Basil Theofanides is the Program Director of Dog Trainers Australia (DTA) the leading training provider for the dog training industry. He is one of few Nationally Accredited Trainers & Assessors by the Official Government Accreditation Authority working in the industry.
Basil’s training & instructing expertise spans over 25 years, which began when he acquired his first puppy a German Shepherd Dog, through the Kamarn Breeders Foundation. This was a scientific breeding organisation for the selective breeding of German Shepherd Dogs in Australia. During his time with Kamarn, Basil trained & conditioned young pups which were then donated to the Australian Customs Department as sniffer dogs. Basil has been an expert witness in court cases involving dog attacks & has provided Temperament Assessments in many such cases for dog owners.
- Training Director and founder of Award Winning Command Dog Training School, one of the leading & most successful professional dog training schools in Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
- Member of the Animal Care & Management Standing Committee Primary Skills Victoria.
- Consulted to the Department of Justice, Correctional Services Division on their Dog Trainers Course.
- Vice President & founding member of the AAPDT (Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc).
- Key member of the writing group with the Bureau of Animal Welfare for the development of Codes of Practice for Dog Training Establishments & Day Care & Boarding Establishments.
- Consults regularly to the government on canine issues
- Regularly conducts Canine Communication workshops for Animal Management Officers
- Has been featured on Burke’s Backyard, Talk To The Animals, A Current Affair, talkback radio & more recently on Dr Harry Cooper’s video “Buying & Caring For Your Puppy”.
- Private training provider for Victorian State Government Animal Management Officers on canine aggression.
- Presenter on puppy.com.au
- 2009 Presenter on Talk To The Animal’s – “Basil’s Boot Camp”
- 2015 Appeared on Animal Matters Channel 10
- Presenter on TV series Bondi Vet
- Member Lions Club Nunawading Inc.