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Robbie - Founder/Director

Robbie - Founder/Director

Every dog deserves force free

After being in business for 25 years, Robbie was looking for a new adventure. Her love of dogs and the realisation that there were so many ‘home alone dogs’, inspired the idea of Doghouse Daycare. Adding to that, the dream to be able to groom dogs in a ‘free range’ environment where regular breaks were mandatory and cages prohibited was the catalyst for the new venture! Robbie is studying dog behaviour, training and management as part of her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. “We encourage owners to bring their puppies to daycare because it’s a wonderful learning environment, as well as engaging their social and mental capacities”.

 

Cheryl - Doghouse Manager/Groomer/Admin

Cheryl - Doghouse Manager/Groomer/Admin

6 years RSPCA Experience, Groom Salon manager

Cheryl is a calm, gentle and composed carer who has a great ability to manage our most crazy, adolescent, puppy groups! With three large dogs of her own, she knows exactly how to tire the most energetic of pups. For over six years, Cheryl has worked in various areas at the RSPCA and has consolidated her knowledge by completing a Diploma in Dog Behaviour with the British College of Canine Studies. Cheryl organises and manages our grooming team, including the efficiency and day to day running of our grooming salon, along with producing some pretty amazing grooms! As well as this Cheryl plays a major role in our reception area and at the Doghouse as a whole. She always has a welcoming face to greet all of our clientele.

Kennadie - Administration Co-ordinator/Carer

Kennadie - Administration Co-ordinator/Carer

Bachelor of Science (specialising in Animal Behaviour)

Always aware that she wanted to pursue a career with animals, Kennadie attended Urrbrae Agricultural High School where she gained practical animal skills. Throughout high school, Kennadie pursued her interest in understanding animals and naturally went on to study a Bachelor of Science specialising in Animal Behaviour, which she successfully completed with First Class Honours, and was awarded a University Medal.

After previously volunteering at a doggy daycare, Kennadie has been able to demonstrate her knowledge of animal behaviour and confidence with all types of dogs in our play areas, ensuring the dogs have a positive, enriching, stress-free and of course fun daycare experience!

If Kennadie isn’t giving a bunch of love to our dogs in the play area, you will find her in our reception where she happily assists all of our clients and four-legged friends; always making sure everyone feels welcome here at Doghouse!

Gabby - Admin/Carer/Grooming

Gabby - Admin/Carer/Grooming

Certificate I & II Animal Studies

Gabby has a wonderfully bright and happy disposition and is a self confessed ‘dogaholic!’ She has completed Certificate I, II & III in Animal Studies. As well as bouncing around with the dogs in our play areas and grooming to perfection in our groom salon, you’ll also see Gabby’s happy face helping out in our reception area! You can almost always find Gabby here at Doghouse, because when she isn’t working she just hangs out with our beloved furry clients for fun!

Jane Senior Groomer/Carer

Jane Senior Groomer/Carer

Certificate II Animal Studies

Jane comes to us with a wealth of animal experience, especially in grooming. She has a sound knowledge of grooming styles and techniques and can groom all breeds to exacting standards. Before joining our team Jane gathered her wide experience working in salons around Adelaide during the past 11 years. She has also completed a certificate II in Animal Studies, worked at the RSPCA and studied Dog behaviour and management at the Animal Welfare League. If she’s not grooming dogs you’ll be able to spot her in the play area with her big smile and colourful hair!

Bianca - Play Area Leader/Admin/Grooming Assistant

Bianca - Play Area Leader/Admin/Grooming Assistant

Certificate II & III Animal Studies

Bianca started working at the Doghouse in 2013, introduced to us though a school work experience opportunity. At the time Bianca was also heavily involved with dog training at the Aldinga School for Dogs where she showed a deep passion and interest for all things dog, especially communication and training.

Since leaving school Bianca went on to complete Certificates II and III in Animal Studies. At the beginning of 2016 she decided to study Certificate IV in Vet Nursing full time and take 12 months off. We were lucky to have Bianca re-join us at the end of 2016 and she is now undertaking leadership training in our play areas. You’ll also see Bianca’s smiling face in our Reception area assisting smooth operation and Administration and if she has any spare time she’ll be in the grooming area helping with a Wash and Fluff up!

