Jenny Damm’s Training philosophy
I’ve been training animals since childhood. Mice, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, parakeets, budgies, insects, frogs, fish, snails, chickens, pigeons, horses, dogs … everyone has had their dose of training but with slightly varying results :o) I love to train and spend time with animals and I’m fascinated by the whole world of animals.
I started training dogs more seriously in 1994 when I got my first dog, Frances who was a jack russell terrier. 1997 I began agility with Frances and my first border collie Lotus for the talented and proficient dog trainer Irene Stjärnås. She gave me generally a solid ground for my dog training. The same year I also went to an education to become a dog instructor. In addition, I have taken courses in clicker training, herding and pedagogics.
The rest of my knowledge is based on experience from training, competition or own courses. I have held courses around the world since 2000. I have always tried to share with people what I know, but I have also always come home with new experiences and new knowledge after each trip. I train with an open mind and am constantly trying to develop myself as a dog trainer, instructor and agility competitor. My brain is always looking for new ideas:
I prefer to work with the cues that dogs responds naturally and then reinforce it by reward. Dogs have, scientifically proven, developed an ability to read our body language through the 1000- year-old domestication and cohabitation with humans. What I am trying to work with and assume in my entire dog training, especially in agility.
The basis of my dog training is motivation, joy, clear rules, trust, patience, good attitude, humility and a great relationship. My dogs are mostly my family but also my training partners. I spend a lot of time with my dogs outside training and competition and for me everyday life with my dogs are at least as important as training and competitions.
My dogs come with me on everything and I want it to be easy to take them with me. They have followed me for long and short trips, sailing holidays, when I’ve been working on animal clinics, retirement homes and in school, when I go to a party, is in large cities or in the countryside, among other animals. For me it is important that they can relax, concentrate and work in different environments.