What do you do when your dog has a bad habit? Or a bit of an attitude? Do you accept it or seek help?

One woman who has helped transform the lives of hundreds of dogs and their humans is Jen Cartmel, of Clever Dogs.

As well as running weekly training classes at Blencow Village Hall, she offers dog training, puppy training and 1-2-1 help for dog owners.

She can help, if you:

 Find it difficult to control your dog?

Want to expand your training methods?

Explore the possibilities of what your dog can do?

Jen was born into a life of working dogs as the daughter of a shepherd. She trained her first working sheepdog at the age of nine and both she and the dog – Nap – became part of a four man, 15 dog team that gathered sheep on the Skiddaw mountain range.

In her mid 20s, Jen became more interested in competitive dog obedience and so she bought a German Shepherd. In 2001 she joined the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour and completed more training to become an ADTB Approved Dog Training Instructor.

In 2005 she attended a Kennel Club seminar and passed all the requirements to become an Obedience Judge.

In 2010, her dog club was granted listed status by the Kennel Club of Great Britain, which allows Jen to host the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme. A very positive step for Clever Dogs Dog Training Cumbria. It gives handlers the recognition they deserve for training their dogs to the required standard for each level.

20 years down the line and Jen still competes with her dogs – two Malinois crosses called Malik and Flair and her Terrier mix puppy, Dougal.

“I love the way that dog training is still evolving, the positive methods being used and encouraged in today’s training environments are producing lovely, happy, balanced dogs that enjoy doing as they are told.

“You can really teach old dogs new tricks and I believe that we as trainers, irrespective of our degrees of experience, should always be willing to learn a few new ones ourselves.”

To find out more about Clever Dogs visit: www.clever-dogs.co.uk

*This article has been taken from ‘Podgy Paws – Keswick Dog Friendly Guide’ which is available at the shop for £1 or by mail order for £2 by phoning the shop on 017687 73737*