Jordan Dog Training are specialists in interpreting canine body language, and have been helping solve canine behaviour problems for many years.
Justin has worked in the pet industry for over 30 years, training, trialling and consulting as a behavioural therapist. He is a member of the Pet Industry Association and is also working as part of the Dog Training Consultative Group in developing a “Model Code of Practice” that will develop best practice standards for the dog training industry in Australia and be a voice of the Pet Industry Association for members with concerns on training techniques & methods.
Justin has been selected as the official trainer and handler for the Queensland Reds junior mascot, “Red.” From the selection of a suitable puppy with the correct temperament to the development of this puppy and its ongoing training, Justin is responsible for all aspects of Red’s wellbeing and career and is also the handler at all of the St. George Queensland Reds home games and media events.
Justin worked closely with the late John Richardson, also known as the Dog Whisperer, and oversaw the Queensland branches of the DogTech franchise for many years, also attaining the Master Trainer qualification.
As an industry leader, Justin also works in partnership with the Brisbane City Council, participating in Animal Management Forums helping to develop and improve the way council works with, educates and regulates responsible animal ownership. In recent years, Justin also helped at the many K-9 capers events run by council across Brisbane.
With experience both in obedience training and in behavioural problem-solving, Justin has instructed at many dog obedience organisations in his career, including Metropolitan Dog Obedience Club and Teamwork Dog Obedience, and estimates that he has directly worked with and helped over 20,000 Australian families with their dogs.
Justin’s passion for our canine friend sees him donate his time and expertise to many dog rescue organisations and shelters plus also doing canine therapy visits to retirement villages (read more here).
Justin’s vision for Jordan Dog Training generated from seeing a need in Brisbane for professional dog trainers to help people understand and resolve their dog’s behavioural problems with gentle methods and proven techniques. As the demand for his services have outstripped the time he has available, he has selected a team of passionate, like-minded people to join him in his venture and he is constantly looking for the right people to join his expanding team.
Dog Trainer (Sydney)
Belinda is our Sydney Representative and has been involved in training dogs both professionally and at competition level for over a decade. She has also completed a zoology degree and studying education. Both training and behaviour fascinate her and she really tries to impart just how much fun it can be interacting with and understanding dogs.
Belinda has trained her own dogs to win at a variety of competitions including winning obedience at Sydney and Brisbane Royal shows in the one year. She has also won duck herding competitions with her cattle dogs.
Most of all Belinda values seeing both humans and dogs enjoying each other and having a stress free existence.
Rachel has been a member of Pine Rivers dog training club for the past 4 years where she trains her Silky x Australian Terrier in obedience, rally o and agility.
Rachel has been working at Guide dogs Queensland in the breeding centre, and has also previously worked with the dogs in training. She has a keen interest in trick training and brain games, and she loves watching dogs think and interact with their owners.
With her own portable studio and choices of backdrops, Rachel’s 10 years in pet photography enables her to capture beautiful, well lit photos that capture the essence of our best friends! She takes Puppy school photos regularly for Jordan Dog Training and is available for studio photos at the weekends. See Rachel’s website or follow her on Facebook.
CertIV VN, CertIV TAE
Tabatha is a qualified veterinary nurse and has been actively working in the veterinary industry since the late 90’s. Having held positions ranging from general practice roles through to speciality and emergency nursing along with managing a large specialist hospital her animal care experience is diverse.
Currently, Tabatha works as a nurse educator with the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing and teaches veterinary nurses from entry level to diploma level and is involved with the writing of new educational resources for the company. In addition to this she runs her own two businesses; Help Meowt (consultancy service with a focus on the veterinary industry) and Beaky Things (an e-commerce store for bird toys with a focus on foraging products). Tabatha has a keen interest in avian health and well-being, when she is not teaching and running her businesses she works as an Avian Veterinary Nurse at Brisbane Bird Vet. In the future, Tabatha hopes to extend her business into bird behaviour management and is currently taking on additional study in this area.
At home Tabatha has 3 dogs and 4 parrots – all rescues. She has a soft spot for those who need a little extra help and attention and she loves to help other families manage the special needs cases.
See Tabatha’s website or follow her on Facebook.
Michelle has worked in the animal industry for more than 20 years after her family undertook guardianship of the Tea Tree Gully Boarding Kennels & Cattery in South Australia. A number of years down the track and following a move to Queensland, Michelle’s experience was recognised formally with Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services and Dog Training being earned alongside employment at the award-winning Samford Pet Resort.
Following receipt of her industry qualifications, Michelle continued on to earn Certificate III in Small Business Management and eventually started her own business, Ultimutts Dog Training. Michelle successfully ran Puppy School and Dog Training at multiple venues on Brisbane’s Northside, as well as helping clients that had dogs with all kinds of behaviour issues before jumping at the chance to join the team at the industry-lauded Jordan Dog Training.
