About us

So… who am I??

I’m Carolina, the owner and operator of Dynamo Dogs. 

Originally from Sweden, I am a long-time dog nerd with a passion for urban herding breeds (kelpies in particular) and a big interest in rescue and rehomed dogs. 

While not out on adventures with dogs, I can still be found outside, running, hiking, walking, swimming, cycling or camping on Country. Most often in the company of a dog or two.

Having owned and lived with dogs throughout my entire life, I’ve got a lot of practical experience with dogs of various sizes, breeds, temperaments and personalities. In addition to working with my own reactive and asocial working line kelpie, Cricket,  I’ve been a foster carer for a working dog organisation focusing on rehoming kelpies and other herding breeds. My current companion, Poppy, comes from the Aussie Desert Dogs pack and is my #1 Adventure buddy and Trick Dog-in-training.

With a background in education (for humans), my dog training and behaviour modification focuses on clear communication and improving the relationship between dog and handler. I often say that I am the relationship coach here to help you and your dog live a less stressful life together, so reach out if you want some help, inspiration and ideas on how you and your dog can live your best life together.

Blonde person next to small black&white dog
Mud-covered person dressed in running clothes, holding a leash attached a harnessed kelpie. They are smiling at the camera, surrounded by other people and dogs also covered in mud.

And… how did I get here?

Working with dogs runs in the family for me, and having always lived with companion animals of the canine variety, my first dog in Australia was a rehomed working line kelpie named Cricket. 

Having Cricket in my life quickly made me realise just how much more I had to learn about dogs especially those with a high drive to work, along with the specifics of herding breeds and how to handle Big Feelings and reactivity. So I began to study, ask questions and learn from people.

Cricket and I completed obedience courses both online and in person. We went to herding training workshops; attended trials and working dog shows to learn from others; listened to podcasts; played endless numbers of different games; went to seminars; worked with different trainers and completed training certifications online.

Thanks to the results of my work with Cricket, I started helping friends with reactive dogs, then friends of friends and eventually also strangers in the park with various herding breeds and dogs with Big Feelings. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was enrolled in a dog trainer mentoring program, shadowing a trainer specialising in dog and human aggressive dogs.

From thereon, I’ve continued to learn and regularly attend seminars and workshops; read copious amounts of books, watch videos, listen to podcasts, shadowing other trainers and generally trying to learn and extend my knowledge as much as possible on a daily basis. With endless curiosity and a desire to continue to stay on top of my game, I strive to maintain up-to-date skills and knowledge of current best practise standards in the dog industry. 

Is it dog training or human coaching?

As my background is in education for humans (with multiple degrees and certificates related to education, training and coaching), my dog training approach focuses on clear communication and improving the relationship between dog and handler. Why, you ask?
Because from my perspective, what is called ‘dog training’ is actually all about coaching humans to be able to train their own dogs. 

On the dog training science side of things, I have completed an extensive trainer shadow program with Beautiful Beasts Dog Training and Behaviour in Melbourne. In addition to formal training, I have also completed workshops, seminars and online training focusing on general obedience, trick training, herding, games based training and reactive dogs. If you’re curious to see some of the things I’ve done and the people I’ve loved learning from, you can find more details under the ‘Other learning’ heading. 

