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About Hooked On Hounds

Hooked on Hounds was founded by Nat and Dan who have both been involved with dogs since they were kids.

Dans passion for dogs started early when teaching his grandfather's Rottweilers all the naughty tricks. After sticking with breeds like Rottweilers and French Bordeaux for Obedience Training he then got hooked on herding breeds and bought his first Kelpie. Now he has developed the start of his own working line of Kelpies and is a successful competitor spending many of his spare weekends at Yard and Utility Trials as well as giving the occasional Three-Sheep Competition a go.


Nat grew up always wanting her own dog but having to rely on friends and neighbours for her canine fix, walking dogs whenever she could get her hand on one. After moving to a cattle station in Central Queensland she used the opportunity to get into working dogs and ended up with a large team of 16 Kelpies which she educated cattle with. She started her own line of Kelpies specialised to cattle work and spent 7 Years fine tuning and learning all about this amazing breed. Since moving she has downsized her team and is now giving the occasional Trial a go. 

If you would like to see more from Nat's Dog Training Past, check out 'Tiree Kelpies'.

Facebook: Tiree Rural Contracting & Working Dogs | Facebook

 



While working with dogs and their owners we have noticed many people struggling with behavioural issues which are based on a lack of or complete miscommunication between dog and human. Dogs are supposed to be man's best friend, but for many they are their greatest horror. Having to worry about going for walks, what encounter is going to trigger aggression or other simple exercises like having guests over is not making dog ownership an enjoyable process. 

With our immense passion for dogs and our combined years of experience we are keen to help people reconnect with their best friend and overcome their differences.

 

Learning to speak your dogs language and understand its psychology is an important step on the way to success. 

In addition to behavioural issues based on reactivity it has come to our attention that many people are enjoying the company of herding breeds as pets. While we know these breeds make amazing companions and are extremely smart and loving we are also aware that they often come with an inbuilt energy level that no afternoon walk can fix.
This is why we have decided to add herding sessions to our program to give those backyard herders an outlet for their energy and owners an additional tool to strengthen their human-canine bond.
 

Our Team

Our Team

With our love and passion for all things dog we are hoping to be able to help you connect with your best friend on a deeper level!

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Dan

Trainer

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Nat

Trainer and responsible for keeping everything running smoothly

Our Methods

Our Training Methods

As you might have gathered by now, we love dogs and everything involving their wellbeing. This is, why it is normal for us to learn as much as possible about all different training approaches available and assess which way works best for us and the dog in front of us.

We don't limit ourselves to a specific method, but follow an open minded, tailored approach in which we assess every dog individually and work out what makes them tick.

From there we will proceed to formulate a training plan that suits the nature and temperament at hand.

Balanced training? Yep!

Free Shaping? Definitely a great tool!

Work around Lead Pressure? Handy!

Classic Conditioning! Who doesn't!?

Clicker Training? Nice!

Our Canine Team

Our Canine Team

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Reactive Dog Hypnotist, Living Garden Ornament, Lone Wolf, Plays with male Dogs only

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Moe

Pack Leader, Open Yard Dog, Herding Session Instructor and Behavioural Session Support

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Trick

Mum of the Pack, Loves Everyone, Professional at playing 'Bang', will sell soul for any amount of food

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Isla

Serious - like her dad, serious about work, life, food... even serious about fun. 

Has a nice smile though!

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Captain

Mum's Boy, Ferocious Guard Dog, Knows he is Cute and will use it to his advantage

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Sally

Hypo ADHD kid, loves people, loves sheep, loves dogs, loves food, loves it when you love it when she loves life...

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