Training philosophy

Once dogs in training have a solid foundation, we use training collars, such as deadlinked fursavers, martingales, head haltis etc as needed, to make sure the training is reliable in public and around distractions. We never use training collars on young puppies and we never train any dog using force or intimidation. Our training always has the dog’s best interest at heart.

Our training focuses on three key principles: Communication, Motivation and Relationship. We communicate with the dog to teach them what we want. We motivate the dog to be obedient and responsive to commands. And strive to foster a working relationship with the dog based on mutual trust and respect. Our goal is to have an obedient dog without relying on rewards or equipment. We use a common sense approach to training and seek to do what’s best for dogs and their owners.

A well-trained dog is a pleasure to own and has a great quality of life!

Once dogs in training have a solid foundation, we use training collars, such as deadlinked fursavers, martingales, head haltis etc as needed, to make sure the training is reliable in public and around distractions. We never use training collars on young puppies and we never train any dog using force or intimidation. Our training always has the dog’s best interest at heart.

Our training focuses on three key principles: Communication, Motivation and Relationship. We communicate with the dog to teach them what we want. We motivate the dog to be obedient and responsive to commands. And strive to foster a working relationship with the dog based on mutual trust and respect. Our goal is to have an obedient dog without relying on rewards or equipment. We use a common sense approach to training and seek to do what’s best for dogs and their owners.

A well-trained dog is a pleasure to own and has a great quality of life!

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5-Week-Behavioural

Our Facility

All dogs are farm dogs at heart!

Situated on the outskirts of Two Wells, we are conveniently located just 1km from Port Wakefield Highway making it hardly a detour to drop your dogs off! Are you heading away for the weekend to the Yorke Peninsula, or coming from Roxby to Adelaide? Our location has you covered!

Our farm style boarding facility is located on a beautiful 23 acres. For a bit of history, we are the old Bullens Lion Park! We have 7 large 1 acre dog playgrounds which has play equipment, obstacles and endless activities for them to participate in over their time here! Whether it is dog daycare, dog boarding, stay and learn – your dog will be treated like family!

We believe in giving dog the chance to be REAL dogs and to experience a TRUE farm style stay at a REAL FARM.

Whether you have a Kelpie, Rottweiler, matltese or bulldog, our unique experience is fun for everyone!

Our Family

We are Aimee and Luke, and we often get referred to as ‘THE POWER COUPLE’.

Aimee is a dedicated, caring individual who loves every single animal that steps foot through these doors. In 2011, she tragically lost her dad which led to a lot of negative emotions. She struggled to channel this into something positive, so she impulse bought her Rottweiler, Arlee who was the BEST thing to ever happen. From here, she spent every spare minute training him to be the best version of the breed.

The love for dogs and training just grew and grew. Long story short, she went from being a competitive showjumper to putting all her spare time, money and effort into dogs. She got into veterinary nursing, online dog training and then enrolled in her Certificate 3 in Dog Behaviour.

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Facility Manager and Canine Trainer

Zoe

Everyone who meets Zoe falls in love with that bubbly smile and caring personality. Zoe is a hard working human who is dedicated to the dogs, the business and her personal development. She manages the client relations, the staff and has a large say in the day to day running's of the business. She started off simply cleaning kennels. We saw a huge passion in her work, and offered her an intern dog trainers position and within two years, she was offered a position is facility manager.

Everyone who meets Zoe falls in love with that bubbly smile and caring personality. Zoe is a hard working human who is dedicated to the dogs, the business and her personal development. She manages the client relations, the staff and has a large say in the day to day running's of the business. She started off cleaning simply kennels. We saw a huge passion in her work, and offered her an intern dog trainers position and within two years, she was offered a position is facility manager.

Zoe's passion is working with dogs through PLAY and meeting their natural drives. She has a soft spot for our rescue dogs and often spends time building bonds to last a lifetime.

When Zoe is not at work (which lets face it, is most of the time), she loves going to the gym, cooking and being out in nature. She has a kind heart and anyone who calls her a friend is a lucky human.

