Meet Julie

Julie is the trainer behind Beyond Beginners who is passionate about helping animals and their owners live harmoniously together. Her positive methods are designed to train your pet with love and care, using custom-tailored plans that suit you and your pet’s unique needs while getting the results you’re looking for. Her experience, qualifications and love for animals are what set her apart as the best trainer for your pet.

A letter from Julie

“ My first love in life was animals. It came like second nature to me, knowing how to treat them and care for them. Very early in life, it became my passion and mission to help them, and from then on I have lived my life for animals.

I have spent years working and studying so many things to do with animals. My first job was in a kennel, and I have studied and worked my way into vet nursing positions, even managing practices where I was introduced and began to learn about pet behaviour and training.

When I founded Beyond Beginners, my mission was not just to relate to the animals, but also to you as a pet owner. Whether you are a new ‘pawrent’ or have had pets for years, I understand that sometimes everyone needs a little help and guidance to move in the right direction. Seeking help from a behavioural expert is the first step to strengthening your bond with your pet and creating an everlasting positive relationship. It would be my honour to work with you as you embark on this journey.”

  • EXPERIENCED

    Julie has been working with animals for over 30 years. In 1997 she began working as a vet nurse in addition to animal training and has worked as both a nurse and practice manager in various vet clinics and at the Sutherland Animal Hospital. This has given her a deep understanding of animal behaviour and training while offering her insight into a wide range of animal care techniques and skills.

    For the last 10 years, she has also been providing dog grooming services through vet clinics and has recently transitioned to doing this through her own home salon. Still using professional equipment, Julie makes this a more enjoyable experience for dogs, in a more relaxed environment. She makes the grooming experience a positive one for both you and your pet.

  • QUALIFIED

    As a young teenager, Julie already knew her calling was to love, care for and work with animals.  While her natural affinity to animals has always been there, she has spent years since studying, training and building her skills to be the best in the training industry.

    Her qualifications include a Certificate IV in Vet Nursing, a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services and a Certificate III in Animal Studies, alongside years of other courses and studies in training and dog grooming services.

  • PASSIONATE

    Julie is beyond passionate about animals, and everything she does flows from a place of love, empathy and compassion towards them. To her, there is no such thing as a ‘problem’ pet, just one that needs some extra love and understanding to develop the relationship and skills they need to become a well-mannered part of your family. She is also enthusiastic about animal welfare and ensuring all animals are treated with the love and respect they deserve. Your pet is in safe hands with Julie, and you can trust that she will look after your fur-baby as if it were her own.

  • HERE FOR YOU

    Julie’s love and care for animals are obvious, but it’s important to know that she is here for you too!  She creates a judgement-free zone, where you can be open and honest about your struggles as she supports you on your pet care journey. She will help you understand what’s going on with your pet and how to love and care for them, using the training experience as an opportunity to grow your relationship with them too.

What our clients have to say

Julianne Challita
Julianne Challita
2022-02-26
Julie is amazing ! She has a wealth of knowledge and our little Phoenix adores her. She has given us so many practical strategies and has made such a difference in how we approach and help our puppy grow into a calm and happy member of our family. This was Phoenix a few weeks after seeing Julie and we could already see such a difference in his demeanour. She recommended a more healthy diet for our little dog and some great strategies for helping to settle him. She is so patient and so very generous with her knowledge! Couldn’t recommend her enough !!
COLLY MARTININGSIH
COLLY MARTININGSIH
2022-02-26
Highly recommend trainer! Our family love Julie! Not only she is full of knowledge, she also kind and nurturing. She helped us with our GSD reactivity and we also went to her puppy preschool for our WWS. If we ever have another puppy will definitely book her classes again ?. Thank you for your help and your kindness Julie ? ??
Cindy Francis
Cindy Francis
2022-02-11
Absolutely fantastic. Can’t recommend Julie enough! We feel so much more confident about being dog owners and bringing out the best in our pup! We’ve got a great, actionable plan that’s easy for our family to follow and we’re already noticing improved behaviour. We’ve super happy with the process and outcomes. Thank you Julie!
Charles Krivaci
Charles Krivaci
2022-02-03
We recently engaged Julie to provide behavioural training for our cat Mila. We found Mila had become extremely stressed after we relocated. Mila was constantly crying, not eating, hiding and very lethargic. Julie was outstanding from the moment we contacted her. Julie actively listened to our concerns, took the time to meet Mila and assess our environment and then devised highly effective strategies with regular follow up that eventually turned Mila back into the happy and healthy cat we know. Julie’s love and knowledge of animals clearly shows through in everything she does and we cannot thank you enough and look forward to also using your pet sitting services in the future.
terrythevet _
terrythevet _
2022-02-02
I just got my 4months cavoodle puppy full body groomed and I love it so much!! I never thought short hair would suit her but amazing Julie made her beautiful plus so much puppy training tips as my puppy is going through bad play bite. I have also learnt so much from her. Thank you so much and highly recommend Beyond beginners from grooming to behavioural consultation!
Veronica Carb
Veronica Carb
2022-02-01
Julie really helped us with our Poodle (cheezle) in his puppy training. Thanks again Julie for all your help, I’ll definitely be recommending you to our friends and family. Veronica
Ashley Johnston
Ashley Johnston
2022-02-01
Can’t recommend Julie enough! She’s so understanding and full of knowledge. We welcomed a puppy to our family during lockdown when puppy preschool classes were not running. She was able to do one in one sessions with us (when restrictions allowed) and started us and our puppy off on the right foot. Knowing we have an expert to refer back to if we need help is so reassuring! Thank you Julie!
Jess Arnold
Jess Arnold
2022-01-31
Julie is amazing! She provides individualised program as well as a genuine love for what she does backed with an immense amount of knowledge and experience. Maverick has absolutely adored Julie from the moment he met her. The patience and kindness she shows in her services is like no other I have ever had! I have and will continue to recommend her to everyone I know with pets!
Paul Carbone
Paul Carbone
2022-01-30
Julie really helped with issues that our German Shepard was having with barking and walking on lead. Tried other dog trainers in Bansktown but nobody could solve these issues until Julie. Couldn't recommend Julie and beyond beginners enough.
Amanda Burke
Amanda Burke
2021-04-28
Julie was so helpful in helping us train and learn about our new puppy. She is absolutely passionate about her job and has a wealth of experience and knowledge. We learned so much we did 2 puppy preschool courses with her and it really helped us all to adjust to our new family member in the healthiest and happiest way. We are so grateful we found her. Would not hesitate to recommend her.

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