My Name Is Charlotte
I'm a Qualified Dog Trainer (Australia) and a Top Dog Trick Instructor (USA). I have a passion for dog training and behaviour, in particular canine cognition and motivation.
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I am a dog trainer and canine behaviourist with a Certificate in Dog Psychology, Behaviour & Training. I’ve had an interest in dogs all my life which stemmed from my Bichon Frise Katie whom I got when I was 4 years old. Overall I’ve had 4 dogs but my specific interest in dog training was sparked around the time I got my third dog Milo when I was 11 years old. I began teaching Milo dog tricks after seeing a Poodle jump through a hoop at the local circus. Over the years I taught Milo many tricks and also began reading up on dog behaviour and psychology which is now my primary passion.
In 2019 I got my first Border Collie named Frankie and immediately applied my dog training knowledge. By the time Frankie was 4 months old, he already knew 50 tricks and was reliable off leash in distracting environments. Currently at a year and a half old, Frankie knows 200 tricks (and counting).
I’ve always had a passion for helping other dog owners and providing advice. In 2020, I started running my own dog training lessons in Gatton where I was studying Veterinary Technology at the University of Queensland. In addition to my dog training, I’ve also:
Written a Children’s book titled “Frankie’s Alphabet Day” which is designed to help kids learn the alphabet. You can find it here on Amazon Kindle.
Launched the Chat Before You Pat initiative which is a campaign designed to encourage the public to 1) ask before they pat someone else’s dog and 2) refrain from patting the dog on top of the head (because some dogs may find that scary!)
Launched a podcast called PupAudio designed to stop dog’s being scared of everyday noises such as thunder, storms, fireworks etc.
Launched Puppl School an online dog trick and nosework course.
Received official certification as a Dog Trick Instructor
Trained Frankie to the official level of Advanced Trick Dog
Volunteered as a dog handler and trainer at the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge.
Worked as a Vet Nurse Assist + Receptionist at Mountain Creek Veterinary Clinic.
Created and hosted the 2020 Sunshine Coast Dog Awards.
Worked as an acting extra on the Netflix film Romance On The Menu.
Obtained my First Dan Black Belt in Rhee Tae Kwon-Do where I assist in instructing classes and have developed a passion for teaching women and children how to defend themselves.
I’ve also worked as a website strategist for WebsiteStrategies through which I developed a number of skills including website building, graphic design, video and content creator, social media use and marketing, and SEO/marketing strategies.
I run two podcasts; one aimed at my canine listeners (PupAudio) and one aimed at my human listeners. (Dog Training with Charlotte Bryan)
My PupAudio Podcast is designed to make it easer for dog owners to socialise and desensitise their dog to common household noises. Each episode focuses on a trigger sound commonly heard around the house and plays this sound repeatedly. The repeated exposure to the trigger sound help dogs stop reacting to the sound, decreasing the likelihood of them reacting to that sound when they hear it in the future.
This podcast was successfully tried and tested on my own dog when he was a puppy and now as an adult he has no noise phobias (including thunderstorms and fireworks). Read more about my PupAudio podcast here.
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Dog Training with Charlotte Bryan Podcast
My Dog Training with Charlotte Bryan Podcast is an upcoming podcast designed to help dog owners understand their dog better. The podcast has a general focus on "why dogs do things the way they do". *PODCAST COMING SOON*
Chat Before You Pat
"Chat Before You Pat" is a phrase I coined to teach kids (and their parents) to Chat Before They Pat a strange dog. This phrase has since been formulated into an entire dog safety campaign. It can be found at chatbeforeyoupat.com.au.
Sunshine Coast Dog Awards
I am the Creator and Host of the annual Sunshine Coast Dog Awards which celebrates all dogs on the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast Dog Awards were first hosted on Facebook in 2020 and had over 100 entries. 2021 brings the Dog Awards back as the Second Annual Sunshine Coast Dog Awards and hopefully even more entries!
Read more about the Sunshine Coast Dog Awards here.
I enjoy public speaking, especially when it is about Dog Behaviour and Dog Training. I am available for hire as a Guest Speaker, Keynote Speaker or Host for your dog-related event. If you are interested in having me speak at your event then please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read more at [INSERT LINK].