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Why The Mindful Dog?

We help you and your dog develop a healthy and happy relationship, so you can enjoy each other's company for many years to come.


Radica Raeves
Certified Professional Dog Trainer
& Puppy Class Instructor

Radica made a big shift from the IT world to the animal industry in 2012, when she decided to join Mosman Vet as a full-time Veterinary Receptionist. During her five years there, one of her responsibilities was to coordinate Vicki Austin’s puppy class bookings.

Always keen to improve things, Radica took the initiative to make some changes: she streamlined the booking process and email confirmations, designed a Puppy Class Certificate, purchased new stools for the attendees, printed educational posters for the classroom etc.

But, it was not until she observed the very experienced and skilled dog trainer, Vicki Austin, at work; that Radica’s early childhood passion for dog training was reignited.

She started taking professional dog trainer courses and workshops, and continued her study using the best science-based dog training and behaviour resources she could find.

In 2014 Radica completed Vicki Austin’s Puppy Class Instructor Course, and was given the incredible opportunity to assist Vicki for 6 months during her puppy classes at Mosman Vet.

Puppy class photo

She has since gained much hands-on puppy and dog training experience, and has attained her professional certification through the independent and globally recognised Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA).

As an eager dog training and behaviour student, she continues her journey to expand her knowledge and training skills, by taking additional courses, attending seminars and workshops, and visiting pet industry expo’s and dog day out events.

Radica currently lives in Crows Nest NSW Australia, with her husband and Pet Photographer, Jean-Jacques Halans. They share their lives with the always happy and gorgeous Nero (Belgian Mechelaar/Malinois x Kelpie, rescue dog); and the ever suave Mr. Mauro (rescue cat).

As your qualified instructor, Radica will help you set the right priorities and put effective strategies in place to teach your puppy how to get it right. She also provides FREE, phone and email support to all her Puppy School Graduates* up until their 1st birthday! (* Conditions apply: Your puppy has attended all 4 sessions of our puppy class and has shown clear progress from week to week.)

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