Dayna is focussed on bringing dogs in from the cold to the forefront of health service delivery. Dayna holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Leisure and Health) degree from Sydney University, a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as well as a Certificate IV in Small Business Management. Dayna has also completed numerous Human Animal Bond Continuing Education Programs through an array of Institutions on an international scale.
Dayna has long believed in the therapeutic value of animals, how they teach compassion, responsibility and trust. She believes that interaction with animals transcends age, cultural, spatial and other barriers for the promotion of mutual understanding and respect between people from all walks of life.
Dayna has been working with animals for the majority of her life. Starting in high school, she was a volunteer at a local animal shelter handling and caring for abused, lost and surrendered dogs, cats and horses. Following this she was employed as an Animal Attendant at Sydney's First Dog Daycare Centre. It is here that her beliefs were converted into first hand experiences as a result of the daily interactions she had with people who were homeless while walking the dogs around the streets of the City of Sydney.
Eventually Dayna's love of dogs soon led her into the dog training field. Dayna began her professional Dog Training career working as a trainer at the RSPCA with Wag School Dog Training. During this time she also successfully completed the Delta Society's Canine Good Citizen Dog Behavioural Trainer Accreditation Program.
Today, Dayna remains an Instructor at the RSPCA and is the Program Director for Competent K9. As a member of the Professional Dog Trainer Association (APDTA) and a SPOT (Safe Pets Out There) Presenter to children in grades K-2, Dayna has committed herself to helping people have a better understanding of canine behaviour, the importance of dog training and above all the power of the Human Animal Bond.
Although a respected and skilled Dog Trainer, Dayna's official profession lies in the Human Services. Hence it is not surprising that Dayna's ultimate passion rests with the notion that there is therapeutic value for people in interacting with animals. Dayna has a special interest in therapeutic recreation focusing particularly on goal oriented animal based programs.