When you meet Inge you are drawn to her. She has a bright, friendly outgoing personality. You feel that she is ready to listen to you and share her experience with you. Above all, animals react positively to her. They seem to know that she is on their side.
Inge was born on 13th July 1977 in Diest, Belgium. She and her younger sister Ella grew up on their parent’s farm, surrounded of course by animals.
Inge studied Economics, Modern Languages and Corporate Communication, specialising in Public Relations. She went on to study Industrial Psychology, Marketing, Coaching, Teacher Training, Non violent forms of Communication and more.
While studying Inge gained extra insight and experience by working in diverse sectors doing promotional work and presentations, modelling, event management, merchandising…
Inge chose to be self employed once she had completed her studies. She started out in the sales and coaching sectors and then moved on to become an Animal Behaviourist and Animal Trainer with her own business, Toscanzahoeve. Along with this Inge has written books and presented a TV programme.
Inge enjoys travelling and experiencing other cultures, she likes to dance, enjoys good food and watching a good movie. She loves the countryside and of course, anything and everything to do with animals!
Animal Behaviour Therapy and Alternative Medicines
Inge grew up on a farm and animals were her companions and animals will always have a special place in her heart.
She has followed numerous courses relating to animals and their behaviour: ethnology, cynology, nutrition, training techniques, behaviour and behavioural problems… in many different training centres: Martin Gaus, Barneveld, Tinely, O & O, De Bolster, Friendly with Dogs, Syntra, Natural Horsemanship, Natural Dogmanship, Special Grooming Rotterdam, European Academy… She has travelled extensively in Germany, England, North America, Peru, Hawaii and Brazil to gain firsthand experience of different techniques and methods.
Inge applies these techniques to provide an ethological and holistic approach to behavioural problems.
Her own preferred breed of dog is the American Staffordshire Terrier; she has always had this breed and has a special bond with them.
Inge uses three approaches to help animals and people:
- Coaching using a practical and scientifically based method of communication techniques, psychology and NLP techniques.
- Goal orientated behavioural training;
- The use of natural remedies and energy, herbs, power animals and Dierenspiegel (Animal mirror).
She does have a vast amount of specialised experience with many different species, both domesticated and wild,
Voluntary work, patronage and collaboration:
Inge Pauwels works with various animal welfare associations in Belgium and abroad. Inge voluntarily offers behavioural testing and helps to rehome animals through her extensive network of contacts.
Inge is a patron to numerous associations: vzw Anti Broodfok, Bulldogs, Fire Rescue Dogs, The Animal Ambulance and ACE/ SHIN.
Inge is a member of the following professional associations: Therapiedier vzw, The International Association of Canine Professionals, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Alpha and the Association of Pet Behaviour, Coaching and Training.
Inge is very involved with Therapy Animals (Training and Behavioural tests) and works with Assistance Dogs in prisons.
She collaborates with Dog Groomers, Veterinarians, Dog Schools, Riding schools, Pet shops, Casting Agencies, other associations, Training Centres and with the Media. Inge will always support animal friendly initiatives to help raise awareness or funds for Rescue centres or other such organisations. She will never count the cost to herself personally as her motivation is always to help promote the proper understanding of animals.
Advisory and mediation services.
Inge Pauwels is frequently consulted by advisory boards, associations, dog rescue services and local councils both in Belgium and abroad. She gives advice on animal rights, animal behaviour and training. Inge also mediates and gives advice if there is an incident when a person has been bitten by a dog. Along with this Inge is involved with zoos and wild animal parks, advising on behaviour and behavioural problems.
In the media
The name Inge Pauwels is instantly recognisable to those who enjoy reading a book or a newspaper or magazine. She is also known to radio listeners for her programmes on ROSfm, Radio Diest and Radio 2.
Her first book was “De Hondentherapeut” (Dog Therapist) which was published in 2006. In this book she explores and analyses animal behaviour and alternative therapies. Her next books dealt with her “Dierenspiegel” approach, Coaching animals, Your Dog, Your Best Friend and ‘Dierenspiegel’ and Power Animals. These books are currently not available in English but will be translated.
Along with her dog Raico Inge frequently attends events and has her own stand at many exhibitions (Hills, Dierenhappening in Hasselt, Man Meets Dog, Bio Energetica expo in Leuven, Dag van de Hond, Therapiedier vzw …)
You can also see Inge on TV in “Leven zoals het is” on the VRT channel, “Trendies en Pers” on RTV, “Beestig Vlaanderen” on Vitaya, “Snuffels” on TVL and in guest appearances in many other programmes.
Inge is involved with the following projects in Belgium:
- Dierenpolitie (Animal police)
- Dog licensing
- Improving dog breeding legislation
- Official recognition for dog trainers and behavioural specialists
- Recognition for therapy and assistance dogs
- A budget for therapy work with animals
- The quality of training in the animal sector