About Us

Kumalong Australia has been providing top quality products for Australian dogs and their owners for over 20 years. Available through our online store, veterinarians, and pet stores, Kumalong products are known for their reliability and good value. At Kumalong Australia, we strive to offer collars and leads that are simple, reliable, and long-lasting. Our Products are specifically designed to support positive training methods, and to help make working and playing with your dog not only convenient but also easy for you. At Kumalong Australia, we enthusiastically endorse positive training methods. In fact, we are proud to be among the first to promote positive training methods in Australia — over 20 years ago! Back then, products to support positive training simply weren’t available in this country. So we created Kumalong Australia, and began distributing our Head Halters, Leads and recently the very popular Front Clip Harness. All our collars and leads are Australian made.

In the beginning…
Like most people, I first got “hooked” on training and trialing when I joined a dog-training club with my mini-poodle, “Toro”. Before long, I was undertaking the NSW Canine Council’s Instructors Course, and eventually became Chief Instructor. Unfortunately, choke chains and compulsive methods of training were still considered the “only” way to train a dog.

There had to be a better way…
The more I worked with dogs, the more I felt there must be better methods of training. A few of my friends and colleagues shared the same vision, and soon we began meeting to discuss more positive training methods. Out of this beginning, People Pet Partnership was formed, and soon after, the Canine Good Citizen Programme was born. I was fortunate to be one of the first Coordinators for this programme, and was able to play a significant part in its development into a nationally recognized programme and leader in positive motivational pet dog training.

Positive methods take hold…
Initially run jointly by the NSW Animal Welfare League and the People Pet Partnerhip (Australia) Inc., the Canine Good Citizen ProgrammeTm, and later the Instructors Course have since been taken over and developed by the Delta Society. For the founding members of PPP, this was a dream come true. Today, over 500 instructors have been educated in the proper use of positive methods of dog training. My legacy is to proudly wear the Canine Good Citizen Instructors’ ‘Badge #2’ in recognition of my early contribution.

Still in training, and it just keeps getting better…
I was among the first to offer puppy socialization classes in the early 1990’s, and continue to do so today. For several years, I was an in-house trainer for Ku-ring-gai Animal Hospital and Boarding Kennels.

In 1998, I began a new, exciting venture with three other CGC-accredited instructors: Get S.M.A.R.T. Dogs (Successful Motivation and Reward Training).

Through Get S.M.A.R.T. Dogs, we offer clicker training classes for pet dogs and their owners. Our classes are both innovative and a lot of fun for dogs as well as their owners.

In December 2013 Get S.M.R.T. Dogs made a difficult  decided that after 15 years we will no longer be running these classes,  Karin Bridge, Maureen Bishop and Hanne Moore would like to thank each and everyone of our students for making our jobs as Instructors such an enjoyable one, but the time has come to put away our training hats and retire from running classes. However, both Maureen and Hanne are still doing Puppy Classes as well as Private consultations.