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PO Box 3224
Murrumbeena VIC 3163

+61 402 931 580

Melanie Norgate offers animal training for pet owners and organisations that work with captive animals. Mel uses ethical and research-based techniques to help you maintain a strong relationship with your dogs and cats. For other species, Mel can support you with husbandry and trick training, provide advice about environmental enrichment, and assist with assessments and referrals to a veterinary behaviourist if required.

Qualifications and professional memberships:
PhD in Genetics (University of Melbourne)
Cert IV in Companion Animal Services (Delta Society)
Proud member of the Pet Professional Guild
Member of the APDT Australia

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Melanie Norgate

Qualifications & Associations

  • PhD in Genetics (University of Melbourne)
  • Accredited dog behavioural trainer
  • Cert IV in Companion Animal Services (Delta Society)
  • Proud member of the Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA)
  • Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia

    more about Mel

    I founded Melanie Norgate - Animal Training in Year. We are a specialised animal training business.

    One of my first memories is helping my grandmother to wean Staffordshire bullterrier puppies. I learned from her how much we can teach young puppies even before they leave their mother if we are gentle and motivating. As a student, I kept up my time with dogs volunteering at the Auckland SPCA and my local vet clinic, and working as a dog walker and pet-sitter. Since then I have been lucky to work with several species as a researcher and to take a wonderful range of native Australian animals to schools, festivals and birthday parties to teach the public about conservation. 

    I completed a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society to become an nationally qualified and accredited dog trainer. I chose this particular course because the content is underpinned by current, peer-reviewed scientific research, several of the instructors are veterinary behaviourists, and the techniques are useful for any species. In order to keep my accreditation current, I undertake ongoing education and constantly review my techniques to ensure they are up to date, effective and ethical.

    I am constantly thankful that my partner and our three year old daughter are happy to share my time with Lola the 12 year old Burmese cat and Django the adolescent Rhodesian Ridgeback as well as a small selection of native animals.