I’m Jane Burton, owner and founder of Paws Positive dog training academy.
I have always loved animals and, from a very early age, cared deeply for my own pets and spent many an happy hour teaching them basic commands.
When I moved to Turkey, I started to work with the ex-pat community there, on street neutering programmes, helping local shelters and pounds and setting up a charity to help fund food, shelter and vet fees.
On my return home, I set up our sister business, Paws 4 a Break – a home-boarding/ dog-walking/ pet services business.
This became very popular, very quickly – but I knew I wanted to learn more about what makes dogs tick, and how to help these dogs with behavioural problems… as I could see how frustrated they and their owners were.
I knew there must be away to stop dogs being sent to rescue – just because their owners couldn’t handle their problems. So I began researching – and found some truly exceptional mentors and instructors to teach me.
I’ve spent the past six years continually learning, observing and practising the fields of training and behaviour, and I have done many courses, becoming an accredited member of many different organisations.
Among these, I have completed many courses with the world-renowned Dr Ian Dunbar – study which was invaluable to me.
I have also completed courses with Victoria Stillwell and Sarah Whitehead ABTD, becoming a member of the “force free” guild, PPGBI.
I spent the past year being mentored by team GB dog agility trainer Lauren Langman, and Dr Tom Mitchell a veterinary behaviourist – who formed the company Absolute Dogs – and I am now an accredited and certified professional dog trainer in their academy.
I was really inspired by the new innovative “force free” games-based approach that Tom and Lauren brought to the training world, and I knew I had to pioneer this technique in my home area of South Yorkshire, as dogs and their owners were missing out on this essential way of learning.
Hence, Paws Positive dog training academy was created.
I began with one-to-one consultation/training work, in my home or that of my clients. But having now secured a venue, I am adding full classes, workshops and seminars to the Paw Positive itinerary.
I do hope you feel inspired to come on the journey with me, as we seek to make our doggies both better-behaved and… HAPPIER!