- Karin Pienaar (Landsberg)
- Wendy Wilson
- Prof. Peter Neville
- Judy Post
- Tarryn Roux
- Leigh Shenker
- Bev Davis
- Ilse Fourie
- Janina Kruger
- Nancy Payne
Karin Pienaar (Landsberg)
Karin has been working in the field of animal behaviour and behaviour therapy in South Africa since 1997. She completed her Diploma in Animal Behaviour in the UK, through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) and is a qualified Practitioner member of the CAPBT in the UK and South Africa, as well as a Practitioner Member of the ABC of SA.
She worked as a Behaviour Practitioner for 9 years in Cape Town, but then moved to Johannesburg in 2007 where she and her business partners established the highly successful COAPE SA along with its sister business ThinkingPets. ThinkingPets was later sold to Leigh Shenker, who now runs it successfully.
After 20 years of consulting, Karin’s main focus now is presenting the COAPE Diploma and tutoring students, as well as course research, authoring and development for COAPE International. She was originally one of only two Practitioners licensed internationally to offer COAPE’s prestigious courses until 2019, when she and Wendy were given the exclusive license to offer COAPE courses on an international basis following the retirement of Professor Neville and Dr Falconer-Taylor.
In addition to frequently appearing on Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk and several television programs, she has also been a valued part of the “Animal Talk” radio team. She frequently contributes to a variety of publications, such as Animal Talk, Cat’s Life and several overseas magazines, and is often in the media relating to Animal Behaviour matters.
Karin also heads the Enrichment Research Program between COAPE and captive wildlife facilities, where, among other things, she and her team volunteer their time to work with the JHB Zoo to develop bespoke enrichment programs to promote behavioural and emotional health in captive animals, using COAPE’s trademarked EMRA and ESTA approaches. They also provide training for both staff and animals to make husbandry tasks and medical examinations/treatments as stress-free as possible.
Karin is involved in on-going research to bring EMRA and ESTA to as many animal orientated facilities as possible to promote emotional well-being – not only in companion animals, but also in captive wildlife scenarios.
Wendy joined COAPE SA and its sister business ThinkingPets in 2007, and together with Karin and Peter went on to found COAPE SA in 2010, which obtained the international licence to run the COAPE courses worldwide in 2019.
Wendy has been involved in the training and showing of dogs for the past 20 years, however she only started studying animal behaviour and training seriously in 2006. Wendy holds the OCN UK accredited Diploma through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology COAPE, as well as a Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour. She is a Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner, a qualified canine obedience and clicker training instructor as well as being a Practitioner member of both the CAPBT and ABC SA.
Wendy retired from a managerial position in the Corporate World and relocated to the Western Cape in May 2011. She is responsible for all the financial aspects and the day to day running of COAPE International. She tutors both the Diploma and C0 courses, assisting with the marking and moderating as required.
Wendy writes articles for Animal Talk and Dog Directory, and when she has the chance she consults with clients for all aspects of canine and feline behaviour problems.
Prof. Peter Neville
Peter began his professional career as a Research Biologist for the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare in the UK, working in academic and practical animal welfare around the world for several years before returning to the UK to work in companion animal behaviour therapy practice. He established the first companion animal behaviour referral clinic at a UK Veterinary School at Langford, Bristol in 1990 and has been in practice for the referral of behaviour problems in pets for over thirty years.
Peter served as a Clinical Professor at the Dept of Veterinary Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Japan from 2008-11 and, after 5 years as a Visiting Scholar at the Dept of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University, USA, was appointed Adjunct Professor in 2009 and now teaches there annually. He is the author/co-author of various scientific publications, several films and 16 books, including ‘EMRA Intelligence’ written in 2016.
He was a founding partner of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology in the UK in 1993, now a leading international online education provider of companion animal behaviour and therapy courses. COAPE pioneered the development of the EMRA and ESTA approaches to pet behaviour problem assessment and therapy, which are also applied through COAPE International to a major zoo animal enrichment project at Johannesburg zoo in South Africa
Peter Neville co-authored ‘Breed-dependent differences in the onset of fear-related avoidance behavior in puppies’ in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior 10 (2015) 286-294. A later onset of fear-related avoidance behaviour was observed in CKC Spaniels compared with GSD and Yorkshire Terrier puppies: emotional and behavioural development varies among dog breeds.
