COAPE SA Team
Karin Pienaar (Landsberg)
Karin has been working in the field of animal behaviour and behaviour therapy in South Africa since 1997. She completed her Diploma in Animal Behaviour in the UK, through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) and is a qualified Practitioner member of the CAPBT in the UK and South Africa and a Practitioner Member of ABC SA.
She worked as a Behaviour Practitioner for 9 years in Cape Town, but then moved to Johannesburg in 2007 where she, along with her business partners, established the highly successful COAPE SA along with its sister business ThinkingPets.
After 17 years of consulting, Karin’s main focus now is presenting the COAPE Diploma and tutoring students, but when she has a spare moment she still enjoys helping clients with feline and canine behaviour problems. Karin is one of only two Practitioners licensed internationally to offer COAPE’s courses. In addition to frequently appearing on Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk, she has also been a valued part of the “Animal Talk” radio team. She writes for Animal Talk, Cat’s Life and several overseas magazines and is also contracted to Eukanuba as their Behaviour Specialist, presenting seminars across South Africa.
She oversees the Enrichment Partnership Program between Johannesburg Zoo and COAPE SA, where she and her team work with the Zoo to develop bespoke enrichment programs to promote behavioural and emotional health, using COAPE’s EMRA approach. They also provide training for both staff and animals to make husbandry tasks and medical examinations/treatments as stress-free as possible for the animals. For more information about the Zoo project, visit the “Jhb Zoo enrichment programme” page.
Wendy has been involved in the training and showing of dogs for the past 20 years. However, she has made a career out of animal behaviour since 2006. Wendy holds the OCN UK accredited Diploma through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology as well as a Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour. She is a Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner, a qualified canine obedience and clicker training instructor as well as being a qualified Practitioner member of both the CAPBT SA and ABC SA.
Wendy relocated to Langebaan in the Western Cape in May 2011 and consults with clients for one-on-one training and all aspects of canine and feline behaviour problems.
Wendy joined COAPE SA and its sister business, ThinkingPets, first in 2007 and became a member of the company in 2010. She deals with all the financial matters and heads up the Cape COAPE Diploma lecturers and tutors.
Prof. Peter Neville
Prof. Peter Neville is a founding partner of COAPE and was Clinical Professor at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, Miyazaki University, Japan from 2008 to 2010, and has been Adjunct Full Professor at the Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University, USA since 2009. He established the behaviour referral clinic at the Department of Vet Medicine, Bristol, UK in 1990. Peter has been in practice for the treatment of behaviour problems in pets for over 25 years and is a speaker in high demand at veterinary, behaviour and training meetings all over the world.
Author of the best-selling books: “Do Cats Need Shrinks?” and “Do Dogs Need Shrinks?” Peter is the independent companion animal behaviour consultant to Nestle Purina PetCare in the UK and also leads ‘behind the scenes’ safaris observing the behaviour and studying the ecology of African Wild Dogs and big cats first hand with biologists and vets in the field, and photographic tuition safaris in South Africa with renowned professional wildlife photographer, Neil Aldridge.
COAPE’s Prof Peter Neville co-authors ‘Breed-dependent differences in the onset of fear-related avoidance behavior in puppies’ in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior 10 (2015) 286-294. A later onset of fear-related avoidance behaviour was observed in CKC Spaniels compared with GSD and Yorkshire Terrier puppies: emotional and behavioural development varies among dog breeds.
Judy grew up with a great passion for all creatures great and small, so after school she naturally progressed to completing a degree in Zoology and Entomology. After her studies she took a break from her books and due to her love for animals, worked as a veterinary nurse at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA for a year. She then went back to her studies to become a research entomologist working for the Agricultural Research Council for many years.
Her passion for working with animals prompted Judy to enrol for the 3 year TTouch Practitioner’s course in South Africa in 2007.
She qualified as a TTouch Practitioner in September 2009. Following that, Judy completed the COAPE C01 Dogwise Stage 1 course with distinction in 2010. She is a qualified ThinkingPets Puppy and Kitten School Instructor and completed her OCN UK COAPE Diploma in 2014.
Cheryl has been a lifelong advocate for animal welfare. She has worked for numerous animal charities in the UK – raising funds and performing home checks. She was involved in trying to increase awareness of the awful conditions and cruelty of animal shelters in Romania and other European Countries, and helping to arrange transport for dogs from Romania to the UK.
Cheryl has a wide range of experience working in IT, sales and administration. She was working for a large Global computer consultancy for many years when, in 2002, she decided to take a long sabbatical to travel the world with her now Husband. Their passion for travel inspired their decision to relocate to South Africa in 2013. They moved to Somerset West, where she continues to volunteer for various organisations.
Cheryl now runs the successful Helderberg and Stellenbosch Lost and Found Pets and is a regular volunteer for a local charity HART. Along with her Husband and 2 children, she shares her home with 4 rescue dogs, 3 cats, and a collection of budgies.
Tarryn has a deep passion for animal welfare and love for rural Africa. While living in Mozambique for 4 years she volunteered at the local animal shelter (MAPS) and worked with many abused and neglected animals that seemed to be unhomeable. Wanting to know more about the behaviours of the animals in her care she qualified as a ThinkingPets Puppy School Instructor in 2010 and completed her OCN UK COAPE Diploma in 2013.
Once living in Malawi, Tarryn ran the Blantyre SPCA as well as being country manager for Mission Rabies in Malawi. Here she used her knowledge to implement an enrichment and “train-to-adopt” program where the dogs were properly socialized and given basic training to make them more homeable. This increased the dogs adoption rate by over 180%!
In 2017 Tarryn and her family moved back to Cape Town, where she volunteers at local shelters. After enjoying being a stay-at-home mum with her 2 children and 4 fur-children for a year, Tarryn is excited to now be part of the COAPE SA team!