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At the Farmer Dave Dog Centre Centre we are all about dogs and education, we are made up of a huge number of people here below are the ones that are ok with their photos being on the internet .... and will help you get the most out of your relationship with your dog!

davidDavid Graham has brought to Sydney his extensive knowledge as an Outback Bushman living and working with working dogs for his entire life on Stations in Australia's heartland, managing teams of  dogs on several thousand sheep and cattle at any one time, as well as a career in Search and Rescue Dog Training and Behaviour Modification of Pet Dogs in all major capital cities.

 

Being chosen as Australia's Expert Dog Trainer at the inaugural World Dog Games, Dave moved to the big smoke and opened a facility where ALL dog owners could learn about and experience their dogs potential. On an expansive acerage he built a DayCare, Training and Lodging Centre offering dog Sports including DockDogs, Sheep and Duck Herding,Treibball, Agility, TunnelDog, Urban Mushing and Scent Work. Dave is a regular on the seminar circuit, Presents on TV shows, Live Shows across Australia including the Royal Melbourne Show, The Dog Lovers Show, Midsumma Festival, PetExpo Gold Coast, and also is a former Education officer for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia, representative on the Australian Companion Animals Council.

It's Dave's dream to give every dog the opportunity to enjoy their natural instincts in a fun and positive manner at the Farmer Dave Dog Centre and events across the nation. In addition to years of experience, David has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services - Behaviour and Training, Cert IV in Training and Assessing and a Diploma in Agri Bus. In 2015 Dave was awarded internationally judged Australian Dog Trainer of the Year.

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Jaice Jackson  originally from South Australia has always been a dog lover, being the kid in the dog shirt, with the dog birthday cakes and continually making friends with the neighbourhood dogs.

She came to the Centre to build on her knowledge of DockDogs to take it to SA and ....well we snapped her up and she has been full time with us for the past 2 months.

You can see here still hanging around the Centre even on her time off training her champion Belgian Malinois Tate in DockDogs.

 

tony dogsTony Mulvihill has had more that 45 years experience handling and managing livestock with working dogs and horses. He has a Diploma in Agriculture, a Diploma in Horticulture,a Diploma in Management, along with Cert IV in Workplace Training & Assessment. He has owned and managed farms with 12,000 sheep and 2,000 head of cattle.

Tony was the foundation President of the Australian Stockdog Club and it’s Chief Instructor. He is also the Patron of Koolie Rescue Club, a member of the Australian Sheepdog Workers Association and the Kelpie Council.

Tony believes that knowledge is to be passed on and he has become passionate about the humane treatment of working dogs in particular. “Without the light being turned on by old Tom and the mentoring from Greg Prince, I would not be a working dog trainer and competitor today." 

mitchMitchell Harvey is our maintained man, dog play thing and allrounder that we just can't do without. Mitchell Came to us 4 years ago as a Volunteer through Job Prospects and has since gone on to Graduate in Animal Care Cert II and is currently achieving his Cert III in Animal Care. He is a Dog Lover from childhood taking in a rescue dog that he absolutely loves. He is the smiling face in the background that ensures our Centre is up to scratch.

matt2Matt Harpley turned up one day with a little fat kelpie pup...it was a few years back and he realised he needed to give this little terrorist a job, well it didn't take long till we gave this qualified school teacher a job when it became apparent that he really did 'get' sheep herding and just wanted to share the journey he and his now athletic kelpie,'Tanna', went on. Incidentally, she is now one of our high-performance dogs and Matt and her regularly do shows across the nation with Ducks and Sheep in tow to give audiences the real experience of the outback. Matt runs our 3 times weekly Sheep Herding Drop In sessions and the Level 1 Herding Courses as well as the awesome 'OutBack Adventures' up on our Queensland Station.

pietaPieta Leggett found her passion for dogs early on and not only has a DockDog Champion with her Staffy girl  Sprocket but along with Jett she adopted one of our Rescue Dogs Jake the Kelpie who she can be seen regularly sheep herding with of an evening at the Centre. Pieta is our Doggie School Bus Driver and collects dogs from around Sydney for their DayTrip adventures to the Farmer Dave Dog Centre. She has a host of Qualifications including Cert IV in Animal Training and Behaviour.
jennyJenny Bellamy came along one day to find out how she could improve her German Shepherd Dog , Coco's Behaviour and Social Skills....she hasn't left! Coco is now a great dog with great social skills and Jenny well...she is part of the furniture helping out with events, shows, administration and dog care. She absolutely adores our guests and is one of the first smiling faces our doggie parents meet...and she loves nothing better on a hot day than to be the dog wash lady.
tim2Tim Baker is the man that makes this thing happen, a web genius from a land before the internet, he often gets calls in the middle of the night along the lines of 1800 TIM HELP!! Being a passionate Schnauzer lover with two little tykes of his own, Tim loves the involvement with the Farmer Dave Dog Centre albeit from behind a keyboard making sure our website works according to plan.

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Matilda, definitely the cutest member of the Centre's family of characters, Matilda came to us from a working station near Cowra in NSW and in her first week starred in photoshoots and TV commercials as well as endeared herself to adoring crowds at both Olympic park for the Better Homes and Gardens Show and Parramatta Park for Doggiewood. Since then Matilda has made the Centre her own domain where she heads up our Crew of Behaviour Teaching Dogs and is the first dog that teaches all new dogs the rules of how the Centre works in their Assessment , Training and Orientation Session prior to admission to DayCare or Lodging.

aliceAlice the rare Purebred White Dingo, came to us like many dingos who end up in the city from WIRES at a few months of age when her carers realised Dingos are very different to domestic dogs. We have worked a lot with her and she is now the most famous member of our Crew, wowing crowds with her gentle nature and incredible insight into the native dog of our nation. Often used with dogs seeking admission to the Centre who are having problems communicating with other canines Alice has in innate ability to unlock their communication skills and give them a great start on their socialisation journey.

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