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. She currently lives with a Labrador puppy (Douglas) and an Alexandrine parrot (Pepper).
Iyona is also currently working as a Vet Nurse and has completed her Animal Studies Cert II, Dog Grooming course and Pet First Aid Certificate. She hopes to learn much more and is currently on the journey to enter University studies to further educate herself in the industry.
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.
Jade has been working with dogs since 2013, and builds close connections with every dog she works with. Jade’s passion for animals and ease with dogs is obvious to everyone who meets her. Having recently joined the Bondi Behaviourist team, Jade is looking forward to further developing her knowledge of dog training and helping improve communication and connections between dogs and their owners.
Jade has always had a fascination with animals and their behaviour, leading her to complete a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney. Whilst studying, Jade conducted a research project that led to the discovery of new personality testing methods for Tasmanian Devils. She has also spent time in South Africa as a wildlife park attendant, gaining invaluable, hands on experience in caring for and in the conservation of wildlife.
For the last 5 years Jade has been working as a dog walker, where she has assisted in training and socialising dogs in both large and small groups. Her well established skills ensure that each walk, swim and play is a positive experience for each and every dog.
Jade is currently completing her Certificate III in Dog Behavior and Training and is looking forward to combining this training, and her passion for dogs.
To say that Jen is an animal lover is putting it mildly. Growing up, she was always happily surrounded by pets of all breeds, shapes and sizes, and even tried to convince her parents (unsuccessfully) to let her keep a baby raccoon (the Canadian version of a possum).
Jen moved to Sydney from Toronto, Canada in 2013, and had worked a long and uninspired career in senior administration until she came home to a little puppy after work one night who changed her life completely. After becoming a fur-mum, Jen soon became an active animal rescue volunteer, both administratively and also as a foster carer. When she foster failed and adopted a second puppy, her thirst for a better understanding of animal behaviour led her to seek the services of Bondi Behaviourist. After the consultation, Jen was even more inspired to learn, and in September 2018, decided to take the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services at Open Colleges.
Jen brings her love of yoga, meditation, organization and good old customer service into her work, giving a well rounded approach to her training and interaction with both dogs and owners.