K9 Positive Works Behaviour Counselling
At PVBS, we work closely with Danielle Brueschke from K9 Positive Works Behaviour Counselling to provide a complete service. You will have the support of both our behaviour vet and the trainer to get the best outcome for your pet.
Born to an Educator and a practicing Clinical and Counselling Psychologist, Danielle grew up as a self-motivated individual, with a keen eye for both human and non-human animal behaviour, as well as their interaction in the environment they share. Danielle’s interest in human and non-human animal behaviour was further heightened during her academic career—at Edith Cowan University—whilst studying the history of behavioural scientists such as Pavlov (the father of classic conditioning) and BF Skinner (the father of operant conditioning), two of the most influential figures in Behavioural Psychology. Soon after graduating, Danielle began her career in Human Services; however, her interest in non-human animals—especially dogs—drove her to dedicate any spare time to the science of dog behaviour and training. Working with her own dogs, Danielle realised that her training and experience in human behaviour management was paramount in her honing valuable skills as a dog trainer, who specialises in non-violent, compassionate methods. Danielle joined different local obedience and agility clubs, where she took every opportunity to not only observe, but also instruct classes and collaborate with and learn from fellow members and their dogs.
Before making the leap into full-time dog training, and whilst maintaining a successful career as a Youth Worker, Danielle acquired membership to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Dogs West (formally the Canine Association of WA). Eventually, Danielle’s experience, knowledge and skills were sought by Perth’s RSPCA, where she worked as an obedience instructor. Then, in 2007, she established K9 Positive Works, where she has been very successful in helping dogs and their owners achieve harmonious and mutually-respectful relationships through Positive Reinforcement training. She now has more than 15 years’ experience in working with dogs and observing their behaviour. In May 2017, K9 Positive Works celebrated a decade of successful business. Danielle works in collaboration with Dr Nichola Frampton, from Perth Veterinary Behaviour Service, to offer a best practice approach in behavioural health and training.
Danielle dedicates much of her spare time to reading the most recent scientific studies and books on the subject and attending seminars and webinars, delivered by world-renowned trainers and behaviour consultants, such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Kersti Seksel, Dr. Debbie Calnon and Dr. Linda Marston.
Her commitment to improving relationships between humans and dogs goes beyond business, as Danielle is also a passionate advocate for responsible pet guardianship and works on educating the community about BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and its consequences in our society. “Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which targets specific breeds of dog for restriction or ban, is not the answer. BSL has, time and again in research and real life, been proven ineffective on a number of levels and does nothing to make the community safer in regards to bite incidents. In fact, it often gives people a false sense of security that some dogs are ‘safe breeds’ and others are ‘dangerous breeds’ when, in actual fact, any individual dog—regardless of their breed—is capable of biting” says Danielle. If you would like more information on BSL, please contact Danielle for a free article on the subject.
In the past, Danielle’s dogs have been Bull-Breed ambassadors and an integral part of her business, where they were employed as assistants, accompanying her on training sessions when appropriate. Danielle has said of her dogs: “Zayda and Asher have taught me so much over our years together. They are my daily companions for both work and play. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to learn and grow with them. It is this relationship of trust and learning together, with your dogs, that I hope to pass on to other people.” Currently, Danielle doesn’t have a canine family member, however, she is hoping to find the right dog to join her family in the not-to-distant future.