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Janet van Dyk

I have always loved animals as a young child which was always evident in old photos of me gravitating towards either a swan, a kitten, horses, ducks or any animal that I could get close to. I only had 1 cat growing up which was also a short love affair as his life was taken after only 3 years by a passing car. 

I had to wait until I had my own home before getting another pet. Within no time I was adopted by a cat who decided to move in. Dear Quizzy lived with us for 10 years. The day after we moved into a bigger home we got ourselves a beautiful Yellow Labrador puppy and our love of Labs began.  A few years later we adopted a 3-year-old Yellow Labrador that had lived in his back yard his whole life, who had never been trained. What a challenge at first but what a loving and grateful dog in the end.  

We now have a Chocolate and a Black Labrador in our lives together with two beautiful cats.  Both Bindi & Chango have been through Puppy School and beyond to earned their Bronze and Silver Canine Good Citizen awards. And so as you can see my enthusiasm for training and helping to improve the lives of dogs was well on its way.

I love working with the young pups that make their way through training at PawFect Pups, to see them gain their confidence, develop and grow is just so rewarding. Also to be able to prevent  behaviour issues before they develop is such an advantage as it makes owning and dealing with a puppy that grows into an adolescent and finally a  wonderful companion dog such a pleasure. 

  •  I have completed the ThinkingPets Advanced Certificate in Puppy Socialisation and Training and am a certified Level 2 ThinkingPets Training Instructor.  (Guild Member)

  • Attended a First Aid for Dogs workshop hosted by ThinkingPets.

  • Completed training on the Impact of Nutrition on Behaviour in dogs.

  • Attended various workshops on the Science of Separation in Dogs, Reinforcement Schedules and Adolescent dogs and their behaviours.

  • And Recently completed the Pro Dog Trainer training course and received a certificate of Achievement.

My journey of puppy and adolescent dog training has been greatly enhanced by the wonderful tutors that I have learned so much from since 2011.  
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