Linda van der Poel

Area: Panorama
Tel: 073 665 0894
Puppy Socialization for puppies and adolescents up to 18 months, Private Lessons, Behaviour Consults

Linda has been working exclusively with animals since she left school. She became involved in animal rights as a teenager, which led her to start an organisation called AlleycatAllies when she left school. She worked with feral cats, trapping and neutering, taming and homing kittens, monitoring feral colonies, and campaigning for the feral cats of Durban.

Years later Linda moved to Cape Town and served an apprenticeship at a doggy parlour. She was able to work from home, grooming dogs and cats, but still remained involved in animal welfare issues. She helped to initiate a low cost spay/neuter campaign with the help of the Animal Anti Cruelty League.

Later, after she had a baby, she joined a veterinary practice and then joined an orthopaedic veterinary centre. It was there that she realized she needed a better understanding of animal behaviour, as part of her job entailed trying to convince Rottweilers and Boerboels to walk on an underwater treadmill.

She started with COAPE SA and ThinkingPets in 2010 and has now achieved the CO1 Certificate and Advanced Diploma with COAPE SA, as well as the Confi-Puppy and Confi-Kitten certificates with ThinkingPets.

She currently runs her own behaviour practice and a puppy school, and is also starting an adult dog and advanced training school. Linda is one of the tutors for the ThinkingPets Confi-Puppy Instructor course. She is still very involved in various animal welfare organisations, working with rescue animals and working toward implementing better protocols for habitat enrichment and care in animal welfare.

She shares her life with her teenage daughter and 4 beautiful dogs. She is grateful that she is able to work with animals and share her passion, knowledge and experience with her clients, as she believes that her work as a force-free and positive reinforcement behaviourist and trainer is vital to the welfare of the animals she works with.

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