The stay of my little Australian Labradoodle guest is coming to an end. Merlin has one full day left before being collected on Saturday and I make no bones about it - I shall miss him ! Merlin has certainly brought out the emotions in me ! The early days of him trying to assert his authority are long gone, as are those moments when I would find he'd been copying the Andrex advert, with toilet roll everywhere and an innocent looking face staring at me ! The satisfaction I felt seeing his behaviour change for the better is just one of the reasons I love my work so much. Do I get things right first time? No, of course not. Different dogs present different problems and because of that, my approach to training is anything but "one size fits all". I hope you like the latest pics that Paul took - he seems to love getting images of Merlin wet and dirty! But believe me, he'll look a little different when he's lucky owners get to see him again on Saturday. Ja
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.