OhMyDog!

Dog training instructors

At OhMyDog! The Hague, we only invite qualified trainers to present the lessons for you and your dog.

We prefer trainers who are university-educated in a relevant topic (e.g. ethology, psychology, vets, etc.), experienced and certified. But we don’t only look if it clicks on paper and we preferentially hire people who are sociable and easy-going, so the lesson is not only high-quality contents-wise, but you also have a good time doing it.

If you are an aspiring or experienced dog trainer, and are looking for your new challenge, check our vacancy page.

Laure-Anne Viselé : Co-founder, Manager, Instructor and Behaviour Coach

Laure-Anne Viselé
Co-founder, Manager, Instructor and Behaviour Coach

Role at OhMyDog! I founded the school in 2013. My role is to steer OhMyDog!, making sure we keep giving ethically and scientifically sound advice, keeping your trainers sharp and motivated, and doing general management work. I also still teach classes as Head Instructor and still hold the role of Behaviour Coach for my colleagues' classes.

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Laure-Anne's dog, Roger

Credentials: Originally a French speaker, I grew up in England for a few years, where I studied Zoology (Newcastle University). I moved from the UK to the Netherlands in 2001, where I still live in a village on the outskirts of The Hague with my husband, son and rescue dog. I converted back to Zoology from an international career in IT project management through a series of specialisations including a postgraduate in Applied animal behaviour (magna cum laude) as well as certifications in canine ethology (Cursus Centrum Dierverzorging Barneveld), kynology (DogVision), first aid for dogs and dog training instructor (through the O&O).

I am a member of the following professional organisations: Fear Free, Certipet, Nationale Vereniging voor Gedragstherapeuten and the O&O.

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Laure-Anne and her mixed breed rescue, Roger

Day job:

Behaviourist: I help people with their dog's behaviour problems through my behaviour therapy practice: Canis bonus. I am also the resident behaviour therapist for the Wateringseveld Animal Clinic in The Hague who are, like myself, certified Fear Free professionals.

Lecturer: I am a lecturer in Annorlunda's star team, and intern-lecturer at the O&O. I also give seminars to animal organisations (e.g. Dierenbescherming). I also give advice to municipalities on their dog-related policies.

Writing: When I have spare time, I write in my evidence-based blog about dog behaviour, or for external specialist websites.

Personal experience: Having adopted many shelter dogs with baggage has awakened by interest in dog behaviour problems. My current dog, an Alzheimer's disease patient, is no exception. I rely on specialist research literature to inspire my protocols and have co-founded OhMyDog! to give dog owners the evidence-based dog behaviour and training advice they deserve.

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Samantha van Deenen : Behaviour coach and Instructor

Samantha van Deenen
Behaviour coach and Instructor

Role at OhMyDog! I have immediately felt right at home with Ohmydog's team. What I love about Ohmydog! is that we give our lessons with the owners and the dogs in mind. We really focus on the things that make your daily life with your dog more fun and relaxing.

I also appreciate the respect and patience they show the dogs: the dogs are allowed to make mistakes. This doesn't get punished.

I started as a Behaviour Coach, where I gave the owners one-on-one guidance with their dog during the group lessons. I later also got promoted to Instructor.

I find it important to sensitize people that raising their dog goes much deeper than teaching obedience training (like sit or down), but that it is important to have fun together. So I try to give all my exercises a playful slant. I find working with dogs and giving their people training lessons fantastic!

Credentials: I graduated as a Veterinarian's Assistant. I also have professional experience with working dogs: I went to Sweden, for example, where I was responsible for a team of 20 sleddogs (huskies) used to take tourists for excursions. In Wale, I was responsible for about 1,500 sheep and their sheepdogs.

I am also a certified Kynologisch Instructeur, and I continue to refine my dog behaviour education wtih regular seminars, lectures and courses.

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Samantha and her dogs: Jimmy (Cairn terrier x Brussels Griffon, left) and Bob (Brussels Griffon, right)

Daily work: As a day job, I work in a dog pension. Many of my responsibilities involve animal caregiving. Previously, I worked for Animal Ambulance Wassenaar, as the ambulance driver and one of the caregivers for the dog pension - I was primarily responsible for senior dogs there.

Personal experience: I have 2 little dogs: Bob, a Brussels Griffon; and Jimmy, his son, a Caïrn Terrier-Brussels Griffon cross. Jimmy is a real terrier: he is not all that tolerant to other dogs. I am working on this issue a lot and really see improvements! Bobby got seized from his breeder's for neglect by the Dutch animal protection agency. He was scared of everything. He is now a completely different dog! Right now, I am preparing Jimmy for Dogsurvival.

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Tamara Noordermeer : Behaviour coach and instructor

Tamara Noordermeer
Behaviour coach and instructor

Role at OhMyDog! When I started at Ohmydog!, the team immediately gave me a warm welkom and I immediately felt right at home. What I appreciate the most about Ohmydog! is that they approach dog training professionally, but without forgetting the central role of fun during the lessons. The exercises we give are also designed so as to give real-life value to the owners, instead of  dry Obedience tricks.

I hold a double role for OhMyDog!: Behaviour coach and Instructor. During lessons where I work as a coach, I help the owners 1 on 1.

As instructor, I give, among other lesosns, the Obedience class, which I love to do! During my lessons, I really focus on teaching relevant and value-adding exercises, and I make sure that the lessons are fun for the owners and the dogs. People have dogs for the pleasure aspects of it, and I want my lessons to reflect that.

