Mick, a one year old Working Cocker Spaniel, assumes the position on our old high chair ! He shows great promise for his role as a gun dog, with an enthusiasm and determination for entering any type of cover in search for his training aids. Trained to the whistle, Mick is a very steady, sitting until told to do otherwise, irrespective of the distractions. But as his face shows, he also has a mischievous side to him ! Mick Betty the German Shepherd came in recently for residential training. In truth this was much needed. With no eye contact, she would pull forcefully when out on a lead, and have no interest in anything other than the bleat of lambs in surrounding fields ! Six weeks later and things have certainly changed. All those faults have been resolved and she is now a much calmer girl, listening to commands and actually carrying them out. The following two weeks will be spent sharpening her up, which now we've come so far, I don't think will be too difficult.
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.