Michelle’s favourite part about animal training (and people training!) is seeing both the pet and handler progress session-by-session until they ultimately learn to work as a team. Excitement and pride at Michelle’s end are hard to hide when class members are able to nail that exercise they have been practicing for weeks.
Undeniably, Michelle has always had a passion for dogs and the workings of their minds, with her first taste of dog training coming by joining her parents with their Bloodhounds in the Show ring. It was, however, not until Michelle adopted her 7-year-old Australian Shepherd, Neo, that she knew dog training was where her future lay.
Neo has now moved on and is running amok over the Rainbow Bridge, and Michelle shares her life with 4 (yes, four!) dogs who keep her on her toes and make her smile every day.
Julie has many years of hands on experience working with, training and rehabilitating rescue dogs and puppies to give them a new start in life. Julie has also been running the occasional puppy course to fulfil her passion and give her that insatiable puppy fix.
Julie’s love and passion for dogs sees a warm and compassionate side of dog training which receives amazing results, both for guardians and their dogs.
As a trained ICU nurse for many years before delving into full-time animal care, Mia is passionate about working with dogs. That passion took her to many overseas countries, including India, where she spent two years working in animal shelters, assisting with rescue efforts and dealing with human abuse of dogs. There, Mia lent her assistance with a large population of street dogs and their associated issues such as malnutrition, disabilities, fear-based aggression and diseases such as mange, rabies and distemper. She also undertook their routine care such as feeding and watering, and helped to keep the population in check and healthy by assisting with desexing and vaccinations of street dogs.
While in India, Mia was also a key member of a group that visited schools and educated children on how to not be fearful around street dogs, how to approach dogs, and how to handle and care for a pet in a respectful and safe way.
Mia is now excited to join the team at Jordan Dog Training where she can continue to use her valuable skills in dog training, canine body language and communication and her interest in animal welfare to improve the lives and outcomes for dogs and their owners alike.
Debbie has always loved animals and currently shares a house with two dogs and a cat. She loves training obedience with all of them (yes, the cat shakes hand on command) and has been working as an assistant dog trainer for around 2 years.
It was through training her dog Alfie that she learned how much good training can not only bond a dog with their owner but also how much personal satisfaction you get out of the small milestones of consistent training. Debbie is also involved with agility and loves competing as often as she can.”
Debbie is also studying for her Masters of Commerce at night and will then be doing some formal dog training certificates to help grow her already extensive canine knowledge.
Amy has had a passion for animals all her life. Amy holds a Bachelor of Animal Management and Welfare, which is where she discovered her zest for training and behaviour in animals. Amy’s beloved cat has been taught a number of behaviours such as sitting, high fiving and recall, whilst Amy awaits the puppy addition to the family.
She has spent time in a couple of Zoos across Australia and New Zealand training exotic animals including Tigers, Primates, Cheetah and Rhino’s. Amy has been working at obedience and puppy schools with Jordan Dog Training, loving meeting all our visitors, four legged and two. With almost 10 years’ customer service in the pet industry, Amy has a wide knowledge of everything your Furry family members need. Amy will continue to master dog behaviour to help build the best relationship between us and our furry friends.
Terri exudes a love and warmth for animals that is immediately picked up by any animal she meets. She mixes a firm consistency with love and affection, and her care for the animals is paramount.
For almost 30 years, Terri has been involved in the animal industry in one form or another. At 14 years of age her first job was at the Greyhound Racing on race nights beginning as a kennel staff member and then progressing over the next seven years to become a Race Night Steward. Her love for this amazing breed grew and grew during this time to a point where Terri fostered many and adopted one beautiful greyhound, Peanut.
Terri also owned and managed Pet Stores for many years which fueled her love for all things four legged and furry. During this time, she undertook training in animal obedience, behavior and the care of companion animals. These skills were not only put to use to help guide new dog owners when they took home their new puppy but also with her own animals teaching them basic obedience and some additional tricks.
There were times on Terri’s old farm where you could see her taking her dogs for a walk, to be followed by her five horses and two cats. It was truly a sight to see, and her mother affectionately dubbed her ‘The Pied Piper’.
Terri also has both Business and Photographic qualifications, and is an avid softballer having played both in Australia and overseas. Her love for sharing knowledge and watching growth is present in the fact that she has coached softball for almost as many years as she has played as well as instructed at her local pony club for many years.
Her current animal family consists of her Border Collie, Dotti, five horses, including one adopted Standardbred, and two ragdoll kittens who believe they are way more helpful that what they really are.
Coupling her love for animals with her years as an educator and instructor she is looking forward to bringing her skill set to Jordan Dog Training clients.