Education and Professional overview
Certificate Canine First Responder
This one day course covered all aspects of emergency response protocol when dealing with dogs. Areas covered included CPR, basic first aid and emergency responses to a number of different accidents scenarios.
September - December 2019
Diploma in Canine Behaviour & Training - DSPCA
This 12 week course offers a solid introduction to animal behaviour and dog training techniques. It gave a broad understanding of how dogs evolved to living and working with humans, how we can understand them better to create a more positive relationship and what training techniques and skills are used within the organisation.
Subjects included the evolution and history, canine communication and understanding body language to problem solving, physiology and health, training techniques and class design and layout.
February - March 2020
Career as a Dog Trainer - IMDT
The 2 day Career as a Dog Trainer course, offered by IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) in the UK was a mix of theory and practical demonstrations aimed at giving learners a good understanding of what a career in dog training would entail.
Subjects included the science of how dogs lean, group class planning and dynamics, building a one to one consultation, behaviour modification and rehabilitation and practical demonstrations.
May - September 2020
Level 3 iPET Network Diploma in Dog Grooming & Salon Management
This internationally recognised course is offered over 30 days. It is a mix of theory and practical training. The practical portion of the course was done in Canine Creations in Sandyford village and covered all areas of grooming from bathing and drying techniques to styling, scissoring and hand stripping. During my time on the course I groomed over 50 dogs across 30 different breeds.
Subjects covered during the course included Health and Safety in a grooming environment, customer care and managing complaints, assessing and planning dog grooming styles, health checks, handling and canine behaviour and planning the operation of a small canine business.
November 2020 - November 2021
CASI Certificate in Canine Nutrition (Cert.CN)
This course, studied through the Companion Animal Science Institute in Canada, covers everything to do with dog nutrition. The course provides a solid science-based foundational exploration of nutrients, life-stage nutrition, digestive anatomy, and other topics related to this area of study. This program provides the solid foundation of knowledge necessary to understand canine nutrition.
It includes electives in general canine nutrition, energy and non energy yielding nutrients, canine digestion, life stage nutrition and a study on the different diets for dogs.
February 2020 - Present
I have been working as a dog walker in Dublin City Centre since February 2020. I believe in a positive approach with all my clients and my walks include play time (with other dogs, using toys and games such as scent hunts), on lead walking time and a small amount of training.
I live close to a number of parks such as Phoenix Park, Eamonn Ceannt and War Memorial which I use to walk the dogs. I also live close to Sandymount beach which I use in the summer to have some beach fun. As I have a car, I can pick up and drop off all my clients, meaning there is no pressure on their owners to transport the dogs.
A full price list for walks can be found on the 'Services' page.
September 2020 - Present
After completing the iPET Network programme, I set up a private grooming studio in the heart of the city centre from home. I offer a calm and welcoming environment for every dog that needs a little TLC. Alternatively, I offer mobile grooming services, grooming from the comfort of your own home.
A full list of grooming services can be found on the 'Services' page.