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About BEYOND Dog Training
My business started to take shape when Fifi, the Maremma, came into my life by the sheerest of chances, in fact, I walked straight past her and didn’t even notice her. Four hours later I noticed her, and my life was totally changed from that moment on.
Everything I had inside of me went into my relationship with her and into her transformation. Then one day I witnessed her doing something quite extraordinary, not only for her breed, but in fact, for any dog. In that moment I resolved to honour her extraordinary and very special gifts.
Fifi went on to become the First Delta Therapy Dog in the Upper Hunter Valley, achieving what few other working Livestock Guardians had achieved. I had transformed a scruffy, neglected, wounded working Livestock Guardian Dog who, through no fault of her own had ended up as a rescue dog, into a beautifully stunning, accredited therapy dog, administering her therapy at bedsides and in the public domain. I like to describe her unique and extraordinary journey as “From paddock to bedside in one lifetime.”
You can read Fifi’s amazing and inspiring story in the Penguin book titled, DOGS that make a DIFFERENCE and see her life in pictures on this website. If you would like a Fifi signed copy of the book you can contact me via the CONTACT page on this website.
Fifi is just one example of the extraordinary potential that can be realised in all dogs. It doesn’t have to be grand, nor does it have to be achieved in the public domain to be meaningful. It could simply be achieving their potential as loyal and happy companions with their families.
You too can experience a new depth of understanding and appreciation for that little (or big!) pot of gold that has come into your life. There is no magic switch that does this. Rather, it is a journey that you choose to take together. When you are well into that journey, you may come to a fork in the road and choose to go on another adventure together, knowing that you now have the fundamentals in place to make anything possible together.
About Erin Williams
The skills and experiences I have gained over the years have been the result of working with many different dogs in many different situations. These situations have ranged from training pastoral working dogs; livestock guardian dogs in both working and companion situations; urban companion good manners training; therapy dogs; deaf dogs; difficult behaviours such as anxiety and aggression.
I studied Agriculture and Animal Production at Hawkesbury Agricultural College followed by a number of years managing a large dog boarding complex in Sydney for some of Australia’s leading Veterinary Surgeons.
The culmination of those skills occurred when Fifi story was selected for inclusion in a Penguin publication titled “Dogs that Make a Difference” and the subsequent articles that I have written about dog training for various magazines and print media, as well as presentations at Pet Shows and workshops, and speaking on radio.
In 2022 I was selected as a Finalist for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.
Both of my businesses Livestock Guardian Dogs Australia and Beyond Dog Training have been recognised for their excellence.
I have a Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training with Australia’s highly respected Delta Institute. I am also a member of the Delta Institute Expert Advisory Committee advising the Delta Society Board of Directors around strategic decisions and activities within the industry. Delta’s dog training philosophy and methods are Positive Rewards based.
I have also completed the –
• Certificate IV in Small Business Management and the
• Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
The Future: this is my absolute passion, and I am lucky to be able to live it every day. I want to bring the benefits of Positive Reward Based Dog Training to the community so that people can enjoy their pets and the contribution that they are making to their lives, in a harmonious way. There is a growing shift in social consciousness that is seeking a more harmonious approach to how we care for our pets. I consider that Positive Reward-Based Dog Training will lay the foundations for a ‘new approach’ in the future of pet care worldwide.