Although all our instructors are volunteers, many of them are also professional canine trainers. Our instructors have a
range of nationally and internationally recognised professional accreditations, from such institutions as:
We also have a comprehensive two-year aspiring instructor program, which is run in-house by our head instructor.
Michele has been with CBS as a volunteer since 2014 and prior to that trained her own standard poodle, Taj, through all levels of CBS up to Diamond Class. Michele and Taj were Team of the Year in 2013
With a Bachelor of Education Michele understands that there are different ways to work with individuals (those with two feet and four!) to achieve results and goals. Her ‘hands on’ experience with new students at CBS and her own experience in training and working with Taj has led her to be fully committed to force free training. She has a particular interest in understanding dog behaviour and she values training that encourages confidence, self-esteem, self-control and fun.
Michele also has a Graduate Certificate in Management and a Certificate II in Animal Studies. Michele is a full time Registrar of a court
Having experienced all sorts of different training styles having had German shepherds for many years, Heather was really happy to find the use of positive reinforcement training while working at Guide Dogs for the Blind in the UK. It is from them that she adopted her last dog Iris, who travelled to Australia with her in 2012.
Heather has since been working at the RSPCA as an education coordinator (particularly as an advocate of their Lead by Example campaign) while continuing her love of training with CBS. She can often be seen out and about at schools and community groups, previously with Iris who was a wonderful RSPCA education advocate until her passing in January 2017, and now with her new partner in training (slowly!), Paddy.
Heather was very happy to qualify as a PDA Instructor with CBS last year and has very much enjoyed the challenge of taking on her own classes, helping people build relationships with their own dogs. In 2018 she hopes to complete her DogNostics Dog Behaviour Consultant Diploma and also undertake both the CTT-A qualification and the clicker training Competency Assessment Program, finally overcoming her fear of being in front of camera.
Gaby is a vet from Ecuador in South America. She joined CBS as an aspiring instructor in 2017 and is currently assisting with bronze classes. She is enjoying the opportunity to learn so much more from CBS.
Gaby love animals, especially dogs and cats and used to have a pug, a ginger cat named Obama and another ginger cat named Bella, whom she adopted in Galapagos while working for the Government managing stray urban animal population. Her main areas of interest are animal behavior, physiotherapy and natural medicine.
She loves living in Adelaide while her partner completes studies, and works at Petstock and Dogcity Day Care. If you see her there she’s always available for a chat!
Margaret has a keen interest in Animal Behaviour and especially in understanding more about our canine friends. She has volunteered at the RSPCA for a number of years and is now with the Behaviour Team there. This involves helping the more anxious and nervous dogs who are struggling to adapt to life in the shelter.
This led to Margaret first fostering then adopting her rescue dog Molly, a German short-haired pointer/heeler cross. She has completed the Aspiring Instructor Program at CBS and is a member of the Pet Professional Guild.
Margaret is currently studying the Puppy Start Right Instructor Course through the Karen Pryor Academy and will shortly take the examination for the Canine Training Technician credential through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.
Felice completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011 and worked across South Australia and Victoria before settling in Adelaide.
She has a keen interest in animal behaviour and positive reinforcement training and has completed the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with the Delta Institute. Felice adopted golden retriever Bella, who has obtained her B.A. for dogs through the CLASS program.
Louisa joined CBS as an aspiring instructor in 2019. She holds a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training, and is currently working towards her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with the Delta Institute. Louisa also volunteers with the Greyhound Adoption Program, assisting at adoption days and events such as the Royal Show. In her previous life she obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology and spent 25 years working as an oil and gas industry geoscientist, based in Perth and various international locations.
Louisa’s family currently includes two senior greyhounds and a young, rambunctious golden retriever. It was her involvement in fostering greyhounds and the challenges of managing her own multi-dog household that prompted Louisa to learn more about dog behaviour. She has observed the incredible difference that positive reinforcement, force-free training has made to the lives of her own dogs. Consequently, she is now looking forward to developing and using her knowledge to help other humans and dogs improve their lives together.
