45 years of Dog Training & Canine Business Experience


Early 1970's

  • Attended classes at a prominent Melbourne obedience club - beginner obedience training for my Irish Setter

  • Moved away from the club as their compulsion training methods were totally unsuitable for my 'very soft' Irish Setter. 

  • The club couldn't offer any alternative training methods, as there were really no other methods available at this time.

  • Started to experiment with very rudimentary play-reward techniques using a tennis ball to keep my dog happy & focused.


Late 1970's to Early 1980's

  • Joined the Dobermann Club of Victoria - obedience training for my 2nd dog, a male Dobermann.

  • Became an Obedience Instructor, Committee member and then Club Treasurer over a six year period.

  • Appointed as Chief Obedience Instructor for several years.

  • Competed in ANKC obedience & tracking Trials

  • In conjunction with Mr. Keith Ralph, I developed the Working Aptitude Evaluation Program for the National Dobermann Council of Australia. This a temperament testing program which is still in use today.

  • Certified as a 'Working Aptitude Evaluation Program' judge for 4 years.


Mid to Late 1980's

  • I left the ANKC world and became a member of Melbourne Schutzhund Club for the next 7 years.

  • Alternated in roles of President and also Chief Instructor for many years.

  • Our Club brought a number of experienced overseas trainers to Australia to help improve our training techniques and handler skills.Their depth of knowledge was inspiring.

  • Competed in Schutzhund I, II and III with my Dobermann in competitions around Australia.

  • After 7 years, I retired my Dobermann due to old age and stopped competing in Schutzhund. I was bitterly disappointed with the way the Sport was being run in Australia at that time.

Early 1990's to Late 1990's

  • Changed breeds and purchased a Belgian Malinois from one of the first litters bred in Australia.

  • So began a 20 year love affair with Belgian Malinois 

  • Started training in the Dutch Police Dog Training program (KNPV) and the United States Police Canine program (USPCA).

  • Created the business called Pet Health Food Products P/L which still manufactures and distributes the excellent dog-food product known as "Ecopet". Sold the business to my partner 2 years later.

  • Purchased an old retail pet shop located in Mentone during 1994, built up the business and sold it in late 1996.

  • Established "Murray's Dog Training" - a business specialising in competition obedience training and behaviour modification for problem dogs.

  • Clients were predominately handlers training for ANKC obedience, IPO and tracking competitions.

  • The business also trained suitable dogs for arson investigation service work and narcotics detection services.

Late 1990's to Early 2000's

  • Established the business "Award K9 Sports Centre" in Doveton (Melbourne).

  • The business operated 7 days per week and was basically a "one-stop-dog-shop"

  • It was an indoor obedience training Centre with purpose-built in-door heated dog swimming pool

  • The business also had a retail pet shop, hydrobaths, dryers, walking machines, part-time groomer and part-time chiropractor

  • Completed around 40 private obedience lessons each week over the five years of operation. Clients were predominately ANKC competition dogs and dogs with behavioural issues.

  • The business was also certified by the City of Casey as a "Registered Dog Training Establishment" licenced to undertake protection training for Licenced Security Guards and Service Personnel.

  • Trained up to 20 dog-handler teams each week over the 5 years of operation.

  • The business was sold in 2002 and I moved to Bendigo to semi-retire.


Mid 2000's to Current Time

  • Moved to Central Victoria and continued with "Murray's Dog Training" providing obedience training and behavioural training in the Bendigo Region.

  • Completed in-home lessons and also ran weekly group classes with more than 600 participants attending each year.

  • Conducted multiple puppy temperament assessments for breeders looking to place pups into the most appropriate homes

  • Conducted weekend workshops and seminars for many Melbourne and country obedience clubs and training groups

  • Volunteered my services to Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services for temperament assessments and obedience training for dogs coming into their care at the shelter.

  • A severe car accident in late 2015 meant I had to dramatically scale-back my dog training activities.

  • My focus is now coaching dog/handler teams competing in ANKC obedience, tracking and IPO

  • Assisting clients who own dogs with behavioural issues.

  • Running workshops and seminars for Clubs, training groups and businesses in the Community

  • And conducting puppy temperament assessments 

  • It's hard to believe that it's been 45 years since I formally started training dogs

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Mark Murray
Phone:   0410 63 55 68




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