I’ve been an animal lover since I was a kid and always knew I wanted to work with animals in some capacity. I had plans to be a vet, then a marine animal trainer, and I was certain for the longest time that I was going to move to Africa and work with the big cats! I was fortunate to grow up in a house which was always full of pets and had to be dragged out of the Zoo as a kid – I spent many visits there running around checking out every animal over and over.
I got my Zoology degree back in my native Scotland and the two aspects of my studies which interested me the most were conservation and behaviour. Whilst at university I spent several months in the Caribbean working with a local organisation to conserve the local sea turtle population. This life changing experience not only affirmed my passion to work with animals but also ignited a desire to travel the world!
After graduating uni my partner and I decided to leave our beloved Scotland and head to Australia in search of adventure. We have called Australia home now for 8 years and, after travelling all over the country and a long stretch in Melbourne, we now call the Sunny Coast home.
We got Gary as a pup and it was the best decision we’ve ever made. Living and working with a dog is a truly amazing thing, and not long after he came home to us I decided it was time to make my dream of working with animals a reality and got certified as a Dog Trainer.
I believe that animals make a house a home and the human-dog relationship is particularly unique and special. Working with Unleashed I hope to help humans and their dogs to have an awesome relationship and to enjoy being a great team!