She has a German Shepherd, Zeus who lives with her parents as she currently lives in a town house

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Finance and Compliance Officer

Lucy

Lucy has been a forever supporter of Aimee's dreams. A mum who constantly supports every decision, even if it is not the best one. Lucy has a warm heart and makes everyone feel welcome with her loving presence and calming nature.

Lucy has been a forever supporter of Aimee's dreams. A mum who constantly supports every decision, even if it is not the best one. Lucy has a warm heart and makes everyone feel welcome with her loving presence and calming nature.

Lucy has been assisting Aimee for a long time with the book work, audits and behind the scenes of Guardian Angel. When Take the Lead was born, she helped set up the business and is constantly there for advice. She has since taken on a risk management and safety role to ensure we are providing the best care for the dogs, staff and everything in between. She assists with cleaning the kennels, cleaning the property, managing stock collections, cleaning Aimee's house, helping with the kids, cooking tea and bringing her fresh juice.

You will all be seeing Lucy around the place a little more as she is taking on a few more additional roles.

In her spare time, she loves cooking vegan food with her partner Justin, and his daughter Koeda. She loves holding stalls for her side business Barefoot and Brave, enjoys camping and exploring nature and ADORES her grandkids!

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Canine Trainer

Jessica

We are so excited to welcome Jess to our growing team! Jess has been a previous client and put her dog in a three week stay and learn package. She was a very full on bully breed girl and Jess has put ample work into her, creating a much more enjoyable dog for Jess and her family.

We are so excited to welcome Jess to our growing team! Jess has been a previous client and put her dog in a three week stay and learn package. She was a very full on bully breed girl and Jess has put ample work into her, creating a much more enjoyable dog for Jess and her family.

We have secretly been admiring Jess' work from afar, and when she placed a resume in - we knew we had to have her! Jess' dream breed to own is a Cane Corso so when we had one Board and Train on her first week, she was in her element!

Jess has two children, a FIFO husband and one doggo called Luna. On the side, she is passionate about low tox living and runs a business through Young Living.

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Canine Trainer

Beth

Welcome to the team Beth! Our newest team member at Take the Lead. Beth has a contagious smile and kind personality. She is willing to learn and get her hands dirty!

Welcome to the team Beth! Our newest team member at Take the Lead. Beth has a contagious smile and kind personality. She is willing to learn and get her hands dirty!

Beth has always dreamt of becoming a dog trainer, and then her Border Collie Spike entered her life. Spike suffers fear aggression towards new people and has had a bite history. She knew she could help him so therefore started her dog training journey.

She is currently enrolled in her National Dog Trainers Federation course, and is nearly complete. She has plenty of opportunities here to gain extensive hands on experience which is hard to come across!

She’s been spending time learning the day to day operations of the facility and has been spending her days in the daycare yard with the doggos learning all about dog behaviour, body language and managing social groups!

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Animal Attendant

Shannon

Shannon is a dedicated, caring human who adores all animals, especially dogs and horses. Shannon has grown up around all dogs as her mum breeds Bull Terriers. She has spent some time showing and obedience training whilst she was younger.

Shannon is a dedicated, caring human who adores all animals, especially dogs and horses. Shannon has grown up around all dogs as her mum breeds Bull Terriers. She has spent some time showing and obedience training whilst she was younger.

Shannon’s home consists of two children and six dogs. She used to breed Great Danes so has 1 Great Dane girl and five French Bulldogs. She breeds Frenchies now and has just welcomed a litter of Frenchies into the world, who are just 3 weeks old!

Shannon loves getting to know all of the clients dogs like her own and enjoys taking photos of them exploring the social yards. She also spends time with the rescue dogs and helping socialise them.

Shannon’s goals are to get into dog training and to be apart of our training team!

