Jade Fountain, MSc BSc, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA - Behaviour Consultant and Trainer

   Animal Behaviour Matters is owned and operated by Jade Fountain, who is a qualified behaviour consultant, animal trainer and zookeeper. Jade works with companion animals, exotic and native species from marsupials (kangaroos and wallabies) to vultures, sea lions and cheetah with a focus on applied behaviour analysis and positive reinforcement to teach and change behaviour, in any species.

Jade has studied animal welfare, applied behaviour analysis and animal training. She has a Masters in Science (Animal Behaviour/Zoology), a bachelor degree in zoology and psychology, multiple certifications in animal care and welfare, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA) and has graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Behaviour and Training.

Jade is heavily involved in animal welfare and spent many years working at RSPCA shelters across Australia, has extensive experience with domestic animal behaviour welfare and development of behaviour modification for shelter animals in Australia and overseas. Other work with dogs has included training dogs for the service dog industry, assistance dogs for autism, mobility and PTSD working roles, working as a studio trainer on film sets in the USA, prison dog programs, training detection dogs and assessment of ex-military dogs. A profound interest in conservation led to her working in conservation based recovery programs throughout Australia and South Africa, including the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Zoos Victoria and ACT Parks and Wildlife. Time spent living in South Africa included work with wildlife rehabilitation, cheetah conservation programs including training cheetahs and developing behaviour modification programs, wildlife detection dog programs for critically endangered species, anti-poaching aid, and conducting behavioural field research in Botswana and South Africa.

   The knowledge gained from the zoo industry on working and training an array of different species is a valuable tool for training pets and companion animals. Maintaining professional development and remaining up to date with the most current scientific methods of training is important, with attendance at over a thousand hours at national and international conferences and seminars on animal behaviour and training with some of the most respected animal behaviour professionals in the industry, including training immersion at Disney Animal Kingdom, training with Bob Bailey to develop skills, teaching and learning with Terry Ryan and with Steve Martin of Natural Encounters at the free flight bird training facility in Florida. She has learned, studied under and gained skills from:

- Dr Susan Friedman (Behaviour Works, USA)
- Steve Martin (Natural Encounters Inc., USA)
- Bob Bailey (Animal Behavior Enterprises, USA)
- Terry Ryan (Legacy Canine, USA)
- Ken Ramirez (John G. Shedd Aquarium, USA)
- Steve White (PRO Active K9, USA)
- Dr Grey Stafford, PhD (Zoomility, iReinforce, USA)
- Karen Pryor Academy (Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behaviour, USA)
- Kay Laurence (Learning About Dogs, UK)
- Don Blair (SG K9, USA)
- Alexandra Kurland (The Clicker Center, USA)
- Grisha Stewart (Ahimsa Dog Training, USA)
- Kathy Sdao (Bright Spot Dog Training, USA)
- Barbara Heidenreich (Good Bird Inc, USA)
- Theresa McKeon (TAG Teach, USA)
- Dr Ian Dunbar (Sirius Puppy Training, USA)
- Wouter Stellaard (Columbus Zoo, USA)
- Peta Clarke (Animal Training Solutions, Australia)
- Simon Prins (ACT Animal Consultancy & Training, Netherlands)
Jade is an international presenter, presents public seminars and workshops on animal behaviour and the science of animal training. Presentations have included dog training groups and clubs, dog walking interest groups, shelters, university, TAFE students and talks at overseas institutions, including Animal Behavior Management Allicance, Milwaukee County Zoo, SeaWorld, Legacy Canine and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation center.


Academic qualifications:

Masters of Science - Zoology (Animal Behaviour) University of New England, Australia
Bachelor of Science - Zoology/Psychology (University of Tasmania, Australia/University of Texas, USA)
Certificate IV Companion Animal Services (Richmond TAFE, Australia)
Certificate III Companion Animal Services (Box Hill TAFE, VIC, Australia)
Certificate III Captive Animal Management (Box Hill TAFE, VIC, Australia)
Certificate III Dog Behaviour & Training (Precise Training, VIC)
Certiciate II Animal Studies (Box Hill TAFE, VIC, Australia)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner
TAG Teach Primary Level Certification

Recent seminars, courses & workshops:

