Dog training tips from Maree Field



As your puppy grows up – continue teaching new behaviours. Puppies are like sponges in the first 4 to 6 months and this is a really good time to instill a “love of learning”. If you are unsure of what to teach your puppy – just play – getting the puppy to interact with you with a toy or food treat. Teaching the puppy to find you is always a good game. Chasing the puppy however is not a wise idea and should always be avoided. In the event that the puppy gets away from you – if the game is “chase me” – it is just a recipe for disaster, particularly if you are near a road with moving cars. Discipline is important – even at this early age. Puppy Preschools are a “must” for all young pups. Skills learnt can include:

  • Socialising with other puppies, dogs and people
  • Developing a “respectful” puppy
  • Relaxation and bonding with your puppy through massage
  • Food and grooming etiquette
  • How to greet your friends and other puppies and dogs with manners
  • Loose lead walking
  • Recall – Responding to his/her name instantly with fun and enthusiasm
  • Basic Obedience Commands including – sit, stand, lie down and “stay”
  • How to “play” with your puppy to build motivation and a desire to be with you
  • The do’s and don’ts of bringing up your puppy to establish desirable behaviour
  • Next time we will start to look at some of the “tricks” you can train with your puppy or adult dog.

Until then – have some serious fun with your puppy / dog.

BIOGRAPHY 2013 : MAREE FIELD – Dog Trainer.

maree dog clubMaree Field has been training dogs for over 20 years.Maree is the Head Trainer and Coordinator at the V.I.P. Petfoods Dog Club – which is in its 10th year of operation. She is also the Dog Trainer at the Australian Outback Spectacular – where her 2 Border Collies- Mutley and Raastus appeared in the Show – “The Spirit of The Horse.”

Mutley is nearly 12 years old. He has been deaf for 3 ½ years – but is still the main “Dog Star” at the Australian Outback Spectacular Show. He retired from competition in August 2013 after winning both the Advanced Freestyle and Advanced Heelwork to Music categories at the 2013 Royal. Mutley holds “Championship Titles” in both Freestyle and Heelwork to Music. He was the first dog in Queensland to receive a “Dances with Dogs” Championship Title. Maree and Mutley both performed a Freestyle Routine with Justice Crew at the closing of the World Dog Games in Sydney in October 2009. They have performed Freestyle Routines by invitation from renowned trainer Steve Austin – opening Corporate Conferences and Seminars. Maree and Mutley both appeared in the Finals of Australia’s Got Talent in 2009. They were the first “dog act” to make it this far in the competition- and held that record until 2013.

Raastus – a 6 year old Border Collie is also a “dancing dog”. He competes at the advanced level of both Freestyle and Heelwork to Music. Raastus is a real “Diva” and his first love is Dock Diving where he won the Junior section at the recent Nationals in October 2013 – with a jump of 12’9”. He is getting ready to compete in Agility and loves performing in the Show at The Australian Outback Spectacular located on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

MacDougal – a 9 year old Jack Russell Cross. – has his own 30 minute show – “Dougal’s Antics!” He recently appeared on stage with Farmer Dave at the 2013 Gold Coast Animal and Pet Expo. Dougal has done 4 stage plays at the Gold Coast Arts Centre & appeared in numerous Children’s TV Shows and Commercials.He has just added Treibball to his achievements and is a real little star in this Canine Sport.

Maree also works with Mozart – another 6 year old Border Collie. Mozzie appeared in a play at the Gold Coast Arts Centre in 2010. He played the role of ”Blackie” in Annie – The Musical. He won a “Palm Award” for this performance for a “Magic Moment in Theatre” Mozzie also competes at the Intermediate level of Freestyle and Heelwork to Music.

Maree is an experienced trainer in many different disciplines. She is also a Judge for “Dances with Dogs” which includes Freestyle and Heelwork to Music.

Her passion for dog training is infectious and she takes great pride and enthusiasm in sharing her knowledge.