Welcome to Vanguard K9 Training Services.

Vanguard training services are committed to giving you the very best advice, tools and training to ensure that you reach your goals, whether you are seeking a well behaved and good mannered pet, or you would like to trial your dog in the obedience ring, or dog sports or tracking.  Contact me to arrange a personal one-on-one training session designed exclusively for you.

I have met many K9 trainers both here and world wide, I have spoken with them and trained with them. Without question Mel Henley is one of the very best that I have worked with over the last 25 years. I had the pleasure training her as a AQIS handler for the Australian Government and not only did she top her class she set a bench mark that was never beaten. Mel has a clear and concise knowledge of the science of K9 training and also a natural gift that cannot be taught. She is calm and quiet and when I watch her train I learn so much, she is a inspiration to me and has changed the way I train my own dogs. Mel Henley talks the talk and most importantly walks the walk and what is more exciting she is only going to get BETTER.  (See more testimonials)

Steve Austin

Canine Training & Behaviour Specialist - www.steveaustindogtrainer.com

Crate Training

Crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog’s den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger.


There are a number of different levels when it comes to obedience training from CCD all the way through to Grand Champion.

Puppy Training

The most important time in a puppy’s development is during the first year, especially during the first 4 months of life.


Tracking can be a rewarding and fun thing for both owner and dog.  It’s a self rewarding exercise for the dog.

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Manic bite awesome


She looks great

Great work, that's really impressive!!

Love it!!

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Anyone heading to Bunnings today or just after a bbq sausage and cold drink come on over and say hi to some of our awesome members of the Far North Qld Sport Dog Club! We are a Mondioring and French Ring club.  First of its kind in Nth Qld.


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Any souvlakia??

Big shout out to the guys at Emergency Vets 24/7. Yesterday my little Banshee developed a life threatening high temperature! They tell me she was half a degree from frying her brain and ending up a vegetable! So scary! She spent the night in hospital on a drip and antibiotics and is now home safely acting like nothing happened! Thank you so much guys. Much love  ❤


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Awesome News!!

Glad she is all ok Mel.💗

So good to hear! ❤

Jeez that's scary, glad she's OK Melinda

Great news Mel!

What a horrible thing to have happen..glad she is ok...

glad to hear she is better, it is so good to have this facility in town

So glad that she’s ok. Very scary for you both xxx

Glad she ok

Scary time for you Mel. Great to hear all is well.

I’m so glad everything worked out for the best mate, such a horrible experience. Sending hugs to both of you. 🤗

So glad she is ok. They are fantastic at Emergency vets They saved our bird and it is wonderful to know they are nearby if Buster should get sick.

Oh sweetie hope all are ok and you are too ❤️🐶

oh dear! glad to hear she's doing well now 🙂

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Its been a long wait for Yoko but finally Northernfell Brubeck A.I. (Auzzy Ostraryka x Nordenstamm Cougar) is making his way to his new home in Japan. Sayonara little man!
Thanks Darren from Dogtainers and Qantas freight for looking after him.


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What is he going to do in Japan Mel?

Safe trip

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