various one day events. If you would like to organise a customised workshop at Pro Dog for a group, please contact us to discuss. Please also follow the Pro Dog Events Facebook page for updates.

Recall Master Class


Brad Griggs

February 28th, 2020

7pm - 9:30pm

This workshop will break down the elements of the recall, helping you identify how to build each of them to the point where you can stitch them together into a responsive, happy, reliable recall performance with your dog. We will also troubleshoot some common issues that the average pet dog owner encounters when trying to inspire a great recall from their dog. Over his 16 year dog training career Brad has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most experienced and versatile dog trainers, with a number of specialist skill sets. He has a keen interest in working dogs, and owns two Belgian Malinois.

Leash Aggression


David Mckelson

March 23rd, 2020

10am - 4pm

Learn highly effective strategies to modify and manage leash aggression. Leash aggression has become a key focus of ours at Pro Dog. We are in a unique position where we have a dedicated training space and multiple dogs on site that can assist with testing and behaviour modification. Our system is not a quick fix, it is complex approach and requires a great deal of dedication to ensure you see results. As with any complex training task there is a strong focus on establishing solid foundation obedience before moving on to counter conditioning. We have a limit of 6 dog spots (by application only) and 12 auditor spots.

Pet First Aid


Dr. Michelle Rassool

March 27th, 2020

7pm - 9:30pm

Being able to provide appropriate first aid to a pet while seeking veterinary assistance can make a huge difference to the outcome. This workshop is a must for astute pet owners, and those working in the industry caring for dogs. In this workshop you will develop the first aid skills to manage common illness and injuries such as bleeding, heatstroke, choking, and how to perform CPR in an emergency situation. You will gain the hands on experience in identifying normal vs abnormal health indicators in a range of different breeds of dogs.

Canine Nutrition


Bill Wiadrowski

April 24th, 2020

7pm - 9:30pm

Bill is an animal nutritionist and food manufacturer with over 30 years experience in performance canine nutrition. This will be an extremely informative session that is suitable for all dog owners, dog sport competitors or industry professionals that would like to further their education so they can better assist clients. His workshop will discuss the role and application of Functional Nutrition on the canine gut microbiome and the subsequent effect on the mental and physical performance of the dog. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn from an industry expert.

Scent Detection


Ryan Tate

July 18th/19th, 2020

9am - 4pm

This weekend workshop is suitable for ANY dog and owner. We will be covering the following - Putting scent on cue; how to imprint a target odour on your dog; how to test, shape and build hunt/search drive; how olfaction works and how to set up your training sessions. Ryan is a qualified Dog Trainer, Zoo Keeper, Marine Biologist, Trainer and Assessor. Alongside his Zoo Keeping career, Ryan trains and handles dogs trained to assist conservation efforts. His dogs have the highest number of Koala finds of any detection dog team in the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires. Get in quick, this will be an extremely popular event.

Play Techniques


Phil Triantafillou

Date: TBC

7pm - 9:30pm

This is the next instalment in our Play Series workshops. Learn play techniques and skills that will enhance your play game. Play can unlock intense engagement, a willingness to work and increase trainability. Once play has been effectively developed you will not only have an extremely strong reward system for your dog, but also a much more meaningful relationship. Phil is the President of Schutzhund Australia. He has competed and won State Championships and The Australian National IPO Championship. Phil successfully trained a handler and dog team to represent Australia at the World Championships in 2007.