Who Is...SARAH RIPLEY
HotDogs is owned by me, Sarah Ripley.
I started training dogs early – as soon as I could toddle fast enough to keep up! Originally from the UK, during the years before I emigrated, I trained recreationally, professionally and for rescues. Here in NZ I have been teaching dog training in Dunedin for over a decade through the local dog club before setting up on my own in 2016.
Been There, Done That
All that real world experience has given me a lot of hands on training – from terriers to terrors, the independent thinkers to the velcro-dogs, I’ve worked with them all, so whatever you’ve got, I’ve probably dealt with it before!
I specialise in using reward based training methods; helping you train and problem solve with techniques you’ll both enjoy. Clicker training is my passion – it’s the method used by the most forward thinking animal professionals all over the world, to train all sorts of species, all sorts of behaviours. If you can teach something like a voluntary blood draw to a dolphin, lion or hippo with it, you can most certainly use it to get great results with your dog!
My professional training includes a BSc in Animal Behavior and Psychology, DipCABT from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology in the UK, and a Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment — all of which means I have the science background to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to dog training, plus education in how to teach YOU, not just your dog.
Up To Date
I don’t like to rest on my laurels, so I am continually studying to keep my knowledge and skills up to date, meaning that you can benefit from the amazing work that is happening in the field of Animal Training and Welfare.
To ensure my skills are kept polished I like to challenge myself by competing with my own dogs in Obedience. Highlights have included putting an Obedience Grand Champion title on my husky/BC mix and winning test C at the National Dog Obedience Assembly in 2015. No point ‘talking the talk’ if you can’t ‘walk the walk’ as they say!
SO: IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A SCIENCE-BASED, POSITIVE AND FUN APPROACH TO TRAINING, LET’S CHAT!
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