TRAINERS AND OFFICE BEARERS

Vera

Committee and Secretary – (Life Member)

Joined HBODC over 30 years ago.

Graduated from the (then) Grade 6 with Laddie, a Shetland sheepdog.

Jim
Committee President & Trainer – (Life Member)
Joined HBODC in 1997.

Past member of several obedience dog clubs, and VCA, with experience in dog training for over 30 years. Initial experience and interest in conformation showing of Great Danes
Currently has a consultancy business in home dog obedience training.

 Glenn
Committee Vice President & Trainer  – (Life Member)

In Glenn’s own words: “I joined the club in 2003 with my daughter Emily and two Border Collies, Pip and Jake. I had trained the two dogs as working dogs on our farm where we bred lambs and calves for the market. After spending ten years on the farm our return to the city required some retraining for the dogs. Both had never been on lead, had the run of a sizeable farm without the need to understand the dangers of roads nor were accustomed to playing and getting along with other dogs.

Over the next 4 years Jake excelled at each level of training winning ‘best’ dog trophies at every trial he was entered for. Jake’s final claim to dog fame was succeeding in achieving ‘Diamond Dog Excellence’…only the second dog to achieve the highest level we offer at our club.

Both Pip and Jake have passed to dog heaven and we now have two new border collies Coco and Ollie.

In 2008 I was invited to become a trainer at our club and gladly accepted. My 30 years being involved in education and training together with my training experience on the farm has help guide me in developing challenging training exercises for our club’s Bronze Class.”

Glenn is also a member of the Association of Pet a Dog Trainers Australia Inc.

Rebecca
Committee & Trainer

“I started dog obedience training 4 ½ half years ago when I got my border collie, Zach.

Initially, I got private lessons but soon realised that he needed to be amongst other dogs for socialisation. On occasion he was becoming aggressive around other dogs. I was recommended HBODC by a friend and my local pet store.

I soon learned that dog obedience training is about teaching the human and that it was easy for the dog!

I now have another dog, Wilbur, and we have started training this year.”

David
Committee & Trainer

David began training Cocker Spaniels when he was 15 at the Morwell Dog Obedience Club.
David joined HBODC in 2006 with a young pup Avila who graduated to diamond dog. He currently works with Grace and became a trainer within the club in 2011.

David currently teaches Gold class. He has a focus on teaching dogs and their companions skills vital for good canine citizenship within an urban environment.

Lucie

Committee, Assistant Secretary & Trainer

In her own words:
“Whilst growing up, dogs were always important members of our family.
I  moved to Australia in 2008 and my husband and I got Maddy our Border Collie in February 2013. We had heard great things about Hobson’s Bay Obedience Dog Club and joined when Maddy was 4 months old.
I was flattered to be invited to train as a trainer in July 2014 and am enjoying learning more and helping others with their 4 legged friends. I have completed a training course with Absolute Dogs and am a certified Pro Dog Trainer. I have extensive knowledge training Puppy Pre School and I also conduct private 1:2:1 sessions. Maddy has been a Lort Smith Pet Therapy Dog, visiting the children, families and staff at The Royal Children’s Hospital, since 2015 and absolutely loves it.”

Michele

Committee & Trainer

I joined HBODC many years ago with my dog Scruffy, a Miniature Schnauzer. Vera was my trainer at the time and she ran a pretty tight ship! Thanks to Vera and the club Scruffy was an amazing dog. I returned to the club in 2014 with Ruby and Jasper my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I have always loved teaching, helping people and dogs so I guess HBODC was the place for me! I really enjoy my work at the club and hope that by sharing my experience and knowledge I help members to form wonderful relationships with their dogs.

Tim

Committee & Trainer

Tim joined the club in 2001 and has been a trainer for 15 years. He has trained two guide dog puppies and his dog Harry who he trained to class 6 Diamond level. Tim currently teaches the Silver class but during his time at the club he has taught every level. Tim gets great satisfaction from seeing people pass in trials.

Judy

Committee & Treasurer

Kurt

Committee

Sue

Committee