When I was 11 years old my biggest wish came true - a puppy joined our family! Since then, nearly always there has been a dog by my side. I’ve also had the pleasure of being the guardian of cats and horses as well as chickens. Currently I share my home with four rescue dogs - Marvel, Lenny, Fiorenzo and Henry.
My professional life has been diverse. I’ve worked in the people world for a long time, switching to the animal world in 2015. I’ve been employed as admin in offices, had my own acupressure clinic, and was a coach for personal development. I also worked in landscaping, as a relocation consultant and in market research. When I became a dog trainer I was hired by a big boarding and training kennel. I’ve been an instructor with three puppy and dog training schools until I decided to open my own business in 2017.
The Dependable Companion - Dog Training for Everyday Life. I’ve taught obedience and manners via in-home private lessons as well as group sessions. I’ve shared my passion for trick training in workshops and classes. I’ve been a foster carer, taking in difficult dogs, helping them rehabilitate and then successfully rehome. I volunteered with my certified therapy dog, Louie, at a primary school as part of their literacy program and I was hired with Louie and my other certified therapy dog, Enzo, to support clients and staff at a Salvation Army program for homeless people. I run a doggy daycare and offer doggy holidays - like boarding, just better.
I’ve always felt drawn to the groundbreaking and I never stop learning. Consequently, the services I offer evolve and transform. 2020 - this extraordinary year - has reshaped the core of my business, strongly influenced by two change agents - The Trust Technique and the death of Louie, the dog who dreamed The Dependable Companion into being with me. The tagline of my business name now no longer is Dog Training for Everyday Life but is replaced by: Learning between Animals and Humans.
When I started out, it was about turning dogs into dependable companions, a one-way agenda. Now I see things differently, we have much to learn from each other - the animals in our lives and ourselves - as we navigate the joys and challenges of interspecies living.