Read what our clients say and see the range of issues we have been able to help with.
We rescued a beautiful 2.5years old German Shepherd x named Marley, and although our kids (3 and 5 years old) love the idea of her; they were too terrified to approach her. After just one session with Kirsten, our kids were able to confidently be around Marley and took part in her training. I am amazed at the progress and Kirsten’s technique is so straight forward, it makes training a breeze. I’m happy to report that Marley now walks by my side and looks up to me as a competent leader. Thank you Kirsten for being so awesome and helping our family build a very special bond with Marley so quickly!
J Ngo, Lalor
I could not recommend Kirsten more highly! I contacted Kirsten after getting our spoodle Ralph who had been a part of our family for about 5 months. Kirsten did not have any easy task ahead of her with four of us living in the house (Mum, son and two aunties) plus a Grandma often in attendance – and Ralph already the boss of all of us. Kirsten balanced all of our needs equally, she was professional and directive and the way she explained things just made so much sense. My son has an intellectual disability and Kirsten was absolutely exceptional with the way she engaged him and taught him what he needed to know. As a result he is now a very proud and confident dog owner and we have a very happy and relaxed dog. The best part was the training took place in our home and on the streets where we walk Ralph, so when Kirsten left it was so much easier to implement.
Kristie Looney, Northcote
Bug (My 5 month old French bulldog x Chihuahua) and I have just finished 5 sessions with Kirsten. I am thrilled to be exploring the full potential of my little Dog. We missed out on puppy pre-school, so this was our first formal training. He is now much calmer, can walk harmoniously on leash, has got the hang of sit, stand, drop, bow and “Off” and I am equipped to do more in depth, specific training with him. If you have a dog you need to do this, Kirsten’s training techniques are going to strengthen your bond with your pet, as well as enriching their life.
Jenny Francis, Reservoir
Kirsten is by far the most skilled dog trainer I have ever met. My dog took to her instantly, and the techniques she has taught me have set me up in shaping a dog that is a joy to be around and polite and friendly with other pooches. I cannot recommend her enough.
James Spence, Reservoir
Just wanted to say thank you for the help you gave us with our toy poodle, Link. Before seeing you he was very anxious around our 3 year old twin girls, would ignore our commands, was very difficult to walk and would go crazy when the door bell rang. After only a few lessons with yourself the change has been amazing. He now listens to us, comes when called, is calm when the door bell rings and appears a lot happier. Your way of training is easy to understand, not negative and Link enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks again the whole family really enjoyed it.
Brett Needham, Northcote
We contacted Kirsten in April 2014, after engaging in a number of unsuccessful (and unpleasant) training sessions with other dog schools in the local area. Our 9-month Cavoodle Molly Ringwald was fearful of other dogs and in need of socialisation. Alongside this, we wanted to learn some key training techniques so we could have a happier relationship and better interactions with our dog. From the first week, Kirsten’s approach and training techniques were everything we could have hoped for. Kirsten worked with us to develop an individualised training plan and taught us a great range of rewards-based techniques that helped us to engage with Molly and understand what to look for in her behaviour and motivations. Molly now responds to a wide range of instructions and commands and thanks to Kirsten her socialisation with other dogs has improved. She is much more relaxed when around other dogs. We always looked forward to our weekly training sessions. Kirsten is patient, knowledgable and understanding. She is encouraging and full of great ideas and new approaches on how to get the best out of our dog. Most importantly Molly loves her!
Kate Duncan, Coburg
Shortly after learning we were pregnant and moving into a new house, we contacted Kirsten as we wanted our Beagle pup to have a happy and secure transition into this new world we found ourselves. At this stage we believed that although graduating from puppy school that she didn’t know her own name”Beags”, nor did she listen to our comments or walk on a lead. We could foresee an unruly dog emerging.
