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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Indy helping with washing
Mothers Day Special - Indy helping mum with the washing 😀
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2 weeks ago

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Special delivery from Denmark for Indy in the mail today.
Acknowledgement for achieving Obedience Grand Champion.
Thank you Dogs Queensland.
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3 months ago

Great article on Indy and his titles in January Cairns Life magazine, thanks Silvia.
PS: If you don't know why he has all the letters at the start and end of his name it's like he has a Masters and PHD in the dog world lol 😉
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4 months ago

Tch OGrCh Nordenstamm Udo UDX aka Indy at his photo shoot for Cairns Life Magazine ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago