Highly experienced, qualified Trainers
Gentle Training Method
Registered and insured
Safe all weather venues
Small Class sizes
Accomodating for shift workers
Loads of FUN for you and your dog!
Who we are and what we do!
Planet K9 offers a wide range of classes and activities that are enjoyable for both dogs and people.
We will teach you a gentle and effective training method to improve communication and strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
All members of the household are encouraged to participate.
Our Trainers are qualified and highly experiencedand importantly they genuinely love dogs! We are here to ensure that your relationship with your dog is the best it can be.
For more than 15 years Planet K9 has empowered people to experience loving dogs. All you need to do is book in and we will provide everything you need to create wonderful life memories for you and your dog.
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One of Australia’s most experienced Behavioural Rehabilitation Trainers, Nicole’s life purpose is to empower people to experience loving a dog and to decrease the suffering of dogs. Planet K9 shares her purpose.
Nicole’s experience is diverse and includes working with thousands of families and their dogs over the past 20 years including 8 years as Head Trainer at Australia’s largest animal shelter. Nicole holds Bachelor Degrees in Science and Applied Science majoring in animal behaviour and nutrition. She has initiated and undertaken 4 important programs to benefit shelter dogs and their new families including post adoption training which reduced the rate of dogs returned to the shelter by guiding people through the settling in stage of dog adoption. In 2011 she initiated The Behaviour Modification Program at The Lost Dogs’ Home and headed the program for 2 years. Through this program Nicole and her Planet K9 Trainers successfully rehabilitated hundreds of dogs and enabled them to be successfully adopted into loving homes. Nicole worked hard to introduce a volunteer dog walking program and expanded this in 2014 to include The Finishing School Program in which she enjoyed training staff and volunteers to prepare dogs for adoption .
Nicole has trained dogs for stage shows, international events (Australian Open, Moomba), corporate events (numerous) and television. Nicole is registered as an animal talent agent/ trainer/wrangler for film and televsion.
She was a lecturer in companion animal training at Victoria University.
Nicole is the author of The Dog Training and Activities section of the popular book “Walkies” published by Life Be In It. She writes a monthly column for The Melbourne Weekly and other related publications.
Nicole has trained two dogs as residential therapy dogs and has a keen interest in pet therapy. She runs a monthly pet therapy afternoon tea and nursing home visits with specially trained Planet K9 dogs.
Her pride and joy are her own dogs Comet and Skye adopted and adored and her dearly loved German Shepherds (Cosmo and Hagen now deceased but always loved and remembered).
Nicole has a deep connection to street dogs and is co-ordinator of Friends of Nepal’s Street Dogs and this inspires her to travel to Nepal regularly. Her love of animals is reflected in her vegan lifestyle.
Nicole personally trains all Planet K9 trainers. Additionally our instructors hold government approved dog-training certificates (Delta, Gentle Modern Dog Trainers or NDTF). Planet K9 trainers instruct using a gentle reward – based training method.
Nola is a highly experienced and nationally accredited Pet Dog Trainer. She believes that dogs are family members and that training your dog is an extension of loving them. Nola’s classes are popular and fun for the dog and the human participants. She runs basic manners and behaviour modification courses for Planet K9. Nola has a wealth of experience dealing with re-homed dogs and their owners. She worked as a Trainer in the behavioural rehabilitation program at The Lost Dogs’ Home from 2012-2014 and was a wonderful addition to the program. Nola returned to study in 2012 to complete a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Degree. Her constant companion is"Ace"a rescued kelpie with energy to burn.
Dr. Katherine Kovacic
Kath's first after-school job was as a kennel attendant at a Seeing Eye Dog School, and since then she has continued to be fascinated by dog behaviour and ways of training that bring the most joy to humans and dogs.
Kath received her accreditation from the Gentle Dog Trainers’ Association in the same year she graduated with honours as a veterinarian, and has continued to work with animals in a variety of ways.
Kath recently completed a PhD examining the representation of the human-animal bond in art. As part of her research, she explored why people like to look at animals and the psychology of animals in advertising.
She has written extensively on animals in art and canine history, as well as producing articles for Dogs Life magazine.
Kath has trained and worked with dogs for television, print media and corporate events. She has shared her life with all sorts of dogs, often Irish Wolfhounds, but most recently a Borzoi and a Scottish Deerhound.
Dr Peta Hitchens
Peta and her superstar dog Ra have an international reputation for having fun! Their aim is to make people smile, laugh and learn how to experience the same bond with their dog. They have travelled, performed, modelled, acted, and picked up titles in agility, rally obedience, trick dog, and dog dancing from Tasmania and California to Sweden.
Peta is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) through Kyra Sundance’s Do More With Your Dog Program, instructed the small dog circus at Francis Metcalf’s Canine Circus School in Oakland, CA; and instructed obedience at Hobart Dog Training Club. Her favourite achievements have been Best Trick Dog at Nihonmachi Street Fair and on Pet Pride Day in San Francisco, and she has enjoyed performing for fundraisers and at community events including at Chabot Space & Science Centre, Placer SPCA, and at Seddon and Yarraville Festivals.
Peta also holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science majoring in Equine Studies, and a Master’s and PhD in veterinary and medical epidemiology, respectively. Her serious side focuses on research into the safety and welfare of human-animal interactions. This has included research aimed at improving conditions for animals in sports and entertainment, and on horses in developing countries including for working ponies on the Gili Islands, Indonesia and in Ethiopia.