(07) 3279 6199 - Unit 1/28 Sumners Road, Darra QLD 4076

(07) 3279 6199 - Unit 1/28 Sumners Road, Darra QLD 4076

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The Oz Wagtails Team!

The Oz Wagtails Team!

The Oz Wagtails Team!

We've been caring for West Brisbane dogs for over 32 years!

Oz Wagtails is family owned & operated for people who love their dogs as much as we love our own. We've been looking after dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages for over 16 years, and we'd love to look after your furbaby if you need it.

Our Management Team!

Our Management Team!

Tabitha & Richard

Tabitha & her husband Richard founded the business back in 1991 with Dog Obedience & Behaviour Training Classes.
One of Tabitha's goals was to create a dog centre that not only cared for dogs but be a one stop shop for dogs.
Clients bring their dogs for a day or stay for the holidays, as well as many other dog related services.
In 2006, this goal became a reality. Tabitha's next goal is to duplicate what she has created in Darra in a second location.
Tabitha has an incredible passion for all animals; she has spent her whole life with dogs & horses.
Through the years, Tabitha has owned Golden Retrievers, Border Collies and German Shepherds where she Obedience Titled to Obedience Champions. Tabitha currently has four dogs of her own; Whip the Border Collie, Jinx, Sonic & Yella who are all Belgian Shepherd Malinois and apart of her personal breeding program.
Tabitha is committed to all dog related activities, training and sports. She is a registered Senior ANKC Obedience Judge and has also recently been appointed as one of the Board Members for Dogs Queensland. She judges & competed with her own dogs in Dog Obedience and Sport Competitions Australia wide. Over the years, Tabitha was contracted by the RAAF in their initial breeding socialisation program for military working dog puppies.
Additionally, Tabitha also has had involvement with Lone Pine Sanctuary where she was contracted to train the last 6 Dingos over the years. This is certainly one of her highlights of her career, training all 6 of their Dingos in areas of walking on lead, social skills and basic obedience exercises. With lots of experience behind her, she is a very knowledgable and dedicated woman!

Brittney

Growing up in the family business, Brittney has been involved in Oz Wagtails for many years, so caring for & handling animals comes naturally to her. Graduating school & going on to study - Business & Animal Studies - she has become a great asset to the company.

She currently works at Oz Wagtails full time, managing the Retail Store and learning the ropes of the business. You may recognise Brittney greeting you in our retail store or answering your phone call. While she isn't doing this, she is driving the school bus around Brisbane, Tuesday to Friday collecting dogs for daycare.

Brittney has also won many awards for her Outstanding Customer Service in the Mt Ommaney Small Business Awards.

Brittney currently has two dogs of her own, Poe a Belgian Shepherd Malinois & her new addition, Mouse - a 6 month old, Jack Russell Terrier.
Poe & Brittney compete in Obedience, Agility and IGP - gaining many wins & titles along the way.
Mouse has already competed in confirmation shows winning 4 x Best Baby Puppy in Groups & 1 Best Baby Puppy in Show.
Brittney and her previous Jack Russell Terrier, Aria, were well known by a lot of people in the dog community. Aria was inspiration for many owners to get a Jack Russell of their own.
Not only is she a lover of her dogs but horses seem to come naturally to her. She has multiple horses which compete in Eventing.

Simon

Simon is our Daycare Manager, who works first thing in the morning opening the back door bright and early at 6.30am! You many have noticed that he also drives one of the Oz Wagtails School Buses around the local suburbs picking up Daycare dogs before he greets all the customers at the back gate.
Simon plans the days activities first thing in the morning and gets everybody prepared for a day full of fun!

All the staff call Simon the Labrador leader! All of the Labrador's at Wagtails love Simon and he is currently trying to convince his wife to let him get one of his own.

Currently Simon has two dogs, Raffiki the German Shepherd who has had previously competed in Jetty Jumping and also received his IGP 3 Title. Raff is currently getting ready for IGP Nationals that will be this November.
Simon's second dog, Fargo is a Border Collie x Kelpie. Fargo has also competed in Jetty Jumping and enjoys coming to all of the Oz Wagtails Beach Weeks!

Kassia

Kassia is our Daycare Manager who sees all of the dogs off in the afternoons and enjoys reporting how the days go back to the owners!

