About

“Wow, just wow…!

You are all I hope for dogs in the world – smart, compassionate, creative and above all, curious”

– Jean Donaldson (author of The Culture Clash)

 

 

Who is this Clever Chick?

My name is Janet and I’m the owner, head trainer and chief dog-dish washer of Clever Canine Training & Behaviour Consulting.

I wasn’t always a dog trainer. In the past I’ve known what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by the crazy puppy biting and house training accidents. I’ve experienced the frustration with an out-of-control adolescent dog that jumps up and tears clothing. And I’ve felt, first-hand, the embarrassment of having “Cujo” on the end of the leash.  Ever heard “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”? Well those feelings drove me to become a trainer.

For over 15 years I’ve been offering professional and knowledgeable dog training, puppy training & behaviour consultation services throughout the Greater Victoria BC area. My classes and private consultations and coaching have helped thousands of people find solutions to all kinds of dog and puppy challenges. I work with a lot of people who love their dogs, but do not love their dog’s behaviour. The seven year old dog that couldn’t be housetrained; the ‘killer’ puppy that the whole family was afraid of; the out-of-control giant dog whose favourite game was ‘how any people can I knock down today?’; the sweet little rescue afraid of his own shadow – these are only a few of the dogs that I’ve had the privilege to get to know and help.

My philosophy is simple – to teach your dog you must understand your dog. And I’m committed to using positive reinforcement in place of the traditional coercion and use of force. Funny thing, this philosophy works on people too!

My goal is to make training not just dog-friendly, but people-friendly too. That means simple to understand and easy to implement. Imagine getting your dog socialized and trained, and having a great time doing it.

My belief is that those who teach should never cease to learn. I was trained at the prestigious San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, and am a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT). I am committed to a lifetime of learning, and I attend training courses throughout North America each year with some of the best internationally known dog trainers. This know-how gets directly passed on to you when you’re a client of Clever Canine.

If you’d like to see where I’m coming from, and get some training advice at the same time, you may want to explore my blog.

I’m thrilled that you’ve taken some time out of your day to visit my site. I hope that it’s helpful to you and that I can help you …..

Enjoy your dog!