Pawsitively Great Pets
B.AnSci (Melb Uni), National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) accredited behaviourist
Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Amanda has been involved with the animal industry for over 13 years.
Following her graduation from her Bachelor of Animal Science and Management, Amanda continued to develop her interest in training and behavior through the NDTF trainer’s course.
For over 6 years, Amanda has developed her skills and knowledge as a behavioural trainer through her work as Animal Behaviour and Training Coordinator with RSPCA Victoria. It was through this role that Amanda worked closely with private clients working through common behavioural issues, coordinating group classes as well as assessing and rehabilitating shelter animals for their suitability for adoption.
Amanda spent the following years working with Melbourne's veterinary behaviour referral service "Good Pet Behaviour" working alongside some of the leading veterinary behaviourists of Australia. It was through this work that Amanda continued to develop her interest and skill in complex behavioural issues.
Pawsitively Great Pets was founded in 2016 and since then has joined forces with Southern Cross Animal Stars to form K9 Connect.
Amanda utilises practical, reward based training techniques to help owners learn the skills to better communicate with their family pets. Amanda is passionate about helping owners better understand their pets and how they can use management and training to help strengthen the human-animal bond.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys training her own dogs in competitive dog events such as obedience, agility and herding.
Southern Cross Animal Stars
BSc (hons) (Melb Uni), National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) accredited behaviourist
Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Julija has been training dogs at a professional level for the past 18 years.
Always being interested in animal behaviour, her BSc Honours project involved studying the diving behaviour of Little Penguins at Phillip Island. She completed the Dog Trainer Certification Course through National Dog Trainers Federation the same year.
Julija instructed at a leading dog training company for four years before starting her own business, Southern Cross Animal Stars. Going from running classes only 2 days a week to expanding to 6 days a week, her successful training business has recently taken a pause so she can focus on family. Being mother of two (10 year old daughter and 4 year old son) it has been fun to see how dog training techniques can be used to ‘train’ children.
Always having a strong interest for training tricks and ‘all things different’ when it comes to dogs, Julija developed her ever popular Beginners Tricks and Advanced Tricks training programs. She also developed and instructed fun and interactive Puppy Classes and all levels of obedience training for the everyday pet dog.
In addition to classes, she also does behaviour consults for owners of dogs with issues ranging from fears and anxieties, over-reactivities and dog-to-dog socialisation problems. As training benefits not only the dog, but also the owner/dog bond, she has seen how important is to make training fun, enjoyable and surprisingly easy.
Julija has also built Southern Cross Animal Stars into an animal agency, providing animal wrangling services for TV, film and commercial photoshoots. She has 10 years experience of having animals on-set and doing live performances. Join her for a rare insight into this special area of training and learn some important tricks of the trade.
As well as having fun with tricks, she loves teaching pre-performance skills for competitive agility. Also competing with her own dogs in agility, she is a registered ANKC agility judge.