Mel has always had a love and passion for animals, and in particular dogs. She first got involved in dog training whilst training her own dog Max at Adelaide Pet Dog Training in 2009.
Mel enjoyed seeing firsthand the results of positive reinforcement training with a particularly excited Labrador and then became a volunteer at CBS shortly after. She enjoys helping to give owners the tools they need to understand and positively train their dogs, whilst watching the bond between them flourish.
Mel is a Member of Pet Professional Guild, has a Certificate ll in Animal Studies and is a Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor. She is the Vice President for CBS.
Georgia commenced with CBS in June 2019 and is thrilled to be part of the team. Having completed the Croydon & District Obedience Dog Club (CDODC) force-free trainer program in Melbourne, Georgia instructed at CDODC for three years before moving to SA. She has competed in agility at Masters level with her late dog Darcy and Liza. Georgia delights in adopting rescue dogs, loving and working with them to achieve great outcomes. She would love to carve out a career working with rescue dogs or alternatively training assistance or therapy dogs.
Georgia worked for the Victorian Dept. of Primary Industries in their Pet Safety program, going into preschools with Darcy to teach children and their parents about dog behavior and how to be a responsible pet guardian. She plans to do further study into canine behavior and instructing once she finishes her current Cert IV in Leisure and Health. Georgia has just started a new job in Adelaide in administration and lifestyle in aged care, having had a long career in Melbourne in project management. By night Georgia is a cabaret singer and entertainer.
Kate is the Head Instructor at Canine Behavioural School. She has a menagerie of animals (including Monty, the border collie cross and Alaska, the blue heeler cross). She loves seeing the difference force-free training can make to the lives of dogs (including both her ‘problem’ dogs!) and their guardians.
Kate has completed the Delta Institute’s Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, and the Professional Canine Trainer and Canine Training Technician accreditations through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. In 2018 she completed Dr Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning with Animals course. She is near completion of the Dog Behaviour Diploma with Dognostics Career Center on scholarship, and recently commenced the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Professional course. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism.
Kate has previously been a police officer and government media adviser, but is now a full-time dog trainer, offering private consultations, puppy pre-school and group classes. She is also approved by the Dog and Cat Management Board to undertake greyhound assessments, and also trains MindDog psychiatric assistance dogs.
Jess is an aspiring instructor with CBS. She has previously volunteered with the Greyhound Adoption Program in South Australia and has fostered more than 30 greyhounds over the last seven years, three of whom became permanent residents.
Jess has a certificate in Foundations of Dog Training through the Karen Pryor Academy, completed Certificate III Companion Animal Services through TAFESA and has a Dog Bite Safety Educator Certificate through Doggone Safe. She recently commenced the Karen Pryor Professional Dog Trainers Course.
Jess has a career in dog walking and teaching dogs to walk on a loose lead using positive reinforcement. Her goal at CBS is to help both the guardian and dog bond and understand one another, as she believes that it is one of the greatest gifts for two social beings.
Susanne holds a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, is a Professional Member of the Delta Institute and the Pet Professional Guild of Australia, is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia and is on the RSPCA Force Free trainers list.
Mila, a very anxious, fearful and reactive rottweiler, was responsible for bringing Susanne on her journey to help other owners train and understand their dogs through humane and scientifically-based methods. Mila was rehabilitated through positive reinforcement, force-free training methods and lived a full life with two other rottweilers, Gunter and Piper. Piper (pictured) gained her Canine Good Citizen award through the Delta Society.
Susanne runs weekly puppy pre-school at Payneham, Walkerville and Stephen Terrace veterinary clinics. She also teaches group classes and on Saturday mornings runs dog reactive classes at Unity Park, Pooraka. She also offers private in-home behavioural consultations and training as part of her professional dog training services. Susanne is also approved by the Dog and Cat Management Board to train dogs declared menacing and/or dangerous.
