Petra du Toit
Petra du Toit is the chief instructor and owner of the training center. Her extensive experience started in 1994 with competition obedience and traditional training methods. She completed her Advanced Dog Behaviour diploma in 2003 (Cum Laude), with the Pretoria Technicon. Petra is qualified Super Pup trainer, and her passion to teach people to train their dogs is seen in every class she offers.
Petra has successfully achieved her international certification as CPDT-KA (Certified professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) and is the first (and currently only) dog trainer in South Africa with this prestigious title. Petra also serves on the board of SABCAP - the South African Board for Companion Animal Professionals.
Tanja Grensing is our youngest trainer and running classes since the age of 14. She qualified as therapy dog handler at the age of 10 years, started training her Golden Retriever Molly at age 11 and, for her age, has a vast knowledge base on dog training and behaviour. Tanja loves teaching tricks and assists with agility and the play group, as well as puppy class and individual training sessions. She was the first handler of Caring Friends Therapy Dogs, to pass the KUSA Canine Good Citizen Gold test with Molly. Tanja has attended various courses online, as well as workshops with the IMDT in Canine Body Language and Aggression
Lynda Kotzé is the instructor at our Meyerton/Vereeniging branch. Her experience started with the South African Pitbull Federation (PBFSA) in 2005, handling and showing American Pitbull Terriers. She also attended courses to become a judge with the PBFSA. She completed her Basic Animal Behaviour Course: Dogs in 2011 and then the Advanced Behaviour Course: Dogs in 2012 with Ethology Academy. She also completed an international Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor Diploma through Petsense (a Compass Education and Training Partner UK) and passed with a grade of merit in 2018. In 2016 she became the founder and director of Chihuahua Adoptions SA NPC - a breed specific rescue organisation which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes Chihuahuas. She therefore has vast experience with traumatised and anxious dogs. She joined Happy Tails Dog Training Centre in 2019 to shadow and be mentored by Petra du Toit and attended behavioural consultations, private classes and group classes with Petra to observe and obtain the necessary field experience. Petra opened the Meyerton branch January 2020 and she has been running the puppy, pre-grade and elementary classes since then. Lynda is a member of SABCAP - the South African Board of Companion Animal Professionals.
Jaco Delport joined the team as total "greenhorn" and attended many private and group lessons under Petra, to learn as much as possible about dog training and behaviour. He assists mainly with pre-grade classes but is also very handy to help novice owners to handle their dogs. He has obtained a vast amount of experience and is always willing to help where needed. Jaco is currently not working with his own dog but attends therapy dog visits with qualified dogs from the team. Jaco took a novice dog, Boerboel Abby, through CGC Bronze and Silver without having worked with her before - what an achievement
Piet du Toit
Piet du Toit has just about as much knowledge as his wife, Petra, because he was in the (un)desirable position to support her with her studies and exams. Piet is mainly responsible for the pre-grade class and our clients enjoy his sense of humour and the way he teaches the exercises. But he is also the PR of the training center and welcomes new clients with a happy smile and warm attitude. Apart from being the "chief's" husband, he is also her greatest supporter and promoter
Annika du Toit
Annika du Toit is the youngest member in the family business of dog training and has worked with her Golden Retriever Kimba for many years. She is also an active member of the therapy dog team and has taken Kimba through CGC Bronze, Silver and Gold. Although she is a fantastic dog handler and has a vast amount of knowledge about training and behaviour, she is still a bit shy to run classes on her own. However, someone has to fill the water bowls and be responsible for the equipment in class, and she is doing a brilliant job