Suzi is an expert dog behaviourist and dog trainer. Suzi grew up with a love of all animals. After leaving school Suzi attended University College Dublin to study Zoology. Following her honours degree she was accepted into Edinburgh University to study at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary and graduated with Masters in Applied Animal Welfare and Behaviour.
On returning to Ireland Suzi began working for Dogs Trust Ireland while continuing her education in the area of dog training and behaviour. Following on from that Suzi began employment with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind as a supervisor in Dublin and in 2010 qualified as a puppy trainer for Guide Dogs worldwide. She also worked with the veterinary department of Dublin Zoo on a nutritional research project for captive wild animals. Suzi then set up a dog training and daycare centre called Positive Dog Training in South Dublin where she co ran it for 5 successful years. Suzi left to pursue her love of dog behaviour and training.
In 2009 Suzi was nominated for an Ireland Involved award for her extensive work with rescue dogs and was a runner up in the Animals and Environment category.
Suzi has attended numerous seminars on dog training and handling including those presented by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Sarah Kalnajs, Victoria Stilwell, Sarah Whitehead, Jim Crosby and Sarah Fisher. Suzi has also written many articles on dog training and welfare which have been published in newspapers and online resource websites. Suzi has worked as a behaviourist on both TV, radio and has also worked training dogs in the film industry and as a professional behaviourist for Pedigree campaigns.
Qualifications and Certifications
- (Bsc) Honours Degree in Zoology from University College Dublin, 2001-2006
- (Msc) Masters Degree in Applied Animal Welfare and Behaviour, Edinburgh University, 2006-2007
- Certificate in Canine First Aid (canine first responder course), 2009 & 2011
- FETAC level 6 Canine Obedience & Training, Dog Training Ireland, 2012
- Qualified Puppy Trainer , Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, 2010
- Approved behaviourist with Allianz Insurance (vet refferal required)
- Companion Animal micro-chipping certification, International Animal Care College, 2011
- Competency Assessment Programme in Clicker Training – Level 1
- Accepted & assessed member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers Ireland, APDTI 014
- Member of the Pet Professionals Guild
- Associate member of the IAABC
- Certificate in Dog Daycare from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute
- Certificate in Feline Body Language
- Certificate in Dogs with resource guarding issues from International College of Canine Studies
- Certificate in Dog Body Language from the ICC
- Certificate for the reversal of aggression in dogs and cats from Dr Sophia Yin
- Certificate in dog aggression from the ICC
- Certificate in Treatment and Prevention of Dog Aggression from Dr. Ian Dunbar, 2017
Behavioural Consultation Clinic €100
Are you having difficulties living with your dog ? I specialise in the following behavioural problems -
- Aggressive behaviour
- Reactivity (barking & lunging on lead)
- Resource guarding (guarding items)
- Destructive behaviour
- Separation anxiety
Please bare in mind that some behavioural issues may require more than one consultation. For reactive dog training I run a specialised program for €350. I am covered under Allianz pet insurance scheme if you have a veterinary referral). My behaviour clinic is in Anicare Veterinary Clinic Santry, Dublin 9.
doG & Puppy TRAININg at the clinic €100
Is your dog not as well mannered as you might like? I can help you to improve your dogs manners at home and in public so that you can enjoy your canine companion without the embarrassment. I can help with -
- Jumping up problems
- Excessive barking
- Digging or destruction
- House training issues
- General training
FAMILY PUPPY TRAINING €80
This session is for puppies under the age of 6 months. These sessions focus on everything you need to have a perfectly mannered pet and to make sure you avoid any future behavioural problems.
I would like the whole family to attend when possible. These classes are private and are run on Saturdays at my behaviour clinic in Santry. They include full support by phone/email for the life of your puppy. Put the right paw first! (One lesson €80 Two lessons €150)
Group classes for puppies
I currently run group puppy classes in Anicare Clontarf for new puppies up to the age of 6 months. Classes run for 4 consecutive weeks at 8pm on Tuesday evenings. These classes include all basic level training as well as socialisation. The full course is €70 per puppy and can be booked by phoning Anicare on (01) 833 0744
Group classes for puppies & adult dogs
I run semi private group classes for dogs who find learning difficult in the presence of other dogs. These classes teach your dog to learn with distractions. Classes are €30 per session and cover topics such as
- Really FAST Recall
- Stop Jumping NOW
- Learn to be QUIET
- DON'T Bite Me
Please contact me for upcoming dates or follow me on Facebook.
BEHAVIOURAL CONSULTATION AT HOME €150
If you would like me to visit your own home for a specific behavioural or training problem you are having, I cover the Dublin area. This session will last approximately 90 minutes and includes a plan especially for your dog. I am also available for follow up advice and I stay in touch with you to ensure that problem behaviour and training is progressing. I recommend at home training for house training, barking and resource guarding issues.
I am covered under Allianz pet insurance scheme for behavioural problems if you have a veterinary referral).
Before getting a puppy/dog talk €60
Its so important that before you bring a dog into your home that you are prepared for that dog to change your life completely. I can help your family get ready for a dog, help you choose a dog that suits your home and all the dos and don'ts. This consultation is 60 minutes.
Dog Business consultations €100
I have worked in the dog industry for over 10 years, including 5 years running my own dog training and daycare centre. I can provide advise, support and expertise if you are deciding to open up your own dog business. Consultations include a 2 hour meet up as well as a follow up phone consultation. Let me pass on my knowledge to you!
I have been involved in many projects including advertisements and behavioural campaigns for Pedigree, training dogs for TV and movies as well as writing articles for newspaper and online forums. Please contact me should you require my professional services.
SCHOOL & GROUP TALKS
I have years of experience giving talks to schools and groups about dog behaviour and body language. It is so important to teach children about how to be safe around dogs and to give people the confidence to know what a dog is trying to communicate. I can also give talks on other animals both domestic and wild. All my talks are fun and informative, please get in touch for more information.
Cat behavioural consultations €60
Its not just our dogs that have us confused, our feline friends can sometimes cause frustration in our homes. Please get in touch if you need training to improve life with your cat. Whether your cat is toileting in your home or scratching you and your furniture I can help you to speak cat!
If you would like to avail of any of my services or just to inquire please phone me or text me on 085 2150915 . You can also fill out the form below. Thank you!