Deb has studied canine behaviour extensively, attaining a Diploma in Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting and another in Animal Behaviour Science and Technology (with distinction) from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She holds a Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training from the Delta Society Australia and the UK based Competency Assessment CAP 2 qualification (with distinction) and has recently earned the title of Professional Canine Behaviour Consultant through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.
Recently Deb has been welcomed to the board of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and is responsible for the Pet Professional Guild Australia and PPG chapters as they develop in the southern hemisphere. She also serves on the board of Doggone Safe, the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals. Deb is a committee member of the RSPCA SA ‘Lead by Example’ campaign, is on the PPG steering committee and chairs the Companion Dog Assessment Program Committee for PPG. In 2013 Deb won the Trainer of the Year and Susan Wilkins Achievement Awards from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia.
Deb has served as Head Instructor of CBS for seven of the last eight years and enjoys teaching the aspiring instructors, helping to develop new programs for CBS and watching both the School and its students grow in knowledge of dogs and how to care for them. She shares her life with husband Arnold, Mace, the Bouvier des Flandres and the latest addition to the family – Roux, a rescue Brussels Griffon.