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About Mutts with Manners Dog Obedience & Puppy Training

Our Mission:

to provide superior dog obedience training, puppy training and dog behaviour training for our canine friends as professional puppy and dog trainers.

Mutts with Manners’ chief instructor, Maria Cunningham, has been a professional dog obedience trainer since 1993.  This position of Assistant Trainer at Sydney Community College in Leichhardt entailed running the group dog training classes - some of the first group dog training classes to be professionally run in Sydney.


Although Maria had done obedience training with the family’s dogs throughout her childhood, her intense involvement in the training of horses in the 1980s taught her the skills that are now considered ‘revolutionary’ in the dog training world – motivational training.  This is also where "Dog Whispering" first started. Through her ongoing study of dogs, dog training methods, dog behaviour, dog desensitisation techniques, and other professional obedience training methods, combined with the lessons taught to her by horses, Maria developed her own ‘Think Dog’ methodology. Humans are supposed to be the superior species after all so why shouldn’t we learn the dog's language?  This gentle psychological method banishes the harsh methods previously used in dog and puppy training, instead giving owners a new insight into their dogs.

Maria is also the author of "Raising Fido - How To Raise A Calm And Happy Dog", "How To Massively Improve Your Dog's Behaviour In 7 Days" and "Ruling The Roost - What Your Dog REALLY Wants You To Know!". All of these are now available in ebook format in our online shop.

Some of the dog obedience, dog behaviour and puppy training studies undertaken by Mutts with Manners include:

  • Certificate II in Kennel and Cattery Operations- TAFE. Subjects including breeding, nutrition, behaviour and first aid

  • Certificate II in Animal Care- Harcourt Learning. Subjects including grooming, nutrition, dog behaviour and psychology

  • Attended lectures by Dr Kersti Seksel, Dr Robert Holmes, Dr Ian Dunbar, Luke Hura, Steve Austin, Cesar Milan and many others.

  • and the constant evolution of her training methods, including the creation of the revolutionary 3Bs Method taught to her by the many dogs that she has helped through the years.

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Mutts with Manners' professional dog trainers and puppy trainers are highly experienced with puppy training, obedience training & trick training, dog behaviour therapy and desensitisation so can solve your dog behaviour problems through private one-on-one dog training.  We specialise in dog behaviour training in Sydney's  Inner Western suburbs.


Mutts with Manners GUARANTEE that you'll see an improvement in your dog's behaviour by the end of the first lesson - or the lesson is FREE*

* to be agreed upon by all parties at the end of that lesson

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Although Mutts wtih Manners was registered as a business in NSW in 1994, our chief instructor, Maria Cunningham was professionally training dogs (and their owners) in 1993.  Here is our very first referral!

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