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Our Team

CBS thrives on learning more. The more we learn, the better we can help you and your dog achieve your goals.

We encourage our instructors to not only gain credentials in dog training but ask them to continue on with their education just as any serious professional does these days. We require them to participate in relevant training seminars and workshops each year.

Although all our instructors are volunteers, many of them are also professional canine trainers. Our instructors have a range of nationally and internationally recognised professional credentials, from such institutions as:

  • Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Delta Institute
  • Dognostics Career Center
  • International School of Canine Psychology & Behaviour
  • Karen Pryor Academy
  • Learning About Dogs (Competency Assessment Program)
  • Pet Professional Accreditation Board

We also have a comprehensive two-year aspiring instructor program, which is run in-house by our Senior Volunteer Trainer.

CBS offers a wide range of learning opportunities for its volunteers. 2022 Monarto Safari Park behind the scenes.

Discover our team

Helen Davis Aspiring Instructor

Helen Davis Aspiring Instructor

Helen has lived with and loved dogs all her life.  Helen first became a member of a dog training club whilst still at school and has been actively involved in training and competing with dogs ever since.  She commenced instructing for dog clubs in the 1990s.  Helen...

Jan Prider Instructor

Jan Prider Instructor

Jan was lucky to find CBS on the advice of a vet when she adopted her first rescue dog. She says that CBS transformed their relationship. Her dog learned to trust her & look to her for guidance when anxious rather than running away. Naturally she turned to CBS...

Emma Cook Aspiring Instructor

Emma Cook Aspiring Instructor

An enthusiast for all things animal-related, Emma grew up surrounded by pets of all varieties. At a very young age she readied herself with a bag of treats and a whole lot of enthusiasm, and began teaching tricks to any animal she found, varying from dogs to cats,...

Joanne Murrell Aspiring Instructor

Joanne Murrell Aspiring Instructor

Born into a family of dog trainers, Jo’s passion for dogs started at a very young age leading her to become an instructor by the age of 19.  She has enjoyed the companionship of many dogs over the years and competed in a wide range of dog sports including Tricks,...

Debra Milikan Instructor and Senior Volunteer Trainer

Debra Milikan Instructor and Senior Volunteer Trainer

Deb has been training dogs since 1976 and has seen great changes in the field during that time. In 2007, she joined Canine Behavioural School and helped shape it into the school it is today. She is currently the Senior Volunteer Trainer, managing the training of CBS...

Marjut Mӓenpӓӓ Instructor

Marjut Mӓenpӓӓ Instructor

Marjut [aka Mariet] has been an instructor for 15 years and has joined CBS as a student before joining CBS's Aspiring Instructor Program. She has completed the CBS Aspiring Instructor Programme in 2023. In her capacity as a dog owner, she has ventured into Obedience...

Jeannine Lampe Instructor and CBS Volunteer Coordinator

Jeannine Lampe Instructor and CBS Volunteer Coordinator

Each of Jeannine’s dogs has taught her a deeper and more meaningful understanding of canine learning and behaviour.  She is passionate about positive reinforcement training and the many lifelong benefits it creates. Jeannine is so lucky to share her life with...

Shaylee Howson Instructor and School Secretary

Shaylee Howson Instructor and School Secretary

Having begun her dog training journey almost 20 years ago, Shaylee has experienced many different training styles and is passionate about force free training. She has volunteered for many years at the RSPCA and is currently an RSPCA dog trainer. She also works as an...

Sharon Hobbs Instructor

Sharon Hobbs Instructor

Sharon has been in the pet industry for more than 15 years. Her interests lie in animal behaviour, welfare and positive reinforcement training. She owns three mini schnauzers named Blitzen, Ava and Billy.  Blitzen and Ava have both obtained their Canine Good Citizen...

Emma Hack Instructor

Emma Hack Instructor

Emma has been an artist, nature and animal lover all of her life. She welcomed her first dog, Hilde, five years ago and so began the obsession with all things ‘dog’. Training her three dogs with positive reinforcement and Nosework led her down the path of...

Petra Edwards Instructor

Petra Edwards Instructor

Petra holds a PhD in dog behaviour and welfare and has a BSc. (Hons) with a specialisation in animal behaviour. Her research focuses have included investigating how dogs experience their veterinary visits and strategies used to reduce stress, and equipment used for...

Felice Case Instructor

Felice Case Instructor

Felice is an experienced dog trainer with a keen interest in working with young dogs to help them stay in their homes forever and reduce the need for rehoming. She has completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2011 and went on to complete a Certificate IV in...

Heather Bradley Instructor and School President

Heather Bradley Instructor and School President

Living with German Shepherds for many years, Heather experienced many different training styles but was really happy to find the use of positive reinforcement training while working at Guide Dogs for the Blind in the UK. It is from them that she adopted her dog Iris,...

Leann Hoppo Instructor

Leann Hoppo Instructor

As a lifelong animal lover, rescue dogs in particular, learning more about their behaviour was a natural progression for Leann. Her teaching  journey began in a community dog training centre after training her own dog there, and now continues both there and at CBS....

Maddy Bamford Instructor

Maddy Bamford Instructor

Maddy is an Instructor at Canine Behaviour School. She found CBS while studying a concordant degree in Animal Science and Animal Behaviour at Adelaide Uni and has continued training post-graduation. Maddy loves helping people discover the world of animal training and...

Anke Wartemann Instructor and Head Instructor

Anke Wartemann Instructor and Head Instructor

Anke joined Canine Behavioural School as an Aspiring Instructor (CBS AI Program) in April 2021 and started instructing her own classes in April 2022. She volunteers with the RSPCA Dog Training Team as well as assisting in and instructing classes for Sleuth Houndz, and...