If you’re looking for a compilation of the best dog trainers in Northern Ireland, below we’ve featured 10 of the finest for your perusal.
1. Animal Psychology Clinic (Belfast)
Animal Psychology Clinic is a Belmont-based dog training facility in Northern Ireland. Owned and operated by Kathryn McRobb (PgDip MSc CDBC), an experienced dog trainer and behaviourist, the clinic offers consultations for owners of both dogs and cats. If your dog is experiencing a behavioural problem, or you are planning to introduce a baby or another pet, Animal Psychology Clinic can help.
As well as behavioural consultations, Kathryn and the team also offer training classes for puppies/new puppy owners, and private lessons or group training classes for adult dogs. Kathryn has over 15 years of training experience and has worked with animals in rescue shelters. Contact Animal Psychology Clinic to get started.
2. Robin Bates Dog Training Services (Newtownabbey)
Robin Bates Dog Training Services is another top-quality dog trainer in Northern Ireland. Based in Newtownabbey, Robin and his team of trainers offer puppy training classes, obedience courses for older dogs, and some specialised classes for dealing with behavioural issues. Robin has over 15 years of training experience and has helped to train rescue dogs.
As well as courses, the team at Robin Bates Dog Training Services also offers in-home training consultations and lessons. For more details, or to schedule some training, contact Robin Bates Dog Training Services.
3. My Dogs Best Friend (Craigavon)
My Dogs Best Friend is a Craigavon-based dog trainer and behavioural therapist in Northern Ireland. Run by Al Rankin, a certified dog behavioural consultant (CDBC) with over two decades of experience, My Dogs Best Friend has all your canine training needs covered.
Al and the team offer everything from puppy training classes to courses for older dogs and even individual/private training. They can help with basic obedience or specific behavioural issues that your dog may be experiencing. Contact My Dogs Best Friend to discuss your training options.
4. Down Dog Training & Behaviour (Newtownards)
Based in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, Down Dog Training & Behaviour is run by a group of trainers who use games, reward-based training, and other fun techniques to help strengthen the relationship between you and your dog. Founded in 2008, Down Dog Training & Behaviour has helped many owners learn to better understand their dogs.
Whether you are bringing a puppy home for the first time and don’t know where to start, or you’re adopting a rescue dog who needs some coaching, Down Dog Training & Behaviour has you covered. They offer puppy training and socialisation, obedience training packages, behavioural modification training, and more. Contact Down Dog Training & Behaviour to get started.
5. Drumagore Dog Training & Behaviour (Limavady)
The team at Drumagore Dog Training & Behaviour uses force-free training techniques to teach your dog how to be a great companion. Based in Limavady, Northern Ireland, their team offers puppy socialisation classes, obedience classes for older dogs, and one-on-one training for dogs with specific behavioural problems.
Trainer Robert is a Master Trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers who has many decades of dog training experience. He opened Drumagore Dog Training & Behaviour in 2014 to provide quality dog training to all who needed it. To learn more or schedule training, contact Drumagore Dog Training & Behaviour.
6. Glen-Craig Canine Training (Belfast)
The team at Glen-Craig Canine Training has over 35 years of professional dog training experience. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, they use positive reinforcement techniques to get the most out of your dog. They offer everything from puppy socialisation/house training to event and agility training. Their team is also highly experienced when it comes to behavioural problems and correcting them.
The trainers at Glen-Craig Canine Training cater to dogs of all ages and skill levels. They offer in-home training, or you can bring your dog to their new training academy. Contact Glen-Craig Canine Training for more details.
7. Kindred Dog Training (Newtownabbey)
Kindred Dog Training is run by Laura McIvor, a certified professional dog trainer with an impressive list of qualifications. Laura specialises in helping new dog owners correct behavioural issues in their dogs, particularly those who have adopted adult dogs. Laura uses reward-based training techniques to create an experience that both you and your dog will enjoy.
Laura is continually furthering her education through seminars, workshops, and watching lectures. She offers dog training classes, puppy training classes, and private training sessions, which are great for first-time owners or those with a new rescue dog. Contact Kindred Dog Training to get started.
8. Walk This Way Dogs (Carrickfergus)
Walk This Way Dogs is a dog training and dog walking business based in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Walk This Way Dogs is run by Rachel, a dog trainer and canine behavioural specialist who passionately loves dogs. Rachel has over 20 years of experiences and specialises in training larger breed dogs, but she is available for dogs of all sizes.
Walk This Way Dogs offers basic obedience training, puppy training, and puppy socialisation. They can also address specific behavioural issues, including separation anxiety, pulling on the lead, chewing, or inappropriate/excessive barking. Contact Walk This Way Dogs to learn more.
9. Patch Dog Training (Newtownards)
Patch Dog Training is a great place to bring your dog if you’re thinking about getting into rally or agility training. Based in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, Patch Dog Training doesn’t just offer basic obedience classes, but also specialises in scentwork, advanced agility training, and other fun events.
Agility training is a great way to get your dog some exercise, strengthen your bond with them, and have a great time while you’re doing it. Patch Dog Training offers all levels of agility training, from pre-agility foundation courses to classes for experienced dogs. Contact Patch Dog Training to learn more.
10. Keith Mathews The Dog Guru (Armagh)
Keith Mathews and his wife Helena are dog training experts. Together, they run Keith Mathews The Dog Guru, an Armagh-based dog training business in Northern Ireland. Keith and Helena are both dog behaviour experts who have over four combined decades of professional training experience.
The team at Keith Mathews The Dog Guru offers individual puppy consultations, obedience classes, and one-on-one behavioural consultations. They also provide home visits, telephone consultations, and training for dogs to become shooting companions. Contact Keith Mathews The Dog Guru to get started.
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