Home away from home
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”.
Micki - Partner, Client Liaison.
Studying to become a vet
Micki’s experience ranges in all areas of the Doghouse, having worked in daycare, grooming and administration, but for the past 3 years Micki has been following her dreams of becoming a Vet, and is studying at the University of Sydney whilst working behind the scenes, you may see her floating about when she’s home for the holidays!
Celina - Carer/Admin
Bachelor of Science in Animal Behaviour
Celina relishes the opportunity to practice her dog behaviour skills at the Doghouse. Celina has completed a Bachelor of Science in Animal Behaviour at Flinders University, her Honours in 2015 and this year is undertaking a PHD! We are very proud of Cel’s achievements in her area of study and of her work at the Doghouse. Originally Cel came to the Doghouse as a volunteer to work on the practical aspects of her studies and we’re enriched to have her continue to be part of our team.. Celina also has a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training. You’ll find Cel organising in our play areas and in reception and if not if not she’s certain to be helping clients in our reception areas with canine behavioural solutions!
Gabby - Carer/ Groomer/Admin
Certificate I & II Animal Studies
Gabby is a passionate Carer and Groomer who just can’t get enough of dogs! Gabby has a wonderfully bright and happy disposition and is a self confessed ‘dogaholic!’ She has completed Certificate I & II in Animal Studies, and is currently undertaking a Certificate III traineeship through the Doghouse. 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!
Cheryl - Carer/ Groomer/ Reception
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’s passion and enthusiasm for dogs also landed her a spot on the grooming team, where she now 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.
Ashley - Carer/Trainee Groomer/Admin
Certificate II Animal Studies
Ashley is a vibrant and enthusiastic team member , who absolutely loves learning about dogs! She has completed Certificate II in Animal Studies through the Doghouse. In Ashley’s time with us, she has learnt loads about dog behaviour/interactions and has developed fantastic skills in managing our playgroups and in our grooming area. When she isn’t in the play areas, you’ll find Ashley assisting our grooming team and now also playing a major role in our reception area, helping to welcome our clients and maintain an efficient and friendly front of house!
Andrea - Carer
Certificate II Animal Care/ Dog Behaviour Management
Andrea came to us with a wealth of knowledge from her years as a staff member at the RSPCA, and from previous work at various grooming salons. Andrea also has a Certificate II in Animal Care, Dog Clipping and Grooming and in Wildlife Rescue. She is building on her grooming skills at the Doghouse as an assistant groomer and you’ll also see her running around keeping the dogs busy in the play areas too!
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 striking red pig tails!
Tonks - Carer
Anthony, a.k.a Tonks first began working with dogs a few years back where he learned how to read dogs’ body language and specific behaviours. He was hooked! Dogs soon became a big part of Tonks’ life. After two years, however, an opportunity emerged to work in the mining industry as a Pit Technician. It was only a matter of time, however, that the sweet howls and pitter-patter of paws were calling him back to his original love… dogs.
Tonks is a friendly, hard working, up-for-anything kind of guy who loves the dogs in his care just as much as his own dog, Buakhaw – named after a famous Thai kick-boxer! On the weekends, Tonks is a keen hiker who loves the outdoors and staying active as much as he can. You’ll see Tonks’ happy face welcoming dogs in reception with open arms, working the play areas and assisting in our grooming area!
Bianca - Carer
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 2 and 3 in Animal Studies. At the beginning of 2016 she decided to study Certificate 4 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.
Bianca still enjoys her time and commitment to volunteering as a trainer at the Aldinga School for dogs and teaching the local community how to have well-mannered dogs using positive reinforcement.
Bianca has 2 dogs of her own and loves taking them for walks, teaching them new tricks and doing agility with them.
Mark - Carer
Studying Animal Science
Mark’s love for animals (especially dogs!) goes back since before he can even remember. Ever since starting school he’s been choosing the path which will help lead him to a career with animals, which currently has him studying a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Adelaide University and landing him opportunities such as zoo keeping with Adelaide Zoo. His current focus is strengthening his knowledge in dog behaviour and hands-on experience with the help of Doghouse Daycare where he can always be seen smiling and enthusiastically playing with dogs and making sure everyone is having a fun time.
