The Dog Centre has a small, hard working group of dedicated trainers and carers who are committed to sharing their understanding and knowledge of dog behaviour with our members.  Our trainers regularly attend conferences and seminars to keep up to date with the latest studies and research into behaviour and learning.  They are all members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and fully support Positive Reinforcement dog training philosophies, which they teach in classes, use with their own dogs and the dogs in doggy day care.

 

OUR STAFF, TRAINERS & DAY CARE ATTENDANTS

In 2002, Megan, Jenny and Karyn Molloy joined the Association with the aim of setting up force free, Positive re-inforcement classes for people wishing to have well mannered dogs that complimented their lives and that of their family and community.  The team has grown since then, but the original three are still actively involved in the Centre. 

Megan - Behavioural Consultant  - Megan does our in home consultations, specialises in Dogs and Babies courses for expecting parents and those with toddlers, and also develops, with the other senior trainers, our training manuals, codes of ethics and practices, and oversees the training and standards that we diligently maintain at the centre.  Megan has a staffy, two border collies, and most recently, a beautiful daughter, Mackenzie.   Megan is committed to keeping up to date with the latest studies and protocols of force free training, and is very proud of her involvement with the club. 

Karyn -  Senior Trainer.  Karyn teaches Puppy Pre-school, Basic Classes and One-one-One Behavioural sessions at the centre.  Karyn also manages Doggy Day Care with her daughter Jenny and a small group of dedicated staff.  Karyn has an eight year old Leonberger named Phoenix who shares her life and her heart. She has also welcomed an Afghan Hound into her life.  Baker is also eight and is very loved by Phoenix too.  Karyn is dedicated to studying and understanding behaviour, loves instructing and helping people develop a better relationship with their dogs and is an avid animal rights supporter

Jenny - Senior Trainer.  Jenny teaches Basic, Advanced and Masters Classes and also runs the Agility courses.  Jenny helps Karyn manage Doggy Day Care.  Jenny has three dogs - an Afghan Hound named Willow who she has had since a pup and two rescue Afghans, Kola and Rowan.   Her old dog Ralph, who passed away in 2011 competed in Agility and was the second dog in South Australia to gain his Jumping Dog Title.  Jenny too loves instructing, meeting and helping new club members and especially relishes the challenges and rewards of training dogs, particularly her Afghans.  

Simon  - Simon teaches Puppy school, Basic, Advanced and Masters classes. He is also a Day care attendant.  He joined the club with his Border Collie puppy Hagen and has since added an Afghan Hound, Kadan to his family. Simon's thirst for knowledge and committment to the club and or members encouraged him to delve into the study arena and has excelled in his new career. He also partipates in classes with his dogs and sets a wonderful example of how kindness, compassion and joy, coupled with force free training can bring about amazing relationships and behaviour. Simon is currently studying for his Cert IV in Companion Animal Course through The Delta Society Australia. 

Clinton  - Clinton is an Advanced and Masters instructor. He joined us a few years ago as a club member and class student with his labrador George.  George was five years old when George and his wife Tracy adopted him and was very wayward.  Finding that the more traditional training methods weren't working for George they were looking for an alternative.   George took to force free training willingly and quickly grew into a well behaved, happily family member, even becoming a Delta Accredited Pet Therapy dog.  Clinton and Tracey share George with their toddler, Evan, and new Labrador baby, Deigo.


Paula  - Paula is a busy girl.  She is class assistant in Puppy schools, all levels of training and also keeps track of our stock and shop sales, plus fits all the new dogs with front leading harnesses if they want them.  She has also joined our day care team. Paula has studied animal behaviour at TAFE and is looking forward to increasing her knowledge and participation in the club. Paula is furthering her eductation by studying through the Delta Society Australia in 2016.   She recently gave a home to lovely Kai, a border collie, cocker spaniel cross.

Amy  - Amy began a few years ago as an after school volunteer, helping out at day care.  Her commitment and keenness allowed us to offer her a position as a class assistant on Saturdays, assisting with Basic and Puppy classes, and also maintains her role as day care attendant on Fridays after school and during school holidays.  Amy is looking at studying in the animal care industry.

Tayla  - Tayla is our Advance, Masters and Agility class assistant, who, after volunteering as a class assistant, become our regular class assistant and one of our staff. She is a great class assistant and already a valued team member.  She doesn't have a dog of her own yet...but it is only a matter of time.

 Ruby  - Ruby is our other new staff member, who also originally joined us as a volunteer.  Ruby has a lovely new puppy named Archie.  Ruby is a bright, bubbly asset to our team.

DAY CARE ATTENDANTS

Mary  - Mary is a much appreciated member of the day care team and joined us a few years ago after a long career as a child care worker.  Her wealth of experience in that industry gave her a strong understanding of behaviour, and an invaluable amount of patience.  Her love of dogs, including the ones in our care, encouraged her to adopt her adored Cocker Spaniel, Bubbah a few years ago when his first family were unable to keep him. As a regular day care dog, Bubbah was already loved, and found his forever mum in the heart of Mary.  

Morgan  - Morgan as a dedicated day care attendant who loves sharing in the care and well-being of the dogs in our day care facility.  Morgan is keenly interested in behaviour and dog interactions and very loved by our canine friends. Morgan has an American Staffordshire Terrier named Loosee, new addition Macee, also an American Staffy mix and a darling guinnea pig, Gus, who she adopted from the RSPCA 

 

Karyn, Jenny and Simon all work at the day care centre too, (though hanging around playing with dogs all day isn't exactly work all the time)

We are also wonderfully supported by a small team of dedicated loyal volunteers who regularly donate their time, energy and enthusiasm to the club.