Currently, Kassia works at Oz Wagtails full time, running the social media, organising all of the Daycare adventure dates and locations, and of course coming up with ideas and organising the fun themed photo shoots! She also creates all of the Monthly Newsletters, First Day Report Cards and if needed - any Behaviour Reports.

Kassia loves making connections with the dogs and spending quality time taking them on walks, for trips to the outdoor area and of course building memories when taking the dogs to the beach! She loves being able to communicate about dogs fun-filled day back to their owners and building relationships with each family!

Kassia has also got 10 years retail experience it definitely comes in handy when all of the new stock hits the retail store! She comes out and will completely rearrange the store to make it flow. Along with her retail experience, she has her law degree and definitely puts it to use.

Hannah

Hannah is currently the friendly face that greets our customers in reception. She is also welcoming our customers with a smile and enjoys meeting all of the dogs that come through the centre. At the moment, Hannah has two little dogs - Bailey the Shih Tzu and Lily the Maltese x. Everyone would have seen little Tiger-Lily on our social media as our first dog that we turned into a wild animal! Bailey is a little trick dog who. has completed all of our classes and she especially loved the Agility! Hannah & Bailey are currently working on her tricks - she recently went along to the local Kindergardens to teach young children how to communicate and politely pat canines and show off all the tricks she knows. Hannah also is currently the step in Dog Groomer if we need anyone last minute. 'A-Han-of-all-trades!' Hannah loves working at Wagtails for the culture and the people that she is with everyday.

Davene

Davene has been in the dog industry for 23 years, embarking on the adventure of training her own dogs, a journey that has seen her through three Border Collies before Oz Wagtails and two Border Collies since being meeting Tabitha. In addition to her role as a dedicated dog owner, Davene brings to the table an extensive background as a veterinary nurse, accumulating approximately 30 years of invaluable experience.

Davene takes great pride in her achievements in dog sports, having successfully trained and trialled her 10 year-old companion, Bodie, in various disciplines including agility, jumpers, obedience up to a CDX level, and Rally up to RM. Notably, her teenage daughter played a pivotal role in his success, earning Bodie the title of Trick Dog Novice.

Furthermore, Davene's weekends are often filled with the joy as she relish's in the opportunity to conduct puppy classes on Saturdays. This not only allows her to import her knowledge and skills to budding dog enthusiasts but also fosters a sense of community within the world of canine companionship. In essence, Davene is not just a dog lover but a dedicated practitioner in the art of dog training and care, eager to share her expertise and enthusiasm with others.


Davene has been in the dog industry for 23 years, embarking on the adventure of training her own dogs, a journey that has seen her through three Border Collies before Oz Wagtails and two Border Collies since being meeting Tabitha. In addition to her role as a dedicated dog owner, Davene brings to the table an extensive background as a veterinary nurse, accumulating approximately 30 years of invaluable experience.
Furthermore, Davene's weekends are often filled with the joy as she relish's in the opportunity to conduct puppy classes on Saturdays. This not only allows her to import her knowledge and skills to budding dog enthusiasts but also fosters a sense of community within the world of canine companionship. In essence, Davene is not just a dog lover but a dedicated practitioner in the art of dog training and care, eager to share her expertise and enthusiasm with others.


Emma

Emma first started training with Tabitha when she was just 8 years old, back in the days of classes at Peter Lightfoot Oval. At the time, she was training her family dog, Stig, a little Shetland Sheepdog who later achieved many titles in Obedience and Agility. This is where her love for all things dogs began, and it has only grown from there.

She got her first casual job working at a grooming salon bathing and drying dogs when she was 13 years old, and then jumped at the opportunity when she was offered a position at a local veterinary clinic as a kennel hand. She stayed at the clinic throughout high-school and worked full time for a year afterwards, having been promoted to junior vet nurse. Emma gained lots of experience in animal handling, health and behaviour that she uses everyday.

She moved to Oz Wagtails in April 2022 wen she saw that her previous trainer Tabitha was looking for a daycare attendant. Originally, she worked casually whilst she completed her Certificate III in Animal Studies (Vet Nursing), and then moved into a full time role as her passion for training her own dogs grew and her interest sparked in becoming a trainer at Wagtails. Now alongside her interest in daycare, she is learning how to instruct classes and teach 5 day intensives. Her favourite classes are definitely the Puppy Class - which she just completed herself with her own pup, and the Intro into Agility Course.

