Meet our instructors


Jane Armitage

Jane joined Four Paws with her puppy Ellie, a Labrador Retriever, in January 2011, with the aim of socialising her young dog. Ellie progressed to adult classes and subsequently passed her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. In 2013 Jane adopted Lottie, a Labrador Retriever cross puppy, and she has now also achieved the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Lottie and Jane “found each other” as Jane is a volunteer for Labrador Rescue. In October 2015 Jane adopted Dolly, a rescue dog from Yappy Ever After. Dolly was a “street girl” in Romania, who was abandoned after giving birth to a litter of puppies. Since moving to Oxfordshire, Dolly has passed her assessment to be a Pets As Therapy (PAT) Dog, and makes weekly visits to a primary school in Oxford and a Care Home in Bicester. Dolly has passed her Bronze, Silver and Gold KCGC Awards.

Jane's aim as a Four Paws instructor is for you and your dog to enjoy classes, learn a lot and have fun while doing so!

She has attended many relevant courses since she started instructing in 2012. The most recent have been:

  • 2014: PDTI (Pet Dog Training Instructors) Advanced Instructing Skills Teaching Workshop.

  • 2014: PDTI at Harper Adams University, “Exploring your Dog’s Potential and Bringing Fun to Dog Training.” .

  • 2015: “The Canine Collective Noun” – Ross McCarthy and Lez Graham.

  • 2015: “Dangerous Dogs – Are Puppy Parties to Blame?” – Jane Hanshaw and Jeannette Watson.

  • 2015: The“Reactive Dog” workshop – John Rogerson.

  • 2015: Pros and Cons of 5 Reward-Based Training Techniques – Ian Dunbar.

  • 2015: Analysis of Existing Learning Theory – Ian Dunbar.

  • 2016: Canine Behaviour – Dr Muriel Brasseur, University of Oxford.

  • 2017: A one day PDTI Analysing Instructing Skills.

  • 2017: The Aggressive Dog Seminar – Nick Honor, Puppy Stars.

  • 2017: Animal Aiders – First Aid for Dogs.

  • 2017: PDTI Practical Instructing Skills – 7 days at Harper Adams University.

  • 2018: “Making Your Classes Fun and Effective”, a seminar given by Kamal Fernandez.

  • 2018: “Shaping Skills”, a seminar given by Kamal Fernandez.

Jane is a member of the KCAI Scheme working towards accreditation (Membership No. AJ9130224). She has completed the PDTI Practical Instructing Skills course and achieved the Applied Instructing Skills Award with Merit. Jane is also an approved Examiner for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award.

Jane is an Instructor and the Chair of Four Paws Committee.

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