Our Trainers

Barb

Role at JDTC: Instructor
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Best Achievement:
If I were a dog I would be a:
Because:

I joined the club in 2010 when I was training my Labradoodle named Oscar.  I started in puppies and graduated through Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, and have done some Top Dog classes including some pre-trial work.  In 2012 I become an instructor with the club.  I have attended several dog seminars to help me to help you to become better dog owners.  I enjoy my Sunday mornings at the club and I try to make my class a fun and informative experience.  At the club we are surrounded by so much knowledge and experience with each green shirt you see and they are all friendly and approachable.  I hope you enjoy your time at JDTC and look forward to meeting you in one of my classes.

Ben

Role at JDTC: Instructor and committee member
Favourite Dog Breed: Border Collie
Favourite Dog Trick: Play dead
Best Achievement: Adopting our Border Collie Jess and saving her life
If I were a dog I would be a: Golden Retriever
Because:
My wife thinks I’m a big softy

I have been at JDTC for 4 years now and have taken both of our dogs through all the classes. I have been an instructor and a committee member for the last 2 years. I love being involved with JDTC as it has a very family orientated atmosphere and has a wide range of experienced trainers. If I ever had a problem with either of my dogs, one of the instructors always had an answer. We took our border collie to Agility for 2 years and she had a great time. I hope I can be as helpful to you as the instructors have been for me.

Keith

Role at JDTC: Instructor and committee member
Favourite Dog Breed:
Favourite Dog Trick:
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If I were a dog I would be a:
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I joined the club in 2010 and trained with my dog Oscar through all levels and enjoyed Top Dog.  In 2012 I learnt more about training dogs and became an instructor with the club, and have attended several dog training courses.  With such a great group of instructors at the club I continue to learn and improve my training techniques.  I like JDTC because they train with positive reinforcement which I have seen to be more enjoyable and successful for both dog and handler.  Hope to see you at training on Sundays in one of my classes.

Karin

Role at JDTC: Instructor and Secretary
Favourite Dog Breed: Maltese Shitzu
If I were a dog I would be: My Maltese Shitzu Ella
Because:
She is pampered and loved

I started as a volunteer trainer with Joondalup Dog Training Club in July 2011 and am now on the committee and secretary.  My family in Wales had a history with working Welsh Sheep Dogs or Border Collies. I have previously been a SAFE Foster Carer for dogs and small animals.  I own a very old Maltese – Shitzu called Ella purchased from Stirling pound and a rescue Wiero called Sam.  As a volunteer in Joondalup Dog Club it is a rewarding position which gives me the opportunity to help members of the local community enrich their own and the lives of their canine companions.

In my spare time I like travelling, gardening and reading.

Graham

Role at JDTC: Instructor and President
Favourite Dog Breed: Border Collie
Favourite Dog Trick: Play dead
Best Achievement: Adopting our Border Collie Jess and saving her life
If I were a dog I would be a: Golden Retriever
Because:
My wife thinks I’m a big softy

Jen

Role at JDTC: Instructor and Administrator
Favourite Dog Breed: Border Collie/Kelpie
Favourite Dog Trick: Where is….. (ball/footy/soccerball/Mum/Dad)?
Best Achievement: Creating a strong bond with our dogs through positive reinforcement obedience training at JDTC
If I were a dog I would be a: Border Collie
Because:
I love to run, I get bored very quickly and I need to be physically and mentally stimulated 🙂

I joined JDTC in 2011 with our Kelpie x Max who was the most energetic, playful but destructive puppy I have ever come across. Through our training at JDTC and lots of work at home he slowly but surely became an amazing, well trained family dog. Gradually we progressed through all of the classes until we reached Top Dog where Max ‘retired’ from official training but would occasionally help me out as a demonstration dog in class. I became a trainer at JDTC in 2013 and I thoroughly enjoy passing on the knowledge that I have learned from my training to my classes.

