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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.

 



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 can be more challenging to live with. Having to worry about going for walks, what encounter is going to trigger reactivity or other simple exercises like having guests over is often making dog ownership a lot more difficult than it has to be.

With our immense passion for dogs and our combined years of experience we are keen to help people reconnect with their best friend and learn to understand each other on a whole new level.

 

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 herding dogs in the city 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!

Daniel - Owner and Head Trainer

Trainer Dan
Dog Torque
EK Kelpies

Dans passion for dogs started early when growing up with his grandfathers Rottweilers. 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.

2017 - 2023
East Kurrajong Kelpie Stud
2021-2022
Australian Working Stock Dog Magazine
2021
DogTorque
2023
Hooked On Working Dogs
Trainer Nat
Tiree Kelpies
International Accreditation

Nat - Owner, Admin and Trainer

I have been around dogs since I was around 7-8 years old. I always wanted my own dog but was never allowed one. Now I have been working with dogs for 10 Years.

My favourite dog breeds are German Shepherds, Boston Terriers and Kelpies.

I got into dog training because I have always had a fascination for dogs and love finding new and improved ways of communicating with them.

Currently I own a Dachshund, two Kelpies and a German Shepherd.

My favourite part of being a dog trainer is to help owners understand their dogs better.

My favourite training subjects are reactivity/aggression and other behavioural subjects like resource guarding, fear and development.

2014 - 2021  
Tiree Rural Contracting & Working Dogs | Facebook
 
2023
Certificate in Dog Psychology, Behaviour & Training 
 
2023 
Hooked on Working Dogs
2024
Published Author with her own book series about Dog Behaviour

Shayne - Kennel Manager and Trainer

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I have been around dogs since I was 2 years old and have actively worked with dogs for 17 years now.

My favourite dog breed is the English Springer Spaniel.

I got into dog training because I love animals and because I was fascinated when I first saw an explosive detection dog work.

Currently I own a Kelpie and an English Springer Spaniel.

My favourite part of being a dog trainer is building bonds with the dogs and watching them evolve and learn.

My favourite training subjects are scent detection and puppy development.

Canine Scent Training

Hayley - Assistant Kennel Manager and Trainer

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I have been around dogs since I was 6 months old and have actively worked with dogs for 5 years now.

My favourite dog breeds are Kelpies and Border Collies.

I got into dog training because I wanted to work with animals ever since I was little. After going down many avenues in the animal care sector, dog training just felt right so I started pouring all my energy into this subject.

Currently I own two Kelpies.

My favourite part of being a dog trainer is getting to work with different breeds, temperaments and natures and educating owners to achieve the best possible bond with their dog.

My favourite training subjects are reactive/aggressive dogs and herding.

Tiana - Trainer

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Imogen - Admin and Trainer

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I have been around dogs since I was 1 year old and have actively worked with dogs for 4 years now.

My favourite dog breeds are Australian Shepherds, Kelpies and Border Collies. 

I got into dog training when my first dog started herding the horses at home.

Currently I own one dog, an Australian Shepherd.

My favourite part of being a dog trainer is that I get to see how training can significantly change a dog's life for the better in so many ways.

My favourite training subjects are herding, stock work and obedience.

Andrew - Trainer

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I have actively worked with dogs for over 16 years now.

My favourite dog breed is the Belgian Malinois - smart, agile and will work all day long. 

I got into dog training because I wanted a dog that could nail advance obedience, and that interest turned into a passion, then an obsession.

Currently I own one dog, a Belgian Malinois.

My favourite part of being a dog trainer is watching handlers and their dogs click, finally communicating and understanding each other.

I specialise in advanced sport obedience and decoy work, and I actively compete in Mondio Ring and PSA. I've titled my personal dog in both Mondio and PSA and have helped others reach that goal as well. 
I am all about understanding emotions and motivation in dogs - it's the key to good training. 