Peter now lives in Finland, and works frequently as an ethologist guide throughout southern and east Africa for Rae Safaris.
Judy grew up with a great passion for all creatures great and small, so after school she naturally progressed to completing a degree in Zoology and Entomology. After her studies she took a break from her books and followed her love for animals, working as a veterinary nurse at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA for a year. She then went back to her studies to become a Research Entomologist, working for the Agricultural Research Council for many years.
Her passion for working with animals prompted Judy to enrol for the 3-year TTouch Practitioner’s course in South Africa in 2007.
She qualified as a TTouch Practitioner in September 2009. Judy then went on to completed the COAPE C01 DogWise Stage 1 course with distinction in 2010. She is a qualified ThinkingPets Puppy and Kitten School Instructor and completed her OCN UK COAPE Diploma in 2014.
Judy consults regularly and is also the co-owner of DogHub SA, a very successful dog training school and behaviour consultancy in Cape Town.
She is the student liaison at COAPE and handles all student queries, as well as being the tutor for all the AB courses, and a stand-in marker of C01 and C02 assignments.
Tarryn has a deep passion for animal welfare and love for rural Africa. While living in Mozambique for 4 years she volunteered at the local animal shelter (MAPS) and worked with many abused and neglected animals that seemed to be unadoptable. Wanting to know more about the behaviour of the animals in her care she qualified as a ThinkingPets Puppy School Instructor in 2010 and completed her COAPE Diploma in Animal Behaviour in 2013.
While living in Malawi, Tarryn ran the Blantyre SPCA where she used her knowledge to implement an enrichment and “train-to-adopt” program where the dogs were properly socialized and given basic training to make them more adoptable.
Tarryn was also the country manager for Mission Rabies.
In 2017 Tarryn and her family, consisting of 1 husband, 2 children, 2 Mozambican dogs, a Mozambican cat and a Malawian dog, moved back to Cape Town.
Tarryn joined COAPE International in April 2018 and is responsible for the company’s Social Media as well as being involved in the accounts dept and various administrative aspects of the company.
Leigh’s studies and career path started in the field of human behaviour, working primarily with youth at risk. However, her love of four legged creatures led her to change direction towards all things related to animal behaviour. Leigh was volunteering in shelters and recognised a real need for behaviour practitioners, both for the animals in the shelters and for post-adoption support. She therefore embarked on obtaining her qualification as a companion animal behaviour practitioner through COAPE. Leigh now holds the OCN UK accredited Diploma through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology.
She has completed her clicker training qualification and has a real interest in natural medicine for animals, and therefore grows and sources many unusual medicinal plants. Leigh spends the majority of her time involved in shelter work and working with clients. Her dedication to shelter work is reflected in several programmes and systems she has set up, and she is committed to changing the traditional model for animal shelters and improving basic conditions for all animals, as well as assisting families who choose to adopt a rescue. Leigh took over ownership of COAPE SA’s sister company, ThinkingPets, in December 2015.
Leigh currently manages the Marking Department at COAPE, moderates and marks all courses, and tutors the COAPE Diploma.
Bev has always loved animals since a very young age; dogs, cats, rats, a stray tortoise and a rescued Cape White-Eye were an important part of her life. She became interested in dog training after completing a clicker training class with two of her own dogs and realised that there was an easy and kind way to train any animal – using a clicker and positive reinforcement!
After a ten-year career in banking and fifteen years as an administrator and fundraiser for a school, Bev attended TTouch training and was approached to study as a puppy trainer. Since qualifying as a ThinkingPets Puppy instructor in 2008, Bev has loved running her dog training school, sharing her knowledge of positive reinforcement training with many new owners.
In 2018 Bev furthered her studies with the COAPE Diploma and qualified as an Animal Behaviourist through COAPE International.
Bev now consults and runs a busy training school and in her spare time she fosters dogs and ensures that they are socialised and well-adjusted to fit into their new person’s life and home.
