Gentle Dog Trainers

Association Inc.

We are a Victorian Government-approved training organisation, under the Domestic Animals Act. Our mission is to promote positive reinforcement-based training and early socialisation of dogs, and train instructors in these methods.

We offer:

  • Instructor Training Course, providing trainer accreditation under the Domestic Animals Act.
  • Ideal Dogs of Australia™, a government-approved dog obedience training and assessment program.
  • Association Membership, for clubs, organisations and individuals who have completed the Instructor Training Course.

As an approved training organisation, we conduct the Ideal Dogs of Australia (IDA) program as an approved dog obedience assessment program. Dogs successfully assessed through IDA are issued with an official Dog Obedience Certificate and may be eligible for a reduced Council Registration Fee. For more information about the IDA program, see

Association Members are required to have completed our Instructor Training Course and must show ongoing commitment to training through positive reinforcement and continuing education. Active Association Members are authorised to conduct Ideal Dogs of Australia assessments.