Radica made a big shift from the IT world to the animal industry in 2012, when she decided to join Mosman Vet as a full-time Veterinary Receptionist. During her five years there, one of her responsibilities was to coordinate Vicki Austin’s puppy class bookings.
Always keen to improve things, Radica took the initiative to make some changes: she streamlined the booking process and email confirmations, designed a Puppy Class Certificate, purchased new stools for the attendees, printed educational posters for the classroom etc.
But, it was not until she observed the very experienced and skilled dog trainer, Vicki Austin, at work; that Radica’s early childhood passion for dog training was reignited.
She started taking dog trainer courses and read only the best science-based resources and books on dog training and behaviour she could find ("devouring" Steven R. Lindsay's tomes: Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior & Training, Vol I, II and III).
In 2014 Radica completed Vicki Austin’s Puppy Class Instructor Course, and was given the incredible opportunity to assist Vicki for 6 months during her puppy classes at Mosman Vet.
She has since gained much hands-on experience and has attained her professional certification through the well-respected, and globally recognised Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, as Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).
Still an eager dog training and behaviour student, she continues to expand her knowledge and training skills, by taking courses, attending seminars and workshops, and by visiting expo’s and industry events.
Radica currently lives in Crows Nest NSW Australia, with her husband and Pet Photographer, Jean-Jacques Halans. They share their lives with the always happy and gorgeous Nero, a Belgian Mechelaar (Malinois) x Kelpie rescue dog; and the ever suave, adopted feline, Mr. Mauro.
As your qualified instructor, Radica will help you set the right priorities and put effective strategies in place to teach your puppy how to get it right. She also provides FREE, phone, email and Facebook support to all her Puppy School Graduates* up until their 1st birthday! (* Conditions apply: Your puppy has attended all 4 sessions of our puppy class and has shown clear progress from week to week.)