Petra holds the Professional Canine Trainer accreditation through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board and has a Bachelor of Science (Hons), with a specialisation in animal behaviour. Petra is also a Fear Free certified professional and has her CAP 1 and 2 qualifications in clicker training.
She has been involved in the dog training industry since she was 12, when her mother, Mim Edwards, started Adelaide Pet Dog Training. She is very passionate about animal behaviour and welfare and the amazing achievements and relationships that force-free training facilitates.
Petra is currently undertaking a PhD, analysing how dogs experience veterinary clinics and looking at strategies to reduce or prevent stress. She is thoroughly committed to professional development and loves to learn more about learning theory, animal behaviour and force-free training. Petra regularly attends conferences, seminars and skills-based workshops to keep up to date with the latest in research and best-practice methods.
Petra and her partner Chris share their home with their rottweilers. Gus and Gwen are cheeky, boisterous and keep Petra on her toes, but are valued and much-loved family members.
Sarah was first introduced to positive reinforcement training in 2005 when she enrolled her pug/cavalier cross, Portia, into a puppy pre-school with Bev Clark at the Norwood Veterinary Clinic. Sarah’s Australian bulldog Hef joined the family in January 2009. Sarah noticed Hef had some aggressive tendencies so she promptly enrolled him into a puppy course at Adelaide Pet Dog Training and then the Canine Companion course. In training Hef, Sarah has seen firsthand the power of using positive reinforcement training methods.
Sarah enjoyed the training so much that she started volunteering at Canine Behavioural School as an assistant instructor at the end of 2009 and started taking classes as a fully-fledged instructor in mid-2011. Sarah also volunteered at the RSPCA whilst she was studying at university.
Sharon has been in the pet industry for more than 15 years. Her interests lie in animal behavior, welfare and positive reinforcement training.
She owns three mini schnauzers named Blitzen, Ava and Billy. Blitzen and Ava have both obtained their Canine Good Citizen Awards. Ava has also obtained an advance trick dog training title and Blitzen currently holds a novice trick dog title.
Sharon has completed the Certificate IV Companion Animal Services through the Delta Institute and the aspiring instructor program at CBS. She is currently studying to obtain her Fear Free Professional certification.
She loves positive reinforcement training and helping to guide owners and their fur kids through their training.
Sarah has always been surrounded by animals (including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and ducks) and from a very young age wanted to work with animals. Sarah began by doing work experience and becoming an assistant with Adelaide Pet Dog Training in late 2009.
After deciding to develop her knowledge and dog training skills further Sarah started assisting at CBS in late 2011 and is now an instructor. Sarah would especially like to be able to help people understand their dogs’ behaviour and help them form a strong bond with their pet. During the day, Sarah works as a mental health nurse.
Colleen has been volunteering as a dog trainer within the community for several years and enjoys seeing human/canine client teams developing their bond as they progress through training programs. Although it can be challenging at times, she finds it an immensely satisfying, fun experience and an opportunity to work with like-minded professionals and clients with a genuine interest and care for animals.
Colleen has completed the Aspiring Instructor Program and is a member of Pet Professional Guild. She has a Certificate II in Animal Studies and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is a Pet Dog Ambassador instructor and assessor, a Doggone Safe Bite Safety Educator, and has completed the Karen Pryor Puppy Start Right Program. She is currently a student of the DogNostics Dog Behaviour Consultant Diploma and Walk this Way Instructor courses and hopes to qualify soon for the Canine Training Technician accreditation.
She and her husband share their lives with three dogs, Scruffy, Shambles and Toby, and cats, Meg and Haku.
Mel started out as a CBS student with golden retriever Mya in 2015, working through the Pet Dog Ambassador syllabus with her. She has since completed the Aspiring Instructor Program and recently achieved the Canine Training Technician accreditation with the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.
She looks forward to working with the CBS trainers to learn about more positive reinforcement training techniques and deliver fun-filled and enriching classes.
