Shares her home with Luna, Aussie Shepherd (and Hope, Cattle X when Tamika's mum can bare to hand her over for a sleepover)
Nationally recognised Cert IV, Companion Animal Services - 2017
Associate Nose Work Instructors (ANWI) of K9 Nose Work® - 2019
Lemonade Conference 2020
International Dog Behaviour Conference 2020
Completed many various online courses such as Denise Fenzi Sports Academy
Professional member of Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Australia, Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia (APDT), International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).
Growing up Tamika was always that kid you could find around animals and it helped when you grow up around dogs, cows, horses and wildlife. You could say that Tamika loved animals before she could even comprehend what love was. She would tackle someone right before they were about to squash a spider or a cockroach and then quickly scoop it up and put it outside in the garden. Tamika didn’t have a choice of being born human and neither did that animal for being born into that species but she believed she did have a choice of how she could treat animals and influence others. Tamika made it her mission in life to help them, so that is just what she did and continues to do.
When Tamika finished school she studied marketing, advertising and business. She was always the creative type so she thought that this direction would give her the inner satisfaction she was looking for. Once she finished studying she was offered a creative content job at an advertising agency but very quickly realised that it wasn’t all that it cracked up to be. The ridiculously long hours and glued to a desk, mentally exhausting work only left her feeling guilty each day for leaving her dogs at the time, Hope and Shep, and lorikeet, Honey, alone for long periods and then being too exhausted to do anything with them.
It is funny how life works though. Tamika can honestly say that she believe things happen for a reason, and for her, it was when she became very sick with a rare bladder disease. She spent a lot of time in hospital and then when she was at home feeling lousy, her animals were there to get her through it - they knew what they needed to do at just the right moment to make her day bearable and even enjoyable. When stuck at hospital each week for treatment you have a lot of time stuck in your head with your own thoughts. For Tamika, she was constantly asking herself “what am I really doing with my life?”. Yes she liked what she was doing and she was good at it, working in the advertising world, but she didn’t love it… she loves animals, particularly dogs. Being unwell really made Tamika appreciate the gift of life and not take any of it for granted. It really opened her eyes and see things for their true importance. For Tamika she always wanted to work with animals but never thought it would be a viable option (the cost of living in Sydney) but this was her chance and she wasn’t going to miss out on this opportunity life was handing her. Her passion is dogs, so why couldn’t she turn my passion into her everyday "job". So she went back to study and became a qualified dog behaviourist. She is also currently undertaking studies to become one of the very small handful of Certified Nose Work Instructors in Australia.
Tamika's animals gave her love, patience, acceptance, loyalty, respect, and so many more things when she needed it the most so now she feels it is her time to show her gratitude by helping dogs be better understood for the intelligent and sentient creatures they are and by helping people understand their dogs. It is not just about us teaching our dogs. Tamika is here to help educate you and show you how to open your eyes and hearts and let our dogs be our greatest teacher. Nothing makes her happier then watching a person and their dog’s relationship flourish and bloom into a positive and fulfilling friendship. So that is the story of how Goin’ Muttz was born and our mission moving forward.
Shares her home with Maggie, Boxer
Administrative Assistant (on Mondays and Thursdays)
Kayla has a Bachelor of Design (Honours) and has her own Illustration & Graphic Design business.
If you have called recently and have been surprised with a different voice on the other end of the phone. You have met Kayla! Maggie is the one you can hear snoring in the background.
Kayla is our Admin Superstar and Maggie is our new hard working lap warmer! Both work on Mondays and Thursdays.
Kayla runs the day to day backend of Goin’ Muttz and is your go-to contact for general enquiries, information about classes and private consults, and to help point you and your dog in the right direction. Maggie manages her very busy day to day schedule - eat, sleep, play, repeat.
Being a dog-lover herself, Kayla is super excited to be a part of the team and help you with your doggies! She has years of experience in admin and customer service, and absolutely adores seeing all of your beautiful pictures of your dogs when you send them through to us! Maggie has very limited experience in being a dog but is currently in training to be a good girl.
Kayla has a Bachelor in Design and is an extremely talented digital artist while Maggie has graduated from both Puppy Skills and Foundations Class!
Kayla and Maggie are a huge asset to the Goin’ Muttz Team and we are pumped to have them on board.