Welcome to Pawtastic Paws.
Kate and Sophie’s passion for training saw them join forces in 2018.
We understand that every dog is different and are passionate about delivering services that are tailored to your needs. We believe in building a strong relationship between you and your dog. From family dogs requiring some training fine tuning to dogs with reactivity issues, our focus is on delivering the best outcome for both canine and companion.
When not training, I go running with my own dogs on the beach. I enjoy painting, reading with my kids and hanging out with my family - and our 4 dogs, Djindi, Illy, Lottie and Koa (as well the cat Trixie).
I trained my first dog as a child of 8, so when we got Djindi (who is now 10), I started training with her immediately and was offered a job at a training centre as a dog walker. I started dog training professionally in 2012 after completing my certificate at NDTF. I eventually became the Training Coordinator. When I moved to Ocean Grove I opened my own business.
It is my passion to work with people and enable them to get the best from their dogs by building the necessary communication and understanding between dog and owner. A dog is never too young (from 8 weeks) or too old to benefit from you, the owner, learning more about them.
I have experience of helping hundreds of dogs and their families. I have worked with the full range, from rowdy puppies to rescue dogs with serious behavioural problems. I have fostered rescue dogs, volunteered with Lort Smith and assessed dogs for suitability to work with children, the disabled, and the elderly in the Lort Smith Pet Therapy program. I also work with neurodiverse clients helping with assistance dog training.
I am now studying for my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to develop my skills in training trainers. I attend regular seminars and courses to keep my training up to date.
My passion for dog training started as a hobby while I held a 9-5 office job. It became a more serious pursuit after the arrival of my anxious dog, Lou. She was reactive, seemingly defiant and erratic in her behaviour. I couldn't understand why all the training I had been doing with her had not "paid off". I decided to complete my Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training in 2017 to learn more. By the end of completing my course, I knew that this was what I wanted to do as a career.
I love seeing the relationship change between a dog and owner. Seeing both parties grow in confidence and abilities is what makes this job worth it every single day. I also love seeing the "aha" moments people and dogs have that turn a frustrating situation into a successful path forward.
I would like to continue to expand my knowledge in how to assess and rehabilitate anxious dogs. I have learned a lot through my experience with Lou as well as a number of client dogs exhibiting anxious behaviours and reactivity. This area of training is incredibly rich and complex and there's always more to research and learn.
I enjoy spending time with my young family, bushwalking and diving. Being a new mum is keeping me very busy and giving me great experience with understanding working with kids and dogs.