Each of Jeannine’s dogs has taught Jeannine deeper and more meaningful understanding of canine learning and behaviour. She is passionate about positive reinforcement training and the many lifelong benefits it creates. Currently, Jeannine is owned by Jacki the greyhound and Gandhi the curly coated retriever.
One of Jeannine’s proudest moments was using positive reinforcement to help Jacki accept the eye drops she needs every day for life. (Note from CBS: Jeannine’s video of teaching Jacki how to accept drops won the grand prize at PPG’s 2018 “Let’s Celebrate Positive Reinforcement Competition”.)
Jeannine has a BEd (Hons) and spent several years in the education sector before going to the other extreme where she now works in aged care. Between her work and hobbies, Jeannine trials new recipes for her Happi Chappi Bakery making rewards for dogs.
Jeannine is the Volunteer Coordinator for CBS, and is a member of several associations including Pet Professional Guild, Association of Pet Dog Training and Musical Dog Sport Association. A firm believer in lifelong learning, she has completed the CBS Aspiring Instructor Program, a certificate in canine nutrition, and is currently enrolled in canine freestyle and canine fitness courses.
Alex is a new volunteer at CBS and is undertaking the intensive Aspiring Instructor Program. He has volunteered as an assistant trainer at a southern dog training school during 2018. He is enjoying learning from the professional trainers at CBS in a friendly learning environment with a wealth of professional resources for new volunteers. His goal for 2019 is to join Pet Professional Guild, continue training as an aspiring instructor with CBS, enrol in a suitable course related to dog training and gain as much experience through volunteering as possible.
He shares his home with three dogs who provide plenty of puppy kisses and kindly allow him the opportunity to practice his own training skills. He is looking forward to the year ahead as he begins the journey toward professionalism as a dog trainer.
Deb has studied canine behaviour extensively, attaining a Diploma in Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting, another in Animal Behaviour Science and Technology, each from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI) and a Diploma in Canine Behaviour from the International School of Canine Psychology and Behaviour (all with distinction). She holds a Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training from the Delta Institute and the UK based Competency Assessment (CAP) 1 and 2 qualification again with distinction. Deb is also a Professional Canine Behaviour Consultant with qualifications through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB).
Deb is a board member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), serving also on the boards of Doggone Safe, CASI and the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals. Deb is on the PPG Steering Committee and chaired the Australian committee that created the Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) Program. She is currently responsible for creating a reactive dog accreditation program through the PDA program. She is also on the international faculty of DogNostics Career Center in the US. Deb has previously been awarded the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia ‘Trainer of the Year Award’ and their Susan Wilkins Achievement Award.
Deb served as CBS Head Instructor for nine years and is currently in her second year as the Senior Volunteer Trainer. This position continues her work of teaching and running the CBS Aspiring Instructor Program, which recently received credit transfer status for the international Canine Training Technician credential through the PPAB. She shares her life with husband Arnold, Mace the Bouvier des Flandres and a little rescue Griffon Bruxellois called Roux.
Steph was first introduced to force free training while doing work experience as part of her animal studies course. She experienced first-hand such great results with her staffy cross, Buddy, that she was keen to further her knowledge and understanding of this training method.
Buddy entered Steph’s life as a young dog, full of energy and enthusiasm, but also quite rowdy and undisciplined. Through rewards-based training, Buddy has come a long way. He is now much better behaved and well mannered, has successfully completed both Bronze and Silver classes at CBS and Steph is looking to complete the Gold and Diamond classes with him in the near future.
Steph is a registered dog walker and pet sitter, she has experience in doggy daycare, holds a Certificate II in Animal Studies and has completed the CBS Aspiring Instructors in-house program. She has also attained the Canine Training Technician accreditation through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board.
Steph is a member of the Pet Professional Guild Australia and is passionate about bringing more awareness to the general public about the benefits of force free training. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and giving people the skills to have happy and well-mannered companions.
Chris’s interest in dog training started when she joined an obedience dog club to train her first family dog, a basset hound, in the 1980s. Returning there with subsequent dogs, she ultimately became an instructor herself, some 16 years ago, which combined two of her interests: training people (which she did in her work life) and dogs.
