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About us

Introducing the team at Pawsitive K9 Behaviour


Hannah from Pawsitive K9 Behaviour

y?oPawsitive K9 Behaviour dog training was founded in 2015 by owner Hannah Ruess. We follow the philosophy that every dog is an individual and therefore we have to use different methods and motivations for every dog. We believe that dogs learn more efficiently by winning, than by losing!

We use effective and enjoyable dog training methods that are science-based and empowering for the dog to learn.

Hannah’s passion for dogs and animals goes back to her childhood, growing up on an organic farm in Germany, she was always surrounded by dogs and lots of other animals. As a teenager she raised and trained horses. After travelling the world, she settled in Australia in 2009 the same year she got her own dog Neville. He played a huge part in her life. He also inspired her to start Pet Minding in 2011 with Top Dog Minders in Brisbane.

After travelling around Australia and ending up in Darwin, Hannah decided to turn her love and passion for dogs into her career. In 2014 she enrolled with the National Dog Trainer Federation (NDTF), Australia’s only, Government accredited, nationally recognised, dog trainer certification program.

Hannah also holds the following qualifications:

  • Certificate in “Animal Emotions – happier animals, better relationships”. ILLIS ABS (February 2017). 

  • Certificate in “Animal Training – Getting Behaviour”. ILLIS ABC. (September 2017).

  • Certificate in “Puppy Start Right for Instructors”. Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. (January 2018)

  • Certificate in “Advanced Animal Training”. ILIS ABC. (September 2018).

  • Certificate in “Canine Scentwork”. Canine Principles. (April 2019).

  • Reach more Paws – by All Dogs Are Good 10th June to 15th July 2019

  • Diploma in “Canine Communication”. Canine Principles (January 2020)

  • Certificate of Completion Master Course -Aggression in Dogs by Michael Shikashio CDBC Aggression in Dogs (August 2020)

  • Certificate of Completion – the puppy lab by the School of Canine Science (Feb 2021)

  • Certificate of Completion – Stress why worry? , Give a Dog a bone, Mind the Gab by Amber Batson
  • Zoopharmacognosy Diploma – Centre of Excellence
  • Certificate of Achievement L.E.G.S. Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediator (FDM). by Kim Brophey


  • Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference 2017 hosted by Victoria Stilwell.

  • Pet Professional Guilt Sydney Summit 2018 

  • Health and Harmony Dog Symposium 2018 & 2019 hosted by Jenny Golsby.

  • Annual Conference and AGM Pet Dog Trainers of Europe  2019, 2020, 2021

  • Aggression In Dog Conference 2020, 2021


Ros from Pawsitive K9 Behaviour

Roz grew up with a love for animals on her family farm. She grew up working with dogs, horses and livestock but fell in love with canines from a young age.

Roz’s background is in understanding human communication and interaction and she holds her PhD in this area. It was her expertise in this area that drew her back to working with animals and their caretakers.

She holds the following qualifications:

  • BA Hons (Class 1)

  • PhD

  • Certificate in Animal Kinesiology 

  • Certificate IV in Natural Animal Therapies

  • Diploma in Animal Homeopathy

  • Whole Energy Body Balance for Dogs (qualifying practitioner)

  • Canine Massages Therapist

  • Canine Kinesiology Taping Certified

  • Cranial Sacral Therapy Certified

  • Animal Neuro-Myofascial Release (Canine, Feline and Equine)

  • Diploma Canine Nutrigenomics

  • Diploma – Canine Coaching by Canine Principles

  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing (progress)