Dogs have always been a part of my life, even as a child. But it wasn't until the summer of 2010 that I finally had my own dog. I collected Tilly, a Clumber Spaniel when she was only 8 weeks old and I think the world of her. Training was not always easy due to her stubborn and headstrong nature but I persevered and she's turned into a wonderful dog and friend. Last year she had a litter of pups and I kept one - Annie. On a recent (and rare) day out with just our own dogs, Paul took these two photographs of me and my gang ! This is my advanced training class Me, Tilly and Annie The only dog I lack confidence in handling personally is an Akita - and the reason is simple. Several years ago I was attacked whilst training. One minute I was standing, talking to the owner, the next I was on the ground trying desperately to defend myself from being bitten (in vain), as the owner finally managed to drag the damned animal off me. Now you have a little backgroun
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.