To enhance her skills and knowledge she gained a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training in 2009. Learning is ongoing; since then she’s attended various seminars, workshops, read a copious number of books and observed other trainers. Motivated to learn more about force-free pet dog training Chris started volunteering with CBS in 2017, becoming an instructor in 2018.
Dogs are also great teachers; each of Chris’s dogs have taught her a great deal and her current dog, Berkley the Labrador, is no exception. His passion for sniffing has led Chris to take up tracking and dabble in a bit of Nosework, which have proven to be fun for both. With hindsight, Chris thinks this is something she should have done with her basset!
Vicki has always had an interest in animals and behaviour both as a pet owner and as a teacher. When her family welcomed an active lagotto into the family she eagerly attended puppy classes and then dog training at APDT and CBS. After being awarded Team of the Year in 2014, Vicki decided to continue her education in dog training and joined the CBS aspiring instructor program.
She has well and truly caught the animal training bug and has attended numerous seminars and workshops with world renowned trainers on the gold standard practices in training our beloved animals. She is a member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (UK), the Pet Professional Guild Australia and the Australian Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She is passionate about animal welfare and the human-animal bond and loves to teach people how to use positive reinforcement training to build a trusting relationship with their dogs.
Denisse is a veterinarian from Mexico and a lover of animals and medicine. After arriving a couple of years ago to Australia, she started volunteering at AWL to be in contact and help homeless dogs, also she started a job in one of the emergency clinics in Adelaide as a veterinary nurse and animal attendant.
Denisse recently joined CBS to learn more about canine behaviour, which is another of her passions, as she believes that it is very enriching and satisfying to educate dog guides to strengthen the bond with them and provide them with a happy life and home. She is about to commence a Diploma in Canine Behavior to continue learning and improving her skills in the handling and behaviour of animals that will be very useful in her clinical career and as a future professional dog instructor.
Tenelle has always had a keen interest in animal behaviour and welfare. She has gained a Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2011 and a Certificate IV Companion Animal Services (Delta Institute). She also has a Graduate Diploma in Education.
Tenelle is currently working at the RSPCA SA and says the shelter animals are her greatest teachers. As an instructor at CBS, Tenelle combines her passion for teaching humans and improving the lives of animals.
Tenelle is always looking to extend her knowledge and improve her skills with animals. She recently began training her Siamese fighting fish, Dice. He can now swim through a hoop on cue and is learning to play basketball!
In addition to Dice, Tenelle shares her home with a deaf boxer, a one-eyed Pomeranian mix, a turtle, a couple of chooks and two rabbits.
Sharon has been involved in obedience dog clubs for many years and has competed with her Vizsla and German wire-haired pointer in obedience and agility competitions.
Her passion for dogs led her to become an instructor for the past seven years at another dog club. To further enhance her knowledge and skills she has completed a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training and has a Certified Trick Dog Instructor qualification.
Sharon runs group classes and is a volunteer coordinator of a dog therapy program.
Having attended CBS as a student with her most recent addition to the family, Calli, Sharon is now undertaking the Aspiring Instructor’s Program and has recently commenced the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Professional course.
Gabriel has always wanted to work with dogs because he is passionate and enjoys their company. In Mexico (where he is originally from) he has a Doberman named Allegra and a dachshund called Vilma.
He considers it is essential to train dogs so they have the necessary tools to live with us and establish a great relationship with them. He joined CBS in 2019 with the goal to prepare himself to become an instructor and be able to improve the coexistence between human beings and their dogs.
Having had several dogs with differing personalities and needs, Trish was seeking a new way to train her most recent dogs. After learning about positive, relationship-based training methods, she joined CBS and the Aspiring Instructor Program to learn more and to improve her skills as an instructor.
She enjoys seeing both dogs and handlers learning together, forming strong relationships and truly enjoying life together. Currently she’s living with two dogs and, when not playing, training or feeding them, she works in adult education.