Port Paws

Hi, I’m Michelle Blackman – head trainer and owner of Port Paws Dog Training, in Port Douglas.

My studies include a Certificate III in Dog Training & Behaviour through the NDTF (National Dog Training Federation). This certification is the only nationally accredited certification for dog training in Australia.

Further educations includes:

Shadow Program at Canine Evolution, Sydney

Shadow Program at Refine your Canine, Victoria

Shadow Program at Dog Matters, Bundaberg

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers. 3 Day seminar. Puppy Development, Play & Motivation, Finishing work.

‘Play is the way’ seminar with international trainer Jay Jack, creator of the sport GRC

“Behaviour Modification” seminar with international trainer Josh Moran -The Barefoot Trainer

“Canine nutrition and behaviour’ with Narrelle Cook- Canine Ceuticals

Jumping seminar with world class agility trainer Jan Egil Eid

Agility Seminar with Natalie Kirkwood

Obedience workshop with Glynis Hendricks

“The Puppy Lab’ – online course with The School of Canine Science

‘Training Between the Ears” – online course with Mark McCabe TBTE

I combine these skills learnt with my love for dogs to create outcome focused dog training programs – not just about teaching commands but consider the whole dog and its well-being.

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Holistic Dog Training

Port Douglas & Surrounds

At Port Paws we are strong believers in feeding the correct diet.  In our training sessions, we can provide advice for natural health and nutrition for your dogs.

We also support the community, promoting the health and well-being of dogs overall. Michelle volunteers on a weekly basis at the Cairns City Kennel club, where she teaches group classes to the public. Michelle is also currently on the committee at Paws and Claws- the local animal shelter and boarding facility. She also has a part time role at the shelter, assisting in animal care and training. Michelle currently has three dogs, all training in specific dog sports to enrich their lives. Koda has gained a title in Novice Jumping, Pumba takes part in the training components for GRC and Raya, the newest addition, has commenced obedience training and will progress onto agility and GRC when old enough. To enrol your dog in one of our training programs –

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