About Me

Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the centre of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." – Roger A. Caras, author of A Dog Is Listening: The Way Some of Our Closest Friends View Us

I teach owners how to train their dogs to be well-behaved, well-trained and fun to be around, without using negative or harsh methods.

I am a dog trainer and behaviourist based on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. 

I offer exceptional 1-2-1 modern dog training with an emphasis on proven, ethical and science based teaching methods. I am fully qualified and with years of experience, and an accredited member of The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), The Pet Professional Guild, supporting member of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a qualified Mantrailing Global instructor.

All my training is kindness led and reward based and I empower owners with the knowledge and skillset to achieve the calm and playful behaviours you want from your dog.

I train dogs (and owners) with kind, uncomplicated, fun and scientifically based training, which makes sure both you and your dog enjoy it! I believe that everyone in a household should know how to care and train a dog so I include all ages and experiences in a safe, purpose built environment.  And then I help you to transfer your newly learnt skills into real life.

I trained IT for over 25 years in a corporate world before my love of dogs took me a different route!  So I know that training effectively means finding the simplest, fun, and clear solution to give you and your dog lots of opportunity to learn new behaviours and techniques.

I can cover most of Northern Ireland, but particularly the North Coast, County Derry/Londonderry, County Down.  Get in touch if you would like to know if I cover your area!

Get in touch ....

If you would like to chat to me about how I can help you and your dog, please call or WhatsApp me on 07973430952 or email me at kathy@smartypawsdogtraining.co.uk.

Dog Training helps owners to deal with dog training problems and ensure that both owner and dog have fun whilst learning new skills. Whilst the dogs and owners are having fun, they are gaining confidence and relationship building. Only reward based training is used. To book a 1-2-1 or class, you can click here for the Booking Calendar

I am fully insured, have a dog behaviour qualification (and studying towards another) and am also fully trained in canine first aid. 

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28 Carragh Road, Portrush, Antrim, BT57 8UE, UK