Peta is dedicated to educating humans about the
incredible relationship you can have with an animal when you approach them as
After 25yrs working as a professional trainer with
many different species of animals both in Australia & USA. Peta has
witnessed time and time again the value of establishing partnership over
dominance, turst over respect and compassion over commands. This works just as
well on stage in front of thousands on the set of a million dollar blockbuster,
in the trial ring or in your own living room.
Peta has trained animals for stage and film, has
an extraordinary depth of experience with working with a wide range of animals.
While Peta’s first love is working with dogs, her experiences in the field of
animal training ranges from elephants to goldfish. As a trainer & presenter
of animal shows in zoos, she has had the opportunity to work with many exotic
animals, but focused her work mostly on free-flighted birds & marine
Whether it is a seal or a seagull, Peta has found
that every interaction with different species taught her more about being a
good dog trainer.
working with free-flighted birds was a real turning point in her understanding
of the power of reinforcement training.
“I thought I was using positive reinforcement
well when I would work with dogs, but after I started training birds
– animals that can just fly away if they are not interested in you, and later
seals – animals that could kill you if they wanted to, I realised that
being a good animal trainer isn’t just about results, but treating animals with
respect and empathy. Thing is when you treat animals in this way your training
results improve dramatically. “I have learned that if an animal does not feel
safe and secure with you they can never give you their best”.
As well as a career as an exotic animal trainer, Peta also works extensively in the Film and Theatre Industry. Her credits include “Babe II”, “Superman Returns”, “Wolverine”, “Hacksaw Ridge”, “The Square”, “Top End Wedding” (2019) and many other local films and literally hundreds of television commercials. Some of her favourite memories working animals on set have come from working the Kleenex Labrador puppies for ad campaigns from around the world. Hard work, she says, but always amazing how quickly an 8-week old puppy can learn when there is no threat or fear.
One of the biggest
challenges of her career has been training and working the dogs for the
Australian production of Legally Blonde the Musical. “Training and working
Chihuahuas and bulldogs for live theatre, performing in eight shows a week in
front of two thousand people is a sure way to humble yourself as a trainer,”
also runs her own animal training and consultancy business, Animal Training
Solutions based out of Sydney, Australia. Peta consults on both pet dog and
parrot behaviour & training issues for companion owners and consults
extensively with wildlife parks and zoos worldwide on improved training
practices and show development.
Peta Clarke is a
Nationally Accredited Trainer, holding her Certificate IV in Training and
Assessment and is a sought-after lecturer in Australia
We are excited to
have Peta join us with seminars about positive reinforcement, shaping behaviours
& also to run some Noseworks/scentworks workshops.
Nose works is one
of the worlds fastest growing dog sports. As well as being fun for both dogs
& owners this sport has fantastic therapeutic benefits for anxious, nervous
and reactive dogs.
The workshop is designed to leave you with a understanding of how just playing a game with your dog can increase their confidence and mental wellbeing. Any breed can excel at Nose work. Peta’s enthusiasm is contagious and her presentation will a highly popular event, so don’t miss out!
We will be running 5 separate events over the weekend of the 27th/28th/29th September.
Friday Night – Positive Reinforcement and Training Seminar – Enquire Here – $35
Saturday/Sunday – 4 Hr Workshops – 7 Working Spots Per Workshop & Max 12 Auditing Spots.
Nosework for Beginners – Inquire Here – Working Spot $100 Auditing $35 – inc Morning Tea/Lunch
Free Shaping – Enquire Here – Working Spot $100 – Auditing $35 – Inc Morning Tea/Lunch
Nosework for Behavior Modification – Inquire Here Working Spot $100 – Auditing $35 Inc Lunch/Afternoon Tea
Advanced Noseworks – Inquire Here Working Spot $100 – Auditing $35 – Inc Lunch/Afternoon Tea
There will be limited working and auditing spots. We will be taking expressions of interest in each subject and classes will be allocated accordingly.
All spots must be paid for within 1 week of acceptance of your spot.