Meet Our Behavioural Trainers

Both Marianne and Rebecca assist our vets with their administrative duties at our head office and are usually the first point of contact for our clients when they phone or submit an enquiry. Marianne also designs and runs both our private and group training classes.

Ms Marianne Dawson

Currently completing Cert IV Companion Animal Services (Delta)

Veterinary Administrative Assistant and Trainer

Marianne is our head Administrative Assistant, working in our main office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, Thursdays and occasionally other days she is on the road doing house-calls.

Marianne performs private in-home training consultations, assisting owners in dealing with varied issues ranging from common puppy and kitten problems, to litter box and toileting problems in cats, to obedience training problems in dogs. She also assists our behaviour veterinarians with more complicated cases by providing owners with practical training support while their pets are under treatment for their fear or anxiety-related problems.

Marianne has single-handedly designed the curriculum for our Puppy Preschool® and Senior Puppy training classes and is in charge of delivering these classes at various locations around Sydney.

She is in her final months of study in completing her accredited behavioural trainer certificate through the prestigious Delta Institute- the most respected certification body for dog trainers in the country.

She is an experienced office administrator, and has also been teaching and assisting in running obedience training classes for puppies and adult dogs at another training school for over two years. Marianne’s interests are varied and you often find her moving from place to place as she house sits around Sydney, exploring new areas with her canine companions or relaxing with her feline friends.

Ms Rebecca Symington

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

Currently completing Cert IV Companion Animal Services (Delta)

Veterinary Administrative Assistant

Rebecca (or ‘Bec’, as we know her) is the most recent addition to our growing Pet Behaviour Vet family, joining us in November 2017. She works in our office on Mondays and Thursdays and will soon be running some of our training consultations.

Bec is a certified veterinary nurse and experienced trainer who has been working in the industry since 2012. She is also partway through a her certificate IV through the Delta Institute in order to further her knowledge. She has a wide range of training experience including running Puppy Preschool® and Adolescent classes, as well as in running private in-home consultations covering a wide range of behavioural problems.

Bec has three children as well as a variety of animals that keep her on her toes. She has always shown a great interest in animals with careers ranging from wildlife care, zoo work, animal welfare, horse ranch work, vet nursing and of course, dog training.