President - Barbara Hodel
Goodog Positive Dog Training
For more than 16 years Barbara has been training and working with dogs of all ages, breeds, behavioural and training challenges. In 2007 she established Goodog Positive Dog Training on the Northern Beaches of Sydney running classes for pet dogs at all levels, as well as topic-specific workshops and agility fun classes. She also delivers in home consultations for problem behaviours.
Barbara is also a highly successful and keen competitor in dog sports, regularly competing in agility and rally events.
Barbara is a powerful voice in her community for force-free training methods and has developed a network of like-minded businesses to spread the positive training message.
Barbara’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Vice President - Kate Shaw
Kate has been training horses and dogs force-free for 17 years. In 2004, she found herself dissatisfied with the effect supposedly “new and gentle” methods had on her horses, observing a variety of fearful and stressed responses, with one mare in particular responding to every attempt with increasing aggression. The search for a better way led to the science of learning and behaviour as it applies to every species on earth - and she saw no reason positive reinforcement and counter-conditioning wouldn’t work for horses, too.
She dived into learning, combining an education in equine ethology with the principles of behaviour change, and has been force free ever since. While helping horses and their people with aggressive and fearful behaviour is her passion and specialty, she is also an experienced dog trainer and enjoys working with a range of other species including cats, rats, and geese.
Kate's professional development, qualifications and memberships include:
And too many webinars, conferences, books and other continuing education to list.
Find her at: facebook.com/troubledhorses / Instagram: @kateshawequine & @troubledhorses / tiktok: @troubledhorses
Secretary - Sarah Campbell
Happy Tails Training Tasmania
After completing a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, she started Happy Tails Dog Training with a fellow positive trainer (Moire). She offers Puppy Preschool, Group Classes as well as a number of specialised classes such as Out and About Sessions and Adventure Courses and private consultations.
She lives with her Red Heeler x Maxi and Border Collie Jack. Jack is fully deaf and the training journey with him has been a unique but rewarding process.
Her aim as a dog trainer is to help dog owners form better bonds with their canine companions by giving owners the skills and knowledge they need and inspiring them to teach new behaviours, stimulate their dogs mind and enrich their dogs every day lives in a variety of ways.
Sarah’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Treasurer - Kerryn Martin
Kerryn started her career in the health and fitness industry, moving into the community not for profit sector overseeing aquatic and recreation centre contracts and then eventually heading up people, learning and culture for the YMCA in Victoria.
After her 19 year old dog passed, she got a new pup and there began an interest in positive dog training. She started studying the Cert IV in Companion Animals while still working, and commenced working with her new dog in things like Flyball, Agility, Responsible Pet Education, Therapy work and then Instructing at Keilor Obedience Dog Training Centre (a very early adopter of positive training methods). This led to gaining more work teaching Puppy School (6-8 classes a week) at Caroline Springs Veterinary Hospital, and private behaviour consultations, working alongside Behaviour Vets at the clinic. Over the past 5 years she has continued to grow k9manners dog training, while juggling her other consulting business, doing people training.
On going education is a key part of Kerryn’s current agenda and she has undertaken over 40 courses and webinars over the past few years (and there’s still plenty in the “to complete” pile).
She shares her life with two spoodles, Bailey and Indy and two cats, Jax and Jaz.
· Living and Learning – Susan Friedman, Peta Clarke 2019
· How to Work Aggression Cases A-Z Course - Michael Shikashio
· Aggression in Dogs Master Class (full course) - Michael Shikashio
· Recallers – Susan Garrett
· Mission Possible – Marlena de Martini
· Animal Emotions - Karolina Westlund
· BAT – Grisha Stewart
· Cert IV Companion Animal Services (part completion, deferred)
· CASI (currently deferred)
· Memberships; APDT Aust, APDT USA, PPG Aust, PPG USA, IAABC
· Administrator Positive Puppies Facebook Group
Membership Manager - Hilary Paull
Long standing animal lover and professional dog trainer for 10 years Hilary has had many animals, dogs, cats, alpacas and cows, and gets the chance to train horses and birds at times. Hilary likes to challenge herself by talking on clients behaviourally difficult dogs. Currently therapy and service dog training is her other special interest, along with ongoing education and cooperative work relationships. Hilary has competed and played with, agility, DWD, Scent work, and a little Rally.
