Basil Theofanides | Director of Training

Basil Theofanides Director of TrainingBasil Theofanides is the Program Director of Dog Trainers Australia (DTA) the leading training provider for the dog training industry. He is one of few Nationally Accredited Trainers & Assessors by the Official Government Accreditation Authority working in the industry.

Basil’s training & instructing expertise spans over 25 years, which began when he acquired his first puppy a German Shepherd Dog, through the Kamarn Breeders Foundation. This was a scientific breeding organisation for the selective breeding of German Shepherd Dogs in Australia. During his time with Kamarn, Basil trained & conditioned young pups which were then donated to the Australian Customs Department as sniffer dogs. Basil has been an expert witness in court cases involving dog attacks & has provided Temperament Assessments in many such cases for dog owners.

Other qualifications:

  • Training Director and founder of Award Winning Command Dog Training School, one of the leading & most successful professional dog training schools in Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
  • Member of the Animal Care & Management Standing Committee Primary Skills Victoria.
  • Consulted to the Department of Justice, Correctional Services Division on their Dog Trainers Course.
  • Vice President & founding member of the AAPDT (Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc).
  • Key member of the writing group with the Bureau of Animal Welfare for the development of Codes of Practice for Dog Training Establishments & Day Care & Boarding Establishments.
  • Consults regularly to the government on canine issues
  • Regularly conducts Canine Communication workshops for Animal Management Officers
  • Has been featured on Burke’s Backyard, Talk To The Animals, A Current Affair, talkback radio & more recently on Dr Harry Cooper’s video “Buying & Caring For Your Puppy”.
  • Private training provider for Victorian State Government Animal Management Officers on canine aggression.
  • Presenter on
  • 2009 Presenter on Talk To The Animal’s – “Basil’s Boot Camp”
  • 2015 Appeared on Animal Matters Channel 10
  • Presenter on TV series Bondi Vet
  • Member Lions Club Nunawading Inc.