Director and Head Trainer:
Director and Head Trainer
Ernie is the Director and Head Trainer and Behaviour Consultant of The Dog Bloke, K9 Synergy and now Canine Clubhouse Thomastown.
I completed my Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training in Australia and my thirst for “best practices” pushes me to stay current with training techniques according to the most recent research. I have travelled overseas to study with wonderful trainers (including Bob Bailey, Heather Beck, Cheri Lucas, Mike Suttle) on my ever evolving pursuit to increase my theoretical and practical knowledge.
As a young kid of 15 I was playing with the family German Shepherd at a park and was spotted by a dog trainer and asked if I wanted a weekend job working dogs. Of course I readily accepted and my first job was as a decoy, with a bite sleeve, training protection dogs. Three decades of training, professional development and exposure to a plethora of dogs, in all disciplines, have built the trainer I am today.
Casey is the directors at Canine Clubhouse. I've worked behind the scenes on The Dog Bloke and now at the Canine Clubhouse.
I've grown up with dogs, my mother showed Old English Sheep Dogs (yes the dulux dog) . I met Ernie 5 years ago, looking to add a Dalmatian to the family. I now own two of Ernie's Dalmatian's Ragnar and Vixen. I'm a qualified Physical Education Teacher by trade but needed something that was more flexible now that I've got my two children, Emmi-Maree and Mannix.
I've worked with Ernie over the last 18 months developing his socialisation classes and we work together to help all dogs learn to be social again.