I have always shared my life with animals, especially dogs and horses. Since I was a little girl, I loved training our family dogs. I used to teach them tricks and basic obedience training. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, it seemed easy for me and kind of natural.
At the age of 15, I flew to France and started an apprenticeship as a jockey before going back home 3 years later. I was a jockey and full time horse trainer in Guadeloupe and France for 12 years.
I entered the world of Dog Training in 2014 when I rescued my first Belgian Shepherd Malinois named Simka. She had a lot of behavioral issues at the time, I contacted a friend who had a dog training facility to help me out with her issues. He then proposed me to work as an apprentice at his facility in Guadeloupe for one year while racing and training horses.
Life wasn't easy over there. I received a job opportunity in France in 2015 as an assistant horse trainer. I decided to stay there for one year, completing a course in dog training before flying to Australia in 2016. I started a Pet Boarding and Dog Training business in 2017 in Melbourne. My partner and I decided to move to Brisbane in 2018 where we are both finally established in our profession.
What does a dog need?
Exercise, Discipline and Love guided by a balanced Leadership.
These are the keys to create a good relationship with your dog. All of my training techniques are applied with the focus being; to create an environment whereby the dog wants to respect the handlers' commands. I use balance training, a combination of positive and negative reinforcement. It is a common misconception that negative reinforcement is harmful to the dog's welfare, however it is one of the most crucial techniques to modify extreme behavioral issues. Comparable to wolves, dogs naturally have a very structured lifestyle and behave based on a pack mentality. A dog demonstrates behaviour based on it's pack status, dominant (leader), middle of the pack and back of the pack. Each individual has its own place in that social order. Without a leader, the pack is confused, unstable and conflicting. As the pack leader you will need to put in place rules, boundaries and limitations for your dog. They are looking for constant guidance and need to know what you expect from them to keep a stable relationship. People who fail to be a leader and don’t understand a domestic dog mindset will put the dog in a position where the dog is uncomfortable. It will create anxious and fearful aggressive behavior. It is crucial for handlers to recreate an environment in which best suits the pack status of the dog. For all of these reasons above it is recommended to contact an experienced dog trainer to provide adequate training.