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

Click Kelpie
Click

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

Moe Kelpie
Moe

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

Trick Kelpie
Trick

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

Soda Belgian Malinois
Soda

Super smart, super energetic, super busy. Loves playing tug and will sell her soul for a good cuddle. 

Captain Minature Dachshund
Captain

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

Sally Kelpie
Sally

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

Summer German Shepherd
Summer

Has had a rough start to life, but found her forever home with us. Loves Nat, tolerates Dan. Will do anything for food!

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Floki

Very smart, very driven, loves to use his nose. Big softie one second, ferocious protection dog the next.

Zen

Melts for cuddles, loves water, capable sheep dog. Too smart for her own good. 

Competitions and Achievements

Dan entered the Sheepdog Trialling World in 2017, while Nat started competing after she moved to NSW in 2021.

Dan - 7 Years of Competiton

2017

Ned

Wellington Yard Dog Trial - 1st Encourage

Mudgee Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Encourage

Rydal Yard Dog Trial - 3rd Encourage

Trick

Harden Yard Dog Trial  - 1st Encourage

2018

Ned

Dubbo Yard Dog Trial  - 2nd Novice

Bathurst Yard Dog Trial - 1st Maiden

                                                       - 4th Novice

Trick

Hawkesbury Yard Dog Trial - 4th Novice

Illabo Yard Dog Trial - 1st Novice

Rylestone Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Novice

Narromine Yard Dog Trial - 4th Novice

Blaney Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Novice

Soul

Hawkesbury Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Novice

Rydal Yard Dog Trial - 4th Novice

Eugowra Yard Dog Trial - 4th Novice

Narromine Yard Dog Trial  - 3rd Maiden

                                                                1st Novice

Won Rookie of the Year 2018

2019

Ned

NSW Yard Dog Championship - 3rd Novice

Rylestone Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Novice

Trick

NSW Yard Dog Championship - 5th Novice

Rylestone Yard Dog Trial - 3rd Novice

                                                            2nd Open

Soul

Rylestone Yard Dog Trial - 1st Novice

                                                            1st Open

2021

- limited trialling due to Covid 19 -

Moe

Gundagai Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Novice

Gundagai Three Sheep Trial - 1st Novice

2022

Moe 

Yeoval Yard Dog Trial - 1st Novice

Bonnie

Yass Yard Dog Trial - 3rd Maiden

2023

Trick

Oberon Yard Dog Trial - 3rd Improver

Gundagai Yard Dog Trial - 1st Improver

Henty Field Day Trials - 5th Improver

Nyngan Utility Championships - 5th Open

Tarana Yard Dog Trial - 3rd Open

Moe

Rydal Yard Dog Trial - 4th Open

Oberon Yard Dog Trial - 4th Improver

Gundagai Yard Dog Trial - 4th Improver

Gunning Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Open 

Blaney Yard Dog Trial - 3rd Open

Yass Yard Dog Trial - 1st Improver

                                                4th Open

Ultimate Stock Dog Challenge - 11th all Up - 2nd Cattle (93) - Equal 3rd Paddock (90)

Sydney Yard Dog Championship - 3rd Open

Tarana Yard Dog Trial - 4th Open

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Henty Field Day Trials - 2nd Maiden

                                                      4th Novice

2024

Moe

Gunning Yard Dog Trial - 1st Open

J

Gunning Yard Dog Trial - 1st Novice

                                                         1st Open

2020

Trick

Gunnedah Yard Dog Trial - 1st Novice

                                                             3rd Improver

Moe

Forbes Yard Dog Trial  - 1st Maiden

                                                      2nd Novice

Nat - 2 Years of Competiton

2022

Bonnie 

Bathurst Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Encourage

2023

Sally

Rydal Yard Dog Trial - 2nd Encourage 

Bathurst Yard Dog Trial - 1st Encourage

Scone Yard Dog Trial - 4th Novice

Moe

Southern NSW Yard Dog Championship - 1st Encourage

Came Equal 2nd for Rookie of the Year 2023
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