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About Jane Jackson
My mission is to help people understand the value of positive reinforcement training.
I first held a clicker in my hand in early 2000, when my dog Beetle was a new puppy. I'd had dogs all my life and trained them for various purposes in various ways, but having read an article about clicker training in a magazine, I was curious about this method. It claimed to open up the possibilities of training animals in fantastic ways.
When I used a clicker to train a recall on this Jack Russell Terrier (a notoriously independent breed), I was rewarded with a puppy who flew across the room so fast that when he sat on the slippery floor when he got to me, he did a full backflip. Most importantly, he was happy about coming to me. To this day, I continue to be amazed at the enthusiasm with which the animals I train give me more than I ask for because they trust that there will be no punishment and that our time together will be FUN.
I wanted to help other people experience this with their dogs and horses so I began to further my education. Not only reading and watching videos, but attending workshops, seminars and conferences. I became certified through the Karen Pryor Academy as a Certified Training Partner. This six month program assesses both hands on training skills and knowledge. And I continued to learn more. I balanced time listening to the great training minds at seminars with hands-on opportunities to train under phenomenal individuals. Not only did my own animals benefit but now I was sharing what I knew with other people, watching their animals blossom and watching their owners be amazed at how responsive and happy they could be.
I lost Beetle at the age of 17 in 2016, which left a hole in my heart much bigger than the size of the actual dog. I am forever grateful to him for being the first to show me the wonders of a relationship built on positive reinforcement.
Just a few of the other dogs I have trained or helped with:
In addition to dogs, I work regularly with horses and have had the opportunity to use positive reinforcement with other species as well. Each specie I work with solidifies my commitment to this kind approach and brings more lessons back to me for working with dogs and horses.