Hi there My Name is Mel Henley and I have been involved with training dogs professionally since 2001. I train and handle scent detection dogs for a Federal Government Agency in Cairns.
As a child I grew up around horses and dogs. I progressed to serious horses and competed in show jumping, eventing, dressage, hacking and ring and field hunting. I also spend a few years riding race horses doing track work.
As a member of the ‘horsey set’ in Sth Australia, if you had horses you had to have a blue heeler for the back of the truck. So my training background consisted of more than just dogs and has been a great asset for training dogs at the highest level possible in Australia.
My dogs (Belgian Malinois)
I currently own 2 Belgian Malinois.
Nordenstamm Udo (aka Indy) – male 2/9/2011
- Australian National UD Champion 2015
- Australian Obedience Champion 2015
- UDX Title 2015 (only dog in Cairns to ever gain UDX title)
- UD Title 2014
- Golden Dumbbell Winner 2013 (1st dog in FNQ to win this prize)
- Vikings Muzzles QLD Open Dog of the Year 2013 (only dog outside of Brisbane metropolitan area to ever win this award)
- Attained UD Title in six months 2013
- Australian Tracking Champion 2013
Nordenstamm Cougar – female 2/5/2014
- 1st CCD qualifying card won at QLD State Trials (13 months of age)
- 2nd CCD qualifying card won at Australian National Trials (13 months of age)
- 3rd CCD qualifying card and Title (all won in 5 days)
How I can help
Some of the common problems that I see very often when meeting new dogs and their owners are normally caused by a basic lack of communication and understanding between the pairing. Basically we are hard wired to project human emotions onto our pets without realizing how this is being interpreted from an animals perspective. We tend to become frustrated very quickly and will often use compulsion, punishment or even anger to elicit the response that we expect.
This lack of understanding is not a poor reflection on you, it is instinctive in humans and we just need to give you the tools required to get the very best from your dog. Ensuring that your dog is being fulfilled emotionally and physically and is enjoying the cause and effect of these encounters is paramount. If he/she loves the challenge and is having fun then these challenges will be repeated with more zeal each and every time. In turn you will be getting pleasure, satisfaction and enjoyment from seeing your dog develop and grow into a fantastic well mannered and willing companion.
Understanding the basic principles is easy when you know how but if you start off on the wrong paw you will only confuse your dog and try as they may they will not know what you are asking of them.