Jane Ardern from Manchester

Jane Ardern

When and how did you get into dog training?

I got into dog training in the early nineties when I rescued a St Bernard Cross Rottweiler with behaviour problems. I joined local classes and then started entering funs shows and camping weekends. In 1996 I got my first leonberger and got interesting in showing and judging. I also got more involved in training having a go at working trials, obedience and water rescue. I started my own pet classes in 2004 and took voluntary redundancy in 2008 when I started training full time

What do you like the most about dog training?

I like helping people and dogs. I like seeing people achieve and build great relationships with their dogs. I love seeing happy motivated dogs and I love seeing those wow moments owners have when they achieve things they never thought they could.

How long have you been part of the KCAI scheme?

I joined the KCAI scheme about 4 years ago at Crufts

Why are you a member of the KCAI Scheme?

I think the scheme is fair with regards to how and where members experience and knowledge has come from and therefore brings a great support system with a variety of experience and knowledge from all fields. I also believe if the government was ever to regulate dog training I think they would probably use the Kennel Club Scheme.

What would you say your biggest achievements in your career have been so far?

  • Using my dogs to demonstrate positive reinforcement in the workplace at the Works Management Manufacturing Conference Workshops in 2013
  • Achieving recognised teacher status with Hull University to Level 6 in canine related subjects
  • Being invited to speak for the KCAI on two occasions. Firstly in Runcorn at a local event, then at Crufts in the KCAI Learning Zone last year

Is there any work that you do with or for dogs, in addition to dog training instructing?

  • I'm a Dog AID Trainer and have trained a GSP to reach full assistance dog status
  • I breed working cocker spaniels under the Riverirk Affix
  • I have trained and provided dogs for TV, advertising and film

Do you own a dog yourself and if so what is its name/breed?

I have 5 dogs a 12 year old Polish Lowland Sheepdog called Snoopy who is a retired Show Champion and 4 Working Cocker Spaniels Pickles, The Stig, Mia and Drift

Comments made by individuals that nominated Jane

  •  'After developing significant health problems, I lost my confidence in my ability to manage and train my dogs. Jane not only gave me back my confidence and made me believe in myself once more, but inspired me to start to train one of my girls to help me around the house and out and about. Now I no longer need to worry if I drop my car keys and can't bend to pick them up as I know Jade will do it for me. As well as being a wonderful dog trainer, she also has the ability to make people believe in themselves.'
  • 'The trainer I am nominating runs a fantastic establishment in dog training , she holds workshops and is also running a behaviour and training course which is regulated by the OCN. Jane is fantastic at picking up when dogs are getting stressed with the environment and she helps the owners help their dogs/puppies to prevent it becoming a bad experience. Jane is the only trainer I would ever use (and I do use Jane for training both my dogs) and she is also the only trainer I ever recommend too.'
  • 'Jane is a positive rewards based trainer and it works really well for my family and dogs....I have social anxiety disorder, Jane has worked with me and I can now attend full room classes, my dog also had anxiety issues and Jane helped me to understand how I could help us both to deal with our problem....nothing is ever too much trouble and she is always there ready to reassure me.' 
  • 'Not only does Jane make a positive difference to dogs and owners for the better, by doing that little bit extra. Just as importantly, she is also inclusive and helpful to other professional trainers, generously offering sage advice and in doing so enables and extends positive change further afield.'
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