Your Whole Dog: Cooperative Care. Training. Enrichment.
I have long been an advocate for a multi-modal approach to canine health, training and behaviour, and Your Whole Dog reflects my philosophy that neither behaviour nor health happen in a vacuum, and that a multitude of factors should be considered and addressed when looking at training, behaviour and health challenges. In short, if you are working with me, we will consider your whole dog.
My training areas of special interest are cooperative care, the foundations behaviours for safe and effective fitness and rehab, and ensuring that a dog's behavioural and physical wellness needs are fully met.
I am a strong advocate for both enrichment and decompression activities.
As a trainer, I use positive reinforcement, and I am a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), having completed the Dog Trainer Professional program in 2020. In addition, I am both Fear Free and Low-Stress Handling certified.
As an avid consumer of dog-friendly continuing education to support my areas of interest, I am currently enrolled in the Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer course, taught through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy by Debbie Toracca and Canine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapy (which is a fancy way of saying "massage"!) course, taught through Holistic Animal Studies by Angelique Barbara.
I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ (full), the Pet Professional Guild (full), and the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (supporting).
You can also check out Your Whole Dog on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yourwholedog
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ is the professional body that represents positive reinforcement trainers in New Zealand. You find more information on their website: https://apdtnz.org.nz/
For more information on Fear Free and what it means to be a Fear Free Professional see their website: https://fearfreepets.com/
For more information on the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the different membership categories, their website is: https://m.iaabc.org