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
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
Do you own a dog yourself and if so what is its
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
- '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.'