I moved to New Zealand from London in 2005, I sometimes miss the hustle and bustle of London
life but am happy to call Auckland home. I enjoy how clean the air is here, the beaches, the
friendliness of its people and of course the weather.
As a young woman I was steered into the world of Administration, but I always had a yearning to
work with animals, especially dogs. Then I found myself working for a ferry company whilst in
Auckland, running the charter department out to islands in and around the Hauraki Gulf and it was
whilst in this position I formed a connection with some staff at DOC and Auckland Council Detection
Dogs – in the Conservation for Auckland Hauraki Gulf Islands Program. We worked closely as a team
and I enjoyed watching the dogs their scent work.
After many years in Admin and Customer Service, the pull to feel the grass under my feet became
too strong. So, I quit my job and decided to enrol in a 1-year full time study of Canine Training and
Behaviour Course at Unitec, Mt Albert. And as luck would have it, my connection with the
Conservation Dog Team played out. I required a dog to enter the course and they had one who was
proving difficult to train. And so, I took on the challenge of taming the beast, we all came to know as
My course covered many subjects including, Canine Training: which was the practical side of the
course, being out in the field with your dog. Learning and teaching a variety of subjects including
obedience, scent work, controlled agility to name but a few. Canine Behaviour: Was the side of the
course which was spent studying best learning methods for dogs, how to gain the best from your
dog, body language and much more. Anatomy and Physiology which I hugely enjoyed although at
times I found it challenging. Animal Husbandry and Canine Husbandry (specific). I can honestly put
my hand on my heart and say this was the best year of my entire life. And the fact that I achieved a
Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management, Canine Behaviour and Training and
passed with distinction was the icing on the cake. After completing my course, I attained a pet first
aid qualification, which focused largely on dogs. My certificates are available on request
I continue my education to help me keep up to date with current best practice by attending annual
conferences held by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ and I am currently completing an online
course held by The School of Canine Science.
As my business grows, I’m finding new skills and confidence with each dog I encounter. Every dog,
like every human is different and I enjoy putting in place a plan on how best to build a viable
relationship which opens the communication barrier between human and dog without the use of
force, fear or pain and injecting a little bit of fun.