Animal Talent

'HELPING HUMANS UNDERSTAND DOGS'

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Animal Talent - Louise

From dog lover to training instructor and champion dog sports competitor, Louise Harding always knew dogs were where her passion lay. But it wasn’t just limited to dogs, there were cats, hedgehogs, geese, parrots, sheep, horses, rats, cows, budgies, goats and rabbits that rounded out her menagerie. Louise was a gifted trainer who turned her hand to train all manner of animal species.

 

Never one to sit still, she embarked on making this animal caper her full-time career. ‘Do what you love’ were the words that kept her pushing on. In 2005, back in New Zealand, she established Animal Talent and began supplying animal actors to the film and television industry. Now an accomplished trainer and wrangler it was time to add another hit of adrenaline to the mix, sled dog racing. Life was full of fun and adventure and then came the twist.

 

In 2007 her husband, three young children and an entourage of four-legged companions in tow she moved across the ditch to Australia. Though homesickness frequently rears its head, she hasn’t looked back since.

 

With courage and a whole lot of dogged determination, Louise established the Aussie iteration of Animal Talent on the Central Coast NSW. With no local contacts, the only way to spread the word was to make some fliers and walk around the local area doing letterbox drops and cold calling Sydney based production companies.

 

Over time the demand for classes outgrew the front yard of the family home and a more suitable was needed. Animal Talent found it's home, nestled in a valley near Woy Woy Bay.  It’s a great space for dogs and owners alike to come together in the spirit of learning.

 

The business continues to expand and now offers a range of training options including group classes, private lessons, workshops, online training modules, seminars and online private lessons.

TESTIMONIALS

“Can't recommend Louise enough .. practical real-life training with a bit of fun. The most understanding knowledgeable animal trainer. Amazing with kids too.”
Sally DahlMay 2019
“Louise is a legend at training dogs (actually to be honest me lol). My baby has done so well with the lessons and what I have learnt.”
Narelle SeckoldMay 2019
“A great training location and trainer - we look forward to going and learn new things every time - thanks, Louise!! Our “giraffe” loves her puppy classes.”
Lisa OliverMay 2019
“Our little dog Buttons enjoys his school days...where he sees his friends and Louise and loves his agility course...and learning different things…”
Janice Teefy McDougallMay 2019
“Absolutely brilliant trainer. Has great suggestions and ideas. Highly recommend.”
Donna FardellMay 2019
“Great results from just a few weeks of group classes. Individual advice and achievable goals in a friendly and non-competitive environment. Recommended.”
Carol IngramMay 2019
Absolute professional with so much canine knowledge...Thoroughly recommend Animal Talent for all your dog training needs.”
Stacey SaulMay 2019
“Louise helped us remedy behavioural problems with our 10-year-old dog. Millie only began with these problems recently after immigrating here from the UK. Being in an environment that is in vast contrast to the UK; let's say her homeostasis became extremely unbalanced. This led to anxiety and then separation anxiety and behavioural issues. Thank God for Louise!! We can live again and so can our Millie.”
Marie MilnerMay 2019
“Louise is a fantastic trainer. I can highly recommend her for all your training needs from puppy to adult dog.”
Thom NewmanMay 2019
Experienced, knowledgeable, friendly, positive training methods for dogs and their owners with great outcomes achieved. Happy to recommend Louise & Animal Talent.
Charmaine Bright June 2019
Having been through 3 different trainers and various training classes we were reaching the end of our tether with our rescue Maltese. Louise has helped us so much not just with our Maltese but with all of our dogs. We have learnt so much from her and will be eternally grateful for what she has done for us and our furries! If your looking for a honest, knowledgable, no nonsense trainer then I would highly recommend Louise!
Vivienne Bassett September 2017
I am always amazed by the skill and patience Louise has with the dogs she trains and their owners, she is very thorough and explains in detail the steps to communicate and train your dog. If you are unsure or have a problem Louise is only too happy to explain why your dog isn't responding correctly and gives you the guidance and confidence to continue. I highly recommend Louise and Animal Talent.
Margaret Kelly June 2019
Louise helped us remedy behavioural problems with our 10 year old dog. Millie only began with these problems recently after immigrating her from the UK. Being in an environment that is in vast contrast to the UK; lets say her homeostasis became extremely unbalanced. This led to anxiety and then separation anxiety and behavioural issues. Thank God for Louise!! We can live again and so can our Millie.
Marie Milner January 2019
Louise is an amazing trainer for dogs and their owners. We all want our dogs to be happy & safe, attending Louise’s classes has taught me so much on how to achieve this. I definitely feel confident out with my dogs and any situations we may encounter. Happy dogs and a happy human! Highly recommend Animal talent.
Kim WilliamsJune 2019
Outward Hound - Invincibles Snakes

This is the best, most fun and longest lasting toy we have had Louise-simply THE BEST and favourite of my two BIG chewers by far. Did I say 20+ toys at least destroyed from 2 mins to half hour for the best but snakey is still in purfect condition and used almost daily for 3 months so far.
Patricia BullAugust 2019
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