Kelly McFarlane, CSAT, CDBC, VN
With over 20 years of hands-on experience communicating with, training, and socialising man’s best friend, I’ve always been passionate about taking on tricky dogs and helping them become happier and well-trained (for your benefit too!). I am the expert to help you and your dog, I can help solve your dogs behaviour issues but I also fully understand their health requirements which can effect your dogs behaviour.
At age 13 in the UK, I rang every kennel before one would let me volunteer there, and before long I went door knocking on vet clinic doors to get work experience. I went on to become a veterinary nurse and eventually worked my way up the ladder to become Practice Manager.
I’ve completed the acclaimed Delta Training Course in Australia, I’m accredited as an animal trainer and also a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants. I have recently just become a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer. I feel pretty lucky to be the only person in NZ to have this and to be able to help those dogs suffering with Separation Anxiety globally not just in New Zealand!
I spend most of my time helping dogs with separation anxiety, phobias and fear issues, barking complaints, destructive behaviour, and puppy training issues. I see things as a jigsaw – I’m trying to help put the pieces together for the family as well as the dog.
I strongly believe that a science-based approach is the best way to get the best out of our beloved canines, so I’ve developed and explored countless methods of training techniques for dogs and other animals. These have given me the ability to create structure and positive behavioural environments for dogs – things that are vital to help them feel happy and loved and their owners get some peace of mind.
Recently I’ve been enjoying sharing my experience and knowledge on TV show The Café on THREE, while helping hundreds of families worried about their dog. For me, it’s all about making the process easy and enjoyable for you and for the furriest member of your family.
Keen to make sure your dog feels safe and happy (and doing what it’s supposed to)? Get in touch today – I’d love to chat.