I'm Janet Ardley, a professional dog trainer and behaviourist living in the beautiful Lake District National Park here in Cumbria.
I offer residential home boarding, training and help for dogs with behavioural problems.
I'm also very busy training dogs not to chase sheep and livestock.
The purpose of my blog is to give an insight into my working life and hopefully reflect the great fun and happiness I get from working with mans' best friend.
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Winter sun cheers everyone up - including Mick, Ella and Sumo. This photograph is a great example of how these three happy dogs are.
Mick, Ella and Sumo
But with winter comes rain - and what Cocker Spaniel doesn't like water ??
Pixie absolutely loves it .... not that you could tell.
But while the youngsters play, 14 year old Border Collie Misty relaxes on the warm wooden floor of my office.
"Bear" the Leonberger stayed with me for two months of residential training.This big dog was a real handful to begin with and the thought of being off a lead was a distant dream. Nevertheless, persistent training paid off - although the sight of him "charging" kept me alert !
Peanut is a wonderful young dog. This year old Cocker is such a happy little character and is great company.
While Rachel is a trainer and partner in Cumbria Dog Training, my other daughter is a professional in gun dog trainer.
Fran has been training dogs for owners from all over the UK, as well as being asked to judge dogs in in the very male world of trialling. Not bad for a young lady still in her 20's !
Paul's six month old Working Cocker Spaniel Ella loves riding in the cars. She has tremendous spring in her skinny legs and gets into the back of the Hilux with little effort. It's a different story when it's time to leave. She's been trained never to jump out but to be patient and wait for her owner to pick her up, thereby preventing injuries ..... and vets bills !!
Boarding dogs Charlie and his brother Alfie are staying with me for a few days, and as can be seen, a ball is something that creates a real bond.
These two young dogs are lovely characters.
Scarlett, a young Cavapoo, stayed with me recently. Initially a little nervous, she was introduced to calm dogs who …
For the past two months, Paul has been working with Elvis, a really wonderful 8 month old Working Cocker Spaniel. He's mentioned how much he's enjoying training this youngster and that Elvis is picking things up quickly, though having seen this photograph, I'm not exactly sure what he means !
"I hope you're not intimidated by me looking up your nose", says Ralph to Inka.
Not many dogs about here and for good reason. Even seasoned gundogs would have shuddered at the boom of some of the explosions - though for us humans they were spectacular !
A bad hair day is a bad hair day - even for Finn, a Bedlington x Whippet.
Peanut is a beautiful looking Cocker with the softest eyes and eyebrows to match.
Jura has a great expression. She stayed with me on a 24 hour "try out", which I ask all potential dogs to have before boarding.This allows me to see how well they settle in to a new environment and with other dogs. The last thing I want is a poor animal who is st…