The Dog Couch

Human Coaching To Support Dogs


The Dog Couch is a unique initiative by Gourmet Pawprints to support fur-parents with the many questions they have about their dog. It is a coaching place where fur-parents can explore and learn about Canine Communication, Nutrition and Wellbeing. Essentially getting to know the world from your dog’s perspective so you can make the best possible choices to support their journey with you. We are not dog trainers! We focus on providing you, the fur-parent with the knowledge and skills to make better choices for your dog and how your interaction can influence their behaviour.

Our Philosophy

We are here to support a Happy, Healthy and Safe relationship with your dog through coaching you, the Fur-Parent. This means taking a holistic approach and looking at the connection you have with your dog. We want to get to know you as an individual and to utilise our expertise to guide the changes you want to see. Because dogs need trees, we like to think of this as a growth journey. Just as a tree grows in different directions depending on sun and water, you also grow and change over time. Your values, beliefs, knowledge and skills can all influence  how you interact with and intrepret your dog's behaviour.  We will help you build a trusting relationship that bring joy to you and your dog.

Learn the science behind creating a calm and relaxing environment for your dog. By learning their unique signals, you can make their space Happy, Healthy and Safe and encourage your dogs to be more confident and lead a rich and rewarding lives. 

Our Experience

Your coach, Kerry has over 30 years of human communication roles. Kerry provides a safe and interactive coaching environment to equip you with the skills to build a trusting bond with your dog. Kerry has been working with humans and dogs for nearly 10 years and has recognised that starting with the how the human interacts is the key to how a dog behaves.

Kerry's qualifications include

  • Bachelor Science Degree (Pharmacology and Physiology)
  • Diploma Canine Communication
  • Certificate Canine Nutrition and Wellbeing
  • Masters Business Administration
  • Graduate Diploma Marketing
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling (currently undertaking)

Dog Wellbeing

We may share the same physical space as dogs however we experience the world differently. The physical and emotional well being of our dogs is shaped by the choices we as pawrents make for them. Providing dogs with safe and effective choices gives them confidence and supports them as individuals.

Stress in dogs is a leading cause of behavioural issues and can have a long term impact on their wellbeing. Stress maybe associated with our beliefs, their learned behaviour and even their nutrition.

Our Goals

  • To provide you with a the knowledge and skills to better understand your dog’s behaviour.
  • To enable you to make informed choices to address common behavioural issues.
  • To support you in achieving a trusted relationship with your dog for life.
  • To provide you with the knowledge and skills to use their signals in everyday situations
  • To understand mental stimulation and provide examples of to bring this into their daily activities

Our Services

  • An interactive webinar to provide you with knowledge, skills and understanding about how dogs communicate and how to use their language in everyday situations.
  • Personalised coaching sessions to reinforce the foundation skills and address your specific situation.
  • Workplace education sessions to inform team members how dogs at work.
  • Nutritional information to assist with a healthy diet.

What we can help with;

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Excessive Barking
  • Off lead walking
  • Creating a calm environment
  • Interacting with children
  • Safely walking past other dogs
  • Common issues in dog parks
  • Introducing dogs to each other
  • Pulling on the lead
  • Choosing the right lead, collar and harness

Interactive Webinar

Live Sessions

A live webinar designed to help you create a relaxing and calm environment for your dog by understanding their unique communication signals. Whether you are new fur-parent, a renewed one or maybe struggling with the dog you adopted during Covid times, we are here to support you and provide the education to create a relationship for life. By learning the way dogs communicate with each we learn their language not ours. 

Session Times

Wed 7pm - 8:30pm AEST

Wed 25 May 2022Wed 29 Jun 2022Wed 27 Jul 2022

Personalised Sessions

Your Home or Ours

Learn more about how to create a calm and relaxing environment with a personalised session in either the comfort of your home or at our secure home at the Spotswood & Kingsville RSL.

Choose you location and time

We offer both in your home personal sessions and at our secure home at the Spotswood & Kingsville RSL. Email woof@gourmetpawprints.com.au for your preferred time and location.

Workplace Wellness Sessions

Supporting Dogs In The Workplace

Does your workplace allow dogs? Do you think as a team you could learn more about how dogs communicate? Or maybe you would like a dog friendly environment but are not sure how to go about it? We provide a workshop to learn about a dog's unique signals and then provide onsite practical advice to make it a Happy, Healthy and Safe environment for everyone. Book a workplace wellness session for a fun, interactive and team building day.

Get In Touch

Email us and let us know about your team and how our wellness sessions can add value to your workplace.