Our trainers

Our standards are high because your standards are high. You wouldn’t entrust your pet’s health to an untrained vet, and you should accept no less from your dog trainer.

Choosing The Positive Pet Project means you are choosing a trainer who is professional, experienced and dedicated to using only recognised, positive, best practice methods. Brooke and her team of positive trainers work together to deliver the philosophy of The Positive Pet Project, including running group classes, attending private consultations and training people in how to train their dogs.

Brooke Foy

Owner and Managing Director

Brooke Foy is the owner and Managing Director of The Positive Pet Project (formerly IntaDOGZ Dog Training). Brooke is a highly qualified trainer and animal behavior expert who is passionate about assisting people to create and enhance their bond with their pets.

Not only does Brooke bring a lifetime of experience training animals, a 20-year career as a social worker means that Brooke can relate to humans as well as she can relate to their pets – which is the key to the success of her pet training business which has been operating for over seven years.

Brooke and her team of positive trainers work together to deliver the philosophy of The Positive Pet Project, including running group classes, attending private consultations and training people in how to train their pets.

She has also worked with exotic animals in behaviour enrichment and training husbandry behaviours and has spent many years working with local animal rescue organisations training volunteers and developing and implementing training programs for the animals in their care.

Kate Bartels

Trainer

For Kate, life mostly revolves around her love of animals. She has two beautiful dogs – Mia and Franki – and a cat named Ekho.

Kate started training her own dogs when she was 10-years-old and fell in love with watching them learn. That early passion fed her desire to become a trainer and now she loves helping clients through The Positive Pet Project.

Kate has previously worked with Guide Dogs QLD and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through Delta Society Australia.

Chris Gadsby

Trainer

A lifelong animal lover, Chris has one dog, Bullseye, a ten year old Staffy, and he also has the occasional foster dog at home as well.

Chris has always enjoyed the bond shared between owner and pet, and the process of building a better bond through training. He realised how important good advice on training is for pet owners while working in animal welfare, and is looking forward to being able to help pet owners as part of The Positive Pet Project team.

Chris has worked in the animal welfare industry for seven years in various roles and now works as a rehabilitation trainer at Wacol RSPCA. He is currently completing his Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through Delta Society Australia.

Justine Bartels

Trainer

Justine is new to The Positive Pet Project team. She has a menagerie of animals and her dogs Sophie, Jimmy and Harry keep her very busy.

Justine has worked in the animal industry for the past ten years in various roles including pet stores and grooming. She is currently working at Pro Vet (a veterinary wholesaler) and is completing her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through Delta Society Australia. Her life revolves around animals and her passion for their wellbeing. Justine knows how important the relationship between pet and owner is and that’s why she is so keen to be a part of The Positive Pet Project team!

Jolanda Verweij

Intern Assistant

Growing up I spent most of my time at my friends house, they had lots of cats, dogs and horses. My parents barely saw me, I was lucky as they understood my strong desire that I had about being around animals.

When was old enough to move into my own house, I got my first dog named Bas ,he was a Labrador . I learnt to train him without use of any aids or using any harsh methods. I was able to take him everywhere.

When I moved to Australia 3 years ago, I decided to change jobs and become a professional dog trainer, so I enrolled in a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through Delta Society Australia. I also volunteer at Guide Dogs Queensland in my spare time to gain more experience in dog handling and behaviour.

Being part of The Positive Pet Project gives me a chance to help pet owners create a better bond and share the same feelings of friendship I had with Bas.

Jenny Camilleri

Intern Assistant

Jenny is new to the Positive Pet Project as an intern and is excited to be part of the team.  She is currently completing the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through Delta Society Australia.

Jenny has one dog, Jed, an 11 year old Jack Russell X and has always had a passion for animal welfare and the role companion animals play in our lives and communities.

Over the past 12 years she has volunteered at animal welfare shelters in Brisbane and Maryborough and spent two years volunteering with the former University of Queensland Veterinary Science – Centre for Companion Animal Health to gain insights into research being undertaken in this area — the role veterinarians, animal welfare organisations, trainers and state and local government can play in improving the human-animal bond through better education, training, regulations and policies.

Jenny is also interested in the benefits of animal-assisted therapy for people living with disabilities and enriching the lives of people with dementia.

Donna Dooley

Intern Assistant

Donna grew up surrounded by a menagerie of animals, so it is hardly surprising that she has developed a passion for animal behaviour and a desire to help people strengthen their bond with their pets.

She has been working in the animal industry for the past 10 years focusing on animal health and well-being and is currently studying through the Delta Institute.

Leading a very busy lifestyle with 3 teenage daughters and 5 dogs she enjoys spending time with loved ones, riding motorbikes and go karts around her property, camping on the beach, playing guitar and reading.

Caedmon Foy

Business Development Manager

Caedmon is a co-founder of The Positive Pet Project. He has a love of all animals and business. He has been involved in both corporate,government and private business in a number of managerial roles.

He currently maintains the numbers side of the business, develops new territories & venues, and liaises with current and new business partners.

Caedmon is also learning the art of dog training by assisting in classes and working the pet sitting arm of The Positive Pet Project.