Hi, I’m Amanda…

A little about me. I was born and raised in the town of Grafton, in Northern NSW, and my dream from when I was just a little girl, was to work with animals.

After finishing year 12, I moved to Brisbane to start working towards a career as a Veterinary Nurse. In 1997 I obtained a certificate in Veterinary Nursing and since then have gained 25 years’ experience in clinic. Along the journey of my working career, I have also run a dog and cat boarding facility for RSPCA NSW, a small retail pet shop, worked at a Zoo and also as an Animal Control Officer for council. I have been fortunate enough to gain a wealth of experience working with dogs in many different and sometimes challenging environments.

Having run puppy preschools in clinics, I developed a keen interest in behaviour and training. I started to obtain more experience in the field of dog training back in 2014 when a local trainer, specialising in Detection, Guard, Personal Protection and Medical alert (to name a few), took me under her wing and gave me a start in the training world. In 2019 I obtained a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through Delta Institute. Then went on to gain my Service Dog Coaching Certificate through Cooperative Paws in 2022.

I have two beautiful sons, one of which was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (level II), including panic disorder and anxiety disorder, when he was four years old. Raising this beautiful individual has given me a new perspective on life and an insight into what it is like to navigate the world when you have a disability. I decided that I would love to dedicate my work to helping people in the mental and physical disability health sector. My goal is to use their own canine companions to help support and enrich their lives. I am able to do this through my program which helps owners train their dogs for Assistance Dog work.

My business was first established in 2018 under the name “Paws on Board” and in 2020 when I changed my training focus to owner trained Assistance Dogs, we had a rebrand to “Pets Education Training Support” (PETS).

I am lucky enough to live on 5 beautiful acres in Swan Bay in the Northern Rivers of NSW, with my wonderful husband, two amazing sons and our myriad of pets. Included are my 3 dogs Vada (great dane) Finnegan Beginagain (English cocker spaniel) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (pug).


Certificate IV companion Animal Services (Delta)

Service Dog Coach (Cooperative Paws)

Pet Professional Guild Member (PPG)

Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Member (APDT)

Delta Institute Member

Certified Veterinary Nurse

Locum Dog Trainer for Therapy Dogs Australia

Registered Microchip Implanter

Working with Children Check (NSW)

Police Check

First Aid Certificate

Covid Safe registered business

Animal Therapies Limited Professional Member

Story Dogs Assessor

Listed with Transport for NSW as an Assistance Animal Permit Registered Training Organisation

Regular ongoing professional development within the dog training industry via online courses and webinars as well as peer support.

Continuously learning from my own clientele

Cooperative Paws Trainer of the Month January 2023 (Read More)

Hi, I’m Louise…

I have had a love of animals all my life. Some of my earliest memories are of my family taking in strays to look after.

I have been involved in rescue and rehabilitation of animals from an early age. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 and worked at Casino Vet Clinic until 2010.

I then went into local government and worked as a council ranger. During my time in this role, I was instrumental in introducing a desexing program at the local shelter. As a result, the euthanasia rate was decreased significantly during this time.

I was a compliance officer with Greyhound Racing NSW, before returning to local government to manage the local shelter. During this time, I obtained my Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with Delta Institute studying alongside Amanda.

I have now returned to Greyhound Racing NSW as the Northern Rivers Regional Coordinator for Greyhounds as Pets, where I rehome retired and non-racing greyhounds.

I have an extensive background in the animal industry with a keen focus in animal behaviour. I have undertaken training to educate children on dog behaviour and understanding dog body language as well as community education days in the local area.

I enjoy assisting Amanda with her training and assessments for PETS and help out whenever I can.


Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (Delta)

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Doggone Safe Be a Tree Educator

Senior First Aid

Dog First Aid

Justice of the Peace (JP)