About Us

Our vision is ‘Learn, Love, Play’.

Learn Every interaction is an opportunity to learn. We read and understand our dog’s body language, tailor our sessions according to each individual’s needs and take time to understand and incorporate their motivators

Love Each and every dog and person we work with is treated with love, respect and kindness.  We ensure that our interactions with our dogs are stress-free and always put their mental and physical well-being first

Play Dogs learn best when they are having fun.  Using play in training contributes to physical and mental well-being and our goal is for our dogs to view learning as play

Our philosophy.

Training is not just about getting our dogs to do what we want.  Training is about our way of being with our dogs and the way we train establishes our whole mind set about how we relate to our dogs.  We communicate with our dogs through mutual trust and respect which guides them into making the right choices while strengthening our relationship.

Through training with rewards-based methods, we show our dogs that there is something good in it for them when they do what we want, and nothing in it for them when they don't - this creates well-mannered, canine companions without using force or intimidation, without getting frustrated and without risking the trust and respect that we want in our relationships with our dogs.

Scientific studies have shown that using old fashioned 'dominance-based' dog training techniques which are confrontational and punitive not only do not work on dogs, but they actually exacerbate an aggressive response.  Modern, force-free dog training techniques used by Waggle Tails have been universally endorsed by the behavioural scientific community as the most effective, long-lasting, humane and safest methods in dog training.

Our people.

Kelly is the founder of Waggle Tails and is an internationally qualified dog trainer.  She has extensive experience training a wide range of shelter, pet and Assistance dogs and their owners in the USA, New Zealand and Australia.  

Kelly is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a qualification which is a mark of high professional distinction and demonstrates mastery of humane,  force-free, science-based dog training practices.  She is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT1) (Dinstinction) which involved completing 135 hours of Dog Training and Behaviour Modification Academies with Pat Miller in the USA and completed the National Dog Training Federation Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training (Australia), including Assistance Dogs and Scent Detection.  Kelly is qualified in both Human First Aid (St Johns) and Pet First Aid (PET First Aid & Training NZ).  

Prior to dog training, Kelly spent 15 years working as a Human Resources Specialist in New Zealand, the UK, Asia, Australia and the U.S.A.  Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology (Victoria University, New Zealand) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (Massey University, New Zealand).  

Kelly is a member of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the Australian Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG).