Upcoming Workshops


















Hairy Hounds Playground, Williamstown




The benefits of early socialisation - before and after your puppy comes home.


Often discussion of socialization is around what owners and trainers can do after the puppy comes into their new environment at 8 weeks of age. Yet, we know that there is so much we can develop and build in the early stages of life as a breeder and/ or foster carer of young puppies.

Tailoring your puppy schools and classes to build resilience and confidence

Ideas on how you can create and modify your puppy classes to help build confidence and ability to cope with new environments.

Nature vs Nurture – Are puppies really ‘clean slates’

A constant debate – what comes first – the chicken or the egg? Are puppies really clean slates when they arrive in their new homes? What can breeders and foster carers do to help improve the behaviour and confidence of young puppies. What can owners do to help build confidence in their newly acquired pup.

How do we help our “Problem Puppies”

What to do with young puppies who are presenting some behavioural problems? Will they grow out of it? Are they going to be a ‘problem’ for life? How can we help these puppies and owners from the start!

This event is suitable for dog trainers/behaviourists, shelters/rescue groups, foster carers, and puppy school instructors

Meet Your Presenter:

Amanda Murcutt from Pawsitively Great Pets

B.AnSci (Melb Uni), National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) accredited behaviourist


Amanda has been involved with the animal industry for over 10 years.


Following her graduation from her Bachelor of Animal Science and Management, Amanda continued to develop her interest in training and behavior through the NDTF trainer’s course.


For over 6 years, Amanda has developed her skills and knowledge as a behavioural trainer through her work as Animal Behaviour and Training Coordinator with RSPCA Victoria. It was through this role that Amanda worked closely with private clients working through common behavioural issues, coordinating group classes as well as assessing and rehabilitating shelter animals for their suitability for adoption.  It was during this role that Amanda also helped develop part of the RSPCA Australia's "National Training Framework" or a guideline for training classes focussed on providing quality reward based training techniques. 


More recently, Amanda has spent the last two years working with Melbourne's veterinary behaviour referral service "Good Pet Behaviour" working alongside some of the leading veterinary behaviourists of Australia.  It was through this work that Amanda continued to develop her interest and skill in complex behavioural issues. 


For the last 7 years, Amanda has also intermittently bred Australian Shepherds and has devoted her knowledge and experience to developing the best "early socialisation experiences" for her puppies, allowing them to be the best adjusted, confident puppies they can be before they go to their new homes.  Many of these techniques are passed on to her puppy preschool programs and classes.


Amanda utilises practical, reward based training techniques to help owners learn the skills to better communicate with their family pets. Amanda is passionate about helping owners better understand their pets and how they can use management and training to help strengthen the human-animal bond.



In her spare time, Amanda enjoys training her own dogs in competitive dog events such as obedience, agility and herding.