- The Ranch & Deep Dive Courses (Ken Ramirez, USA)
- Think Again: Two Day Seminar (Ken Ramirez, USA)
- Bob Bailey Seminar (Bob Bailey, Simon Prins, Susan Garrett, Shelley Wood) Hot Springs, Arkansas
- Chicken Camp Beginner & Advanced (TA for Terry Ryan) Seabeck, USA
- Australasian Animal Training Conference, Melbourne Zoo, AU
- Making Dogs Happy Symposium, University of Sydney, AU (Professor Paul McGreevy)
- Learning Safari: Behaviour and Training Workshop, Monarto Zoo, AU (Wouter Stellaard, USA)
- Professional Animal Training Course, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, USA (Ken Ramirez, USA)
- 5 Go to Sea: Animal Training Cruise, Alaska (Ken Ramirez, Kay Laurence, Alexandra Kurland)
- Operant Conditioning Workshop: Discrimination 40hrs (Bob Bailey & Parvene Farhoody, USA)
- Operant Conditioning Workshop: Cueing 40hrs (Bob Bailey & Parvene Farhoody, USA)
- Operant Conditioning Workshop: Criteria 40hrs (Bob Bailey & Parvene Farhoody, USA)
- TAG Teach Primary Level Certification (Theresa McKeon, USA)
- Coaching People to Train Dogs (Terry Ryan, Canine Legacy, Washington USA)
- 5 Go to Sea: Animal Training Cruise, Caribbean (Ken Ramirez, Kay Laurence, Alexandra Kurland, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz; USA)
- Tellington T-Touch Seminar, Linda Tellington-Jones, USA
- Professional Animal Training Seminar, 2013 QLD (Steve Martin, Natural Encounters Inc, USA)
- Raising the BaR: Taking Training to New Levels, 2013 (Steve White, PRO Active K9, USA)
- HITT Canine Tracking & Detection Workshop 2013 Sydney (Steve White, PRO Active K9, USA)
- Chicken Camp 101 - Discrimination (Terry Ryan, Canine Legacy, Washington USA)
- Chicken Camp 201 - Cueing (Terry Ryan, Canine Legacy, Washington USA)
- Step Up Training for DogSports (Kathy Sdao & Michelle Pouliet, USA)
- Canine Scent Detection Workshop (Don Blair, SG K9, USA)
- Science Based Dog Training with Feeling (Ian Dunbar, Dog Star Daily/SIRIUS Training, USA)
- Animal Behaviour with Bob Bailey (Bob Bailey, Animal Behaviour Enterprises, USA)
- Contemporary Animal Training & Management (Steve Martin, Susan Friedman, NEI, USA)
- Art & Science of Training Companion Parrots (Steve Martin, Natural Encounters Inc, USA)
- Living & Learning with Parrots (Dr Susan Friedman, Behavior Works, USA)
- Animal Behaviour Management Alliance Conference 2011, Colorado (Ken Ramirez, Gary Priest, Dr Susan Friedman, Steve Martin)
- The Art & Science of Animal Training Conference, 2010, Denton, Texas
- The Art & Science of Animal Training Conference, 2011, Denton, Texas
- Clickerexpo, 2010, Oregon, USA
- Clickerexpo, 2011, Newport Beach, USA
- Clickerexpo, 2012, Nashville, USA
- Ian Dunbar: Social Behaviour & Aggression, 2013, Melbourne, AU
- AZA: Animal Training Applications, Disney Animal Kingdom, FL USA (Dr Grey Stafford, Ken Ramirez, Michelle Skurski USA)
- Parrot Training and Enrichment (Barbara Heidenreich, Good Bird Inc., USA)
- Parrot Behaviour & Training Workshop (Jim McKendry, AU)
- Exotic Animal Training Professionals Workshop (Ken Ramirez, John G. Shedd Aquarium, USA)
- Parrots 2010 - Parrot Training Conference, Brisbane, AU (Steve Martin & Dr Susan Friedman)
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Conference, 2009 (Sarah Kalnjas & Dr Pam Reid)
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Conference, 2010 (Ken Ramirez & Steve White)
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Conference, 2012 (Grisha Stewart, Dr Sophia Yin, Pat Miller)
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Conference, 2015, QLD (Nando Brown, Chirag Patel)
- Canine physiological & psychological effects of reactivity, 2010, Perth AU (Dr Linda Marston)

Professional member of:
Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA)
International Society of Applied Ethology (ISAE)
Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB)
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
Association of Pet Dog Trainers, AU (APDTA)
Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals(AABP)
The Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
Karen Pryor Certified Training Partners(KPCT)
Animal Behaviour Society (ABS)
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Zoo Aquarium Association (ZAA)
Australasian Society of Zookeeping (ASZK)

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