About Jane

Jane is a certified professional dog trainer, living in Victoria, BC. She started The Noble Hound in 2002 and for almost 20 years, has taught group classes at a local recreation centre, but is now concentrating solely on private lessons.

Jane’s own dogs are Rhodesian ridgebacks, which are known as a versatile breed. She has participated in many different activities including: Obedience, Rally-O, Agility, Straight-racing, Tracking, Nose-work, Herding and Conformation. Her dogs have also been registered pet therapy dogs, visiting schools, hospitals and senior residencies. However her favourite activity remains going for long walks with her dogs. She believes that it is essential that dogs get sufficient exercise and mental stimulation to prevent many of the behaviour problems that arise out of an excess of energy and or boredom.

Private Lessons

Sometimes more individual help is needed for a dog. It may have difficulty focusing in close proximity with other dogs or need help with a behaviour problem that is best resolved one-on one. Whether you wish to brush up on basic obedience skills or resolve a specific problem, this may be the best choice for you and your dog.

Private lessons are also a great way of introducing a puppy to it’s new home and starting training, before undesirable habits develop. All the basics are covered, such as crate training, bite inhibition and house training, as well as basic obedience skills.

A rescue dog, of any age, will also really benefit from a few private lessons as it settles into it’s new home, learning to trust you and build a lifetime bond.


In 2005, Jane was certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers www.ccpdt.org which is recognized internationally for testing and certification of animal trainers and behaviour professionals. Continuing education is required to maintain certification and Jane attends seminars and lectures on a regular basis. She has been particularly influenced by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier, Ken Ramirez, Kay Laurence and Nicole Wilde.

Training Methods

Jane believes that the bond between dog and human is paramount and does NOT believe in using physical force or any method that will cause pain or make a dog fearful. Her method of training is reward-based, using positive reinforcement which is scientifically proven to achieve results by marking and rewarding desired behaviour. Patience, consistency and a good dose of fun round out her training technique.

Training Philosophy

Jane believes in two-way communication with our dogs; that we are our dogs’ guide and should train with understanding and respect and that by so doing so we will strengthen the relationship. She believes in promoting responsible dog ownership through education and training.