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My name is Anita and this is a photo of myself with one of my dogs Leo. I won’t be setting up and starting my business Wags4pets in Yeppoon until late 2021, but I thought I would introduce myself on my new page and write my goals and aims for the future. I hope you will be able to follow my progress. I’ve always been a huge animal lover and have a myriad of pets with dogs and cats. I have worked for 20 years in administration and when the business owner retired I decided to bite the bullet and focus on my passion with helping animals.

My interest in canine behaviour started in 2009 when helping a dog charity overseas whom rescues street dogs. Not knowing enough about canine behaviour I started studying and enrolled in a course for my own personal development. I completed a Certificate III in dog behaviour and training with the NDTF. I continued studying and learning, and over the years have completed a puppy instructors course with Vicky Austin, workshops with Turid Rugass, Steve Austin and Dr Ian Dunbar and gained certification with the Dog Biz Dog Walking Academy. I have completed 3 components with Delta Institute. In September & November 2019, I attended IMDT courses in Sydney and passed my IMDT Assessment for IMDT Membership (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) to become a fully qualified IMDT Dog trainer in Australia. In 2020 due to Covid I attended IMDT courses via Zoom. This year in 2021, I will be focusing on more study and have enrolled in a 6 month IMDT course and a course with Michael Shikashio, as well as hopefully more seminar, webinars and workshops.

In the future (late 2021) I aim to start conducting puppy and adult dog classes as well as providing private consultations as part of assessments. My personal future aim is to help pet dogs and their owners to establish healthy and happy relationships using reward-based training techniques. In the meantime I hope to work on my business set up and focus on training my dogs and study.