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Training & Rehabilitation For Rescued Dogs

Training and Rehabilitation for Rescued Dogs, Re-homed Dogs and Adopted Dogs - Private Training. Learn to understand and guide your rescued dog to handle separation anxiety, fear, aggression and many other issues with our in-home dog training

Rescue Puppy

Adopting a rescue dog is an incredibly rewarding experience. 

Some rescued dogs are young and have very little ‘damage’, others however, have had a traumatic start to their lives. 


Mutts with Manners' dog trainers use a “Think Dog” approach – helping you to read and understand your rescue dog and their particular needs. 

Using this gentle, confidence-building technique with our Adopted Dog Training we can help with:

  • Resolving trauma from past ‘lives’ eg. fears and phobias

  • Rehabilitating rescued/re-homed dogs

  • Toilet training

  • Establishing good dog manners in the home

  • Fear aggression

  • Timid behaviours

  • Snapping or nipping

  • Cringing or cowering

  • Insecurity based behaviours

  • Separation issues (barking, crying, scratching doors, howling)

  • Destruction


Let us help you make your rescue dog's home his forever home

Adopt a rescue dog and change a life - AND get our Rescued Dog Rewards!

Mutts with Manners likes to support rescue organisations such as the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League and the many, MANY smaller individual ones. We also want to support those who adopt.

Therefore we have introduced our Rescue Dog Rewards - ANY appointment you have with your dog within 2 weeks of adoption is discounted by a MASSIVE 20%!

Dogs simply need to be 5 months of age or older with adoption paperwork to verify the date of adoption..mention this when you enquire to get your discount!

Gift Certificates available for dog training, obedience training or problems


Areas we service


Why Train with Mutts with Manners?

As you know Muttley had become a pain that I nearly had him put to sleep because of his behaviour, biting, digging holes, being aggressive to the other 2 dogs and generally becoming unacceptable.

With your guidance, Muttley has now become a good member of our household. Behaving himself, doing as he is told when he is told, being able to groom him, no biting and becoming a little darling. I would recommend you to anyone.

Regards, Betty


To Whom It May Concern

We have a 7 year old female Boxer, named Holly that we got from Boxer Rescue NSW, a number of years ago. Holly had been badly treated in the early years of her life, and whilst she had a friendly and affectionate disposition, she also came with a few problems, legacy of how other humans had behaved toward her.

We had tried a couple of other dog trainers over the years, and even started watching The Dog Whisperer on Foxtel, to pick up some pointers, but the key problem areas remained. Our main issues were:

  1. ferocious stance and barking when anyone came to the front door. This would continue for a few minutes, until she was able to satisfy herself that the visitors weren’t going to hurt her

  2. incessant pulling on the lead when being taken for a walk

  3. not coming when called and easily distracted, so no confidence in being able to let her off her leash in the park

  4. attacking other dogs that she may encounter on a walk

These problems are not immediately obvious when selecting a dog from a rescue organisation or the RSPCA, but tend to emerge as the dog settles into their new home and realises they are no longer going to be hurt or neglected.

We found Maria Cunningham, from Mutts with Manners, whilst searching the internet in yet another attempt to find help.

Other options we found on the Internet, involved sending our dog away for 2 weeks intensive training.

We were not prepared to do that and had heard one or two horror stories from others that had.

The difference with Maria, is that she comes to our home and the dog’s surroundings, so that she can witness first hand, the problem areas and determine the remedial actions that are required.

Maria was able to tell us what we were doing wrong, and help us change our behaviours, to obtain the behaviours in Holly that we require.

After four sessions of dog training, spaced two weeks apart, we are well on our way. Walking Holly is a delight and we have made significant steps in the other areas as well. For us it is now continued practice and ensuring consistency in approach.


Maria is always at the end of the phone or email to provide additional pointers and assistance. And of course if we feel that we need another session, she will be there too.

We, and Holly can highly recommend Maria to assist with dog (and people) behavioural issues.

Vicki, Tony and Holly



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