The Cynophobia Clinic is run by a team of well-behaved humans and highly-qualified dogs.
A unique combination of clinical psychology know-how and canine behaviour expertise enables us to deliver a specialist cynophobia treatment program unlike any other.
Our team of specially-trained therapy dogs, of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments, allows us to tailor our treatment to each individual client's needs and specific phobia triggers.
We look forward to meeting you soon, and helping you overcome your fear of dogs for good.
Consultant Psychologist & Clinic Director
Anthony is a psychologist who has over a decade of clinical experience helping people with anxiety-related difficulties, and is also a qualified dog trainer.
He is passionate about helping people with cynophobia live fuller lives using a science-based approach to human psychology and dog behaviour.
Head Dog Trainer
Ryan is a well-known and highly-experienced animal trainer with a degree in marine biology and numerous dog training qualifications. Having worked for over a decade at Taronga Zoo training a wide variety of animals, Ryan now spends most of his time training dogs in scent-detection work for conservation.
His dog-training expertise is highly sought-after and he has been featured in numerous TV shows providing expert advice on dog behaviour.
Steve has over 12 years experience working as an animal trainer in zoos and with companion animals. He developed his training skills wokring with seals, penguins and pelicans at Taronga Zoo, before broadening his experience to include marsupials, primates and birds for the zoo's education centre.
These days, Steve splits his time between working with cheetahs, servals, and other cats, at the Wild Cat Conservation Centre, and pet dogs in homes across Sydney.
Jen is an experienced wildlife carer, animal trainer, author and conservationist. Like Ryan, she trained numerous species of animals during her time at Taronga Zoo, but now focuses primarily on puppy training and development.
Jen is passionate about native wildlife and is the author and illustrator of children’s book ‘Pouches, Paws, Tails and Claws'.
Claire is a skilled animal trainer with over 15 years of professional experience. Her passion for animal training and conservation has seen her working in zoos around the world, training a variety of species from birds and marine mammals to ungulates and primates.
As well as working with us at the Cynophobia Clinic, Claire is a keeper at Taronga Zoo, trains dogs for conservation work, and does behavioural consults for pet owners.
Ace is the most experienced therapy dog on the team. He is perfectly suited to working with cynophobia clients of all ages due to his gentle nature and incredibly tolerant disposition.
He exudes calmness and is one of the most laid-back dogs you'll ever meet, but can be playful and enthusiastic when required. Like all beagles, he loves his food (even more than naps) and will do just about anything for treats.
Trainee Therapy Dog
Born late-2019, Buddy is the youngest and newest member of the team. We're still awaiting the results of a DNA test to determine if he's actually part teddy bear.
As adorable as he looks, Buddy's not just a pretty face. Being an Australian Shepherd, a working breed known for its intelligence and eagerness to work, he's proving to be a fast learner.
Tess is a very sweet older girl who has only recently joined the squad, but has proven to be perfectly suited to doing this kind of work.
Tess is a Kelpie, another highly-intelligent working breed. She loves meeting new people, showing off her repertoire of tricks, and playing fetch with her favourite ball.
The first thing you'll notice when you meet Philip is how serious and thoughtful he is. Just kidding - like most young Labrador retrievers, he's a total boofhead!
What he lacks in sophistication, Philip more than makes up for in enthusiasm. His love of life is contagious and he is an incredibly easy-going and sociable young chap. Every day is a good day for Philip - especially if there are treats or cuddles involved.
Finn is surely one of the prettiest little dogs you'll ever meet and has a beautiful temperament to match. He is the smallest dog on the team (there's not much of him underneath that lush coat) but is full of confidence and enthusiasm.
When he's not helping a client overcome cynophobia, Finn can be found playing with his human and dog companions, or practising his special talent - sniffing for truffles.
A gifted scent-detection dog, Taylor is used to working long hours doing physically-demanding conservation work protecting threatened species. To do this, she requires an endless supply of energy and an obsessive love of tennis balls - her ultimate reward.
These attributes mean she is the perfect dog for clients who need to build confidence around high-energy or 'jumpy' dogs.
Raffa is the big boy of the team. His breed, Belgian Malinois, is very popular with police forces around the world due to its incredible agility and strength.
Despite his affectionate personality, his scary appearance and guard-dog training make him the ideal dog to to help clients learn to become confident around dogs who are physically more intimidating.