Meet Our Staff

Business Owner

Meet Our Team- Dee

Name: Dee Scott

Status: Business Owner / Master Trainer

Why Create Positive Response?

I have always had a passion for animals and training from a very young age. Moving to Canberra I started a long public service career and as a hobby, joined the local pony club and the companion dog club as an instructor and competitor. Training and competing in both, life seemed complete. In 1998, I won a position with AQIS as a detection dog handler and moved to Victoria. It was a fulfilling career working with scent detection dogs and with my passion for teaching and competing, I joined the first positive dog training club in Keillor.
Positive Response was born in Melbourne as a part time venture to serve the further need of the community. Moving to Brisbane the business grew rapidly from a small part time concern to what it is today. As someone who has grown up in business and customer service, I recognized the need for quality professional trainers within the Brisbane area and have developed a fantastic team of trainers.

Highlights of My Career:

  • Worked as a Quarantine Detection (sniffer) dog Handler at Melbourne International Airport with my detector dog Phantom and training other handlers and their dogs. “Watching Border Security is exactly what my average day in the office was like”.
  • Competing and winning in obedience with my dog Isaac
  • Teaching in many obedience clubs over the years
  • One of the first to introduce FLYBALL, a fantastic dog sport, to Australia whilst living in Canberra
  • Appeared on The Bert Newton Show and Channel 9, and in many local newspapers and editorials.

Qualifications:

  • Approved Guide Hearing and Assistance Dog Trainer (2015)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (2019)
  • Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training (2000)
  • AQIS Detection Dog Handler (2000)
  • Companion Dog Club Level 1 Trainer (1992)
  • Pet Dog Ambassador Assessor (PPG)
  • Apply First Aid (Kept Current)

Awards:

  • 100 Faces Of Small Business Recognition (2018)
  • Paws and Claws Awards – Top Trainer (2011)
  • Paws and Claws Awards – Greatest Pet Product (2011)
  • Paws and Claws Awards – Top Trainer (2010)
  • BA Awards – People’s Choice ( 2010)
  • Paws and Claws Awards – Greatest Pet Product (2010)
  • BA Awards – Best Home Based Business (2009)

Trainers

Name: Shelley Fellows

Status: Qualified Delta Professional Dog Trainer

What led you to Positive Response?

I have always had a passion for working with young children and animals. After graduating high school, I pursued a profession as a teacher, and worked in the education industry for almost a decade. My work life was almost complete; however I still had this active passion for animals and felt that I could integrate two careers somehow. I began researching different roles within the animal industry and fell in love with the behavioural aspects of dog training. I met Dee in 2010 and she mentored me as I furthered my education through the Delta Training Program. I have since completed in house and external study for recognized qualifications and professional development within the industry.

I conduct Private Training consults where behavioural modification programs are developed to reflect the complex needs of dogs and their families and work closely with Veterinarians and Veterinary Behaviorists’ where required to ensure the best outcome for clients.  My specialist services within the industry are reflected by my knowledge and experience in working with both children and animals. I assist breeders and new puppy families to incorporate and sustain habituation and training programs, where positive child-dog interactions are developed through appropriate activities and training. This creates harmonious living for all family members.

Further professional development has enabled me to train psychiatric service teams to Public Access Testing level, where handlers are able to experience the full physical and emotional benefits of having their dogs assist them in all aspects of their lives. I specifically enjoy helping children learn and grow with their Service Dogs and witnessing the rewards that they and their families reap.  I have a strong development in mental health and a personal understanding of the needs of my service teams.  This work is conducted under Guide Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009.

My work is complex and ever-changing; I thrive on challenges and am fulfilled in my career. I continue to undergo constant professional development within my field to further my skills as a trainer.

Qualifications:

  • Emotional Coaching Course Completion (2018)
  • Behaviour Management Parenting Course – 1,2,3 Magic (2018)
  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (2015)
  • Certificate IV in Children’s Services (2002)
  • Senior First Aid and CPR (Kept Current)
  • Animal First Aid (Dogs and Cats)
  • Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Name: Ashleigh Cheers ‘Ash’

Status: Trainer / Office Administrator / Pet Services Provider

What led you to Positive Response: I came across Positive Response Dog Training in 2008 when I got my first puppy Missy and wanted to teach her the basics. In late 2013 we got a second puppy and I didn’t think twice about booking her into Positive Response. At this point in time I was working in a call centre and hating it! Bringing Zoe along to training was a much needed break each week; I didn’t want her course to end. I decided to have a chat to Dee about joining Positive Response and it changed my world.

Working for Positive Response Dog Training is so rewarding and I’m learning something new every day! You will find me in the office and out in the field and I am currently studying my Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services to further develop my understanding and knowledge of the dog training industry.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate II Retail Operations (2015)
  • First Aid and CPR (2015)
  • Animal First Aid Certificate through PRDT (2014)
  • Diploma of Justice Administration (2009)
  • Partial Certificate III Early Childhood Education (2006)
  • Grade 12 Certificate (2005)

Name: Jill Seymour

Status: Qualified Delta Professional Dog Trainer

What led you to Positive Response?