Credentials: I am a certified Paraveterinary Assistant. I am also a fully certified Dog Training Instructor (O&O). I am busy putting the finishing touches of my BSc in Animal husbandry. During my studies, I gained experience in a variety of positions in the animal management sectors: a dog shelter, sledge dogs with huskies (Sweden), caring for 1,200 sheep in Wales, working for the VierVoeters charity, and for a specialist veterinary clinic. I have also obtained certifications in animal nutrition, and am qualified as a Veterinary Nutrition Consultant with, among others, Prins, Royal Canin and Hills. I also have the KK1 and 2 certificates from the Raad van Beheer, which allows me to act as official judge in conformation shows. I combined my studies with practice, and have been giving dog training lessons for years now, from puppy to high-level obedience. I like to keep busy in the world of professional dog training by attending seminars and lectures.

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Tamara and one of her dogs, Boaz the Golden Retriever.

Day job: I work part-time in a specialist veterinary clinic and am taking the first steps in the world of dog entrepreneurship, looking into starting my own business.

Personal experience: I have a seven-year-old Golden Retriever, Boaz, at my parents' house. He came with at all the courses that I followed. He is a very easy-going dog. I have been living with my boyfriend since recently, and we share the care for our two dogs: Murphy, Border Collie (7) and Guinness, Border Collie x Husky (3). We like to take the husky cross to high-level obedience classes. Our Border Collie is a retired competition sheepdog. He had to stop because of a sport injury, but we keep him nice and challenged with sheepherding and other nice activities at an adapted level.

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Lydia de Smit : Behaviour coach and Instructor

Lydia de Smit
Behaviour coach and Instructor

Role at OhMyDog! I joined OhMyDog! in May 2018. There I found a really diverse, but super nice and informal team. I find the fact that we nearly all have a different background, when it comes to dogs, one of our strongest points as a team. We really complement each others' skill and knowledge, and learn a lot from each other.

I really like that OhMyDog! works following evidence-based principles, and still manages to get the information across in easy to process tidbits and with a lot of humour. I also love the relaxed atmosphere during the lessons.

I have two roles for OhMyDog! I am Instructor of puppy lessons, and I am a behaviour coach with the Obedience lessons. As a behaviour coach, I give the students one-on-one support and advice. Things like giving their pup a brain game before he gets frustrated, or explaining how you can calm down a dog who is getting nervous.

As Instructor, my focus is on giving the pups' owners the concrete tools they need to give their pup a nice, safe start in life. I also love to offer exercises that not only have a relevant day-to-day use, but also that strengthen the dog-human bond.

Credentials: : If all goes well, I will be graduated from my studies in Social Work next year. I am also putting the finishing touches of my dog training instructor certification (with the O&O), and will do my last (practical) exam in April 2019.

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Lydia and her big friend Renzo, the Golden Retriever.

Day job: Whilst giving my lessons, I constantly draw on my practical experience and formal training in coaching. I am, for example, experienced in providing professional coaching to people with a psychiatric condition or a patients with a mental impairment.

I am als in the preparatory phase of my post-graduation life. My ambition is to involve dogs in human care, so I will be able to combine my passion for dogs with my drive to work in social care and coaching.

Personal experience: I have undergone all my dog-related activities with Renzo. Renzo is an 8-year-old Golden Retriever which I regularly take care of. Renzo is super sociable, but struggles with car rides. I am working on this problem with car training exercises.

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Floor Keur : Behaviour Coach, Instructor, Management Work, Curriculum advisor

Floor Keur
Behaviour Coach, Instructor, Management Work, Curriculum advisor

Role at OhMyDog! I became interested in OhMyDog! because I felt at home with their core principles as a dog training school: critical thinking and respect for the dogs. After a successful selection process, I became Behaviour Coach for the puppy and obedience classes. I was also given my own advanced obedience lessons to design, develop and deliver. I also use my background in dog sports to advise the school on the relevant elements of their curriculum.

Credentials:: After a period working on my Bachelor's at the Academy for IT and Media studies of The Hague's Hogeschool, I followed my passion for dogs instead. I am now working on my dog training instructor certificate from the O&O. I also follow many dog training and behaviour seminars as OhMyDog's representative. My role is to transform this information for everyday use at the school. I am also supplementing my knowledge with academic training by following Coursera courses in psychology, pedagogy, animal behaviour and animal welfare. Upon completion of my dog training instructor certification program, I plan on specializing as a sports instructor.

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Daily work: I have my own dog walking service here in The Hague, where I take care of dogs who, due to their special behavioural or physical needs, cannot walk with standard dog walking services in the form of private and semi-private walks.

Personal experience: I have two Swiss White Shepherds, with whom I have followed many courses (e.g. agility, flyball, treibball, sport massage, frisbee, brain games, combisport, hoopers, sheep herding and doggie diving). Bouncer, my three-year old male, has obtained his certificate from the Federatie Hondersport Nederland in obedience, with which we can participate in GGB competitions. He is also a trained scent-tracking dog for missing persons and dogs. Tank, my other dog, was placed with me as a puppy to help rehabilitate him from profound behaviour problems. Through perseverance, modern methods, and patience, we are noting critical improvements in his behaviour. Besides the many courses and training classes that I have followed, I also participate to canicross, stepping and cycling events with them.

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