Drs. Hetty van Hassel DVM, MRCVS
The main trainer is Hetty van Hassel, during her studies for Veterinary Medicine at the University of Utrecht in Holland she also did a lot of courses in behaviour management of animals. Hetty has competed with her dogs all over the world in freestyle, heelwork to music, obedience and agility.
Not only does Hetty teach at Black Jack DTC but she is regulary invited abroad to give seminars, workshops and private tuition in Obedience, Freestyle & Heelwork to Music and Barrel Racing. Many of her students in the UK and abroad are competing at the highest levels in obedience, freestyle or HtM or are trainers themselves. Hetty has also given courses for trainers in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
The second trainer at Black Jack DTC is Adrian Hayes. He grew up with dogs and was always interested in sheepdog trials. Now, with his own dog Rogue and Enya, he trains with the sheep. His other interests are obedience and agility.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
As trainers we find it important to keep updating our knowledge, so every year we spend some time on CPD. This means that we have been to lectures on dog training, but Hetty is also a certified trainer for clicker training for people (TAG teach level 1). We both went to Clicker Expo 2014.
We have had lessons from a large amount of well known dog trainers and this has helped us to develop our techniques:
Hetty has done the COAPE course on dog psychology and passed with a distinction. She has done some dog behavioural courses as well in the Netherlands and had lessons with her own dogs from Bas van Driel (Schutzhund), Charlie Wyant (obedience), Sandy Wathams (obedience), Saskia Snoeck (obedience), Bertie Harkes (obedience), Brian McGovern (obedience), Atilla Szkukalek (freestyle), Mary Ray (freestyle), Richard Curtis (freestyle), Kath Hardman (freestyle), Karen Sykes (freestyle), Joanne Hill (obedience), Stella Wyborn (obedience), Antoon Coensen (herding), Andy Nickless (herding) , Ronald Mouwen (agility), Aukje Swarte (agility), Anneke Schellingerhout (agility), Serge van der Zweep (herding), Stefano Zanini (agility) and been to lectures and demos of Karen Pryor, Ken Ramirez, Alexandra Kurland, Kathy Sdao, Roger Abrantes, Kay Laurence, Theresa McKeon, Joanne Hill and Michelle Pouliot on various topics in dog training.
Adrian has trained with Antoon Coensen (herding), Andy Nickless (herding), Stefano Zanini (agility), Hetty van Hassel (obedience, freestyle, agility) and been to lectures and demos of Karen Pryor, Ken Ramirez, Alexandra Kurland, Roger Abrantes, Kay Laurence, Joanne Hill, Hetty van Hassel and Michelle Pouliot on various topics in dog training.