In 2015 Barbara completed her Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada (http://casinstitute.com).
Barbara has been involved in dog training for the last 15 years and has completed the Canine Good Citizen Behavioural Dog Training Course with the Delta Society, the premier-recognised dog training organisation in Australia. Barbara has achieved a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as a Delta-accredited instructor in 2007
She competes in the dog sport of Agility and Shellbe (GSP) has her Excellent Jumping, Gambler Novice, Strategic Pairs Novice Title and doing well. Recently they got their first Obedience title in Rally Obedience. Zorbas a Kelpie/Ridgeback cross won the Diesel Trophy in the Scotland Island Annual Dog Swimming Race. He is now almost 13 years old and enjoys retirement. Barbara is a member of the Delta Institute, The Pet Professional Guild Australia and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia (APDT).
She is also a registered breeder with Dogs NSW and had her first litter of German Shorthaired Pointers in December 2014.
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 TAFE with a certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing and has been working in clinics for the past 6 years, currently at the Seaforth Veterinary Clinic.
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 7yrs old. He has made her the trainer she is today because of the ongoing training she has done with him. He has given her the passion for training and taught her a lot about canine behaviour and body language.
They have recently started agility and both are really enjoying it.
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.
- SOA Dog Training (TAFE NSW)
- Certificate II Animal Studies
- Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers
- Member of Pet Professional Guild
Jess is currently working toward completing her Diploma of Canine Behavioural Science and Technology through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Grazia is our resident blogger Goodog and holds a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services from the Delta Society.
Zac was rescued at 10 months of age and 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 is currently completing 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.