Education, Training / Info & Advice - Hamley Bridge, SA : Perfect Pets Profile

Dog training and consulting services available northern Adelaide and the lower North provided by Tegan Whalan. Tegan works with families and individuals to help them acquire and train suitable pets.

Tegan predominately consult in the regions of:
-Adelaide Plains Council,
-Wakefield Regional Council,
-Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council,
-Light Regional Council,
-Barossa Council,
-Town of Gawler,
-City of Playford,
-City of Tea Tree Gully, and
-City of Salisbury.
Consults are available in other areas. Travel costs may apply.

Tegan is qualified as an educator of both dogs and people, with qualifications including:
-Certificate III in Dog Training and Behaviour from the NDTF (in progress)
-Bachelor of Education (Honours) from Flinders University
-Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from Trainset

This means that not only does Tegan understand dog training and behaviour, she knows how to convey this information to people and children in an effective way.

In her past role as coordinator of the Delta Dog Safe Program she developed a passion for ensuring safe dog-child interactions. A multifaceted approach is needed to make sure kids stay safe around dogs. These approaches need to consider the training and experiences of the dog, education of children, and ongoing management by dog owners and parents. Dog Consultancy comes from this need to execute multifaceted approaches to ensuring child safety around dogs.

Tegan has also been actively involved in dog rescue since 2006 (including employment with RSPCA SA), having fostered about 100 animals, mostly dogs, through her home since 2008. Through her work with dog rescue, Tegan understands how important it is for families to make suitable decisions when selecting a dog for their household. In this way, Dog Consultancy seeks to fulfil the need of individuals and families to consult about the important decision of adding a dog to their family.

Not only is Tegan involved in rescue, but she is a registered and ethical breeder of Border Terriers. Her own dogs partake in a variety of sports, including conformation, tracking, earthdog, dancing, and others. Tegan understands how to train dogs as pets and also for specialised tasks. She is a ANKC judge of earthdog, and has been the training officer for the Tracking Dog Club of SA Inc since 2011.

Breeder Questionnaire

Question. Do you health test appropriately (eg hip and elbow X-ray scoring, DNA testing), and understand the genetic issues that may affect your breed? Do you have sensible, sustainable breeding strategies in place to promote the health of your dogs and puppies?
No compulsory testing for our breed through the ANKC, but all dogs have been DNAed tested for SLEM (breed specific), or are clear by parentage.
Question. Do you ensure that your puppies are properly socialised?
Extensive socialisation using a combination of Dr Ian Dunbar and Puppy Culture.
Question. Do you have any of the following: conditions of sale, health guarantee or warranty, de-sexing agreement, a buyer questionnaire, verbal or personal interview?
All buyers have to agree to a contract and agreement of sale. They are informally verbally interviewed.
Question. Is ensuring that your puppies go to the right home a high priority? What type of measures do you take to ensure your dogs and puppies are going to go to loving homes?
I talk to those interested in purchasing a puppy carefully. I encourage them to meet me and my dogs at home or at dog sports. I do not keep a waiting list, as I expect puppy buyers to proactively contact me.
Question. Do you offer ongoing support?
I will take any dog back for the entirity of their life - this is specified in the sale agreement.
Question. Do you offer pet insurance?
Free 6 weeks of insurance provided with PetPlan.
Question. Do you assist the buyer with re-homing an animal that was purchased from you if they are unable to keep it?
I will take an animal back. I would not promote the buyer re-homing the dog themselves.

Education, Training/ Information & Advice in PO Box 60, Hamley Bridge, SA

Phone: 0421 506 482
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