How well do we really know the people who help us to train our dogs and to manage any behavioural issues that they may have?
Do they use Positive Dog Training methods as advocated by the likes of Victoria Stilwell?
Or are they stuck in the past with the Dominance methods employed by Cesar Millan?
Do they drink tea or coffee?!
And where does their greatest challenge lie? I suspect that this probably sums it up:
I can train any dog in 5 minutes. It’s training the owner that takes longer.Barbara Woodhouse
With that in mind, I thought that it may be interesting to find out a little more about some dog trainers and behaviourists.
Welcome to ‘The Richie’s Room dog trainer interview‘.
In this episode, we are going to meet the lady who first introduced me to dog training – Lisa Jackson. Thank you, Lisa!
Let’s get started …
Introducing – Lisa Jackson
As a child, Lisa always loved animals.
Ultimately, it was this love of animals that brought her to where she is now – the owner of Lisa Jackson’s Dog Training. Running the business means that she gets to spend lots (and lots!) of time with dogs every day of the week.
Even now, after many years in business, her love for animals, and for dogs in particular, drives her to continue studying the many aspects relating to their care.
Getting to Know Lisa
This series of questions is designed to tell us a little more about Lisa other than her role with dogs.
When I finished school my dad wanted me to go to university. I wanted to work with animals. As a compromise, I agreed to work for a bank.
The bank helped me to understand, from a bank’s perspective, how businesses worked. Doing something that you love is hugely rewarding in itself but a business needs to make money – running a business incurs expenses that have to be met.
My commercial experience was then broadened when I moved on from banking to managerial roles, first at a petrol station and then at a newsagent.
I then managed to combine my love for animals with continuing my commercial experience when I began to work for a veterinary practice.
I don’t usually eat takeaway food.
Actually, I have very little free time at the moment – it is mostly consumed by continued study.
Nothing fancy, a cup of Tetley tea is fine!
I know that some of my clients have financial difficulties. I would make sure that they are financially secure and able to continue looking after their dogs.
I would also make sure that all of my staff are OK.
After that, I would donate the remaining money to charity.
I have two dogs; Nahla, a Flat-coated Retriever, and Rossi, a British Bulldog.
I really don’t know.[Richie : Lisa doesn’t watch many films and struggled to think of an appropriate actress so … I’ve discussed it with her partner, Darren, and we’ve picked somebody that we think would be ideal : Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor in the Terminator film series)]
I’m not normally a fan of Jeremy Clarkson (that’s the polite version!).
However, I’ve really enjoyed watching Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime. There were times when I even felt quite sorry for him!
I really struggle with IT sometimes so I would have to pick that!
Lisa as a Dog Trainer
OK, this series of questions relates to Lisa’s role with dogs.
I used to train and compete with horses – until I fell and broke my neck!
Circumstances following the accident meant that I had to sell the horses but, when I was recovered, I knew that I wanted to train animals again.
While I was working at a veterinary practice I noticed that very little attention was given to behavioural issues. This was something that I was very interested in and so I began to study.
Once I had sufficient knowledge, I slowly began to do behavioural work outside of the vet practice (but with their consent). As my experience increased, I found that I preferred the behavioural aspect to the nursing aspect and this was what prompted me to begin my own business.
As positive and reward-based as possible.
It is important to realise that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to dog training. You have to look at each dog as an individual and do what works for that particular dog.
I have a COAPE (Centre Of Applied Pet Ethology) diploma in Training.
I also have diplomas in Canine Nutrition and Health, Hydrotherapy, Canine Exercise and Rehabilitation, and Canine Massage.
I am a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in both Training and Behaviour.
Dogs are very intelligent but it still takes time to learn new things (just as it takes us humans time to learn new things).
Our patience will achieve more than our force.Edmund Burke
Robin Walker. Sadly no longer with us, Robin was a vet by profession, but specialised in and lectured on behavioural problems in companion animals. He was co-founder of COAPE.
Angela Stockdale. Originally a veterinary nurse, Angela’s interest in canine behaviour developed after she noticed the number of dogs being brought in for euthanasia because of aggression issues. She began to work with these dogs and the majority were successfully returned home to their families.
No one thing.
No, I don’t.
Once again, patience is key.
Realising that all dogs, and their owners, are individuals. Some are easier to teach than others. Some just don’t listen.
You have to earn the trust of your clients and love their dogs as much as they do.
The interaction with such a wide range of dogs and people.
Spend more time with them. It doesn’t matter if it is exercising, training, playing, feeding, or simply snuggling on the sofa – just spend time with them.
You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.Charles Buxton
Millions of different things!
Just as dogs are individuals and need tailored training, so are owners and their needs.
I think that there will be an increased need for rehabilitation treatment for sick and injured dogs.
I’m continuing to study various forms of rehabilitation to supplement my knowledge in relation to training and behaviour.
This is a tough question as things have changed greatly from when I first started.
There is so much more choice available now to anybody looking to work with animals generally and dogs in particular.
With the same choices available when I began I would still do the same thing. But if it was a young me starting in the present time I may change my focus.
So, if having read Lisa’s answers you’d like to contact her, or follow her on social media, the details you need are as follows:
- Website : https://www.lisajacksondogtraining.co.uk/
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone : 01905 828 398 (Mobile : 07817 887 319)
- Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Jacksons-Dog-Training-Service/
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