Bianca has 2 dogs of her own and loves taking them for walks, teaching them new tricks and doing agility with them.

Sarah - Groomer/Admin/Carer

Sarah - Groomer/Admin/Carer

Bachelor of Science (specialising in Animal Behaviour)

Along with a shared passion for all things dog, Sarah brings to the Doghouse her knowledge gained through achieving a Bachelor of Science specialising in Animal Behaviour from Flinders University in 2015. Sarah spent time volunteering at the RSPCA where she worked specifically with dogs who had aggression and behavioural issues, meeting new challenges and gaining new experience. It was through this experience that Sarah realised that she wanted to work with dogs full time and joined the Doghouse early in 2017.

You’ll get to chat with Sarah at drop off and collection time in our reception area where she’ll let you know all the things that the dogs get up to during their time here at Doghouse. Sarah is also one of our star groomers and spends her days pampering our puppy pals when they come in for a groom! 

Katey- Admin/Carer/Trainee Groomer

Katey- Admin/Carer/Trainee Groomer

Bachelor of Science (specialising in Animal Behaviour)

Katey has taken care of animals most of her life and when she started her degree at Flinders University she couldn’t imagine a better career, choosing to pursue a Bachelor of Science, specialising in Animal Behaviour. Katey volunteered at the RSPCA where she was Team Leader in the Dog Adoptions department. To achieve this role Katey underwent advanced animal behaviour training in both dog body language and force free handling techniques. After graduating in 2015 from her Bachelor’s degree Katey spent some time working in the retail sector, improving her customer service skills and obtained a Certificate III in Retail Operations before returning to her original passion of working with dogs at the Doghouse.

You’ll spot Katey in our reception and play areas on most days, and Katey is also branching out into grooming where she is working on developing her skills with the guidance of our senior groomers. We can already see she is an absolute natural!

Madie - Senior Groomer/Carer

Madie - Senior Groomer/Carer

Madie joined our team in early 2017 and has a deep passion for natural wildlife and dogs especially. Trying her hand at dog training during her later school years made Madie realise that dogs were to be her future career. Madie has worked in grooming in previous employment and brought her naturally expert skills to Doghouse Daycare where she ensures no dog leaves with as little as a hair out of place! 

Madie has an innate calmness with dogs and we call her our ‘Dog Whisperer!’ Madie is also one of our Senior Groomers and is involved with training and developing our younger staff as well as producing show standard grooms. 

Madie also enjoys working in the play areas where she can diversify her skills and learn more about all our canine clients!

Peta - Play Area Leader/Trainee Groomer

Peta - Play Area Leader/Trainee Groomer

Animal Studies Certificate II

Peta has naturally had a love and passion for animals. Originally involved in a caring role in the disability sector then volunteering for the Animal Welfare League, Peta then transferred her skills across to the Doghouse as a Play Area fun supervisor! In 2019 Peta completed her Certificate II in Animal Studies which furthered her knowledge in animal behaviour and care. 

When she’s not at Doghouse she’ll be at home with her own two rescue Staffy X fur babies. 

You’ll see her on most days keeping the dogs busy and running our daily activity program in one of our four play areas! On top of that, Peta is undertaking groom training alongside our team of top-notch groomers. Her enthusiasm for grooming shines through every day she is here and Peta always takes so much pride in the work she does! 

Anthony - Play Area

Anthony - Play Area

Animal Studies Certificate I, II & III

Anthony began his animal journey in 2012 when he completed his Certificate I in Animal Studies through the Environmental Team at Rostrevor Colleges. Anthony soon discovered his passion for animal welfare, particularly in the native wildlife/exotic pets sector, as well as domestic animals such as cats and dogs of course!
 
Anthony went on to complete his Certificate II and III in Animal Studies (specialising in native wildlife) and has also begun studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of Adelaide. 
 
After gaining work experience from a previous doggy daycare, Anthony wanted to continue his journey with dogs and joined our team in late 2020! He is our resident ‘Poodle lover’ as he had a 19 year old Toy Poodle ‘Jinja. You will find Anthony in one of our many play areas ensuring each and every dog is enjoying their time here at Doghouse!

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