Ryan and Jen Tate are a unique, fascinating couple whose work and lives are intertwined by their passion for animals. Both have been working as animal trainers in the industry for over 20years, combined. It is hard to find a species of animal they haven’t worked with.
After enjoying many working years at the famous Taronga Zoo, the couple launched their own business, Tate Animal Training. They specialise in dog training, not only household animals but specialised detection and behavioural work. The combined knowledge of the Tate’s incomparable.
Ryan’s experience of animal behaviour is exceptional, he is a leading expert in his field and instructs dog trainers and handlers around Australia. While at Taronga Zoo he trained a variety of species that ranged from marine mammals to birds. He has a degree in Marine Biology and Certificate III in Captive Animals, Vicki Austin’s puppy instructor’s class, a Statement of Attainment in Dog Training and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing.
Since 2007 he has been training and handling detection dogs. He owns and handles a variety of specialised conservation dogs trained to find: koalas, feral Cats, foxes, rabbits, owls, hawk weed and alligator weed. Ryan works alongside organisations and government bodies, such as Office of Environment and Heritage, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Roads and Maritime NSW and Department of Agriculture just to name a few.
Jen is a passionate and highly experienced wildlife carer, conservationist, author and dog trainer with a Certificate II in Animal Studies and Vicki Austin’s Puppy Instructor Course. She has been working in the animal care industry since 2004, working for a number of vet clinics and the two largest zoos in Sydney before committing full time to the family business, Tate Animal Training Enterprises. Her area of expertise within the business is largely focused around puppy raising and development. Jen is also the author and illustrator of children’s book “Pouches Paws, Tails and Claws”.
The Tate’s passion for animals is infectious. Their authenticity, knowledge and magnetic personalities is taking them on a new path and they have been making public appearances such as Northern Beaches council’s Dog Day by the Bay, Woof-Fest and other local training days.