About Us

Australia’s leading private training provider to the dog training industry.

Established 1993 – CIC (Dog Training & Behaviour) is Australia’s longest running professional Dog Training Instructor Program based in Melbourne. The CIC program is a Victorian State Government Approved Program under the the Domestic Animal Regulations 2015 (DAR) 52 (8) and administered through the Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc (AAPDT). The program is delivered by Dog Trainers Australia.

About Dog Training School

Dog Trainer School is a division of award winning Command Dog Training School (Vic.) Pty Ltd.
The Training Director Basil Theofanides is a Nationally Accredited Trainer & Assessor by the Official Government Accreditation Authority.

Our Vision

  • Provide structured competency based training for student trainers
  • Provide opportunities for people to learn through understanding the art of professional dog training
  • Provide access to foreign students to study at Dog Trainers Australia to become Certified Instructors and trainers
  • Encourage, promote & provide better training practices
  • Educate & train people to understand dogs & their behaviour
  • Promote the benefits of the Eclectic Training method and discourage harsh methods of training

Our Mission

  • Provide Certified Instructor Courses (CIC) Dog Training & Behaviour for members of the public
  • Provide Canine Management Workshops for Animal Management Officers
  • Provide OH&S workshops related to safe canine management
  • Provide better education for all trainers & instructors
  • Develop & implement Computer Data Base Management Systems specific to the dog training industry
  • Assess for Quality Assurance Accreditation (QA) to the dog training industry
  • Liaise with the government on the development of codes of practice for dog trainers & dog training establishments

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Testimonials From Our Students

Your guidance & tutoring throughout, was a terrific learning curve and I have come away with a more professional outlook on training. The course provided me with much more knowledge and authority in dealing with problems, people skills, teaching & learning principles and observation.

Claude Tonna Secretary - Wiltja Obedience Dog Club

I found the course easy to follow & learn from. I think it would help anybody to understand about dog training and to gain self-confidence in Instructing. Your 4 week program greatly benefited our club’s instructors.

Stan Buck President - Wiltja Dog Obedience Club

Sing Lam Yancy Basil, thank you so much for your patience and support. The best thing is the range it covers, from theories to practical training to styles of teaching by different instructors. With so many chances of observing and handling different types of dogs it certainly helped a lot.

Raven Osborne & Sing Lam Yancy Singapore & Hong Kong Overseas Student Trainer Program

Thank you for your very informative session on behalf of D.O.G.S. of Australia incorporating your presentation to the “Animals Behaving Badly” theme group as part of Kingswood College’s Science and Technology Workshop.

Linda Brush Head of Science Faculty - Kingswood College

    Meet Our Team

    Dog Trainers School boasts an expansive team of talented dog trainers and dedicated specialists with a tremendous amount of relevant, hands-on experience.


    Basil Theofanides

    Director of Training


    Eddie Turner



    David Margery



    Carolyn Moore