Other learning

  • Pros and Cons seminar with Pat Stuart, Operant Canine; two-day event focusing on the pros and cons of the operant conditioning aspects in dog training.
  • The Michael Ellis Experience with The Michael Ellis School for Dog TrainersRefine Your Canine and ProDog Events: 3-day event focusing on puppy development, play & motivation, and finishing behaviours
  • Cranky Canines with Stian Berg, Beautiful Beasts: 1-day electric collar workshop, focusing on learning the
  • Electric Beasts with Stian Berg, Beautiful Beasts: 1-day workshop focusing on dog aggression and behaviour modification. 
  • Working Dog School with Beloka Kelpies Working Dog Training: 2-day dog training course specifically for herding breeds, focusing on instinct testing; commands and off-balance; backing and barking; casting and driving; stock flow and leaders and general obedience.
  • Herding breed program with ProDog Training: Obedience classes focusing on developing both real life obedience skills for your dog and drive satisfaction, specific to urban-living herding breeds.
  • Level 1 and 2 Obedience with ProDog Training: Obedience training focusing on building meaningful relationships between dog and handler through structured play, developing highly valued reward systems and engagement exercises and solid off-lead recall.
  • E-collar 101 – with Evan Doggett, Doggett Style
  • The Wavetops – Pat Stuart, Operant Canine
  • Providing Freedom Through E-Collar Training– Larry Krohn, Sit Stay Learn
  • Food claiming; Teaching the dog to walk behind you; – Tyler Muto, Consider the Dog
  • 7 Days to Loose Leash Walking – The Complete Canine
  • Teaching Engagement Skills – Leerburg Online University
  • Treat Chasing 2.0; The Possession Games; Chase & Catch 2.0 – Ivan Balabanov, Training Without Conflict
  • Tackling Reactivity – SpiritDog
  • Focus in Public and Focus in Public 2.0 – SpiritDog
  • Ultimate Puppy Program – SpiritDog
  • Trick Dog Titles – Do More With Your Dog!
  • Masterclass Working Sheepdog Training – Tully Williams
  • Train your dog like a pro – Jean Donaldson
  • The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs – Patricia McConnell
  • The Joy of Playing with Your Dog: Games, Tricks, & Socialization for Puppies & Dogs; How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners; Let Dogs Be Dogs: Understanding Canine Nature and Mastering the Art of Living with Your Dog – Monks of New Skete
  • The Art of Training Your Dog: How to Gently Teach Good Behavior Using an E-Collar – Monks of New Skete & Marc Goldberg
  • Excel-erated Learning – Pamela Reid
  • Behaviour Adjustment Training 2.0 – Grisha Stewart
  • The Rescue Dog – Laura Vissaritis
  • The Pocket Guide to Dog Tricks – Kyra Sundance
  • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know – Alexandra Horowitz
  • Dog Speak – Rachael Treasure
  • Rocket Recall – Simone Mueller
  • Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed – Leslie McDevitt
  • Working Sheep Dogs: A Practical Guide to Breeding, Training and Handling – Tully Williams
  • Dog Training 101 – Kyra Sundance
  • How To Train Your Dog – Jen & Ryan Tate
  • Imprint Your Detection Dog in 15 Days: A Step-by-step Workbook – Paul Bunker
  • Dog Trainer’s Podcast – Brent LaBrada and Mariano Alvarez
  • DogTorque – Working dog podcast with various guests
  • Next Level Dog Talk – Jay Jack and Amanda Buckner
  • No Bad Dogs – Tom Davis
  • Training Without Conflict – Ivan Balabanov
  • Consider the dog podcast – Tyler Muto
  • Doggett Style Dog Training – Evan Doggett
  • The Canine Paradigm – Glenn Cooke & Pat Stuart
  • Dog Training Conversations – Chad Mackin & Jay Jack
  • Shaped By Dog – Susan Garrett
  • Life With Your Dog – Panos Anagnostou & Luke Badman
  • The Active Dog Podcast – K9 Trail Time
  • Everything Dogs Podcast – K9 Academy
  • Unleashed – Non-stop Dogwear

The original Dynamo Dogs: Cricket and Poppy

Cricket, working line kelpie

Cricket was the original Dynamo Dog and the one who inspired me to become a dog trainer. She who came to me via a rescue organisation at the age of 2.5 years. After spending her puppyhood left to her own devices in a dog run on a farm, she had a lot of interesting personality quirks and Big Feelings about the world and everyone in it. 

As a working line kelpie, Cricket also had an enormous drive to work and although herding was her speciality, we also enjoyed learning agility, doing obedience, running canicross, going hiking, doing scent work and generally living life. 

From the day she arrived at my house until the day she died in my arms, Cricket was my number 1 girl, my heartdog and my biggest teacher.

Poppy, mega-mutt a.k.a. ‘kaltjiti collie’

Poppy, being a street-raised dog of multiple mixed breeds from Aussie Desert Dogs, has a tendency to show the world that size has nothing to do with attitude, as she takes on everything and everyone with equal amount of sass and independence.

Since sharing her life with me, Pops has taken a liking to agility, trick training, urban and country exploring, and doing both scent detection and nose work.

My main take-away from living with the Poppy Dog has been that sometimes life just needs to be lived. Thinking and reflection can happen later.