Ruth Hatten - Animal Naturopath and Pet Nutritionist

Ruth Hatten (Sahaja Animal Healing) is an animal lover, animal naturopath, pet nutritionist and energy healer. She lives on the Sunshine Coast, Qld with her three feline kids.

With qualifications in small animal naturopathy and reiki, Ruth has helped hundreds of animals around the world feel healthier using nutrition and other natural modalities.

Ruth adores animals and her mission is to help animals be healthier and happier with her combined approach of animal naturopathy, pet nutrition and energy healing.

Talk Topic: Nutrition and Natural Medicine

In this session, pet nutritionist and animal naturopath, Ruth Hatten, is going to reveal the foods that may be contributing to poor health in our companion animals and how these foods are impacting on their longevity and increasing the chance of disease.

Ruth believes that prevention is better than cure and she seeks to educate people on how they can feed their cats or dogs in a way that promotes good health and wellness. She is also an advocate for natural, whole food nutrition and natural medicines in helping companion animals heal from disease.

This session will include discussion on:

  • the foods that may be contributing to poor health,
  • the impact of nutrition on health,
  • the relationship between food and disease,
  • real-life case studies, and
  • options available to you for improving your pet's health and increasing their chance of avoiding disease.

Mini-Consults (click HERE to book)

$20 donation per pup + handler

Curious to know how nutrition and natural remedies could help your animal be the healthiest they can be? Sit down with Ruth, fill her in on your animal's physical, emotional and mental health and she will provide you with insights for natural solutions to help your animal.

Lindsey Connell - Animal Physiotherapist

Lindsey Connell has had many years experience treating both musculo-skeletal and neuromuscular conditions in people and commenced treating animals in 1999. She completed her post graduate Masters in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) at the University of Queensland in 2004.

Since the completion of her Masters, she has been involved in teaching the animal physiotherapy component of the Masters in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) Course and has also presented at several Veterinary, Veterinary Nurse and Physiotherapy conferences.

Lindsey runs an established small animal practice both in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, consulting from Veterinary Specialist Services Clinics in Underwood and Carrara.

As a guest speaker on stage at Paws-Fest 2021, Lindsey will be supported by Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse and qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapist, Lisa Stefyn.

Talk Topic: Canine movement: Picking Up Problems Early

Learn common ways to assess your dog for strength, stability and flexibility and identify weaknesses early. Find out how to assess your dogs’ body condition, the physical signs to look for, and how to best record your concerns for discussion with a vet or animal physiotherapist. 

Mini-Consults (click HERE to book)

$20 donation per pup + handler
During your 10 minute mini consultation with Physiotherapist Lindsey Connell you will have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your pet's musculoskeletal health, or their strength, functional fitness, flexibility or balance. Lindsey will be able to assess a specific concern you have, whether your pet is recovering from surgery, has had surgery in the past, has been diagnosed with a musculoskeletal issue, or if they are a canine athlete, a developing puppy or an ageing senior.
*Note, this is a mini consultation so advice will be tailored for your pet based on the brief history provided. A longer assessment held at a later date may be recommended for multiple issues or complex cases*

Ashley Taylor - Dog First Aid Medic

Ashley Taylor is a Dog Handler and Medic of 15 years, specializing in Canine pre-veterinarian care.

He is an accomplished professional in 3 key areas. Training, Human / Canine Medic and an experience Security Professional. He proudly conducts himself with integrity and considers his ability to push through any challenge and being adaptable as his key strengths.

As a Trainer, Ashley uses educational psychology, real world experience, and life like training to enhance his students experience within the classroom. He has trained hundreds of students over his 10+ year career.

As a Medic, he has the experience and qualifications to provide pre-hospital and pre-veterinarian care to both Humans and Canines. Mixed with his protection experience, he can provide medic services in hostile, remote and security environments.

As a Security Professional, Ashley has been a Canine Handler for over 10+ years. He has experience handling a range of different breeds of dogs with different temperaments. He has been credited with saving numerous staff and bystanders from hostile environments by using his Canine team mate to overcome violent situations and people. He believes his ability to fluently read people (Predictive Behavior and Body Language Recognition including micro expressions) as his key to success over the many years.

Talk Topic: Most Common Dog Trauma & Dog CPR

This demonstration will cover the basics needed to perform CPR on your dog in an emergency. Ashley will show you how to perform CPR on a Dog and what process to follow. He will also discuss the three biggest killers of dogs, and how to quickly and safely deal with these emergencies.

Tegan Bensley - Trainer and Daycare Manager

Tegan Bensley is Operations Director at Paws & Relax.

Tegan pours all of her passion into making sure the dogs in our care have the best experiences ever and the chance to reach their full potential as a confident, socialised, and well-balanced member of the family and community.

She has a strong passion for animal welfare and positive reinforcement with six years’ experience working at the RSPCA Queensland.  Her background working in customer service and communications roles ensures that interactions with the public are always professional with individual attention.  She makes a genuine connection with our clients so they can confidently know that their dog will be loved by all team members just as they love them.

Tegan is owned by the lovable Marceline (Cat), Atlas (French Bulldog X Boston) who is Xena’s sister (Di’s dog) and cheeky Banksy (an Australian Bulldog) who our logo ‘Paws & Relax Max’ is created from.

Talk Topic: Enrichment in Daycare

Coming soon

Justin Palazzo-Orr - Trainer

Justin Palazzo-Orr is a Pet Coach providing personalised coaching for pet parents, rescue and rehoming organisations. He is an Advanced Trainer for Happy Paws Happy Hearts.

Justin has an incredible mix of skills with both people and animals and is known as one of Australia’s leading pet coaches … “ I am so moved by the work I do with Happy Paws Happy Hearts. There are so many parallels with people experiencing PTSD and animals in shelters and rescue”.

Talk Topic: Understanding Behaviour

Coming soon