A brief history of the inception of one of Melbourne’s largest professional dog training schools.
Command Dog Training School (CDTS) is one of the largest andmost respected professional dog training companies in Melbourne. It is often recommended as the school of choice by veterinarians, local councils, pet shops and other pet industry businesses.
Established in 1989 by training director Basil Theofanides, the school has won numerous awards for its outstanding customer service. This success has been achieved through honesty, fairness, commitment to best practices in training methods, customer focus and continuous self improvement.
They say that the best asset a company can have is its staff. This rings very true at CDTS. Our Instructors are ardent in their work which is reflected in the high standards achieved by dog owners and of course, their dogs. The school’s instructors are qualified and nationally accredited by Australia’s leading industry bodies, AAPDT (Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc) and DTA (Dog Trainers Australia).
Unlike many other so-called dog trainers of today who claim they are behaviourists after doing a short course in dog training, CDTS Instructors are all experienced hands-on trainers who have been selected by Basil Theofanides to join the school as Instructors. Furthermore, they have a minimum of 5 years in the industry and have trained their own dogs to Advanced and Competition levels. This criterion underpins the quality of training our customers receive. As a customer you can be assured of a qualified industry expert teaching you to understand and train your four legged pal.
There are many other reasons why dog owners choose CDTS over other trainers. As a dog owner if you are looking for a program that is structured, provides clear learning outcomes at each session and small learning groups (class limits a maximum of 8 for our Basic Obedience programs and 6 for our Kindergarten Puppy programs) our school is suited to your needs. Training in small groups ensures all participants receive personalised attention and assistance with their dogs and dog problems. Furthermore, unlike other schools or clubs, each class has a dedicated instructor who remains with the group from start to finish. The school is so confident with its service it guarantees* all its programs. (*read our terms & conditions on the enrolment forms).
As a professional dog training educator CDTS understands the importance of improvement. Consequently, it is continually upgrading its instructor skills by holding regular workshops facilitated by Nationally Accredited Trainer Basil Theofanides and through attendance of industry seminars such as Both Ends of the Leash with Dr Patricia McConnell and Foundation Course in Canine Communication with Jan Fennell (aka The Dog Listener), Ian Dunbar and Steve Austin. Additionally, its management systems are audited by DTA, ensuring industry best practices are adhered to.
Training director and owner Basil Theofanides who is personally involved in the day to day operations says:
“I am passionate about my work and take it personally if a customer is not happy with our service. When I first started the concept of Command Dog Training School over 25 years ago, my mission was to provide high quality training programs to dog owners across Melbourne by employing and training only the best trainers in the industry. Moreover, the school had to be customer service oriented and become a leader in the industry. Having said that, I am proud to say, my mission has been achieved. However, this doesn’t mean we will rest on our laurels. Our school will continue to forge its way in this ever-growing industry to ensure you the dog owning public always has a reliable, trustworthy and safe dog training company to service your needs”.