Happiness is a warm puppy

Our Story

We’re Qualified Dog Trainers.

Established in 2005, we pride ourselves on staying up to date with the most modern methods surrounding dog training and behaviour, to ensure our dogs are the best that they can be. Our staff are all qualified, or are currently studying dog training, something that sets us apart from the rest.

Dogs just need you and love

Fully Qualified

Bark in The Park are actively involved and continue to support various reward based dog training organisations.

We are members of APDT Australia, The Gentle Dog Trainers Association Inc and a Proud Member of the Pet Professional Guild.

Dog Training, Dog Walking

Rest assured because we are

  • Pet First Aid trained

  • Supported by reputable, professional Veterinary Clinics

  • Supported by our local councils

  • Fully insured

  • Able to provide real client references
    upon request

  • Police checked

Sarah

The Brains Behind Bark in the Park

Taking the leap to work with dogs was the most rewarding decision of my life, but it has quickly evolved into educating humans about behaviour and how dogs learn.

The highlight of my week is teaching puppy classes, and then observing & coaching as our young pups develop into adult dogs, helping them every step of the way. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such a fun-loving team of honest, positive and hard working professionals, and such wonderful dogs of all breeds, sizes and personalities.

Every day is unique and we always have a story to tell. I enjoy spending time with my young sheepdog Maverick, he has an excellent sense of humour and I love the way his antics bring a smile to people’s faces.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Delta Institute Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 2016 - Present
Delta Institute Dog Behaviour Conference - Inside of a Dog 2017
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016
Gentle Dog Trainers Association Dog Instructor Training Course 2012
Ian Dunbar in Oz Puppy Instructor Seminar 2012

Professional memberships:
Pet Professional Guild Australia
Australian Association of Gentle Modern Dog Training Instructors
Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Inc

Emma

Bark in the Park

I've loved dogs my entire life, so I feel extremely fortunate to say this is career. Nothing compares to the joy on my dogs faces when I go to collect them for walks! It's incredibly rewarding to teach our clients and their dogs, and to see them build up a lifelong bond together.

I'd love see positive, reward based training as the only method used in dog training. And to retire to live on a big property and adopt as many dogs as possible!

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Delta Institute Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 2017 - Present
Delta Institute Component 1: Dog Training the Delta Way 2017
Gentle Dog Trainers Association Instructor Training Course 2015
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills Course 2016

Professional memberships:
Australian Association of Gentle Modern Dog Training Instructors

Megan

Bark in the Park

After adopting a dog who provided his fair share of training challenges, I struggled to find good advice and became extremely intrigued with the world of dog training. I found that reward-based methods matched consistently with the concepts I was learning in my Animal Science degree. I find that helping people to better understand their dogs extremely rewarding. Most of all, I love how a gentle approach to training encourages owners to develop a happy and healthy relationship with their pets.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
PhD (Ag Sciences) 2017 - Present
Bachelor of Science (Honours, Animal Welfare and Behaviour), University of Melbourne 2016
Gentle Dog Trainers Association Dog Instructor Training Course 2015
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016

Professional memberships:
Australian Association of Gentle Modern Dog Training Instructors
Instructor at the Kintala Club 2015 - present

Danielle

Bark in the Park

I have always loved dogs and had very close relationships with my childhood dogs that I will always cherish and remember. I think it's amazing how dogs bond with us and understand us, their passion for life and fun is something that brings a lot of joy into my life.

As a dog trainer it is part of my job to build up the dog’s skills and assist them to cope in our world, to teach them what we would like from them and to guide them to socialise politely with one another. I enjoy helping them overcome any issues they may have so that they can have the best life possible. I love speaking and learning their language - to spend time with them and share in their happiness is something very special.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016
NDTF Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training 2015
Founder of Rescuing Our Companion Animals 2014
Ian Dunbar in Oz Puppy Instructor Seminar 2012

Maverick

CEO

I love going out on my daily walks with all my friends! Especially when it involves soccer.
Sesame Street and Empty Poster Rolls are my favourite toys in my downtime.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Bark In The Park Puppy PreSchool 2012
Sheepdog Basics 2013
Soccer for Sheepdogs 2014
How to Round Up Humans 2015
Business Management for Old English Sheepdogs 2016
Subtle Ways to Steal Garlic Bread 2017

Professional memberships:
Secret Dog Society 2012 - Present

Roen

Bark in the Park

I have been a dog lover all my life. I grew up surrounded by dogs because my dad had a soft spot for homeless pooches, a trait we share. I love dogs because no matter what they love us unconditionally. I left the corporate world to work with dogs because I want to do whatever I can to make every day of their lives as enjoyable as possible. My partner recently pointed out that I have not missed a single dog walking appointment - rain, hail or shine. I told him ``It's because the dogs need me``.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Gentle Dog Trainers Association Dog Instructor Training Course 2017
Delta Institute Component 1: Dog Training the Delta Way 2016
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016

Toni

Bark in the Park

I have the funniest memories of my first dog an unruly Alaskan Malamute. We’d skate board from St Kilda to Fiztroy with him pulling me all the way, this was the best way to capitalise on his excellent capacity to lunge and pull. If only I knew then what I know now. I could’ve taught him to stop turn left and swap spots.

Today I find myself on an incredible exploration in interspecies learning and collaboration thanks to my precious rescue pups who demand only the highest form of communication…unconditional love and positivity.

Discovering positive reward based training has given me the skill set to train and aid other people and their pups so that they can build an awesome and loving life together.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Delta Institute Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 2016 - Present
Bob Bailey Down Under 2017
Wagging School Meteorite Mentor program 2016 - Present
Wagging School Creativity Unleashed Meta Learning in Dogs 2016
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016

Tracy

Bark in the Park

I have grown up with dogs my whole life and so it was natural for me to want to work in this field. Since moving here from England I have volunteered with the RSPCA where I walk the shelter dogs and have progressed to working with the behaviour team.

