In 2015 Barbara completed her Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada.
Barbara has been involved in dog training for the last 20 years and has completed her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with the Delta Society in 2007 and is a professional member of the Delta Institute.
She competes in the dog sport of Agility and Rally O and Shellbe (a German short-haired pointer) competes on Master level in Agility and Rally O. Chillax, one of Shellbe’s puppies, competes in Rally O and got his Rally Novice title in October 2019. He is just starting out in Agility.
Barbara is the President of the Pet Professional Guild Australia. The Guild promotes force free and humane training for all pets.
Barbara holds a Master’s Degree in Modern European History and Economics from the University of Berne (Switzerland) and a MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Cross University Australia. In addition, Barbara has in-depth experience in adult education and training, having taught high school and university students in Berne, college students in Sydney, as well as middle and top management employees of a large public corporation in Switzerland.
You can contact Barbara on Barbara@goodog.com.au.
Jessie graduated in 2010 from with a certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing (TAFE) and worked in clinics for 8 years, more recently at the Seaforth Veterinary Clinic. Jessie is now pursuing an alternate career in insurance while continuing to train with Goodog.
Jessie holds a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services from the Delta Society 2015.
She has a wheaten and white border collie named Ollie, who is 11yrs old. He has made her the trainer she is today because of the ongoing training she has completed with him. Ollie has given Jessie a passion for training and taught her a lot about canine behaviour and body language.
Throughout their years of training they have undertaken Agility and Obedience and loved it all. These days Ollie enjoys laying in the sun and living his best life.
Jess’s animal care career began when she took a job as a kennel hand at a local dog rescue in 2012. Initially Jess only knew that she wanted to help to look after and give love to the dogs. However, her interest in training and behaviour was sparked by the realisation that many dogs are surrendered to pounds and shelters as a result of preventable behaviour problems.
This thought was strengthened by Jess’s decision to foster and then adopt a big, beautiful dog called Snow who required a lot of ongoing training to help her feel safe and secure in the world away from the shelter. In 2014, Jess completed her first dog training accreditation through TAFE NSW and has not looked back. Snow sadly passed away at 14 years of age in 2017. Jess has now fulfilled a childhood dream and is owned by Odin the teenage Rottweiler.
• SOA Dog Training (TAFE NSW)
• Certificate II Animal Studies• Diploma Canine Behaviour Science and Technology (CASI) • Living and Learning with Animals (Behavior Works)
• Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers
• Member of Pet Professional Guild
•Member of Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals
Jess has been accepted into the Karen Pyror Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program which was unfortunately postponed to 2021 due to the global pandemic.
Grazia is our resident Goodog blogger and holds a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services from the Delta Society.
This is a picture of Grazia with Zac, who was rescued at 10 months of age. Grazia (his third owner) soon trained him to be accredited as a Delta Therapy Dog, visiting aged care facilities on weekends.
Grazia is passionate about helping people build strong and lasting relationships with their dogs through positive reward-based training, and fun-based games and activities.
Maz has completed his formal qualification, a Certificate IV in Animal Companion Services through Hanrob Dog Training Academy. He has trained multiple of dogs over his life and has been training and caring for dogs since a very young age.
His current dog Messy, a German Shepherd cross displayed aggressive behaviour towards other dogs and separation distress but through positive reinforcement training, Maz has assisted Messy in overcoming these behaviours. Messy has now started scent work, agility and Rally and has become a much happier and more relaxed dog.
• Maz is passionate about dogs and training. Understanding dogs’ behaviour is one of his forte.
• He has been exposed to different training methods but has adopted positive reinforcement as the only way to go.
• He has experience in puppy school and adult dog programs as well as agility, herding, and scent detection.
• He also volunteers at the local dog club.
Nathan started his career at Monica’s doggie rescue in 2015 and has always had a strong affinity for animals and a particularly strong interest in the bond between canine and Homo sapiens.
He also found purpose in caring for all the dogs in the shelter, however became more focussed on how he could prevent dogs ending up in shelters in the first place.
Nathan’s best friend is 4 year old Bull Arab cross breed, Albie who is outgoing and a very good dog.
Albie arrived at Monika’s rescue when he was 1 year old and remained there for 18 months before finding his forever home with Nathan. Albie and Nathan have now been together for almost 2 years and are inseparable.
Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training (National Dog Trainers Federation)
Renée manages Goodog’s client relations and admin. When not chatting to you on email, Renée is studying at the Australian National University:
• BArts in Political Science and Philosophy (2019)
• BScience in Psychology and Biological Anthropology (2021)