Behavioural Dog Trainer
Tracey is a Delta Institute graduate and has been training both two-legged and four-legged learners since 2013. Tracey’s approach focuses on teaching lifestyle behaviours. She also works with dogs who have a history of resource guarding, anxiety, aggression, biting and other behavioural challenges. Tracey is a compassionate trainer who believes strongly in advocating for the dog’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. She believes that her role is to help dogs and their guardians be the best of friends and build a mutually respectful and unbreakable bond.
Tracey was also part of the first cohort of students to complete the University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Science in Animal Behaviour in 2021. She is now undertaking her Honours research into dogs with canine cognitive dysfunction (‘doggy dementia’) and hopes to go on to do further research into training interventions to modify behaviour and improve the welfare of senior and geriatric companion canines.
Tracey also assesses dogs and their handlers to enter the Delta Therapy Dogs program – an animal assisted intervention program that provides visits to hospitals, aged care facilities, youth services, mental health services, correctional facilities, and other health and community services. She also trains and assesses students of the Delta Institute education program delivering the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.
To maintain her professional currency she is a member of the Delta Institute, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Pet Professional Guild of Australia, Fear Free Pets and is listed on the RSPCA Force-Free Trainers list, all which require regular and ongoing professional development to retain membership.
She shares her life with Alan (human), Barry (canine) and Gypsy (canine), loves living by the beach, and in her very little spare time loves reading a good crime novel. And one day, she hopes to again be able to indulge in her other passion – international travel!
Tracey has the tough job of running some of our Puppy Primary Classes, We are so very lucky to have her on our training and behaviour team!