Who are We?

About Me

Fiona De Rosa is an urban planner and dog behaviour trainer. She is the Founder of Balancing Act Adelaide a consultancy that specialises in the integration of companion animals (particularly dogs) into the urban environment.

She has a Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons) from the University of New South Wales, Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Adelaide and a Diploma of Canine Behaviour Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI).

Fiona’s areas of expertise are as diverse as her qualifications. She has over 20 years experience in federal, state and local government as a strategic and social planner, youth program manager and research officer.

Fiona specialises in the planning, design and management of enclosed dog parks. She has audited over 30 parks in South Australia and recently prepared an innovative publication ‘Unleashed, a guide to successful dog parks’ for the Dog and Cat Management Board of South Australia.

She is a also the President and dog trainer for the Canine Behavioural School. She is also listed with the RSPCA as a Force Free Dog Trainer.

Fiona currently lives at home with her 10-year old Bull Terrier X – EB the wonder dog.


  • Bachelor Town Planning (Honours) University of New South Wales
  • Master Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Diploma Canine Behavior Science &Technology, Companion Animal Sciences Institute

Professional Memberships

  • Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Pet Professional Guild (Full Member Dog Training Professional)
  • Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals (AABP member)
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Inc. (APDT full member)

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Fiona De Rosa

Fiona De Rosa (MPIA)

Principal /Owner

Urban planner + dog behavioural trainer

BTP (Hons) | M.Env.St.| Dip.CBST