Emma loves her job at Oz Wagtails, and especially enjoys the diversity she has in her position here. One day she might be using her vet nursing knowledge, the next her grooming skills, and the day after sharing her training techniques in agility or puppy class. The job constantly keeps her on her toes, which something she really values here. A perfect day in the daycare centre for Emma would involve getting to walk the daycare dogs all morning and getting to give the boarding dogs extra cuddles and pampering in the afternoon.

She moved to Oz Wagtails in April 2022 wen she saw that her previous trainer Tabitha was looking for a daycare attendant. Originally, she worked casually whilst she completed her Certificate III in Animal Studies (Vet Nursing), and then moved into a full time role as her passion for training her own dogs grew and her interest sparked in becoming a trainer at Wagtails. Now alongside her interest in daycare, she is learning how to instruct classes and teach 5 day intensives. Her favourite classes are definitely the Puppy Class - which she just completed herself with her own pup, and the Intro into Agility Course.

Elise

Elise's story began on a farm, where she was surrounded by the majestic presence of horses, the loyalty of dogs, and the gentle companionship of cows. This upbringing instilled in her a profound appreciation for nature and animals, which continues to be a driving force in her life.

After dedicating herself to academic pursuits, Elise graduated from university with a Bachelor's degree in Sport Development, specialising in the intersection of Science and Management.

Elise is the life of the party here at Wagtails as she brings a touch of sparkle to our teams dynamics. She hosts dance parties with her canine companions in the daycare centre ad even teaches them how to two-step! Her contagious energy and sense of humour are invaluable assets to our workplace culture.

In Elise, we find someone who embodies the perfect blend of academic excellence, a deep love for animals, an adventurous spirit, and an infectious zest for life.

Elise is the life of the party here at Wagtails as she brings a touch of sparkle to our teams dynamics. She hosts dance parties with her canine companions in the daycare centre ad even teaches them how to two-step! Her contagious energy and sense of humour are invaluable assets to our workplace culture.
In Elise, we find someone who embodies the perfect blend of academic excellence, a deep love for animals, an adventurous spirit, and an infectious zest for life.

Mikayla

Mikayla is currently in her 2nd year of studying psychology at QUT. She has been an integral part of our Oz Wagtails family for over 2 years, contributing her enthusiasm and dedicated to both our daycare and retail devisions. She thrives on building meaningful connections not only with our four-legged friends but also with their devoted owners.

Mikayla's love for animals knows no bounds, whether it is dogs and cats or more elegant pets like snakes and fish.

Mikayla is a firm believer in making the most of her time working with animals. With her academic prowess, love for animals and dedication to Oz Wagtails, Mikayla is a remarkable asset to our team. She provides exceptional care to our furry companions and enjoys spending her time getting to know each and every dog here at Oz Wagtails.

Michaela

Michaela loves working at Oz Wagtails because she gets to spend her days with dogs! She enjoys learning about the dogs and expanding her knowledge of breeds and different behaviours. She gets the opportunity to be an assistant trainer within the Obedience Classes which means she also gets to help others learn about their own dogs and how Basic Obedience is so important in everyday dog behaviour.

Michaela's favourite breed of dogs are Kelpies and she has two of her own, Shadow and Buddy. Michaela is currently doing Obedience with Shadow through a Private Dog Club.

Currently, Michaela's goal is to be a Police Officer as a Dog Handler. She has studied and achieved a Bachelor in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Jayden

Jayden is our youngest daycare attendant at Oz Wagtails, who is currently studying a Certificate III in Animal Care Services and learning everything he can about dog breeds and behaviour.

Jayden has been apart of our team for a little under a year now and although he loves all the dogs, he has definitely grown a soft spot for the Border Collies, Aussie Shepherds and Golden Retrievers that come through the centre.

Jayden is working towards getting a Border Collie of his own. Jayden has been putting in the effort with us and enjoying all of the different jobs of bathing, cleaning kennels and of course learning about different breeds, behaviours and play types in the centre.

Jayden has been taking the time to get to know all of the dogs in the daycare and he loves learning about al of their individual and unique personalities.

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