Pet Training

Meet the Trainers

Qualifications: BAgSc (hons), MAgSc, BVSc (hons), MANZCVS (behaviour), Behaviour Resident in private practice training (American College of Veterinary Behaviour).

Experience: Trepheena graduated as a veterinarian in 2004. She worked in general practice (mixed and small animal practice) and then in behavioural practice. She gained Membership in Veterinary Behaviour in 2012 and is undertaking a specialist training program through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Trepheena began at The Lost Dogs’ Home in 2015 as Animal Behaviour Manager and is a highly valued member of our organisation.

Interests in behaviour training: Trepheena has a strong passion for working with shelter and rescue dogs and cats to support their mental health and wellbeing in the shelter and in their new home. She enjoys working closely with owners to treat and manage behaviour problems in pets, such as fear, anxiety and aggression.

Qualifications: Cert. III in Companion Animal Services & IV Companion Animal Services (Delta Society – Animal Behaviour).

Experience: Emma began her career in animal welfare as an animal attendant at Victorian Animal Aid in 2010. Emma has been working at The Lost Dogs’ Home since 2012. While completing her studies in animal behaviour, Emma worked within two positive reinforcement, force-free dog training organisations, running puppy and adult training classes, and providing in-home behaviour consulting.

Interests in behaviour training: Emma has an interest in teaching dogs practical life skills, to help ensure that they can be included in family activities without stress or frustration. Emma has a passion for clicker training, and enjoys working with dogs at the Home, and her own dog, cats and horse.

Qualifications: B.Sc, PhD Neurobiology.

Experience: After completing her PhD, Julia obtained a position as a volunteer at The Lost Dogs’ Home in 2015. Julia’s dedication and passion for animal behaviour saw her quickly gain a position as a junior behaviour trainer in the Behaviour Department in 2016. Julia completed her three month training period and was promoted to animal behaviour trainer.

Interests in behaviour training: Julia loves helping dogs suffering from anxiety disorders and solving complex behavioural problems. She enjoys helping owners better understand their furry friends and build trusting relationships. Julia has a particularly soft spot for big goofy dogs.

Qualifications: BSc (Animal Behaviour), Cerificate III in Animal Studies, currently studying Certificate IV Companion Animal Services (Delta Society – Animal Behaviour).

Experience: Jade began her career in animal welfare as a shelter officer in 2014. Jade also worked as a puppy raising co-ordinator at Guide Dogs SA. Jade is an associate member of both APDT and PPGA. Jade moved from her home in Adelaide to work in the Behaviour Department at The Lost Dogs’ Home in 2017. Jade has held volunteer roles at RSPCA SA, Adelaide Zoo, Monarto Zoo (SA), Canine Behavioural School, Animal Welfare League (SA).

Interests in behaviour training: Jade enjoys the challenge of working with dogs suffering from fear and fear aggression. When Jade isn’t rehabilitating dogs at The Home, she enjoys training other species, such as parrots and chickens!

Qualifications: BVSc, MANZCVS (Behaviour).

Experience: Emma graduated as a veterinarian in 1993. Emma is a qualified behaviour veterinarian and gained Membership in Behaviour Medicine in 2016. Emma has worked in general practice (mixed and small animal practice) and in behaviour practice. Emma joined The Lost Dogs’ Home in 2017 as a Behaviour Veterinarian.

Interests in behaviour training: Emma is passionate about building positive and trusting relationships with clients. Emma came to the Home to work closely with rescue animals who require special help for behaviour problems.

Qualifications: Cert. IV Vet Nursing, currently studying Cert. Currently studying IV Companion Animal Services (Delta Society – Animal Behaviour).

Experience: Deb began her career in the animal industry as a veterinary nurse at RSPCA in 2000. Deb developed a keen interest in animal behaviour, and began running puppy preschool and kitten kinder classes. Deb then secured a position as behaviour consultant at Mount Evelyn Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital 2006. Deb began working in the Behaviour Department at The Lost Dogs’ Home in 2015. Deb also has experience with in-home behaviour consulting and PetPEP (Pet People Education Program) in kindergartens and primary schools.

Interests in behaviour training: Deb has a passion for feline behaviour and training. Deb enjoys kitten training and teaching them valuable life skills to aid in their transition into a new home. Deb also loves teaching clients how to read body language and understand their pets.

Qualifications: BSc, Dip. Animal Science and Management, Cert. III Dog Behaviour and Training (NDTF).

Experience: Helen began her career in animal welfare as a volunteer at The Lost Dogs’ Home in 2010 and shortly after was offered a position as an animal attendant. In 2015 Helen joined the newly formed Behaviour Department. She is an associate member of both APDT and PPGA. Helen has experience running adult training classes and providing in-home consultations.

Interests in behaviour training: Helen has a particular interest in behaviour modification with fearful and reactive dogs. She also enjoys trick training and agility. Helen is passionate about dog behaviour education and promoting the use of ethical, force-free training methods.

Qualifications: Cert. III Dog Behaviour and Training (NDTF), BAnVetBioSc, Cert. handling venomous reptiles.

Experience: Liam started working with dogs in 2008 at a boarding facility. Liam began his career in animal welfare as an animal attendant at Victorian Animal Aid in 2009. Liam obtained a position in the Behaviour Department at The Lost Dogs’ Home in 2017. Liam also has experience with in-home behaviour consulting and in the animal management sector.

Interests in behaviour training: Liam has a gentle approach to dog training and behaviour modification and particularly enjoys building confidence in timid and fearful dogs. He also spends time teaching tricks and agility to his own three dogs.