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- Louise Newman
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:
Secretary - Sarah Forge
Miss Behaviour Dog Training Services
Sarah Forge is a Canine Behaviour Consultant working in Western Sydney as the owner of
Miss Behaviour Dog Training Services. She has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with a focus on Canine Behaviour and Training, but she also enjoys training other species like chickens and goats!
Sarah has a Blue Heeler, Dog, and a Red Heeler, Indiana and is also on the committee for the Australian Cattle Dog Society of NSW.
A self-described dog nerd, Sarah is passionate about welfare and responsible pet ownership, dedicated to making a difference to the lives of all pet dogs everywhere.
Treasurer - Steph McColl
DogSkills NSW and K9 Scentral
After 10 years of traditional dog training in her birthplace New Zealand, Steph came to Australia with 3 dogs and 2 cats. She was introduced to positive reinforcement training in 1997 and knew she had found her mission in life.
Steph started training dogs professionally in 2000 in partnership in partnership with TASK Dog Training in Cessnock, NSW. She also taught classes on a voluntary basis at Cessnock Dog Club, and after moving to Maitland was Chief Instructor at Telarah Dog Training for almost three years.
Steph’s latest passion is canine Nosework. She is a Certified Nose Work Instructor through the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She currently teaches nose work classes with the K9 Scentral partnership.
Steph was the inaugural President of PPGA and after stepping down from that role has been an invaluable member of the committee taking on numerous other responsibilities.
Steph’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Membership Manager - Meg Hannan
Teacher’s Pets Dog Training
Meg hasn’t always trained dogs for a living. In fact, after a decade working in television, she became a teacher. She taught secondary school students for 20 years and also taught primary and university students. Meg began teaching her family's German shepherd when she was about 9 years old and, as an adult, trained her miniature poodles.
She also volunteered at the local dog club as an agility instructor for 10 years. Meg partnered with her teaching colleague to create Teacher's Pets Dog Training in 2005. She has a special interest in Tellington T-touch and K9 Nosework.
Meg has served on the PPGA committee since it’s foundation and worked on the constitution committee and is now the Membership Manager.
Simply put, Meg believes she has the best job in the world!
Meg’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Positive Spin Dog Training
With more than ten years’ experience as a professional, science based dog trainer, she offers puppy classes, group adult classes, private consultations, grooming services, dog walking and the Canine Good Citizen Award™.
Josephine’s passion is helping people with their specific dog behaviour problems, providing solutions that are fun & easy to implement.
Jo’s other interest lies with Force free Horse Training, which has led her to taking an active role within the PPGA on the Equine Sub Committee.
She shares her life with five horses, who are trained with force free methods and without the harmful tools of traditional or natural equestrianism.
The horses share the family farm with cattle, sheep and a myriad of other species including rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and even fish.
Jo strives to make life on the farm as idyllic as possible for all species and is creating low stress farming concepts and practices to help facilitate this.
Josephine’s professional qualifications and memberships include:
Fleurieu Education for Dogs and Owners
Diane has been an animal lover since childhood, nurtured by her Mother’s shared love of all creatures great and small. She is passionate about helping pet owners better understand their pet’s needs and enhancing the human-animal bond.
Diane works with dogs of all ages and breeds and is a strong advocate in her community for force-free, positive training methods.
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:
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:
Life Lessons On Leash
Jude has been owned by a number of 4 legged friends throughout her life including a Rottweiler cross named Zara, a Samoyed cross by the name of Surfie, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Jethro, and a number of cats. It was working with these dogs: in particular Zara, that she grew disenchanted by ‘traditional’ dog training methods and began to look for an alternative.
This search lead her down a number of paths, including becoming a Delta Pet Partner with Zara for a period of time. They visited nursing homes and hospitals to visit the sick and elderly which was very rewarding but also challenging for both myself and Zara.
Jude offers puppy and adult classes, as well as agility for beginners and the Canine Good Citizen Program. She is committed to bringing positive reinforcement training methods to the forefront of dog training.
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: