Welcome to The Positive Pet Project
The Positive Pet Project offers training specific to the individual needs of you and your pet.
Proven & Effective
The Positive Pet Project is all about you and your pets living your best life together. We teach you how to train your pet using science based force free methods.
We are experts in the latest scientifically proven techniques and have a knack for explaining them in ways you and your animal will understand. We use the same positive methods that trusted professional trainers use in zoos and shelters worldwide. They are safe and effective.
Brooke Foy is the owner of The Positive Pet Project and is a Delta Institute Certified Professional Dog Trainer (MDI) (CPDT). She is a highly skilled evidence-based positive reinforcement trainer and animal behaviour expert who is passionate about assisting people to create and build a trusting relationships with their pets.
Not only does Brooke have extensive experience training animals, a 20-year career in social science 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 companion animal training business.
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.
All our training is customised which means that we design our services around you, your situation, your environment and you and your pets personalities. The internet and group training classes are a great source of information if you know how to apply that information to your specific circumstances. We are experts at accessing each situation and identifying the simplest process to gain the results you want. Our clients see their pets as part of their family and we pride ourselves in the ability to help our clients build their relationship through better communication and create better lives together.
Here's what our clients are saying
"We first enlisted the help Brooke at the Positive Pet Project when our puppy was showing signs of anxiety having moved house. Brooke was so great in helping us understand the different ways our dog communicates how she's feeling. Since that initial support, we have seen Brooke a number of times, not just to tackle some problematic behaviours, but to build the positive relationship we always dreamed of having with our dog - particularly one where we could all hang out at the beach together with the doggo off leash! Our dog is a huge part of our life and the positive pet project have been fundamental in supporting us to live the happy life we want with our dog. From feeling like we'd never be able to let our dog off leash, the he enjoyment we get from now going places with our dog is second to none. We really highly recommend this service and want to say a big thank you!"
"Brooke and her team have helped us tremendously over the past 3 months since bringing home our Australian Cattle Dog pup. The uncertainty of raising a well rounded and obedient dog in the midst of COVID-19 isolation was very daunting, however Brooke was extremely flexible and we were able to initially meet with her virtually via Zoom for puppy pre-school sessions. Once the restrictions started to ease, we arranged for three one on one sessions at our house where we had the chance to interact with our puppy and Brooke in the same space. These sessions were vital in building our confidence and helping to shape our relationship with our dog. Through her mix of practical examples, obvious experience and sense of humour, Brooke consistently put us at ease and reminded us to just have some fun!! We would not hesitate to recommend Brooke and The Positive Pet Project to new puppy owners or existing dog owners who simply want to re-engage with obedience but aren't sure where to start. Thank you Brooke!"
I was on the point of despair when I asked Brooke to help me with Tess, our curly coated retriever (CCR) puppy. Despite the fact that we had had two dogs before, including a CCR, we had taken Tess to group puppy classes. Sadly these hadn’t been at all helpful - I already knew the basics, Tess is very intelligent and had had no problem in learning them at home.
However, when she became 5-6 months old, my sweet biddable puppy turned into a teenage delinquent! I was at my wits end...I was really clear that I wanted to continue to use Positive training methods with Tess, even as she seemed to be less and less responsive to my input.
Brooke was amazing. She immediately worked out how to help me not only understand why Tess was behaving as she was; but also to understand how the major life changes I had recently gone through might be affecting the way I was interacting with Tess.
Better still, Tess thinks Brooke is fantastic! As a result Tess has made enormous progress and she now seems to understand exactly what is expected of her (- whether she decides to do what is expected is another matter); overall the change in Tess’s behaviour has been dramatic and we continue to build on the firm foundation created by Brooke.
Caedmon was always so helpful and a pleasure to deal with as well, which has made the whole experience such a pleasant one.
Brooke is a wonderful trainer. Furthermore, unlike many people advertising themselves as dog trainers on the internet - she actually has lots (and lots) of qualifications to back up her tuition. I really appreciated that her philosophy is based on helping the owner to understand the basis of the dog’s behaviour and using positive training methods to reinforce desired outcomes. Brooke is very patient, and she has a range of techniques to train the same behaviour - so that if one didn’t suit or interest Tess, she straight away had something else we could try. With her help, our crazy, over-excited puppy who was running and jumping out of control is now so much better behaved. When she has an occasional relapse (she is still a puppy), we can understand why, what the trigger was and how to quickly calm her down.
The Positive Pet Project came highly recommended to me by my local vet, and I couldn't be more happy with the training, support and friendly service provided by the team. Brooke's techniques, skills and experience were astounding, and she worked so patiently with me to deliver a training program that was completely tailored to the individual needs of myself and my dog. She listened to my interests and goals for dog training, was respectful with any corrections or suggestions for improving technique, and she truly walks the talk for positive behaviour training. We were also very grateful for dog walking services as we transitioned my dog to being left at home for a full day. Caedmon was respectful, considerate, and carried on the positive behaviour techniques during the dog walking. I would recommend the Positive Pet Project in a heart beat, and I will continue to work with the team as my dogs grow and our training needs evolve.