Get to know me…
After founding Allsorts Dog Behaviour & Training Services in 2003, I founded and opened Townsville’s first Allsorts Doggie Daycare facility in 2009. I have been teaching dog owners how to train their puppies and adult dogs for over 10 years.
- Bachelor of Science, 1999 (Majoring in Zoology & Animal Behaviour)
- 4 years Veterinary Nursing for Greencross Vets, 2000-2003
- Worked for 18 months as part time as a Scent Detection Dog Handler for Blue Ribbon Specialised Services, 2002-2003
- Certified Dog Trainer through National Dog Trainers Federation 2006 (NDTF Dog Training Course)
- Currently completing my TAFE Accreditation Cert IV Training & Assessment, 2014
- Demonstrations and speeches at Animal Expo Townsville 2003
- Two dog behaviour and awareness seminars for Northern Queensland Mosquito Council Conferences
- Presentation on dog behaviour for the Northern Queensland Veterinary Nurse Annual Conference 2011
- Numerous annual demonstrations at RSPCA events
- Founded Northern Queensland K9 Sport Club for 4 years, teaching agility and flyball
- Three radio interviews for local Townsville stations
- Two interviews for local WIN news 2009, 2012
- 9 newspaper articles, full interviews or opinions on dog related topics
- Built, organised and ran a dog agililty and flyball club in Townsvile for 4 years
- Demonstrations at Council fun dog park days
- Presentation at open day for Greencross Vets Central Hospital
- Foster parent puppy courses and free training for animal group Townville Foster & Rehoming Animals
My approach and methods
My approach is more aligned with holistic dog training. My goal is for the owner to gain the ability of compliance from their dog because of a relationship based on mutual trust, understanding and respect, not one based on dominance, fear or submission.
I encourage training that is realistic and based on what you want to achieve, methods that work and are practical. I also like to make the training easier for the dog to comprehend and for you to follow through.
Training needs to cater for your everyday lifestyle and there are so many little things you can do that takes minutes rather than hours to contribute towards better behaviour. I want you to understand your dog better, for they function completely differently than we do, and then you will be better at communicating and will develop a stronger bond with your companion.
I use a variety of reward based methods, enforce gentle structure into your lives and mostly use training aids such as flat collars, martingales, halties and training harnesses.