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.