In the future Mark hopes to find a permanent career with either wildlife or companion animals.
Sarah - Carer
Bachelor of Animal Science
Along with a shared passion for all things dog, Sarah brings to the Doghouse her knowledge gained through achieving a Bachelor of Animal Science 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 where she’ll let you know all the things that the dogs get up to during her watch, but mostly you’ll see Sarah entertaining the dogs in our play areas where she’s in her ‘most’ favourite area of the Doghouse!
Maddie - Trainee Groomer/ Carer
Maddie 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 Maddie realise that dogs were to be her future career. Maddie has worked in grooming in previous employment and comes to Doghouse Daycare with a desire to further hone her grooming skills and is working under our expert grooming team and is an absolute natural! Maddie has two dogs of her own, her beloved Beagle ‘Akira’ and ‘Claudia’ a Beagle X. Maddie also enjoys working in the play areas where she can diversify her skills and learn more about all our canine clients!
Tayla- Carer/ Trainee Groomer
Certificate III in Animal Care and Husbandry and a Pet First Aid certificate
Tayla was a recruit to the Doghouse team in early 2017. After working in Dog Daycare previously she was able to transition those dog behavioural skills into our play areas and also enthusiastically learn new ones in our grooming areas. Having already completed a Certificate III in Animal Care and Husbandry and a Pet First Aid certificate, Tayla was on the way to achieving her passion of working closely with dogs with us here at the Doghouse.
We see a bright future for Tayla who is a quick learner and has fitted into our existing team of professionals at Doghouse Daycare.
Tayla has a black American Labrador called ‘Jet’ who loves cuddles and playing with his canine mates!
Katey- Reception/ Carer
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. Throughout her study Katey underwent work placements at various organisations such as Adelaide Zoo, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and Monarto Zoo where she worked on many conservation projects and handled and cared for a range of animals both captive and wild. She also volunteered at the RSPCA where she was Team Leader in the Dog Adoptions department and responsible for supervising rescue dogs’ enrichment activities, socialisation and daily exercise. 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.
Katey has a Staffy X rescue called Bella, and as a senior dog she loves cuddles and short walks with mum! You’ll spot Katey in our reception and play areas on most days.
Rhiannon- Groomer /Reception
Specialty Certificate in Animal Studies
Rhiannon grew up in an animal orientated family owning everything from mice through to horses. Attending Urbrae Agricultural High School she received a speciality Certificate in Animal Studies in year 10 which sparked her grooming interest. Learning to groom as part of the certificate initiated her journey to becoming a salon manager at the age 18 and the experienced groomer she is today! Rhiannon has spent most of her life as a qualified professional horse rider (from 6 years of age) through Equestrian Australia. Living on farms for the last 5 years, and travelling as a self-funded volunteer, helping animals in Turkey and Cambodia.
Currently Rhiannon owns a cat named Luna Lou who is trained like a dog, playing fetch, enjoying car rides and walking on a lead! Rhiannon is passionate about grooming and views it as an art which allows her creative side to shine, whilst getting her ‘daily dog fix’! With 10 years of grooming behind her we’re excited to have her join our Doghouse team of grooming professionals. Rhiannon will be there to greet you in our reception area as well as creating show stopping grooms!
Jemma - Carer
Studying a Certificate 3 in Animal Companion Services
Jemma joined the Doghouse team in July 2018 and absolutely loves working in our play areas, stimulating play, encouraging socialisation, and enriching activities for the dogs.
A kind and compassionate carer, she has transitioned from a nursing career to one where she can care for animals health, happiness and wellbeing. Jem will complete Certificate 3 in Animal Companion Services in 2019 while working at the Doghouse and also continue volunteering at the RSPCA, learning about animal appreciation, behaviour, their needs and more.
Jem is passionate about all animals (and in her words “has a VERY large soft spot for dogs”) and says she feels privileged to work at the Doghouse, caring for others’ cherished best friends. She recognises the diversity of personalities in dogs within her care and the complexity of their needs.
Jem is excited about her new career sharing our mission to give every dog a great day!