We are Durban’s number # 1 Animal Behaviour  and Training Centre since 2011.

Our Puppy school was accredited by both Hills and Eukanuba brands.

In 2016 we became an independent training school and starting focusing not only on Puppy and Home Obedience Training but, very importantly training The Handler and Owner and also Dog Trainers as well.

Our courses at present include, but are not limited to the following (as we also design courses for client’s needs).

Dog Classes:

  • Puppy School
  • Home Obedience
  • Fun Agility – Canine Hoopers World Accreditted.
  • Scent Work
  • CD Companion Dog-Working Trials
  • Canine Good Citizen Testing
  • Protection work


  • First Aid Dogs/ Cats
  • Basic Animal Behaviour Course
  • Dog Trainers Course
  • Kennel Assistant/ Supervisor / Management

Note that all our courses are accredited  with various bodies, not only here in South Africa but also in the United Kingdom and USA, thus giving you International Accreditation for your courses.


We offer various blended and online courses . You then only have to do the practical side after the completion of the e-learning version.

We have affiliations with Dr. Ian Dunbar of The Dunbar Academy who is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer. He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) plus a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley.

We are also affiliated with First Aid for Dogs  Author Susan Holdsworth in Cape Town, as well as with Emma Hammett of First Aid for Life in UK.

  • Dog First Aid
  • Cat First Aid
  • Horse First Aid
  • Work Place Courses
  • Health and Safety Courses.

Should you have any queries please contact us via either the contact form on the website, email info@thesmartdog.co.za or mobile 081 270 4672 .

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