New weekday dog adoption times

As of January 21, our Lonsdale shelter dog option opening hours have changed to 12pm – 4pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (weekends remaining 10am – 2pm). Our Lonsdale shelter will continue to open at 10am for all other services and adoptions.

 

Please use only force-free training for all dogs

RSPCA South Australia thoroughly encourages the use of force-free training methods for dogs of all ages and breeds.

This is because dogs do what feels good and what works for them. When training your dog you can use this to your advantage by making a positive association with the behaviours you want, and ignoring or redirecting undesirable behaviours.

We are firmly opposed to the use or check chains, prong collars and other ‘dominance’ model equipment and techniques in all circumstances. You can learn more via our Lead By Example campaign.

Learn the force-free way with RSPCA Dog Training

Our RSPCA Dog Training school is the answer to all your canine questions and issues. With a range of classes catering for everything from puppies to adults (and their humans, of course!), you’ll walk away understanding exactly how to best communicate with your dog.

Best of all, all proceeds from our dog training classes go back towards helping animals in need – so you’ll know you’re making a huge difference to all creatures great and small across South Australia.

Connect with a force-free trainer in South Australia

If you can’t make it to RSPCA Dog Training, you may want to connect with a South Australian force-free trainer.

To qualify for inclusion on our Force-Free Trainers List, trainers must hold one or more formal qualifications in positive, force-free dog training methods. The full list of qualifications can be found here.

Each trainer on the list below must also have signed a declaration based on the following definition of ‘force-free’ by the Professional Pet Guild“I confirm that only ‘force-free’ dog training methods are used. This means no shock, no pain, no choke, no fear, no physical force, no physical moulding and no compulsion-based methods are employed to train or care for a pet.”

Please note: RSPCA South Australia does not officially endorse this list.