My Background

I started my career in Europe in 1978, spending six years training with two of the top dog training schools in Europe including the Royal Netherlands Foundation for the Blind and the Dierenhotel premier dog behavioural training facility in Holland, where I became principal trainer at the age of 23.

The Dierenhotel was at the forefront of dog behaviour training, specialising in dogs that had severe behavioural issues. During my time we set up a guide dog school. As principal trainer, I trained dogs with severe behavioural issues as well as guide dogs and mobility dogs.

I returned to New Zealand in 1984, at the age of 26, and set up my own dog training practice in Napier. I subsequently moved my training business to Auckland in 1995, where I have enjoyed developing my business with a focus on working privately with families and their dogs.

I pride myself on making deep and long-lasting changes in dog behaviours and my clients’ lives. Dog training is an ongoing process. Many clients continue to come back for further training across their dog’s life to increase confidence and training skills for them and their dog.

My own dog John, is a Border/Bearded Collie cross. I adopted John when he was about 18 months old in 2012. He had had a life of being neglected on a farm and finally abandoned. I met John and realised he would be the perfect dog for me. He has since become my constant companion and occasionally participates in training sessions.

Flip's Career Highlights Include:

  • Training over ten thousand dogs and their owners.
  • Working with wolves in Holland.
  • Training guide dogs, mobility dogs and diabetes response dogs.
  • Providing advice, knowledge and support to a significant number of organisations throughout New Zealand including many veterinary practices, dog day stay facilities and SPCA.
  • Guest Speaker at numerous organisations including NZ Police, Auckland University of Technology, Rotary and NZ Veterinary Association.
  • Being a regular presence in the media including guest appearances on TV shows and many years on Talkback Radio.
  • 2015 Kiwibank Local Hero Award.
  • Previously been a board member on the Napier SPCA and a number of assistance dog trusts.
  • Setting up a pet therapy program at Napier Hospital.

 

My Background

I started my career in Europe in 1978, spending six years training with two of the top dog training schools in Europe including the Royal Netherlands Foundation for the Blind and the Dierenhotel premier dog behavioural training facility in Holland, where I became principal trainer at the age of 23.

The Dierenhotel was at the forefront of dog behaviour training, specialising in dogs that had severe behavioural issues. During my time we set up a guide dog school. As principal trainer, I trained dogs with severe behavioural issues as well as guide dogs and mobility dogs.

I returned to New Zealand in 1984, at the age of 26, and set up my own dog training practice in Napier. I subsequently moved my training business to Auckland in 1995, where I have enjoyed developing my business with a focus on working privately with families and their dogs.

I pride myself on making deep and long-lasting changes in dog behaviours and my clients’ lives. Dog training is an ongoing process. Many clients continue to come back for further training across their dog’s life to increase confidence and training skills for them and their dog.

My own dog John, is a Border/Bearded Collie cross. I adopted John when he was about 18 months old in 2012. He had had a life of being neglected on a farm and finally abandoned. I met John and realised he would be the perfect dog for me. He has since become my constant companion and occasionally participates in training sessions.

Flip's Career Highlights Include:

  • Training over ten thousand dogs and their owners.
  • Working with wolves in Holland.
  • Training guide dogs, mobility dogs and diabetes response dogs.
  • Providing advice, knowledge and support to a significant number of organisations throughout New Zealand including many veterinary practices, dog day stay facilities and SPCA.
  • Guest Speaker at numerous organisations including NZ Police, Auckland University of Technology, Rotary and NZ Veterinary Association.
  • Being a regular presence in the media including guest appearances on TV shows and many years on Talkback Radio.
  • 2015 Kiwibank Local Hero Award.
  • Previously been a board member on the Napier SPCA and a number of assistance dog trusts.
  • Setting up a pet therapy program at Napier Hospital.