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Dog Training Classes

Dublin, Kilkenny and in between

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For small and medium dogs

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Dog Training & Behaviour Classes  Callan  Kilkenny. Higher learning for you and your dog. Owner trainer & handler of the of the Irish Kennel Club Top working trials dog of the year 2014,2015,2016 & 2017 Working Trials Champion Sassy.SDC11118

Champion trainer Samantha Rawson The dog expert  is a Certified Canine Behaviour and training consultant. Her mission is to facilitate a mutually respectful relationship between dogs and their owners based on good clear communication, TRUST and the art of compromise.

She is a member of the Kennel club KCAI scheme for dog training instructors. An Irish Kennel club approved obediance and working trials judge.

Samantha has adopted several dogs over the years, and currently shares her home with five dogs and five hens! She has  trained two rescue dogs to Irish working trials champions. Battersea's Best to Pele aka Pele from Battersea dogs home London and Ryan's Daughter aka Sassy  who was a pup destined for Ennis dog pound. Sassy has been awarded the IKC top working trials dog of the years  2014  2015 and 2016 respectively.


Samantha set up her business SAMANTHA'S PET CARE SERVICES IN 1993. She was the first dog trainer in the Republic of Ireland to become a  member of the British Association of professional dog trainers. In 2004 she was awarded her qualification in Applied Animal Behaviour from the university of Southampton. She has also been awarded a certificate in Communication and Counselling Skills from NUI Maynooth. As a committed life long learner Samantha is committed to her continued professional development. In recent years she has focused on dog training and behaviour services.

With twenty four years of professional experience Samantha has the knowledge and the skills to deal with almost any problem from house-training puppies to more complex behaviour problems of aggression and fear based issues. Samantha has worked with  all sorts of dog breeds and sizes and ages, all with different personalities from the shy nervous dogs to the over confident ones who present unique challenges. Samantha has a genuine interest in people and their dogs as she believe every relationship between a dog and it's owner is unique. Her success and is based on her  respect for the dog and the owner and her believe in honesty at all times.   Samantha can empathise with every situation and has lots of practical advice. ' Samantha says it as she sees it '  She can be contacted on 0872389260.

The lost art of dog training and communication  with John Rogerson 23 & 24 June 2018.

Learn to  essestial skills required to effectively train and communicate with dogs.  Get an insight into dog behaviour , breed specifics and play. Creative dog training, handling skills and scent work.

This course is for dog enthusiasts and canine professionals.

086 1953158

Samantha 087 2389260

Dog Training Classes

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Sam and DogWe have enjoyed a lot of media exposure in the last few weeks from a feature article in the Irish Field newspaper and an article in the Irish Independent which prompted a few invitations from various radio stations.


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Samantha knows that dog training and behaviour modification is about listening to and respecting the owner, as well as the dog. Every owner is as unique as their dog. For success in your dog training:


Samantha and The Canine College provide  dog training services, group classes, private classes. Behaviour consulatations andHouse Calls.  Dog Training courses  in our five acre premises in Kilkenny. Samantha also travels around the country to give help and advise in the privacy of your own home.  Samantha can travel to you anywhere in the country.

'I love training dogs as all dogs are individuals and dogs and their owners are as unique as each other' Samantha Rawson's approach to dog training is highly motivational for both partners in the relationship! Samantha uses her understanding and knowledge...

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Here we are finally seeing the sun shine  and the prospect of warmer days. Time to get out and play/train the dog. Here are some useful tips to help to improve the relationship between you and your dog.  To spend at least 30 mins with my dog every day. Dog Training Resolutions