Bev joined COAPE International as the Admin Manager in May 2019.
Ilse has had a lifelong fascination with behaviour and a deep love and passion for all four-legged creatures, especially dogs. She grew up in a family where dogs were always present as companions and from a young age enjoyed training, even attempting to get the cat to walk on a lead!
It was clear from early on that Ilse relished in storytelling and creating worlds, so it only seemed natural that she would pursue studies in drama. Her focus was on writing and directing and as she delighted in the study of behaviour she added psychology to her studies during her undergraduate degree. Ilse then completed her Master’s Degree at UCT before entering the world of marketing.
Ilse has over 8 years’ experience in communications and marketing. She has been fortunate to work across many brands from various fields, including the South African music scene, animal welfare, hospitality and retail.
She became involved with dog training again after adopting a small, bouncy boy from Cape Dachshund Rescue. Her second rescue, from African Tails, joined the family a few years later.
After meeting with a qualified COAPE Behaviourist who assisted her to build a good relationship between her two rescue dogs, her interest in companion animal behaviour was sparked. She enroled and completed her C01 DogWise with COAPE International in February 2018, with distinction, and has recently completed herDiploma withCOAPE International also with distinction.
Ilse is responsible for the Adult Dog Training, instructing all levels of the Canine Good Citizen at classes at Zimzala K9 estate in South Africa. In early 2018, she established her own training school, Doggoroo where she offers obedience classes and private training. Ilse does volunteer work for a number of rescue organisations.
Her goal as a trainer and teacher is to see that her clients have a happy and manageable dog who will find learning a joy.
Ilse joined COAPE International in August 2019 as the Sales and Marketing Manager.
Janina inherited her love of nature and animals from her Dad. Many of her school holidays were spent with her family at the Kruger National Park, and right after school Janina was lucky enough to land a holiday job there – perhaps this was their desperate attempt to stop her calling every week asking for a job! After volunteering in Environmental Education every school holiday, Janina managed to get a permanent position in Tourism and that was the beginning of her hospitality career spanning 18 years.
But Janina was always looking for something to do in the animal world, and by chance came across the Tellington Touch website, and was immediately hooked. During TTouch training she met the ThinkingPets group, and subsequently completed training with them to become a Puppy School Instructor.
Janina has run puppy school and dog training classes for 10 years now, as well as doing TTouch consults. During this time she landed a job in veterinary retail, which she enjoyed for 7 years, until in 2018 Janina and her husband made a quick decision to buy a small holding in the Overberg, where they now run an organic veggie farm. Janina continues to give puppy school and dog training in nearby Hermanus.
She is loved, protected and ruled by a German Shepherd called Blaize, 2 crazy Belgian Shepherd boys Buddy and Bono (pictured) and a Siamese cat called Astro.
Janina joined COAPE International as part of the Admin team in August 2019.
Nancy’s education in animal behaviour began when she adopted an adult dog, Roxy, and soon realised she was out of her depth. Dreams of visiting dog-friendly restaurants, coffee shops and beaches were dashed as Roxy displayed fearful and aggressive behaviour towards most things that moved (and some things that didn’t), as well as severe separation anxiety. Over the next year Roxy proved an excellent teacher, most of all demonstrating that a dog-human relationship is at its heart a team effort requiring empathy, patience, and a great deal of determination. Following a conversation with a COAPE graduate, Nancy decided it was time to formalise her education and completed the C01 DogWise course in September 2019. Not willing to stop there, she promptly enroled in the COAPE Diploma in Animal Behaviour, which promises an interesting and challenging few years ahead. Nancy’s long-term passions lie in rehabilitation of fearful and aggressive dogs, and helping owners who may feel overwhelmed or isolated as a result of their dog’s behaviour. Alongside animal behaviour, Nancy’s second love is physics, in which she has an undergraduate and Master’s degree. Nancy is currently pursuing a PhD at Stellenbosch University and aims to apply scientific rigour to all aspects of life, whether it be in the field of physics, animal behaviour, or teaching Roxy her latest trick. Nancy joins COAPE International as a Researcher.