Dave

Role at JDTC: Instructor
Favourite Dog Breed: German Shepherd/Golden Retriever
Favourite Dog Trick: Retrieve
Best Achievement: Volunteering to become a JDTC trainer in 2003
If I were a dog I would be a: German Shepherd
Because:
I like to be in charge around dogs to get the best out of them

I joined the club in 2002 on arriving from South Africa with Oliver, a 4 year old German Shepherd, who was a bit cranky after 7 months in quarantine. The JDTC environment was wonderful for Oliver. I was talked into becoming a trainer and committee member in 2003 and was the club secretary for 5 years. Being a dog trainer is a fascinating hobby with never a dull moment. It is extremely rewarding seeing people and their dogs blossom as they get to understand each other as the relationship builds. I have done many courses/seminars over the years including a TAFE course (Challenger Institute of Technology) to be a qualified Industry Accredited Dog Trainer.

We (my wife, Kathryn, and I) joined WA Assistance Dogs after Oliver and raised/trained 3 Golden Retriever pups. This resulted in us now having a Golden Retriever, Jesse, who is a therapy dog and brings smiles and laughs to all at an aged care facility.

Kathryn

Role at JDTC: Instructor
Favourite Dog Breed: German Shepherd and Golden Retriever
Favourite Dog Trick: Jesse Removing a hat from my head
If I were a dog I would be a: German Shepherd 
Because:
They are so focused and loyal

I have been at JDTC for 6 years.  I did the DOGSWEST Canine Good Companions and Club Instructors Course and became a JDTC Instructor in 2009 and a committee member from 2010 to 2013.  I really enjoy the relaxed friendly atmosphere at our club and the focus on pet dog training. The commitment of all the volunteer instructors and committee members is what makes the club the happy place it is.

I have always trained my dogs and believe passionately that living with a dog is a lifelong commitment.   Once you ask a dog to share your life you have an obligation to train, love and have fun with your dog. My first GSD came to live with us when I was 10 years old.  When Dave and I married 2 GSD pups joined our family. All in 5 GSD’s shared our lives in South Africa.   Lara and Oliver  (GSD’s) emigrated with us  in 2012 and after they died we got involved with  puppy raising for WAAD.  Jesse, the Golden Retriever we were puppy raising was not suitable for assistance work and has made her forever home with us.  We were delighted she could stay with us forever and she is now 5.5 years old and loves being a demo dog a t training and a therapy dog/.

Lesley

Role at JDTC: Head Instructor and committee member
Favourite Dog Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Golden Retriever
Favourite Dog Trick: Walking Backwards
Best Achievement: I have lots See below
If I were a dog I would be a: Gun Dog

I Started Dog Training in 1979 in the UK and I have continued it here in WAI Became an accredited Instructor for Plymouth Dog Training Club in 1981 until 2001. I Started training/working for Guide Dogs for the Blind in the UK in 1981 until 1996 during which time I successfully trained 30 puppies.

I was training Dogs for the Disabled in the UK from 1996 until 1999 during which time I successfully trained 4 working dogs. I Arrived in WA in October 2003 and joined JDTC in 2004 as a Handler and then as an Instructor in 2005 which has been continuous with the exception of 2 years to concentrate on WAAD.

Dogs and dog training have figured prominently in most of my life and I love all aspects of both.  They have consumed a vast amount of my time over the years, having learned early on that you will only reap rewards if you put in the time with training.  I also learned early on that dogs deserve and thrive when regularly stimulated, involved and loved and all three have been my motivators with dogs that I have owned/trained.

Attending many courses has helped me considerably with gaining knowledge on how the training processes should be conducted.

I can honestly say that I get as much enjoyment from teaching others – and seeing them succeed – as I do from successes I might achieve with my own dogs; this is why I enjoy JDTC so much.

Dave

Role at JDTC: Instructor
Favourite Dog Breed: German Shepherd/Golden Retriever
Favourite Dog Trick: Retrieve
Best Achievement: Volunteering to become a JDTC trainer in 2003
If I were a dog I would be a: German Shepherd
Because:
I like to be in charge around dogs to get the best out of them

Kathryn

Role at JDTC: Instructor
Favourite Dog Breed: German Shepherd and Golden Retriever
Favourite Dog Trick: Jesse Removing a hat from my head
If I were a dog I would be a: German Shepherd 
Because:
They are so focused and loyal

Lesley

Role at JDTC: Head Instructor and committee member
Favourite Dog Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Golden Retriever
Favourite Dog Trick: Walking Backwards
Best Achievement: I have lots See below
If I were a dog I would be a: Gun Dog