About Your Next Favorite Dog Trainer
Force-free, Scientific Methods of Training
Passionate. Patient. Professional. These are just a few of the characteristics that describe me. I know each animal is different, and I’ll work with yours to give them the specific guidance they need. Whether you’re thinking about getting an animal, have a new pet, or already own a pet with behavioral problems, I am here to help.
I began working with dogs in 2001, but my love of animals began long before that when I was a young child and began to notice animal behaviour. Over my years, I have worked with variety of domestic animals in farm, home and hunting settings. In addition, I have conducted behaviour studies on wildlife and have worked with exotic species in the zoo industry. I have been operating as a dog trainer/behaviourist on the South Coast for over 3 years, working in collaboration with the local vets.
BSc, Animal Behaviour
Delta Dog Training Institute Accredited
Cert IV in Companion Animals Services
Cert III in Captive Animal Management
BTeach, Cert IV Teaching & Assessment
Separation Anxiety training course with Malena Dimartini
Recallers training program with Susan Garrett
Completion of the Paws Pet Therapy program
Approved psychiatric assistance dog trainer for MindDog
What I Offer You and Your Pets
Proper training is an essential part of good and responsible animal care. All my animal training services are designed to give your pet the individual attention and care they need.
Polite Puppy Preschool
For puppies to begin between age 8 to 16 weeks
This is the best start for you and your puppy. Join me for this course designed to give you the behavioural management tools to enjoy your puppy for many years to come. In addition to teaching the basics for a polite puppy, we will focus on socialisation and preventing problem behaviours. This is a 6 week course that runs on Thursday evenings. The cost is $155. The first lesson is owner orientation where pups stay home, followed by 5 weeks of training. Lessons are 60min duration.
Senior Puppy Playgroup
For puppies 4-6 months old
Play is what pups love to do! This group is carefully managed to allow your puppy to develop confidence with other pups but also provide socialisation opportunities. This will include 10min of instruction at the beginning of the class. This playgroup is a great supplement to Polite Puppy Preschool. The lesson is 30min in duration and the cost is $10. Copy of vaccination record must be provided. Runs Fridays at 10am during school term.
Juniors Casual Training Class
For dogs aged 6 to 12 months
This is a great follow on course from our Puppy Preschool or can be the best start if you’re just beginning. Using positive reinforcement, dogs “learn to learn”, developing and refining good and acceptable behaviours. This class focuses on basic training including a reliable recall (coming when called) and impulse control, and some social time for dogs! This is a 45min casual class and the cost is $15/session. Bookings are essential. Class currently runs on Thursdays at 10am during school term at Bawley Point. Please note: New clients to Best Bheaviour must complete a 30min orientation to join in the group. The cost is $30. Contact me today to book orientation.
For ages 2 to 12 months old
Designed to provide one-one tuition for desirable behaviours. These include basic obedience, loose-lead walking, recall, independence training, settling exercises, impulse control and housetraining. Sessions will be conducted at my training facility for fully vaccinated dogs. Puppy sessions will be in house.
Behaviour consulting work involves an intimate understanding of your animal’s natural and individual history. Your pet has plenty of potential to learn and understand behaviour cues, and my techniques will lay the foundation for you to build upon. I combine your needs and wants with the natural attributes of your pet.
Training will begin with a 90min initial consult and assessment, followed by a series of 60min sessions.
I will design a custom force-free behaviour modifictaion training program. I can assist you with the solutions to behaviour problems that are making life difficult for you and your dog. These could be (but are not limited to):
Pulling on the lead
Not coming when called
Anxiety or anxiousness
Reactivity towards other dogs
Unsettled in the home
Jumping up on people
Psychiatric Assistance Dog Training
A MindDog approved force-free, Delta accredited trainer
Offering a training program for those seeking support when training their psychiatric assistance dog and preparing for the Public Access Test (PAT). The program can begin with pups or can begin with older dogs entering the MindDog program.
Training a Therapy Dog
For all ages
Your dog has plenty of potential to learn and understand cues, and my techniques will lay the foundation for you to build upon to work towards completing a therapy training course. I combine your needs and wants with the natural attributes of your pet to determine suitability for various therapy programs.
Conditioning & Animal training
For zoo or animal management facilities
Force-free training to condition exotic or wild species for husbandry purposes or training for specific behaviour reasons.