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Our Committee

APDT Australia Committee


APDT Australia is administered by a group of volunteers elected annually by the membership. The current Committee comprises: 

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Louise Ginman
APDT Spokesperson, Conference Coordinator

Louise owns Positive Dogs, is Delta Accredited and is a Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited (PCT-A) Dog Behavioural Trainer. Louise has served on the committee since 2008 and has been President since 2012. Louise has several qualifications, including a Bachelor of Science Degree and Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. Louise has over 32 years of experience with domestic and exotic species in training and husbandry/management capacity.


Jude Tuttleby
Vice President
Facebook Administrator, Workshop and Seminar Coordinator

Jude's bio coming soon.


Tom Hereen

Tom Heeren's journey in dog training is rooted in a deep understanding of canine behaviour and a commitment to continuous learning. As the owner of Heeling Hounds, an in-home dog training business on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Tom applies his knowledge and skills to help owners build strong relationships with their dogs. His academic background, which includes two science degrees and a Master's in Education, complements his practical experience and status as a certified Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer, making him a trusted resource.

Tom is also the editor of APDT Click! Magazine and assists with the APDT website and social media posts.


Mark Erhman

Mark came into dog training relatively late in life. He was born in USA, has a mechanical engineering degree and worked in 5 different countries over a 20-year career in the automotive industry. Mark started learning about dog behaviour after having a dog with aggression issues. After doing a sea change in 2012, Mark started dog training full time, and currently has his own business in metro Sydney. With the attitude of “never stop learning”, Mark is always evolving his training approaches and continues to acquire qualifications. He is also a faculty advisor and mentor for the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy.


Denise McBergin
Membership Services and Website Support

In 2007, Denise's deep-rooted passion for dogs propelled her to leave her credit management job in the corporate world and embark on a new journey as a dog groomer, a profession that truly resonated with her heart.


Denise's thirst for knowledge and her desire to better understand dogs with handling issues led her to attend APDT conferences and delve into extensive research of dogs with issues, marking the beginning of her transformative journey into the world of dog training.


Denise is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Delta Institute, a Family Dog Mediator® (FDM) and an Accredited Professional Trainer with APDT. Denise has taught all levels of group dog training classes since 2016. Denise's unwavering commitment to the dog training community is noticeable in her appointment to the APDT committee in 2022. Her role in membership services and her familiar presence at most APDT stalls during community events and conferences are a testament to her dedication and reliability.

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Alisa Sannikova
Coordinator Community Events, Awards and Online Shop

Alisa has a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and completed an Honours project on horse behaviour with Professor Paul McGreevy. She is passionate about all aspects of animal behaviour. As well as her pet training business, you will often see her at APDT's community stalls and conferences, promoting the organisation's educational resources.


Rhonda Sclanders
Membership Services and Website Support

Rhonda is one of the longest-serving members on the Committee and has filled various roles over the years, including Click! Magazine and Newsletter Editor. Rhonda, an Accredited Delta Trainer, runs DogEtiquette, a successful business in the Lower Blue Mountains and is owned by two dogs, Toots and Jess – the joys of her life.


Isabel Cetin
Assistant Magazine Editor and Lead: Accreditation SubCommittee

Isabel is a Delta Accredited trainer and runs her own dog training business in Sydney. She’s also a Licensed Family Paws Parent Educator and a Family Dog Mediator®, and strongly believes that continuing education is essential to becoming the best force-free dog trainer you can be. She volunteers at Sydney All Breeds Dog Training Club and is part of the Positive Dogs’ team of instructors.

Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish, has a Masters’ Degree in Translation and worked in the U.K. for over a decade before moving to Australia with her family.  

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