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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Let sleeping dogs lie
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and with temperaments to match. Meet Nico, who came to board with me recently. This Chihuahua X was great company to have staying, both for me and by the way he played with other dogs, for them to - something that can never be overlooked.
For a few short worrying moments this morning, I thought Tilly had decided to up and leave us. Her bed was empty and she was no where to be found - until Fran asked me in all sincerity, "Why's Tilly sleeping on the kitchen chair ?"
"Ssshhhh ...... Tilly doesn't like to be disturbed"
Paul's smiling 4 month old pup Mick thinks his owner is the "bee knees" - as this simple photograph suggests. Rest assured, wherever Paul is, Mick and Sumo will be very close by !
Mick running to Paul
Meet Penny and Lily, my two fierce looking French Bulldog guests who are staying with me for residential training. Ignore the expressions though. These two small dogs have lots of character, though none of it nasty - quite the opposite !
Penny and Lilly
Coda, a Chihuahua X, arrived with Nico and has a very similar temperament. She's taken a liking to my gazebo, as can be seen !
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 !! When are we going to be there Dad ? 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. Is this the cool way to carry a ball ? Scarlett, a yo
This morning I met Bluto, a 7mth old Serra da Estrela mountain dog. Seven months and still growing ! He came for my sheep chasing course, but ended up leaving without every seeing a fluffy white creature. Instead, he left with more respect for his owner than when he first arrived. Seeing this young but powerful dog climb out of the car, oblivious to his owner, showed me he had no regard for him whatsoever. On the basis that no successful training will happen unless there is respect, I went about showing the owner how to achieve this. Once he'd mastered it, he left to practice the lesson in his home environment. But this won't be the last I see of Bluto - don't forget, I still have to make him know what he can and can't do when confronted by sheep. Janet