I am that person who will talk to the dog before the owner, and hang out with the dogs at house parties. I hope to work with dogs for many more years as nothing makes me happier than their wagging tails and gorgeous eyes that just want love.

I am currently assisting the RSPCA to rehabilitate dogs and their puppies rescued from puppy farms, until they're able to be adopted out to their forever homes. It gives me great pleasure when I see their progress from a scared little pup to a more confident dog.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Steve Austin’s Dangerous Dog Assessing and Handling Workshop 2015
Gentle Dog Trainers Association Dog Instructor Training Course 2014
Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 2013
Introduction to Dog Grooming Skills (Level 1) 2011

Nicole

Bark in the Park

I've always loved dogs so spending every day with them doesn't feel like work to me at all.

After seeing my dog enjoy his Bark in the Park walks for so many years it's great to be doing the same for other dogs and to spread the word about positive reward based training methods. Not only do they work but they help us as humans to develop a strong bond with our dogs.

Every day is different and I love getting to know all the different dogs, helping them learn how to play and interact with each other. They teach me so much too. My own dog, Pablo the Tibetan Terrier is the love of my life, after my husband of course, but only just. He might say it's the other way round.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Delta Institute Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 2016 - Present
Delta Institute Dog Behaviour Conference - Inside of a Dog 2017
Wagging School Instructor Training and Behaviour Skills 2016

Mish

Bark in the Park

After working as a veterinary nurse since finishing VCE 8 years ago, I have decided to delve into something new and combine my other two passions - animal behaviour & nutrition. I have been teaching puppy pre school's for the past 5 years and love learning new modern positive training techniques, so I have joined the Bark in the Park team, while going to university to study dietetics.

Growing up in a crazy pet family, it's no shock I have ended up in the industry myself. When not at work you'll most likely find me at the local park or enjoying a coffee with my own little cavoodle Kevin James.

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the joy on the pet parents' faces - whether it is the 'my pup is a super star moment' at Puppy Pre School, or if their dog jumps on the scales has got to their goal weight, I just love to teach pet parents' about the things I am passionate about to improve their lives. I love meeting new dogs, watching them develop & learning their unique personalities - and cheeky habits. And lets be honest, is there anything better in life than spending the day outside with dogs?!

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Hill's Nurse Nutritional Consultant 2017
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing 2012
Certificate IV Equine Studies 2008

Dylan

Customer Service

Having grown up with dogs, I have a special affinity with our furry friends. One of my earliest memories is of our family dog, Odie, trying in earnest to pick me up by the overalls and carry me around the back yard with her, she thought I was her pup!

Special Interests:
Dylan spends his downtime rehearsing and gigging with his bands.

Caz

Bark in the Park

Growing up I was always surrounded by and loved animals, dogs in particular consistently intrigued me. Working as a Veterinary Nurse and a Zoo Keeper showed me different aspects of animal behaviour, environments and training techniques. This in turn motivated me to create positive, happy environments and training outcomes for all animals. I feel extremely fortunate to work within an industry that I love and that motivates me to learn and develop every day. Dogs provide a constant and ever changing workplace, each having their own individual and cheeky personalities.

Qualifications & Professional Development:
Certificate III in Captive Animals 2016
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 2015

Testimonials

“Ollie has been working with Bark in the Park since the day we got him. Spending time with a professional has been critical in Ollie learning potty training, to walk calmly on the lead, sit and be well behaved. It give us a lot of peace of mind to know he is spending time with all his BITP friends during the day whilst we are at work. We would highly recommend a puppy being looked after by BITP, they have helped us very quickly get a perfect puppy who is happy and content, well socialised and loves walking and exploring.
We have no doubt (apart from when we come home) his time with BITP is Ollie's favourite time in the day!”

Matt and Tiffany(Ollie)

“My husband and I are huge fans of Bark in the Park. We loved the notes telling us how our dog had behaved and what she had been up to during the day, the warmth and care shown by all the dog walkers, to us and our dog, their consistency and reliability, their adaptability and understanding over our dogs complex health needs and how they were constantly focused on putting our dog first even over their own business interests.”

Antonia and Simon(Mazzie)

“My mini dachshund Poppy loves BITP! They are kind, patient and very loving. The team have a great balance of knowledge and love towards all the pooches they look after. I completely trust the team and can see the love and excitement Poppy has for them.”

Prudence(Poppy)

“My two dogs Cassie and Tiger were the centre of my universe. If you want to meet a dogs best friend, people that are kind, reliable, trustworthy and an absolute pleasure to be around, then meet the team from Bark In The Park.”

Jacqui Johnson(Cassie and Tiger)

“Bear has been part of the social groups since he graduated from puppy pre-school. The daily groups have helped him become well socialised, more disciplined and less fearful of new sounds, people and places. Bark In The Park are lovely and we enjoy receiving a note from them each day which explains where Bear's been and which dogs in the social group he got to play with!”

Lalitha and Rob(Bear)

“Kindness and real love for our pets in their care! That is how to describe the wonderful people at Bark in the Park. Well done BITP!”

Maddy and Jack(Stormy and Lightning)

Our Service Areas

If you are outside our service area, please still get in touch! We may be able to help, or refer you to another professional business
Albert Park
Armadale
Balaclava
Caulfield North
Elsternwick
Elwood
Melbourne 3004
Middle Park
Port Melbourne
Prahran
Ripponlea
St Kilda
South Melbourne
South Yarra
Toorak
Windsor