I have a passion for working with children and adolescents and have had a long career as a Special Education Teacher and a Secondary School Guidance Officer.  I worked extensively with students with behaviour problems, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Impairments and Physical Disabilities. The insight into meeting individual needs led me to developing programs using reinforcers to engage young minds. One very effective method was to take one of my dogs to school with me and this was a major motivator for less engaged students.

The desire to meld teaching and dog training together was strong and led me to volunteering in the Happy Paws Happy Hearts program at the RSPCA.  This then led me to further my skills by enrolling in a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services course through Delta Society Australia.

I am now able to put my knowledge and experience in teaching and working with behaviour working with Positive Response and enjoying the challenge immensely.

Qualifications:

  • Ed Counselling
  • Grad Dip School Counselling
  • Grad Dip Teaching
  • App Science
  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
  • Senior First Aid and CPR Certificates

Name: Alex Walter ‘AJ’

Status: Trainer

What led you to Positive Response?

I have always had an interest in behaviour and spent most of my career working with children and teenagers. With a  deep desire to know how the brain functioned; how people worked and why, it was this same passion and curiosity that saw me transition into the animal industry.

My second child has a rare medical condition and in training my whippet up to alert as a medical dog for my son, I met shelly from Positive Response Dog Training. She encouraged me to apply for a position and I am excited to be on board and share my passion and knowledge.

Qualifications:

  • Cert IV in Youth Work
  • Diploma of Youth Work
  • Advanced First aid & Advanced Resuscitation

Name: Rikki-Lee Clark

Status: Trainer and Office Administrator

What led you to Positive Response?

Growing up I’ve always had a love for Animals and was fascinated with how we communicate with them. Once I left school and worked for a while I realized that Animals truly is something that continues to put a smile on my face throughout my life and I’d be Silly to not Pursue something so worth while.

I have just completed a Cert 3 in animal Studies through Tafe whilst volunteering also at AWL working with Dogs. Whilst trying to Look for new work in the Animal Industry I was granted the opportunity to work for Positive Response Dog Training to work my way up to being a Dog Trainer. I’m beyond excited to begin my Journey here at Positive Response and help people learn how to better understand and communicate with their Beloved Pets.

 

Qualifications:

  • Cert 3 in animal Studies
  • Volunteer Work at AWL
  • Administration Experience
  • Dog Sitting/Walking Experience

Name: Sandi Kemp

Status: Trainer

What led you to Positive Response?

I have always looked after my family and friend’s pets while they went away on weekends or holidays and helped Rescue Groups find less fortunate fur babies their forever homes.

While studying Cert II in Animal Studies I was given the opportunity to complete my Work Experience component with Positive Response.

I have now been with Positive Response for 3 years and extremely fortunate to have gained experience within the Administration team at Head Office, progressed from assisting the Trainers with their classes to teaching my own classes as a Dog Trainer.

I am excited to apart of the Positive Response Team and grateful for all the opportunities Dee has offered. My next step, to complete Cert IV in Companion Animals and continue my journey in working with animals.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (Currently Studying)
  • Certificate II in Animal Studies (2018)
  • Senior First Aid and CPR Certificates
  • Animal First Aid (2017)
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration (2016)
  • Test and Tag Certification No: 009799 (2009)
  • Construction Card (White) (2009)
  • Certificate III in Business Administration (1999)
  • Train the Trainer (1998)

 

Name: Rachel Brownlow

Status: Trainer/ Pet Services Provider

What leaded you to positive response? As long as I can remember I have always had a love for animals, I used to sit in my room and study an animal a week to learn more about how they lived and their behaviour, so when it came time to leave school, I pursued a career in the animal industry through studying Environmental science, vet nursing and animal studies. To further my experience, I volunteered with RSPCA dog training and Awlq in the animal shelter.
I started looking for work, when I came across Positive Response and was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to join their team. Now I look forward to helping people develop that special bond with their pets through positive training.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Animal studies
  • Certificate IV in Vet Nursing (working towards)
  • Volunteer work at AWL
  • Volunteer work at RSPCA

Name: Eden Fraser

Status: Trainer

What led you to Positive Response?

I first found Positive Response when I was looking for a way to train my future assistance dog, Oliver, and after working closely with our incredible Dee Scott, I’ve never looked back! I am always happy to help with anything you and your pet desires, whether it be pet sitting, dog walking, training classes or puppy play groups!

I am an enthusiastic and bubbly person who is always ready to help out! I’ve always had a passion for animals, especially dogs, so getting the chance to help families live happily with their beloved pups is a dream come true. I hope to help build that relationship between owner and dog where the time spent together is not about saying NO, but saying YES instead!