K9 Potential's Website
Hilary’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Let’s Go Fido!
Louise grew up traveling the world. Each posting came with its own set of animals which meant training, good husbandry and health care were taught as part of daily life. Louise moved to Australia in 1997 continuing her teaching career. Then in 2011 she founded Let’s Go Fido! joining forces with local vets to deliver puppy school and dog training. Louise and her team also deliver specialised services like Nosework, Reactive Rover, and Kids and Dogs classes. Louise’s gentle, positive and friendly nature also makes her the perfect trainer to provide in-home consultations for dogs and owners needing that extra bit of support.
Louise believes that training goes beyond puppyhood – that it is a way of life. It should be fun, relevant and most importantly add to the bond between you and your dog. With this in mind , Let's Go Fido! was created in 2011 running a variety of training classes on the Lower North Shore and Balmain/ Hunters Hill area.
Louise’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Andrea has been surrounded by cats and dogs her entire life, but she first became interested in the fascinating and complex world of cat behaviour when she was working at an animal shelter. Andrea wanted to learn more about the feline residents and how to make their environment better suited to their behavioural needs.
In he work at a veterinary hospital, Andrea is often called upon to speak with clients about cat behaviour and felt it was time she turned that into her own consultancy - and so "Cattitude" was born. Andrea offers private, in-home consultations to not only help find solutions to behavioural issues but also build better relationships between cats and their owners.
Andrea is also a qualified dog trainer and works alongside Jo Atkins at her business “Positive Spin”, assisting with group puppy and adult training classes. This also equips her to help solve problems between cats and dogs in the family home.
Andrea’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Pittwater Animal Hospital
Louise has been working at Pittwater Animal Hospital since 2007 and has a strong and varied background in education, administration, music, veterinary nursing, and behaviour science and training.
Very soon after arriving at Pittwater, Louise commenced running the Puppy School program. When not training puppies, Louise is attending seminars, workshops and conferences both in person and on-line so as to maintain and grow her knowledge and skills in what is best practice in behaviour and training. Louise also provides behaviour consultations, one on one training, and house calls.
Louise keeps up with her enjoyment and skills of music by playing the church organ and running the church choir as their Music Director. She also enjoys participating in the sport and therapy of Nose-Work with her dog Ruby.
The aim of Louise’s training is to teach guardians how to communicate best with their dog so they end up with a calm and confident companion.
Louise’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Madi Holmes Animal Training
Madi's passion for animals started at a young age.
By the time she hit double digits she was begging her parents for a pony - a dog, cat and bird weren't enough!
Throughout her teenage years her interest remained strong. She volunteered at many local stables and equine establishments, to build up more hours around animals.
As a young adult she began to take more of an interest particularly in the training of various animals while offering pet and house sitting across the Hunter Valley area.
She went on to pursue her Certificate 2 in Animal Studies before turning to purely positive reinforcement with her pets.
She now owns two horses, two cats and a German Shepherd Dog who all appear on her active tiktok account @madi.h.animal.training
At the close of 2020 Madi became the chair of the PPGA's Equine Subcommittee. She's passionate about spreading the force free and fear free ways to keep and train horses.
Madi's professional qualifications and memberships include:
Treat Me Calm Dog Training
Zoe has always had a strong passion for animals particularly dogs and parrots.
This passion drove her to study to become a Veterinary nurse in 1995. Zoe has mostly worked in mixed practice clinics and a large 24-hour emergency hospital mentoring and training staff along the way.
Zoe received her first formal qualification from The Karen Pryor Academy.
Zoe is the owner of Treat Me Calm Dog Training located in Brisbane’s southside.
She dedicates herself fulltime to assisting people to create a strong and lasting bond with their dogs, while ensuring the dogs have an enriching life. She offers puppy classes, adult classes, and private consultations.
Zoe is blessed to have 3 amazing dogs in her life - Zeva an Australian Cattle Dog, Kruze an Australian Kelpie and Tonka Truck an Australian Bull dog. She also has a Blue and Gold Macaw named Maybee. So there is always learning and training to be done, to improve the lives of not only her own pets but those of her clients.
Zoe’s Professional qualifications and Memberships include: