My name is Scott, I am a professional Canine Trainer and Canine Industry Consultant improving the connection between dogs and their handlers in Adelaide, South Australia.
What I love most in my work is building confidence in my clients and to get out and active with their dogs. Helping you to better understand how your dog thinks gives you the ability to enhance the already close relationship you have with your canine companion. In a modern world our canine friends are lacking in socialisation and environmental enrichment but with a little guidance and management plans we can all achieve a better world for them.
Growing up I always had dogs close by and I have always had a strong natural connection with our four legged friends. There’s nothing like growing up with a dog to teach a boy loyalty, love and respect, and that’s what my dogs taught me.
In my early years I began working for one of Adelaide’s first and leading dog daycares, and within the first year I was recognised for my ability to handle a large number of dogs of different breeds and size. I soon made my way into management and assisted with business development which took the business from good to an industry leader. It was here I was fortunate to be mentored by some of Adelaide’s leading canine professionals including vets, groomers, rescues and other trainers and behaviourists. I still stay in contact with these experts to this day.
After completing my studies with The National Dog trainers Federations I continued my pathway with animal management, canine training and behaviour by mentoring under some of Australia’s leading industry experts. I continue my learning on a daily basis as I believe it should never stop.
Today I not only run group and private sessions with canine guardians but I am also an industry adviser for other canine related businesses. Developing and implementation of proper animal management programs, visual communication plans, infection control policies, handler training and work, health and safety management plans are a big part of my daily working life and I enjoy every minute of it.
Aside from training I am also the acting General Manager of Hedgegrove Boarding Kennels & Cattery which helps to continue building my experience and knowledge of companion animals. Many of my current clients choose to board there animals with me for either training or if they wish to take a holiday knowing their animals are left with someone they know and trust.
I use an easy to understand process and by keeping in regular contact I hope to help you on your journey connecting with your dogs or increasing your business satisfaction. I offer affordable dog training as I believe every dog deserves the best.
Kato is my partner in crime, he is a 5 year old Siberian Husky and the reason I continue to love doing what I do every day.
Kato enjoys running along the beach on the Yorke Peninsula and is always up for a ride in the car or having someone give him a pat.
He is a very vocal boy and always sings his best songs in the morning or before a walk. Kato lives for his training sessions and especially likes target training.
Kato loves to show others his ability to push buttons, spin, sing, weave or wave goodbye every chance he gets.
My favourtie thing about Kato is having the confidence in him to take him almost every where I go and enjoying his true companionship, he has truly taught me a lot.
My natural calm and confident approach with dogs landed me my first job working in various areas at the RSPCA.
There, I witnessed many sad situations
where dogs were surrendered for various, preventable, reasons and also animals who were terribly mistreated. These experiences developed my passion for helping dogs build trust and confidence in themselves and people, and my desire to help owners better understand their dogs’ needs and care, before reaching the point of surrendering.
Like Scott, I also worked in one of Adelaide’s leading dog daycare and grooming facilities, where I successfully managed large numbers of dogs of all shapes and sizes before moving into a business coordinating role.
Still, with the desire to help owners make better connections with their dogs, I enrolled with the National Dog Trainers Federation to build on my knowledge. By working at dog daycare I have a big interest in setting up puppies to become well balanced, young dogs by socializing them correctly and at their most critical time of learning.
Ruskee the German shepherd is my cheeky sidekick. Throughout her 4 years, she
has taught me patience (big time), love and respect.
She loves life, is always happy and likes to be involved in EVERYTHING. While working at the RSPCA, she helped me raise various litters of foster kittens. For a boisterous, vocal shepherd, she has a very gentle side, and attributed to the success of these foster kittens smoothly transitioning into new homes with dogs.
If you lose your teabags, she will scent detect them for you, she can open cupboards and fetch your shoes and if you talk to her, she will more than happily talk back- especially if it’s time for her dinner. Ruskee loves training, and excels in problem solving.
Our training journey continues and we love every minute of it.