Kerstin & Benji
Since her childhood when growing up on a farm, Kerstin had a passion for training animals. Starting to school her 13 cats, she then got her first dog aged 10 years and his name was Strolch (German for 'vagabond' - which he truly was). This was when her admiration for canines started. At the age of 14, Kerstin then rescued Benny, a German Spitz who became her most loyal mate and her inspiration for the work she is doing today.
In March 2015, Kerstin was lucky to find her new 'partner in crime' in one of Sydney's shelters. Benji - a 2 year old male Spitz - is her constant source of entertainment, inspiration and keeps her on her trainer toes.
Kerstin is a certified dog trainer (National Dog Trainers Federation). By attending many seminars and continuous study, Kerstin keeps up to date with training concepts, methods and science. She is currently working on her certification to become a K9 Nosework Instructor.
Kerstin is truly passionate about her work and has trained dogs professionally since 2012.
Besides training dogs for a living, Kerstin volunteers as trainer and foster carer for Fetching Dogs and trains assistance dogs for Young Diggers.
Kerstin has worked overseas for Vets Beyond Borders as dog trainer to rehabilitate street dogs and as a bite prevention educator. She is proud to have trained the first group of dog trainers for the Government of Sikkim in India.