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    Talking New to the dog forum scene

    Hi Guys,

    My name is Belinda. I run a new dog training/minding/walking business in the North Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. I started my business in 2010, not really advertising, just handing out my card at the local park to people I spoke to about our dogs. It picked up quite well and now I have decided it is probably time to actually advertise. 2012, the year of the dog (in my eyes)

    Anyway, I own a Spanador (cocker spaniel X labrador) who I rescued from the RSPCA at the age of 12 months (was there for 4 weeks). He had many issues, of which my partner and I have done our best to resolve. He is not perfect, but he is getting there SLOOOOOWLY.

    I have completed 2 dog training courses; One 8 week course based solely on running dog training classes and the running of the business through 'Australian Dog Trainers Academy' and another 8 month course through the 'National Dog Trainers Federation', which gave me a Cert III in Dog Behaviour & Training, with an additional elective in training dogs for Assistance Roles. My next endeavor is another elective on Tracking and Trailing. I have just started teaching my dog this, so still in the learning phase. I'm hoping he will pick it up quite quickly (and with a bit of luck, get some tips from you all).

    I am constantly on the look out for more knowledge, as you never know everything. I am happy to listen to other people with advise or opinions on dogs and am also happy to help anyone with a problem they can't seem to fix. You will probably see me comment on quite a lot of threads regarding training, as I love a good problem to solve. It's great to brain storm with everyone.

    I look forward to speaking with you all and hopefully making some good friends on here. If you have any other questions for me about me or your dog, feel free to ask. I'm open for a chat.

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    Hi Belinda! to the forum

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Welcome to the forum

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    Gday Belinda. Welcome aboard. I'm glad you introduced yourself as i'm hopless for picking whether someones a bloke or a shiela by thier posts. LOL.
    We seem to have a lot of new members who are right into thier training of late. Thats great because it helps peeps like me who need all the advice they can get.!!
    PICS of your pup and heaps of them please !!!


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    Welcome to the forum Belinda.

    We have a few very experienced trainers and behaviourists here who will undoubtedly help you expand on the foundation knowledge you have from your NDTF Cert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Gday Belinda. Welcome aboard. I'm glad you introduced yourself as i'm hopless for picking whether someones a bloke or a shiela by thier posts. LOL.
    We seem to have a lot of new members who are right into thier training of late. Thats great because it helps peeps like me who need all the advice they can get.!!
    PICS of your pup and heaps of them please !!!
    Thanks Sean. I'm sure you will get lots of different advice from everyone about the same thing. I guess it just depends on how they gained their knowledge and how much experience they have regarding each topic. I'll do my best to help where needed.

    And yes, I will add some photos of my boy.

    Where your name says senior member, I did write my name there, though I'm not sure if anyone can actually see it or not? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    Welcome to the forum Belinda.

    We have a few very experienced trainers and behaviourists here who will undoubtedly help you expand on the foundation knowledge you have from your NDTF Cert.
    Villian, I hope that is the case, though it is quite hard to conclude whether someone is putting their opinion across based on their knowledge and expertise or whether they are just another dog owner who has based their opinion from reading other comments (lacking in independent knowledge). Example being, random dog owners who hate Pitbull Terriers based on the "fact" that others are saying how evil they are and that the breed itself can't be trusted and they know a person who knew someone who's next-door neighbour had one and it killed the other neighbour's cat...etc.

    I have a few ideas on who trainers are so far, but can never be sure :P

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    Welcome Great to have you on board. I for one am NOT a dog trainer but I do have a very broken dog.
    Owning a dog should be a partnership. Much like a good marriage it should be based on love, trust and devotion until death do you part.
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    Hi Belinda

    welcome to the forum. If you want to go all out plugging your business here - please send Morgan - the forum owner a private message and ask him for permission (forum rules).
    View Profile: Morgan - Australian Purebred & Crossbreed Dog Forum

    I belong to a dog obedience club and go twice a week - one time for "fun class" ie beyond grade five but not the competition class - we do a bit of everything in "fun class". And again for agility training - because I'd like to compete in agilty with my dog. So I've done a bit of obedience, tracking, doggy dancing (free style), agility and herding with my dog. The more dogs you train - the more you learn - so volunteering to instruct at a dog club might be really good experience for you.

    I'm glad you have rescue dog - I do too.

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    Hyacinth, I don't as yet want to "go all out plugging my business". For now I'm just happy to chat and listen to what people have to say and so forth. This is my first forum so am happy to blend in like a new kid for a while (though I was never very good at that back in school :P).

    Thanks for the link to Morgan. He sent me a welcome email when I signed up so if I won't to do anything more I will contact him

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