What led you to Positive Response: I was always going to work with animals. As a child I had a mission to rescue stray cats, had a passion for horses, and there were always the family dogs in my life. On completion of year 12 I worked on a large Thoroughbred stud in QLD, then went on to study Horse Husbandry and Management in SA. I spent time in WA working with sporting horses and educating young horses, then educating and showing Welsh ponies back in QLD.
In 2005 I began a mobile hydro-bath and grooming business on the Sunshine Coast, which my husband and I operated for 13 years. During this time I met a wide variety of people and their dogs, who have taught me so much. Wanting to expand my knowledge I enrolled in the Delta Companion Animal Services course, which I completed in 2011. I went on to establish my own training business, running classes and private training sessions. In the last 8 years I have attended multiple conferences, seminars and workshops, run by the APDT and PPG, and various international trainers and experts. In 2017 I relocated to Coffs Harbour NSW to take up the role of carer for both my parents which meant leaving my hydro-bath and training business.
One of the recipients of my knowledge has been Molly, my timid rescue Kelpie/Whippet x. She has gained 3 trick titles, Silver level of CLASS (Canine life and social skills certification), and reached intermediate level in agility class and Rally O. She has accompanied me on weekly visits to a nursing home where she blows me away with her perception and willingness to interact with residents.
This has led to my interest in assistance dogs, and helping people in need gain confidence and reassurance simply by engaging with their dog. A hugely satisfying experience and one I hope to develop further with my association with Positive Response Dog Training.
- Associate Diploma Horse Husbandry and Management (Richard Maxwell Silver Award – academic), Roseworthy Agricultural College SA
- Cert II Business Management
- Cert IV Companion Animal Services, Delta Society
- Professional member PPG (Merchandising officer)