Friday, May 6, 2011

Local profile - Katarina Behan

I think it takes a special kind of person to work with either children or animals (and believe me there are similarities!).  I was always more of a cat person growing up but as I've got older, I've grown to appreciate dogs as well.  In fact, many of our neighbours and friends have a dog and guess what?  They all seem to have been trained by Katarina Behan.  She is somewhat of a star in the local community and has even been training a pig, that's right you heard me - a pig.
Katarina with her beloved dog Ben
Name: Katarina Behan
Occupation: Dog Trainer
Works: Heidelberg
How long have you worked here? Around seven years

Describe yourself/what you do:
Through running the Gentle Modern School of Dog Training I work one-on-one with dogs and their humans to help both have a happier life together. Many people see me when they get a new puppy or are having difficulty managing their dog.

I volunteer at the Kintala Dog Training Club as an instructor and committee member.  I also write a dog training blog so that I can reach more people who may be having problems with their dog/s.

Best thing(s) about working in Melbourne's north-east:
It is definitely the parks in the area. Warringal parklands are a great off lead space for dogs to run around and socialise. The trails that follow the Yarra will provide dog walkers with hours of off lead exploring, rabbits to chase, and swimming opportunities. Dog walkers can follow the trail from Heidelberg all the way to Templestowe. The only time of year I do not recommend using it is from October to April when the snakes are up and about.

Other areas are the Koonung Freeway walk, another great off lead space, at the end of Balwyn Rd in Balwyn, Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster, and Yarra Flats Parkland, starting from Heidelberg (across the road from the Greenery Garden Centre) all the way to Abbotsford. Another park for dog lovers is Hays Paddock in Kew, off Kilby Rd, and Yarra Bend Park in Fairfield.  For dogs and owners who need an enclosed space, Eltham Lower Park has an oval that is fully fenced where dogs can run off lead in safety.  So, we really are spoilt for choice in the north-east.

For more information:
Ph. 9439 8546

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