Penny founded Ocean Paws Dog Training in 2014 where she worked as a part time assistant dog groomer and in 2015 as volunteer dog trainer at a local dog training club.
Her passion for animals and in particular dogs started from a very young age when she fell in love with a local collie dog called Alice. Unfortunately being so young Penny didn’t know a lot about animals back then and despite her many advances to say hello, Alice continued to bite her every time she went to pat her. Not understanding why, Penny would often run home in tears and would query her mother with a million questions as to why she thought the dog was biting her, which she later found out was simply due to poor Alice being sick.
Not deterred, her curiosity about animal behaviour extended throughout her schooling to all animals, which was the focus of her school assignments on and later on as young adult where she studied animal attending and worked a pet store for 3 years.
After being made redundant, Penny travelled extensively throughout Europe and spent several years in the telecommunications industry, until 6 years ago when she was offered a part time job assisting a local dog groomer, which very quickly reunited her passion for animals.
With owning her own two dogs Ziggy and Sampson, speaking to local dog owners seeking solutions for behaviour issues, she decided to pursue her passion and study Companion Animal Services and Behaviour through the Delta Institute, which is a national recognised dog training accreditation.
During that time Dog behaviour and training has become an obsession for Penny who frequently spends her free time researching and reading information about dogs to better understand her profession.
To ensure she is up to date with the most effective dog training methods, Penny is a member of the APDT – Australian Professional Dog Trainers Association, PPGA – Pet Professional Guild Australia and the Delta Institute along with frequently attending online educational webinars and conferences.
Penny practices a progressive, reward based modern approach when training dogs and aims to share as much information as possible, to help owners and their dogs live a happy, harmonious life together.
Working with a fully Accredited Dog Trainer is essential.
To ensure that Penny is up to date with the most effective dog training methods and the latest industry news, she is a member of the following organisations