ANTHEA HOLMES, CO-FOUNDER & SENIOR TRAINER
Along with an impressive career, Anthea Holmes brings 40 years of experience to the Found by the Hound Team. A dedicated and passionate Dog Trainer, Anthea boasts an inspiring resume, several accolades and has established herself among some of the country’s best.
From humble beginnings, Anthea fell into the world of Dog Training when faced with her own dis-obedient dog, a six-year-old Silky Terrier named Sammy. Training changed Sammy’s life, and Anthea’s. It was through her own experience that Anthea realised the significance of clear communication and as such, her journey began.
Throughout her career, Anthea has worked alongside Government Departments using her expertise in raising and training Odour Detection Dogs, Protection Dogs and Man Trailing Bloodhounds. She has trained Assistance Dogs and Therapy Dogs and alongside Co-Founder Sarah, now runs the largest Therapy Team in South East Queensland.
Despite her knowledge and experience, Anthea continues to participate in rigorous training of her own. She believes it is imperative to remain updated with the latest techniques and ensure her skills are sharp so that can continue to provide the best service possible. She believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to training a dog and she is exceptional in various training methodologies. It is because of her broad knowledge that she has been so successful with training working dogs and thousands of family pets.
For over a decade, Anthea was the Senior Trainer & Team Leader for a renowned Training Team. During this time, she shared her expertise in daily Group Classes including over 1200 Puppy Classes; conducted Home Behaviour Consultations teaching owners better communication with their pets; handled Dog Attack Counselling for Gold Coast City Council and Logan City Council, training of the Variety Therapy Dog Team. Today Anthea owns and operates Found by the Hound alongside fellow Training Expert, Sarah Cabral.
Throughout Anthea’s career she has trained many aspiring instructors. As a Senior Trainer she has been responsible for numerous team development programs and has mentored countless Trainers in the industry today.
Big or small, Anthea has no breed bias. In fact, she has owned and trained everything from Silkies, Chihuahuas, Labradors, Poodles and Papillions to Rottweilers, Bloodhounds, Great Danes, Mastiffs and Malinois (and everything in between). When Anthea isn’t training Dogs, her other passion is riding and rehabilitating ex-racehorses which has spanned the same amount of time as her dog training journey.
Certifications & Achievements
- Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
- Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
- Certificate II in Security Operations
- Govt Certified Assistance Dog Trainer from 2010 – 2017 (previous)
- Successfully Passed MAT test with "Ruger" in MondioRing