Ian Shivers founded Bondi Behaviourist in April 2015. Having worked within rescue organisations and doing one on one consultations since 2007 in England and Australia, Ian has a wealth of experience.
Ian has a diploma in dog behaviour through the British College of Canine Studies and is constantly expaninding on his experience. Having developed working relationsips with trainers, veterinary behaviourists and veterinary practices across Australia.
Ian is passionate about the welfare of dogs in the urban environment, their physical and mental health, relationships between dogs and their owners and believes that educating people on the needs of their dogs is the future of dog training.
It is Ian's mission with Bondi Behaviourist to help bring understanding, through education to pet dog owners to help build happy relationships between all involved.
Jos has been working with dogs since 2010, she is passionate about dog behaviour and training and her enthusiasm shines through. Jos has been a part of the Bondi Behaviourist team since early 2016, learning about different training methods and graduating from Hanrob International Dog Academy, completing her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.
Running puppy schools and looking after our in home training for puppies and juveniles. Helping owners integrate their new family members into their homes and lives. Working towards building happy and healthy relationships that will last a lifetime.
As a skilled trainer, Jos understands that there are many different ways to work with a dog, in order to achieve common goals. She is able to problem solve for clients in order to resolve their issues and gain a positive outcome for both the owner and the dog.
Being a loving dog owner herself, she understands how much a new puppy means to a family and brings this care and affection into her training methods.
Jo is a passionate animal advocate who has worked closely with Ian since the inception of Bondi Behaviourist. Her love of all animals, in particular dogs, has always been strong, having grown up with dogs, large and small, from a very early age. Originally from a corporate background, having studied IT and working in the banking sector, she realised over time her true passion was working with animals.
Jo moved to Australia from the UK in 2004, since then she has fostered many shelter dogs that had run out of options, efforts she found truly rewarding. In 2009 she rescued a one year old staffy, Lola (now a valuable team member!), from Renbury Farm Shelter. This is where her true interest in animal behaviour and her ambition to not only help dogs, but to see them thrive, began. Her philosophy towards dog behaviour aligns entirely with Ian's - patience, calming and care. Her strengths lie in problem solving, dedication, and compassion. Jo has a natural empathy with the animals she works with, she innately understands the connection between you and your dog and how much of an important part of your life they are. Why? Because it’s the same for her!
As well as working with your dog, she also performs a number of important administrative functions and it will be more than likely you will hear her dulcet tones when you contact Bondi Behaviourist!
Iyona joined the Bondi Behaviourist team late 2016, and although the youngest member, she brings with her much experience. Working with animals since she was a young teen in breeding facilities, dog daycare and managing a grooming store, Iyona has always dreamt of working with animals big or small and her passion shines through.
Having completed her Animals Studies, Dog Grooming and Pet First Aid Certificate she only strives to learn more. Now undergoing her Certificate in Animal Psychology to work towards achieving this goal with all of the dogs she cares for.
Iyona is an avid problem solver and her drive to help people with their pups is her passion. Joining the Bondi Behaviourist team in late 2016 she believes she is now able to make a difference. Aspiring to be able to help animals her whole life, she believes that she has finally found her family.
From the time Angela could crawl she has had a four legged companion by her side to love and care for. Her passion for animals is second to none and her experience and confidence is growing fast.
Angela's love and interest for working with animals started at an early age. When she was 16 she got the opportunity to do work experience at a local veterinary clinic. While doing volunteer work at an animal shelter she completed her certificate in Animal Studies through TAFE.
For the past three years, she has been walking dogs. No feat is too great for Angela as she has even walked elephants while volunteering in Surin in Thailand.
In short Angie has found her path in life and strives to be the best she can be whilst giving your best friend all the attention and care they need.
Mickey has always been passionate about animals, having grown up with a wide variety including Great Danes, horses, cats, birds and even a camel she is very comfortable with animals of all shapes and sizes.
Mickey completed a Bachelor of Animal Science in 2015 and her Cert IV in Companion Animal Services in 2017 and is always striving to further her education and knowledge of current training methods and techniques.
Mickey has extensive background in dog behaviour, socialisation and rehabilitation; acquired during her time working with behaviourally challenged dogs in animal shelters and rescue organisations.
She believes in a holistic approach to dog training, incorporating both physical and mental stimulation through behavioural enrichment and positive reinforcement.
Danielle Johnson is our newest recruit, and comes to us with a diverse range of experience. Dani has always surrounded herself with animals from a young age, always owning Dogs & Cats, trying to convince her parents for "just one more", or "can i please just bring that one home".
She now has a 2 year old Weimaraner, named Hugo & 3 cats.
Prior to dog walking, Dani has always followed her two passions in life, animals and photography. Trying to find a balance between the two, she worked in both the media world, and at Carnivores department at Taronga Zoo, with the Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my!). This gave her a great understanding of how to read different animals behaviour.
For the past 2 years, Dani has moved solely into dog walking, caring for pups big and small, and establishing a walking service of the highest quality, while using her love of photography on the dogs in her care.