After one session with Kirsten, Beags knew her name and was starting to show signs of coming when called. After two sessions she started to walk on a lead. 3 months later under Kirsten’s tuition and rewards based training techniques, we now find ourselves with a new dog, one who has transitioned into her new home, and whom I am able to walk both short and long lead (whilst heavily pregnant). In addition to this Beags has also developed a range of tricks to entertain our nieces, instead of her past jumping which frightened them.
Kirsten has been very supportive of our journey and continues to support us from a distance – I have no hesitation is recommending her to anyone needing assistance in this area.
We are grateful for all we have learned and thank Kirsten for her wisdom.
Jenelle, Todd and Beags
Jenelle Ryan, Reservoir
We have two very energetic Jack Russell Terriers. When Kirsten arrived for the first lesson they jumped all over her repeatedly. Now they are still excited to see Kirsten or anyone else visiting, but have been taught to settle down nearly straight away. I can now walk Tillie and Archie together without being pulled in two directions and instead of ignoring me, they now pay attention. We also had trouble with Archie, he would bring all sorts of things inside and we couldn’t get them off him. Kirsten taught us how to get Archie to give – we just say “drop” and he drops whatever he has. So thanks Kirsten for settling things down in our house.
Lynda Johnston, Carlton North
I would highly recommend doing some sessions with Kirsten to learn the art of rewards based training. Kirsten is very professional and focuses on teaching you the skills you need to be able to continue training your dog well into the future. We did weekly private sessions with Kirsten who was also readily available during the week to answer questions via email. After just one session we observed a massive positive change in the behaviour and demeanour of our previously anxious and hyperactive working dog. After having previously only trained our dog using a punishment based system we were wrapped to see Rex relax and begin to enjoy doing the things we asked of him rather than doing them begrudgingly. More importantly, Rex better understands what we expect of him now so he’s much more relaxed and chilled out throughout everyday life. After only four sessions with Kirsten we still have a lot of training to do but are confident we’ll be able use our new found skills to get Rex where we want him to be. A great investment, highly recommended.
Chris Kamen, Coburg
I met Kirsten by accident in a park about 2 years ago and she saw immediately I was having trouble in the ‘heeling department’ with my then adolescent Standard Poodle. I had trained dogs in years gone by with a check chain and the reward system was causing me difficulty. She also worked with me on his somewhat dodgy recall when there were other dogs around. Her advice was succinct and worked. Since then, as I have continued to train him, I have an hour with her every so often while I go through what I am doing and we have worked on what I could do better. Each time the advice has been of great value. Kirsten has also walked Lachie when I have been unable to do so and I know he loves her and that he is safe with her. I have passed Kirsten’s details to other dog owners I meet with dogs who needed assistance (and their owners too) and everyone has been pleased with the outcome.
Barbara Coddington, Fitzroy North
Kirsten has been training and walking my quite headstrong German Shepherd female, Winnie, for over 12 months and she is also ‘playing’ with my Golden Retriever Abbi, who has a number of behavioural issues. Kirsten has been a tower of support and knowledge with regards to both dogs. I was unable to walk the dogs due to an injury and she took over the exercise and schooling for Winnie, which was so important for a young headstrong puppy. I now have a very confident, happy, easy to walk and easy to deal with young lady. Kirsten has won Abbi’s trust and is helping us help her with her constant anxiety. There are not many people I trust my beloved dogs with, and Kirsten is definitely someone I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone.
Kate Pope, Fairfield
I have known Kirsten for about 8 years and during that time she has taken great care of my beloved dogs. She started off “loving them when I left them” as part of her Pet Pursuits dog sitting service. Since then she has become an integral part of my 2 Italian greyhounds’ lives – training and regularly walking them. Luca and Archie just love her to bits, responding so well to her gentle, kind and expert reward based training methods. The improvement in their behavior and obedience through Kirsten’s focused and committed work has been amazing – they are much more relaxed and happy boys now. Kirsten is highly professional, trustworthy and reliable, and she really cares for her pet clients. I would recommend Kirsten’s services to anyone who loves and wants the best for their pets.