Geoff Cooke and Jan Bettinson
Geoff and Jan are the founders of Last Chance Dog Services. In 2006 Geoff and Jan teamed up to help re-home dogs for owners who had run out of options when their life circumstances changed. Geoff’s experience in handling and training all manner of dogs provided the expertise needed for full assessments to determine where each dog might best be placed. Jan began distributing a Newsletter to their growing dog ‘community’ to showcase the dogs that came to Last Chance for adoption.
Over time, it became clear that many of the dogs that came to Last Chance for re-homing were simply in need of training to better fit into their families. Geoff and Jan began offering home visits and private sessions to help people learn to relate to their dogs with new understanding, enabling these dogs to remain in their homes. Group training grew out of the need for socialization.
Geoff’s interest and love of working with difficult and troubled dogs, during his 3 years working at the CRD pound, along with his 25 years of teaching Tai Chi led Last Chance into rehabilitation. Geoff and Jan were influenced by several trainers over their years of working with dogs - Cesar Millan was among them as they developed their own style of sharing The Dog Whisperer’s philosophies.
Last Chance grew to include the many services offered now, joined by a highly experienced and passionate team.
Geoff and Jan and their 5 dogs have ‘retired’ from the day to day operations of the business, and now serve as consultants and provide private training for Last Chance. Their focus has always been on strengthening the bond between people and dogs through leadership, heart connection and play. Ron and the new team embrace this heart centred philosophy and bring their own no nonsense but upbeat approach to LCDS as it continues to evolve and grow.
Geoff still offers his unique style of teaching to the Group Class and Geoff and Jan, as a team, continue to publish the monthly newsletter.