Antonella Gatto, Puppy School Trainer
My name is Antonella, I come from Italy and I have been living in Australia for nearly 6 years.
Since I was 3-4 years old I remember that one of my interests was to talk with animals, especially pets like: dogs, cats, birds and bunnies. I used to like to make up conversations and tell stories to them. I also rescued a lot of them.
Growing up I realised that a dog or a cat will never be able to speak to me but I didn’t give up on my dream to try to communicate with them or better understand the way they use to communicate with me/us.
I have always considered a lot the psychological support that a dog can give to his/her owner, but as a young adult I also started to see how many dogs suffer because of lack of communication between them and the owners or because of miscommunication.
I then realised that the best way to try to help misunderstood dogs is to teach owners what, when and how to train their dogs.
I enrolled 2 years ago to the Delta Institute which leads to the certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.
Through my studies I have been very lucky to be mentored by Chiara Perri from Point Cook Dog Training Dog Day Care, who was the first Positive Reinforcement trainer in the western suburbs of Melbourne. I had the opportunity to assist with and instruct puppy and adult classes, as well as assisting with private consultations and working on one-on-one training.
I believe in force free training methods which are scientifically proved to be the best training methods to teach dogs everyday good manners, tricks and to be part of the society.
The success of the positive reinforcement training methods is based on the fact that it:
- creates stronger bond between dog and owner,
- is fun for both human and pups,
- tells the dogs what we would like them to do instead of using harsh methods to stop them from doing what we don’t want.