Caroline is 38 years old & she has been around dogs all of her life. She is passionate about dogs and spend more time with dogs than human, some of her clients have even told her she is just as alert as the dogs when on the walk with them and she takes that as a compliment! She has always been involved in looking after and training dogs but has been more involved for the past 7 years where she followed special courses to gain proper qualifications and she has also build up her own business abroad for 5 years she had to leave behind to come to Australia.
In 2008 she went traveling in Thailand and randomly ended up being a volunteer in a gibbon rescue center in Phuket for 6 months. She loved it and loved learning and interacting with a specie so clever as a gibbon. This opportunity was really rewarding but it was also a really tough experience because all these beautiful animals had been poached from the wild as babies and the majority of them would never go back to the wild and it was really hard seeing all these animals locked up with no chance of a brighter future. After a while this became too overwhelming and she had to leave the center. While she was there the center had 2 dogs called Marcus & Khao, she took on the job to look after them (nobody else was doing it and sometimes these 2 dogs would stay a day or 2 without food) for the whole time she was there.
She later volunteered at the ENP (Elephant Nature Park) in Chang Mai in Thailand and at age 30 she volunteered in a different rescue center in Indonesia called Tasikoki that was looking after any kind of wild animals such as orangutans, giant tortoise, leopard, crocodile, monkeys, tropical birds, bears and much more
In 2011 She flew back to Thailand where she was offered a job as assistant manager into a stray cats & dogs shelter on Koh Lanta for 8 month. She was in charge of the 30+ dogs and she was training volunteers to work safely around the dogs in the center. She was also in charge of training the dogs to become more friendly to rehome them as pet and less like street dog. It was a challenge but she enjoyed it a lot and this job is what started her career with dogs. Not all dogs were friendly but with the right behavior around the dogs she is proud to say she never once got bitten by any of the 30 dogs looked after, She learnt to respect them for who they were and they learnt to respect her too. This is where she learnt dealing with dogs is not about being the pack leader but about trust and respect of each other
When her contract finished she left Thailand with 1 dog from the shelter (how could she possibly work there for 8 months and leave without taking at least 1 dog with her?) This is how Olive entered into her life.
End of 2011 she moved to Scotland where she set up her first dog business which was very successful, she loved all the dogs she worked with (and when one of her client told her he needed to re-home his blue GSD Sam she ended up rescuing him too) but eventually the weather made it impossible to keep working there and she made the very difficult decision to leave everything behind to come to Australia. Sam who was extremely friendly and laid back as helped her with so many dogs she has worked with and was one of the greatest asset she holds. Unfortunately Sam passed in July 2017 very suddenly and unexpectedly from cancer which was very hard for her to handle. Eventually a little bundle of Joy called Loki (a black GSD) entered her life to take over Sam's role as her right hand. Loki is her best friend and all dogs from Doggyland absolutely adore him. He is the center of attention everywhere he goes and love it!
All Caroline's methods are inspired by SIRIUS / Dr. Dunbar's classes after completing the SIRIUS Dog Trainer Academy.