Before coming to Positive Response I had the privilege of being able to volunteer with a range of different organisations such as RSPCA, BARN and WildCare, learning how to rescue and rehabilitation a range of different wildlife as well as working closely with rescue dogs. I also use to conduct aviary tours, birds are a close second passion of mine! My days now are all spend with dogs as I also work closely at one of our training locations, The Grooming Salon, so I am always ready to answer any questions in regards to your pups coat or grooming!

I hope to continue to learn and grow around the beautiful creatures we call best friend! My dream is to be able to show the average dog owner how incredible their puppy can be with just a bit of work! I look forwards to working with you!

Perth Trainers

Name: Ashley Hicks

Status: Trainer

What led you to Positive Response?

I’ve always had a passion for working with animals, especially canines and rabbits.

After leaving high school I began studying a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at Adelaide University, where I learnt a range of different science backed animal industry related subjects, like animal welfare, nutrition, animal law and anatomy. I also hold a Certificate III in Dog Behavioural & Training specializing in scent detection.

Practical experience was gained in the animal industry through the South Australian RSPCA teaching dog training classes.

In 2016 I began volunteering with the South Australian State Emergency Service Canine Search and Rescue team. This experience was invaluable and taught me the importance of having a strong bond with your dog and to trust them.

Moving to Perth in 21 means I can continue my passion in training ,not only with dog training classes but also continue to work with clients privately and with the Assistance dog Program

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) 2019
  • Certificate III In Dog Behaviour & Training (2020)

Sydney Trainers

Name: Domineque Hone

Status: Qualified Delta Professional Dog Trainer

What led you to Positive Response?

My passion for animals and animal welfare started as a child. In 2006 I travelled to Europe and settled for a few years in Ireland. It was here that I began to pursue my dream of working with animals and animal welfare, having been provided an opportunity to work with the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA). I stayed with DSPCA for approximately four years, working with all kinds of animals, from the sick and injured to the unfortunate dumped ones left behind by their owners.

When I returned home to Australia, Sydney, I immediately volunteered my time with RSPCA. With a confident passion for working to improve the lives of animals I committed to a career which provided me an avenue to pursue this goal. To further enhance my career, I enrolled in the Delta Society Australia Certificate IV –in Companion animal training and Behaviour.

While completing the two-and-a-half-year course I was employed as the manager and trainer in a dog day-care in Sydney, while also volunteering as a trainer at the Eastern Suburbs Dog club in Centennial park each Sunday morning to extend and build on my experiences.

After completing my certificate in 2009 I started my own dog walking and training business in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, building a reputation as one of Sydney’s preferred positive reward-based trainers before moving to Brisbane in 2018.
My passion and goal as a Behavioural trainer are to help people better understand their dogs and their behaviours and to teach them to build strong connections and trust.

I have also had the great pleasure of volunteering my time to work with Taiwan’s endangered Formosan Bears that has given me invaluable experience alongside training other animals such as chickens, cats and goats.

Qualifications:

  • Terry Ryan’s Advanced Criteria and Cueing Chicken Camp 2017
  • K9 Nose work 2016
  • Certificate of Excellence for Living & Learning with Animals – The Science & Technology of Behaviour Change – November 2015
  • Completed Dangerous Dogs Assessing and Handling: Steve Austin 2013
  • Terry Ryan’s Chicken Camp 2013
  • Nose work at Australian Canine Sports and Training Centre 2013
  • Delta Society Australia Certificate IV in Companion Animal Training and Behaviour 2013

Hobart Trainers

Name: Michaela Rathbone

Status: Trainer

What led you to Positive Response?

I have always had a passion for animals and knew I wanted to pursue a career in animal welfare. In 2015 I started a Bachelor of Science in Zoology which exposed me to a range of animal related industries and developed my knowledge in animal physiology and behaviour. During my degree I had the opportunity to work with different conservation and animal welfare organisations, including Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services, Wildcare, the RSPCA and Happy Tails Animal Rescue. Working with rescue organisations to rehabilitate neglected or abused animals so they can find a loving new home has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life. But eventually I realised working to prevent animals ever becoming rescues was equally important, so I began searching for opportunities to work in dog training.

I was drawn to Positive Response Dog Training because of their focus on using science based training methods, which as a biology nerd is really important to me. Working with Positive Response Dog Training is an amazing opportunity to teach pet owners how to understand their dogs so they can work together to develop a beautiful relationship.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Zoology

Staff

Name: Alexandria Scott ‘Alex’

Status: Office Administration / Pet Services Provider

What led you to Positive Response: I am fortunate to have grown up in the animal industry, as Dee Scott is my mum. When she started the business, I was of an age that I could assist and as I love animals, it was a natural step. I am mainly office based or out walking your pets or pet sitting for you.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Community Services Work (2016)
  • Apply First Aid (Ongoing)
  • Animal First Aid Certificate through PRDT (2013)
  • A+TSI Workshop – Certificate of Participation (2013)
  • Grade 12 Certificate (2012)