About

Wag School has been successfully conducting puppy training classes in Sydney since 2002. During this time we have helped hundreds of owners train their pups to be well mannered, sociable and happy companions.

As 8-16 weeks is such a critical period in a pup’s life, we specialise in puppy training classes so that our clients can give their pups the best start in life. Our clients and their pups are important to us, so we strive to offer exceptional classes, which are practical, informative, fun and relevant to real life.

Wag School currently runs puppy training classes at Concord Veterinary Hospital in North Strathfield and the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona.

Meet the Team

Sue Bailey

IMG_5361Sue is a founding partner of Wag School Dog Training and is a Delta Accredited Dog Behavioural Trainer (Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services). She has been training dogs for over 20 years and is committed to using and teaching only force free, positive training methods to a high standard of best practice. She finds it incredibly rewarding to help people and their pups learn to understand each other and start a wonderful life together and likes nothing better than to see happy pups and their family enjoying their training.

Understanding the importance of keeping up-to-date with the latest science and advances in training and behaviour, Sue attends conferences (both in Australia and overseas), seminars and workshops featuring leading local and international trainers and behaviourists, as well as reading a variety of books. She loves working with animals and has lived with and enjoyed training a variety of species. Sue is currently having fun training her seven cats, while facing the challenges of living in a multi-species household every day.

Sue is a volunteer trainer at the Western Suburbs Dog Training Club and holds a current St Johns First Aid Certificate. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild Australia, Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia and the Delta Institute.

Sine Cheyne-Macpherson

SineSine and Sue met at the Western Suburbs Dog Training Club – a friendly club, but at that time it was check chain based. They felt there must be a better way to train the animals that were so much a part of their lives. Sine, with Sue, enrolled in the Delta Certificate IV Behavioural Dog Training Course – the start of continuing education, to keep up with the ever evolving science of animal behaviour and dog training. Not long after completing the Cert IV in 2001, Sine and Sue founded Wag School.

Sine never tires of the pleasure in having the opportunity to help so many people and dogs realise the wonderful life they are starting together – mutual respect and trust builds a lasting friendship, bond and harmonious family life. Sine has two Standard Poodles, who bring joy to her household amid the pressures of work, school activities, continuing education, teaching classes and volunteering.

Sine still attends and volunteers at Western Suburbs Dog Training Club Sunday classes, which is now at the cutting edge of dog training based on the science of animal behaviour and the laws of learning. Sine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild Australia, Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia, the Delta Institute and Dogs NSW.

Fiona Cheyne-Macpherson

10 BFiona has been assisting Wag School since 2009 and also volunteers as a trainer at Western Suburbs Dog Training Club Homebush. Since the arrival of her current dog at 8 weeks old in 2006 and attending Wag School puppy classes, together with reading every book recommended by the Wag School trainers, Fiona has been an exponent of force free training and so grateful for the enlightenment which has resulted in the great relationship she has with her dog.

This has also meant the fun of continuing education to keep up to date with the evolving science of animal behaviour – reading, researching and attending conferences and seminars with Australian and international veterinary behaviourists and trainers run by Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group, Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia, Hills Dog Club and others. Fiona and her dog spend time every day with training games, attend formal training every week and are involved with canine freestyle. Fiona is a member of the the Pet Professional Guild Australia.

Bea Labady

bea_bindi_by_AlisonBea has been assisting with the smooth running of Wag School puppy classes since early 2015. She is a qualified professional dog trainer, having completed her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services though Delta Institute while gaining work experience in a busy shelter environment. During her years at the RSPCA, she helped rehabilitate abandoned, abused, homeless pets and eventually turned her passion into a career by founding Embark Pet Care.

Bea is also an accredited member of the Delta Institute and the Pet Professional Guild Australia, and is committed to current best practice guidelines and standards in dog training and pet care. She only uses evidence-based, force-free training methods drawn from validated research in the fields of canine behaviour, learning theory and animal welfare.

Bea is always keen to learn more about animal behaviour and keep up-to-date with the latest research by attending conferences and seminars. Her previous foster dogs and her current rescue dog Bindi has taught Bea a lot about dog behaviour and she loves solving challenges and helping pets and their guardians have a happy life.

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