I thought that you might like to know a little bit about me?
I began dog training in 1996 and started my own small business in 2000 in the south west of Western Australia (WA) (formerly A Dogs Life).
Based over 250km away from our capital city (Perth) at that time, I developed a website which provided me with an opportunity to not only access and assist both dogs and people locally and worldwide but an opportunity to research in to ways to problem solve and to build a network of professionals who could assist with issues that were beyond my scope.
Apart from being a trainer at our local Dog Club, and the behaviour work, I was invited by our the local city council to take part in a Child Safety programme at the local primary schools with my dog, Legend; we enjoyed it and feedback that I received was that it was a success; I also undertook other volunteer work with local assistance and rescue organisations. Child safety is a passion.
When our children started at a High School, I had to put the business on the back burner and utilise my degree, however, I did continue to do volunteer work. Now that our children have left High School (and University), I have recently re-branded and am starting up again as The Karma Dog Company.
Along with 20+ years of experience (and a lifetime of having dogs), my formal qualifications are:
- Bachelor of Arts (Training & Development)
- Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
- Statement of Attainment – Certificate II of Animal Care – Introduction to Animal Behaviour
I also undertook training through the German Shepherd Dog Association to become an Obedience Dog Trainer.
I have been to a number of seminars and workshops over the years to try to get as many varied points of view as possible, including: Dr Kersti Seksel (a Sydney based Vet Behaviourist) run through Murdoch University (in WA); Cesar Milan; and Steve Austin (allegedly Australia’s most experienced dog trainer for detection work including conservation and narcotics) to name a few.
Please note that I work with problem behaviours and not behavioural problems for which you would need to seek advice from your Vet.
I am a member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB); the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Inc (APDTA); and Animal Companions Inc.