Emma with her dogs Harvey, Quick-Silver and Omo
Sonja with Luther
Emma has recently realised her dream of opening a dog daycare and training facility - K9 Elementary
After gaining over 20 years experience training and working with dogs. She has been internationally certified as a detection dog trainer and has studied with the National Dog Trainers Federation.
Emma has worked as an operational Explosives Detection Dog handler and trainer. She has worked with the Victorian DPI training dogs for pest species detection.
Emma is well versed in a huge range of training techniques and methods. She regularly attends seminars, workshops and training courses including Randy Hares Detection Dog Training and Techniques conducted in Queensland and Medical Alert Dog Training with Debby Kay who wrote the book on Super Sniffers.
Emma has also trained detection dog teams with La Trobe University, Faculty of Science Technology and Engineering, School of Psychological Science for a new research project.
She owns Dutch Shepherds trained in Urban Search and Rescue (Omo), Track and Search (Quick-Silver) and of course Nosework for Sport.
After the loss of Harvey (lab) we are enjoying our new team member Ninja the Jagd (German Hunting Terrier) and learning all about what trouble terriers can get up to ......
Sonja has been training dogs for over 25 years, gaining titles with several dogs in obedience & tracking. She has extensive experience with dog behavioural training.
Sonja was an Australian certified and operational Search and Rescue dog handler with her GSD Luther, specialising in Urban search and rescue.
She currently lectures Animal Science (behaviour and training) and researches canine scenting and detection for pest and diseases at the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science. She has extensive knowledge on scent and how it is effected by environmental and atmospheric conditions and holds a number of degrees including B. App. Sc., Grad. Cert. Forensic Sci., Grad. Dip. Teaching and is currently completing her Masters researching Frost.
Please contact us to register interest or to book a private lesson or small group workshop.