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Caroline Girdlestone

Animal Trainer

Fed up with seeing animals unintentionally mishandled on set, former farm girl Caroline Girdlestone decided to do something about it. Now one of the most respected animal trainers in Australasia, she’s worked with almost any animal imaginable across more than 500 projects – ranging from the cute barnyard animals of Racing Stripes to the horrifying ovine creatures in Black Sheep.

They’ve gotta like you or they won’t do it. You can’t make them do it – you can’t beat them, or starve them, or pay them more money. They’ve gotta like you, and they’ve gotta understand. Caroline Girdlestone, in a 2016 video interview with Brian Kassler of Showtools