Julia is an NDTF certified dog trainer, as well as having certifications in captive animal management and wildlife conservation.Her career with animals began in the zoo industry. Working at facilities such as Wolf Park (Indiana), David Fleay Wildlife Park, and Australia Zoo, she was responsible for the husbandry and training of various captive animal species.
During her 6 years as a zookeeper she grew a specific interest in animal behaviour and training which led to her education with the National Dog Trainer’s Federations in 2015.
Julia’s hands-on dog training experience began as an instructor for The Canine Classroom on the Sunshine Coast. She also spent time as a lead trainer for the Australian Companion and Assistance Dog Organisation. This involved the training of dogs for a variety of service roles, from children with autism to adults suffering from PTSD and other mental health difficulties.
In 2017 she returned to the Gold Coast and soon after joined forces with Brittany to establish That Dog School.
In her spare time Julia competes in Flyball with her dog Honor, a member of the 2019 Flyball Nationals Division 2 Championship team. She also trains in sheep herding with her dog Hamlet.