What led you to join Positive Response: My professional background is in education, and I’ve taught for more than 15 years in rural, regional and metropolitan Queensland. I’ve also worked full time in animal husbandry on my husband’s beef cattle property in Central Queensland. Three things I care deeply about are the power of education to change lives, the social value of companion animals, and the responsibility I believe we have in making animals’ lives better. Keen to explore how I might be able to combine these three passions, I took leave in 2012 to complete the Certificate III in Companion Animal Studies. My Animal Enrichment instructor made me aware of Delta Society and the work it does. The approach they advocate in positive reinforcement training aligns with everything that I believe about education, training and animals, and this was how I encountered Dee as a Delta-accredited trainer and joined the Positive Response team.
In addition to making the lives of pets and their people better, I’m also fascinated by the endless potential that lies in dogs working with people, in everything from sniffer detection, therapy, support, assistance, herd protection and conservation.

I am also working with the Australian Veterinary Association as the Program Coordinator for the Pets and People Education Program (Pet PEP). The Pet PEP program teaches children about the responsibilities of owning a pet and safety around animals.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV Companion Animal Services (2017) Member Delta Institute (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (2006)
  • Diploma in Education (1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts (1983)