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About Jane Wood Dog Training
Jane Wood Dog Training was founded in 1986 and has run successfully ever since.
Training is reward based with the use of food, toys and physical as well as verbal praise.
All breeds are welcome in classes which do not exceed eight members, this gives the opportunity for plenty of individual attention to each class member and allows for exercises to be explained fully and demonstrated where necessary.
I regret that I am not able to accept dogs with aggression problems in a class situation.
Regular Good Citizen Dog Scheme testing sessions are organised for dogs that are ready to be tested.
At Christmas, dogs and their handlers are invited to the Christmas Party where we play games, have nibbles and exchange cards. All dogs go home with a party (poo) bag full of treats!
The members of the Advanced class go out to a Christmas dinner and many members meet up for dog walking.
Her interest in dog training began as a teenager, when, after watching Blue Peter and seeing Petra take part in a training class, decided that she would also like to train a dog. After years of hankering after a dog and borrowing other peoples, her parents decided finally, that she was at last old enough to have one of her own.
She joined Epsom Canine Training Society, which at that time boasted at least half a dozen Obedience Champions in the Advanced class which she watched in awe at every opportunity. She began instructing in 1971 as an Assistant Instructor. After attending courses and training seminars she became a member of the instructing team. She also served as a committee member and as President. She was part of a team that managed their Championship Obedience Show before launching her own training classes. These classes are for puppies and pet dog owners where she relishes the variety of breeds and their owners!
Her links with Blue Peter have gone full circle now as in 2000, she was asked to train Lucy, their Golden Retriever and the presenter Simon Thomas and put them through the Bronze test as part of a class. This was great fun and she is now the proud owner of a Blue Peter badge! Lucy continued in class with her ‘real’ owner and achieved her Gold award. She continued as a regular class member for many years.
Jane keeps her knowledge up to date by attending courses, training days and seminars. She travelled to India in January 2013 to attend a 20 day Training and Behaviour course conducted by the world renowned trainer John Rogerson, where she acted as a guest instructor in one specialist area. She also has regular private lessons with her own dogs in their respective disciplines.
She is an elected member of The Kennel Club.
Jane is a founder member of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme and was one of the first few to achieve Accreditation.
Her Accreditation is at advanced level in Competitive Obedience and Companion Dog Training.
This Accreditation has now been endorsed by City and Guilds and she has been awarded the first nationally recognised, credible and externally verified qualification in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour.
Jane judges Obedience regularly at all levels including Championship C which qualifies the winner of the Challenge Certificate to compete in the Obedience Championships at Crufts and goes towards the dog gaining the coveted title of Obedience Champion.
She judged the Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Final at Crufts 2009 and acted as a steward for that class and all the Young Kennel Club obedience classes in 2011. She is also on the Kennel Club commentary team for Crufts and Discover Dogs held at Earls Court.
She has judged in the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland, Eire and Holland several times, judging all levels.
She has also conducted training days in Holland and Jersey and Belfast.
She currently serves on the Working Party for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme and runs examiner assessment courses for prospective examiners in the Scheme where she acts as Assessor, Verifier or Course Manager.
In 2015 Jane has judging appointments at the Jersey Obedience Festival, The Celtic All Winners Show in Dublin where she will be awarding The Green Star; the premier award in obedience in Eire as well as two Championship C Obedience Challenge Certificates and several lower classes.