Jane Ardern BSc (Hons) Dip. CABT CAP2
I’ve always had a keen interest in dogs and have been training dogs for over 20 years. I started dog training using what is called traditional methods which involved using correction and choke chains as that is what I was taught by the experts at the time. Although it worked I was always uncomfortable with this approach and sought to learn alternative ways to train and this is what set me on my journey. My journey taught me that dogs can be trained effectively and to very high standards using kindness and motivation and by building the right relationship of trust and mutual respect. Learning should be fun for both humans and dogs
12 years ago after completing a course in running training classes I set up my own pet dog and puppy classes at the local church hall as a hobby using a positive approach. These classes grew into two night and six classes. Four years later after completing the COAPE Diploma in the Practical Aspects of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training and an Advanced Award in Practical Behaviour Therapy I took voluntary redundancy in my day job as a Business Improvement Analyst and started dog training and walking full time.
I signed up to the Foundation degree in Canine Behaviour and Training with Hull University at Bishop Burton Agricultural College part time and completed a total of 5 years study, topping up with a BSc (Hons) in Canine Behaviour and Training and graduating in 2012
During this time I found my own venue which started as WaggaWuffins K9 Activity Centre and is now WaggaWuffins Canine College. The business grew at a fast rate and at one time I had 4 members of staff, loads of dog walking and was running 18 training classes per week. Sitting back and looking at it, although the business was doing great, my passion is helping people and training dogs and I had ended up spending most of my time running the business and managing staff. So I began to down size and get back to what I love most, helping people train their pet dogs and understand them better.
I continued to study and spent a couple of years learning with Learning About Dogs, completing my CAP (Clicker Trainers Competency Assessment Program) 1 and 2 with distinction, attended a teachers week and the training to become a CAP Assessor.
After Graduating from Bishop Burton with my Honors Degree I had a call from the college saying I’d had the highest grade given for the practical instructing module ever given out and would I be interested in teaching their Foundation Degree Organising Classes and Instructing Module. I did this for 2 years. I was also approached by COAPE who were developing a Level 5 Ofqual Regulated Diploma add on to their first year and I taught the practical modules for 3 years for them .
Understanding the importance of teaching people in my role I went to study a City and Guilds Award in Education and Training and have recently learnt about Emotional Intelligence Coaching and Mindful Coaching
I have written articles for Dogs Today magazine and have provided dogs for TV Commercials, Advertising and Film, Management Conferences and Demonstrations.
My Core Values
I promise to treat you with professionalism, empathy and a positive and friendly attitude
All training will be kind and fair to both dog and handler taking into account, welfare, mental wellbeing and emotional states and individual needs.
I promise to treat you with integrity being open, transparent and honest
I will only take work on that is within my capability.
I will seek to understand and support your specific needs.
I will continue to educate myself, making sure I have up to date knoweldge that is backed up with science and research.
I will use only modern effective researched methods and approaches.