Teenage Course Info

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Next Steps

Remember to complete the Next Steps. Full info sent on your booking email.

  1. Email dog vaccination info to renee@goodog.com.au
    • Dogs must be up-to-date with their vaccinations. A phone snapshot is fine, as long as we can read it.
  2. Complete extra booking info (1 min): Complete form.
    • we need to know a bit more info to plan the course.
  3. Watch the first class: See booking email for recorded lesson link and login password.
    • Lesson 1 covers important theory which you should complete prior to the in-person component. This helps the dogs move straight onto practical training in the first in-person class (Lesson 2).
  4. Get Started Pack: start reading this manual now and refer back to throughout the course: Get Started Pack
  5. Join the private Facebook group: Goodog Teenage Course Group.
    • Post any questions in the private group. You can also email or call us if preferred.
  6. Medicare app/MyGov: prepare app to show us your vaccine status in class: How to find your status.

The Course

Course Structure

  • Lesson 1: recorded lesson to complete in your own time before Lesson 2. We cover important theory, then concentrate on the physical training in Lessons 2–5.
  • Lesson 2–5: We train, check progress in real-time and set homework.
  • At home: To get the best out of classes you should complete homework each day between classes. A homework email is sent after each class. We are available on phone, email or the private Facebook group for any assistance.
  • People per pup: 2 people per pup can attend – pending health order changes.
    • Children ≤12 are not included in the attendance rule and can attend as extra attendees.
  • Start time: arrive 10 minutes before the start time to settle the dogs and yourself. Classes start on the advertised time without repeating for late starters so you’re able to receive the full lesson and benefit from the class. Late arrival is also disruptive for the dogs.
  • Scheduling: Goodog classes require a minimum number of confirmed bookings to go ahead. If we feel the number won’t be reached we may postpone the course by one week or find a spot for you at another Goodog location.
  • Desexing: Do not schedule desexing or surgery before or during class. Pups need rest, will miss class and no make-up sessions are available. Also, complete breed research on the best age (if at all) for surgery. An article to start: Desexing health risks.
  • There are no make-up classes: please attend your scheduled class.
  • Do not feed your dog before class!

What to bring

  • Dog: your dog, their toys, mat/bed, flat collar/harness/head collar & lead.
  • Food: food pouch with food rewards with different types if possible.
  • Handlers: pups should be handled in class by someone who is 16+ years of age. We set lots of homework so kids can train at home.

Health order rules

Goodog is a small business, so please help us and abide with the Goodog guidelines and NSW health orders.

  • Vaccine rule: In-person classes are accessible to fully-vaccinated/up-to-date people who can show their status. If you have an accredited exemption or paper only documentation contact us in advance of the first in-person class.
    • children ≤16 are not included in the vaccine rule.
  • Vaccine status: clients must show their vaccine status on a phone, upon arrival to class.
  • 2 people per pup can attend – pending health order changes.
    • Children ≤12 are not included in the attendance rule and can attend as extra attendees.
  • Masks: please follow the NSW health orders. Masks are recommended.
  • Distancing: please follow the NSW health orders.
  • QR code: the code is still available if you’d like to check-in on arrival.
  • Illness: If you have covid, are isolating, a close contact, required to isolate and/or awaiting a COVID 19 test, don’t attend class and let us know so we can arrange alternate training. If you are showing signs of a cold or the flu but are not positive for covid, please wear a mask regardless.
  • Health order updates: If indoor activities are restricted, this class may change location, time or move to the At-Home LIVE online format.
  • More info: Goodog is COVID Safe

Course Locations

  • Balgowlah Scout Hall on Monday’s:
    • Pickworth Avenue, Balgowlah. The hall is at the end of Pickworth Avenue (off Sydney Road).
    • Map link📍
  • Seaforth Scout Hall on Monday’s:
    • Sangrado Park and off Sangrado Street. The nearest cross street is Sangrado/Ponsonby Parade.
    • Map link📍
  • Terrey Hills Scout Hall on Wednesday’s:
    • Beltana Ave. Turn onto Beltana Ave from McCarrs Creek Road, follow Beltana until you see a street sign saying Terrey Hills Scout Hall, turn left onto a road with no name that goes along the Karl Brown Reserve, follow it for about 200m and the hall will be on your left.
  • Collaroy Scout Hall on Thursday’s
    • Kent Street Collaroy (also 1st Narrabeen Scouts). Go to the northern end/dead-end of Kent Street, between 2 & 19 Kent Street. Drive into the dead-end and up the driveway. The driveway is bushy and dark so bring a torch if you are walking at night. The hall is about 200m up the driveway. Parking is available at the hall.
    • Map link📍
Balgowlah Scout Hall
Seaforth Scout Hall
Terrey Hills Scout Hall
Collaroy Scout Hall


Barbara with Shellbe
Barbara with Shellbe

Barbara (Goodog owner)

  • Balgowlah Teenage on Monday’s
  • Terrey Hills Teenage on Wednesday’s

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.

  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with the Delta Society (2007)
  • Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology at CASI Canada (2015).
  • Advanced Animal Training at Illis ABC Sweden (2021)
  • Master’s Degree in Modern European History and Economic (University of Berne, Switzerland)
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University Australia)
  • President of the Pet Professional Guild Australia.
  • Professional member of the Delta Institute

Jessie with Ollie
Jessie with Ollie


  • Seaforth Teenage on Monday’s

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.

  • Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing (TAFE)
  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services from the Delta Society (2015)

Abbey with Kobe


  • Collaroy Teenage on Thursday’s

Abbey has been in love with animals her whole life and started her animal career at Monikas Doggie rescue in 2017. Since caring for shelter dogs her interest in dog behaviour grew and developed into studying a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training.

Abbey is passionate about helping families build a strong, positive relationship with their dogs to prevent dogs ending up in shelters.

Abbey is currently training her roommate’s dog, 4 year old Italian Greyhound Frank.

Here she is training rescue dog Kobe.

  • Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training (National Dog Trainers Federation)
  • Member of Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA)

Goodog trainer Nathan with Albie
Nathan with Albie


  • Balgowlah Teenage on Monday’s

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)
  • Member of Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA)