Barbara Hodel completed her diploma in canine behaviour science and technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada in 2015. She has been involved in dog training for the last 20 years, has completed her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with the Delta Society in 2007 and is a professional member of the Delta Institute. She also competes in the dog sports of Agility and Rally O. She is president of the Pet Professional Guild Australia and is also a registered breeder with Dogs NSW.
She has been running her dog training business Goodog on the Northern Beaches, Sydney for over 14 years, specializing in teenage dogs, offering classes and in-home consultations for young dogs, as well as workshops for typical teenage challenges, such as recall and loose leash walking.
She holds a master’s in modern European history and economics from the University of Berne, Switzerland, and an MBA from Southern Cross University in Australia. In addition, she has in-depth experience in adult education and training, having taught high school and university students in Berne, college students in Sydney, and middle and top management employees of a large public corporation in Switzerland. In 2020, she published her book, How to Love and Survive Your Teenage Dog.