"I love snuggling and playing with all different breeds of dogs."
What is your main job at Alpha Boarding Kennels?I used to work full time at the kennels but I have returned to study and I now work casually because it's such an awesome job and I can't bring myself to leave! I usually work Sundays cleaning, feeding, training and playing with the dogs.
Tell us a little about your dogs:I own Flynn the world's laziest husky. I decided on getting Flynn after hearing so many people say "You can't train a husky." He sure has proved them wrong and melts hearts with his favourite saying "I love you!"
Why did you become a dog trainer?I became a dog trainer because I had an extremely aggressive Cocker Spaniel, Monty. His aggression was bad enough to land myself and other family members in hospital after he had bitten us! By the time I started training Monty with Alpha he was 10 years old and yes you can train an older dog but I made the decision that he was becoming too dangerous, so sadly Monty was put to sleep. After that experience I wanted to help other people by educating them in how to train their dogs so that they would not have to make the decision that I did.
"Seeing unruly and fearful dogs come into the kennels and through training becoming well behaved and easy for their owners to manage is what I enjoy the most."
What is your main job at Alpha Boarding Kennels?Dog Trainer
Tell us a little about your dogs:Poppy is a Pharaoh Hound. She came to us at 6 months and was so fearful that in her first few days in our home she would run away from us and bark. With patience and training she learned to trust us and is now a well adjusted family member. We also have 2 other dogs, Harry, a German Short-Haired Pointer, who we have had since an 8 week old puppy, and Floyd, a Wolfhound cross, who was adopted from a shelter at 2 years of age.
Why did you become a dog trainer?I first joined Alpha as a customer with my first dog Casey. I had adopted her from a shelter and it soon became evident that she had a number of behavioural problems. The most significant being fear, which at times showed itself as aggression. Alpha helped me work through these issues and we developed a wonderful relationship. This inspired me to want to help others improve their relationships with their dogs.
"That moment where the customers says 'I didn't like my dog's behaviour and couldn't communicate with my dog. But now we understand each other, I love my dog'"
What is your main job at Alpha Boarding Kennels?Training dogs and training customers.
Tell us a little about your dogs:Chilli a Cocker Spaniel, otherwise known as 'Tiger' because Chilli is as friendly as can be, but his alter-ego is a defensive little monster with a history of aggression. Most people who meet him would never know that he has another side to him. We have done a great deal of training to suppress 'Tiger'. Asha, a Cocker Spaniel, who loves to run and chase her ball almost as much as she loves to swim.
Why did you become a dog trainer?I started the trainers course, with my sister and co-parent, Nicole to help Chilli when his aggression. At eight months old he was aggressive and trying to bite both of us. The trainers course gave us the skills to fix what we could fix and manage those behaviours which could only be managed.
"The best part of my job is talking to potential customers. Often people don't know how to help their dog and they feel hopeless about their situation. Taking them through our training process gives them hope of being able to have an enjoyable relationship with their dog."
What is your main job at Alpha Boarding Kennels?I'm the Kennel Manager and dog trainer.
Tell us a little about your dogs:Honey is a Cocker Spaniel. She expresses joy at almost any activity, whether that be playing in a paddock or having an ear scratch. Tasha is a Schnoodle, as a youngster she was always frightened of the unknown. Through training she has learnt to relax and enjoy everything around her. She loves her cuddles with me on the couch.
Why did you become a dog trainer?Animals have always been part of my life. Working with animals is something I really enjoy. I have always been particularly interested in animal training. Training my dogs with Alpha made me realise this was a career I wanted to pursue, so when I had an opportunity to work for Alpha Boarding Kennels I couldn't resist.
"Working with the dogs and my friends is great. I love all dogs, even the difficult ones."
What is your main job at Alpha Boarding Kennels?When I first started I was cleaning. Now I do most of the grooming tasks, as I am also a professional dog groomer. If I have any free time I also train the dogs.
Tell us a little about your dogs:I got Ashes, a Kelpie cross, for my 21st birthday from my best friend. We started training together and now we are getting into agility with her and Brandy. Brandy, another Kelpie cross (I love working dogs!) was rescued from a shelter when he was a puppy. He has a nervous personality, but he still loves his hugs and pats.
Why did you become a dog trainer?When I first got Sheeba, my old dog, she was randomly dog and people aggressive. I didn't want my other dogs being affected by her so I started training. I wanted to learn about dogs behaviours and be more confident with dealing with them. I also wanted to learn how to handle those dogs that other people want to avoid.
"Seeing dogs every day is the favourite part of my job. Just being around them. Also being at Alpha and learning from other trainers as well as the dogs is fantastic."
What is your main job at Alpha Boarding Kennels?Cleaning the kennels.
Tell us a little about your dogs:Keely is a Blue Heeler, who I adopted when she was 3. She is highly intelligent and active. She may be too intelligent for her own good, and she provides me with some great challenges. She loves her red ball more then anything else in the world, she is her most happiest when playing fetch.
Why did you become a dog trainer?When I started at Alpha Training Keely was a challenge, with a list of issues. Alpha helped me with addressing those issues and changed our lives. I wanted to help others in the same way and doing the dog trainers course was the best way to achieve that.
"I love every aspect of working with dogs. Coming to work and spending my day with dogs is a dream job."