Jan Fennell is the international best selling author of “The Dog Listener” and her method; Amichien Bonding is used by tens of thousands of dog owners worldwide. The success of her method has resulted in six books being translated into 27 languages and published in 34 countries!
Jan has had two national television series in the UK and Australia, television appearances in the UK, New Zealand, the USA, Poland and Australia, countless radio appearances in many more countries and has given talks and seminars in twenty six countries- to date.
Jan was originally inspired by renowned horseman, Monty Roberts and set out to find a way to transfer his philosophy of working without force, aids or gadgets to working with dogs. The goal was to get dogs to cooperate of their own free will by using a language they could actually, clearly, understand and not by enforced dominance.
She began working by helping friends and neighbours, way back in 1992. Her methods proved so successful that she was soon appearing on radio phone-ins and local television.
She was soon approached by renowned publishers Harper Collins and her first book, “The Dog Listener” was the result, first published in 2000 and never out of print since.
Jan continued to visit dog owners to assist with their problems but couldn’t possibly reach as many dog owners as she would like, so she set up a team of Dog Listeners, all trained by her, to reach as many people as possible.
Today, Jan spends most of her time holding educational Courses in Amichien® Bonding,, , giving owners an in-depth understanding of how their dogs work in order to overcome behavioural issues, and also teaching others to become Dog Listeners themselves, and join her successful team.
This way she can assist as many dogs (and their owners) as possible. So far, these courses have been held in the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Italy and France.
The Dog Listeners she has trained are now assisting owners and their dogs everywhere to get the peaceful, contented relationship they deserve.
A Word From Jan
“The absolute joy that dogs have brought into my life, from a very early age, made me wonder if it were possible to repay this gift in any way.
Like a lot of dog owners, I was less than happy with traditional training of dogs, which involve jerking, pushing and punishment but knew of no other method. There was also the widespread acceptance of the notion that to successfully work with a dog demanded a knack or special gift, a belief that prevents many loving owners from ever succeeding.
Also, like most people, I knew that dogs had an excellent communication system of their own but as a human, with a completely different method of communication, failed to see how I could bridge the gap and make real “contact”. Then in 1989 a good friend, Wendy Broughton, introduced me to the work of the acclaimed horseman Monty Roberts, and I saw, for the first time, how it was possible to not only learn the communication system or language of another species but more importantly, find a way of responding in an acceptable, kind way to that animal and thereby open true conversation, with the emphasis on working with the true nature of the animal, gaining its trust and willingness to co-operate, of its own free will.
This gift of understanding means that we are all now able to quickly identify, understand and consequently, resolve all type of undesirable behaviour. We can do this (no matter what the breed or age of dog) without the use of force, fear, frustration or gadgets, and it can be achieved by anyone who chooses to adopt my method ‘Amichien® Bonding’.
There is only one thing better than finding something so special and that is being able to share it, which I have been able to do through the books, DVD’s and courses for many years now and how wonderful it is to have a team of highly qualified colleagues, worldwide, passing on this information in such a way that empowers all dog owners.
I wish you joy on your journey of understanding and promise that you can do this too.”
“Amichien® Bonding” is the established, highly successful and kind way of working with the nature of the dog to achieve the desired behaviour and responses; whether at home in our daily lives, out in our communities or for those dogs training to work alongside people to benefit all.
This method represents my dream of finding a simple way for both dog and carer to communicate in a way that both can really understand, removing the confusion that can cause difficulties in this partnership. Once applied Amichien® Bonding will help create a perfect, trusting friendship and should be seen as the foundation for a wonderful future together.
By rejecting all thoughts of dominance and force, replacing them with respect, understanding of the world through their eyes and the desire to get our dogs to want to work with us of their own free will, we are empowered to have stress free happy dogs who will respond to our requests and choose to work with us.
By seeing that almost all problems arise from misunderstanding, once we appreciate that the dog is looking for a leader who cares for them, is kind to them and will step up to the role of leader when they experience concern or fear, we are able to bring magic to this relationship, with the simple adoption of a four part information system.
‘Amichien® Bonding’ is the result of extensive study of the psychological needs of all dogs, their communication system and their place in the evolution of the world. This study has resulted in the application of a training system based on the simplest of all concepts and (when utilised) can become a comfortable way of life. Recognising that all good manners should be learnt at home within the family group and applying this to the education of the dog, the inevitable outcome is harmony and joy and, as with any language, the more we practise, the better and more confident we become. ‘Amichien® Bonding’ is unlike human languages in that there are no words, however, it shares our ability to communicate through intention, the kind way body language, patient teaching and positive re-enforcement and helps guide the behaviour of your dog to suit your chosen needs. ‘Amichien® Bonding’ gives you a full understanding of why a dog does what it does and a simple way to shape desired behaviour and quietly corrects undesirable behaviours without the use of force, fear, frustration, drugs or gadgets.
In the clip below, Jan hosts one of her “An Evening With…” talks. This one is from Montana and is a the first ten minutes of a two hour show!
Here, in a clip from one of Jan’s early T.V shows, she explains to owner Helen, how she can start to address the nervous aggression her two dogs are displaying.
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Yes it really is possible and on many occasions within a couple of minutes, however, this is largely down to the individual dog and how quickly they get the message!
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