Our Trainers and Behaviour Specialists

Scott and his Siberian Husky, Kato
Scott the Ring Leader

Scott McGuinness

Director & Founder

My name is Scott, I am a professional Canine Trainer and Behaviour Specialist, my main goal is to improve the connection between dogs and their handlers in Adelaide, South Australia.

I love building confidence in my clients to get out and be active with their dogs. Helping you to better understand how your dog thinks gives you the ability to enhance the relationship you have with your canine companion. In a modern world our canine friends are lacking in correct socialisation, development and environmental enrichment but with a little guidance and management we can all achieve a better world for them

Aside from training I am also the acting Business Manager of Hedgegrove Boarding Kennels & Cattery and Windamere Boarding Kennel & Cattery, which helps to continue building my experience and knowledge of companion animals. Many of my current clients choose to board their animals with because they know 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 dog and igniting change!

Aleisha helping puppy Barry with his confidence


Dog Training & Behaviour Specialist

Aleisha bring a new level of experience and knowledge to the CC Crew! With a background with working with prosecution dogs with the RSPCA, managing dog daycare and leadership roles at multiple boarding facilities, Aleisha has experience many dream of, she is kind of a big deal!

The main part of dogs she loves is their ability to live in the moment and to get over the past. Aleisha spends her time rehabilitating multiple dogs and bringing some light back into their lives. Every day is different, every dog is different, and she totally involves herself into her training and rehabilitation of the dog in front of her. Helping her clients reach that ‘Light bulb’ moment in their training is what she craves every day. A thoughtful and compassionate approach to her training, she definitely brings the softer touch that some of our clients need.

Dogs have taught Aleisha to be patient and fiercely believe in herself!

Sam assisting a new boarding guest settle in


Canine Trainer

Sam is the youngest member of our dynamic team but do not let that fool you, her passion and energy for dogs and behaviour is second to none! A recent graduate from the National Dog Trainers Federation, Sam has always had an affinity with animals and has trained and rescued several of her own.

While Aleisha & Scott are at the helm of Canine Connect, Sam is definitely the cog that keeps everything moving. Sam has dedicated her past 2 years volunteering her time to learn more about training, behaviour and to assist the CC team to show just how passionate she is. Now a full fledged and essential member of the team, Sam is here to help you and your dog reach new goals!

Jo doing what she does best, helping the softer dogs feel more at home


Canine Trainer

Jo brings a world of knowledge, experience, and passion to the team. A graduate of the National Dog Trainers Federation, Jo left an office environment of 20 years to follow her dream of working and assisting animals in need.

Jo not only dedicates her time to training our clients and their dogs by training her own canine friends or being a puppy development officer with Guide Dogs SA. She never fears from a hard question and will do everything to discover an answer.

Methodical yet creative, Jo is an asset to the team.

Aimee & her girl ‘Millie’


Canine Trainer

Aimee is the newest member of the ‘CC Crew’ after recently graduating from the National Dog Trainers Federation.

A long time animal enthusiast, Aimee has worked in the animal industry with charity, boarding kennels and pet sitting. She has a high passion for behavioural modification, complex skills and cross species training. When she isn’t training dogs she can be found training her Bengal cats!