Force Free Dog Training & Behaviour Solutions
Better Behaviour Training for the Best Results
The relationship between an animal and its owner is a unique connection. As a qualified Behaviorist and Delta accredited dog trainer, I am up to date with the most current and best practices for force-free dog training worldwide. I can provide solutions to behaviour problems that are safe, reliable and enjoyable for you and your pet. All training is customised to suit the needs of you and your dog. My scientific techniques and modern approach have helped many pet owners train their animals. Be in touch today to begin!
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. 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 School
For puppies 4-6 months old
This course is a great follow on class 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 the basics, improving recall (coming when called), and impulse control. Your puppy can begin after it's last vaccination.
Juniors Training Course
For dogs aged 5 to 12 months
This course is open to dogs between 5-12 months. This is a great follow on class 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 course focuses on basic training including a reliable recall (coming when called), impulse control, and walking on a loose-lead. Class size is 2-4 dogs allowing for customised training. Please note: It is recommended to new clients of Best Behaviour to have an orientation session before class begins.
Juniors Shared Session
For dogs aged 4 months to 2 years
This is a shared session with one other dog to improve focus while working with distractions. Course can be modified easily to provide instruction as needed. Dogs will be paired based on training needs.
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.