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Animal Attendant & Daycare Specialist

Samantha

Sam has recently joined the team as an animal attendant, specialising in our dog daycare area. She comes from a large dog-loving family and was raised around all different breeds of dogs, from larger breeds such as Newfoundlands, Great Danes and St Bernards to smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas and Spaniels and therefore has the experience and confidence to work around boisterous dogs and sometimes less-than-friendly little dogs.

Sam is an outdoorsy person - rain, hail or shine. She spends most of her time doing outdoor activities with her partner. When they aren't at a football game - him playing, her watching – she can be found camping, hiking, fishing or down the beach enjoying the surf with Hazel.

Sam’s bright, bubbly personality is just the right fit for us! She is friendly, approachable and caring. She has already proven to show your dogs endless love, belly rubs and cuddles whilst closely monitoring play and interactions.

Sam has recently joined the team as an animal attendant, specialising in our dog daycare area. She comes from a large dog-loving family and was raised around all different breeds of dogs, from larger breeds such as Newfoundlands, Great Danes and St Bernards to smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas and Spaniels and therefore has the experience and confidence to work around boisterous dogs and sometimes less-than-friendly little dogs.

Sam is an outdoorsy person - rain, hail or shine. She spends most of her time doing outdoor activities with her partner. When they aren't at a football game - him playing, her watching – she can be found camping, hiking, fishing or down the beach enjoying the surf with Hazel.

Sam’s bright, bubbly personality is just the right fit for us! She is friendly, approachable and caring. She has already proven to show your dogs endless love, belly rubs and cuddles whilst closely monitoring play and interactions.

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Animal Attendant

Kimberley

Kimberly is someone who adores the outdoors! She loves spending time in the sunshine, exploring and engaging with dogs throughout her day! She has her own dog called Ellie, who is a small breed dog and often takes her out to new and exciting places.

Kim is currently studying her Certificate 3 in Dog Training and Behaviour through the National Dog Trainers Federation. When she saw a job advertised at Take the Lead, she knew she was the one for the role! Kim has a passion for learning about training and behaviour and often spends hours observing and learning as much as possible under our mentors.

Kimberly is someone who adores the outdoors! She loves spending time in the sunshine, exploring and engaging with dogs throughout her day! She has her own dog called Ellie, who is a small breed dog and often takes her out to new and exciting places.

Kim is currently studying her Certificate 3 in Dog Training and Behaviour through the National Dog Trainers Federation. When she saw a job advertised at Take the Lead, she knew she was the one for the role! Kim has a passion for learning about training and behaviour and often spends hours observing and learning as much as possible under our mentors.

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Animal Attendant

Nikki

Nikki fits in perfectly and compliments our team to perfection! Nikki works predominately as a daycare specialist during the week, but is also part of our animal care team on the weekend too!
Nikki is a young, fun, active person who adores the outdoors and fitness! She is currently at Flinders University studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Masters of Physiotherapy but is looking forward to commencing a bachelor of Animal Behaviour.
Nikki has been surrounded by animals all my life and is extremely passionate about them. Growing up, her family has had small and large breeds of all shapes and sizes. She is confident with dogs both big and small, and dogs have always taken a liking to her, even ones that are considered ‘shy’. She is interested in a career training biosecurity or guide dogs in the future!
In her spare time, Nikki plays soccer at the highest level in the state and loves going to the gym to increase her strength.

Nikki fits in perfectly and compliments our team to perfection! Nikki works predominately as a daycare specialist during the week, but is also part of our animal care team on the weekend too!
Nikki is a young, fun, active person who adores the outdoors and fitness! She is currently at Flinders University studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Masters of Physiotherapy but is looking forward to commencing a bachelor of Animal Behaviour.
Nikki has been surrounded by animals all my life and is extremely passionate about them. Growing up, her family has had small and large breeds of all shapes and sizes. She is confident with dogs both big and small, and dogs have always taken a liking to her, even ones that are considered ‘shy’. She is interested in a career training biosecurity or guide dogs in the future!
In her spare time, Nikki plays soccer at the highest level in the state and loves going to the gym to increase her strength.