What Got Me Here?

I grew up around dogs; my family were heavily ‘into’ dogs; showing and competitions were part of that. The dogs were all trained using the methods of the time – the human was the pack leader and that was that. Bad behaviour was punished, good behaviour was praised. The dogs were loved and many did just fine on this training.

And then came Rosie the springer spanial cross. Rosie didn’t do well on this approach. She developed a whole range of emotional problems. There was no happy ending for Rosie and I was left traumatised. I’d done my very best with the methods I’d had and failed the dog I’d loved so much. I walked away from dog training. I vowed never to do that again to any dog.

Fast forward 10 or so dog-less years and someone introduced me to clicker training – for my cats! A light came on in my heart; I’d finally found what I was looking for.

I got my own dogs again; I trained every dog I could lay hands on; my dogs, friends’ dogs, shelter dogs – you name it, I trained it. I volunteered at shelters and worked at well established training schools. Anything to learn and apply this ‘new’ technology and art of positive training.

So, for the last 20 years I’ve been studying and applying the scientific underpinnings and practical application of compassionate training. I’ve helped I don’t know how many frazzled people resolve their dog problems and rebuild that bond. (And let’s be honest, when your dog is driving you nuts it’s sometimes hard to love them!)

Hotdogs K9 Training was born out of a desire to help other dog owners, who, like you, not only want a well-behaved best friend but who ALSO want that deeper connection and relationship. I do my very best to apply those kind and compassionate teaching principles to both ends of the lead. No learner, human or canine, deserves to be berated or corrected for making mistakes.

What You Need to Know

There are often no quick fixes with this approach. It takes longer to make changes using positive training than giving a quick yank or yell – or worse.

It’s more of a lifestyle than a method!

However, the pay offs are SO much bigger. The dogs adore the training, as do the people – it’s fun! The process develops a strong bond built on trust and understanding; a dialog is established, both parties are respected and communication flows in both directions.

Don’t let anyone tell you that kind training is for namby-pambies or that it isn’t effective. All my dogs are ambassadors for their species. They can go anywhere and behave beautifully. One is also an Obedience Grand Champion – and has loved every minute of it!

For those who like achievements and titles, here are mine:

  • BSc (hons) Animal Behaviour and Psychology (1st class)
  • DipCABT (Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training)
  • Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Certificate of Excellence for “Living and Learning with Animals; The Science & Technology of Behaviour Change” course.
  • Fear Free Certified Trainer
  • Obedience Grand Champion
  • Winner of Test C at the National Dog Obedience Assembly. (Biggest obedience trial in the country!)



“You have a wonderful box full of positive training skills and are happy to try other options if the first doesn’t work until you get to something that suits us both… I like the way that you don’t have just one box that everyone has to fit into and how well you work each partnership on its own merits.”

— Anne

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