Muddy Paws was founded in 2017 and has quickly grown to become one of the most established and reputable dog services in all of Co.Kerry.
For our training, we use only positive reinforcement techniques. We use no old, outdated 'quick fix' solutions such as using fear, force, e-collars etc. By using modern, science based techniques, your dog not only enjoys the training but they are truly being trained, & not just surpressing their behaviour because they are afraid of the consequence.
We are strong advocates in training both the dog and owner simultaneously as a team. We believe in giving the dog the choice (choice training), with one outcome leading to a reward, and the other to no reward. This leaves a more lasting impression on the dog as they make the decision, & dogs will continue to do a behaviour they have found the most rewarding. We use many games in our training, leaving the dog empowered and feeling more confident for the future.
We run a variety of training classes as well as a number of different in-home training and behaviour modification packages, which can be found on our website here.
Hi I'm Jake. I began my career in training dogs in 2008 and have vast experience in training all different breeds of dogs. My main role in my previous job was to train security dogs and to train search/detection dogs. I was lucky enough to do high profile searches all across Great Britain, from the G8 summit in Wales, Wembley Football Stadium, Edinburgh Castle, The Albert Hall, London Thames Barrier, The Shard, and many other areas. I have also completed a professional search course in the USA, as well using tracking dogs in the Belize Jungle in South America.
My training nowadays is very different to my past. I know use my previous experience and my ever-evolving dog knowledge to help owners and their pet dogs achieve their goals. It gives me great satisfaction helping owners become the best that they can be. I have personally invested heavily in dogs with a nervous disposition, as my own dog Nala was and still is, naturally nervous. I am a firm believer in using positive training and only use these proven, science-backed theories when training. I am forever listening to podcasts and reading books to keep up to date with the most modern dog training knowledge.
Hi I’m Nala, I’m a collie cross, who found her way into the Muddy Paws team.
My Pawrents rescued me when my mum rejected me and my sister at 7 weeks, and I haven’t looked back since. My dad (Jake), takes me on lots of his adventures around Kerry, and I help him either show owners some of my skills, or I help by just being me, maybe around a dog that isn’t so friendly, or a little nervous. I also help with all of the classes. I help owners and dogs see what the skills might look like, and what a bit of hard work will get you, dad always says this is really important. I’ve never been told off, ever, although at times I have made some mistakes. But in our family, you aren’t punished for your mistakes, and this means that I unconditionally trust and love my pawrents. This has really helped me, as I was extremely nervous of lots of things, and dad has spent a lot of his time, helping me overcome all of my fears.
I also know lots of novice and advanced skills and tricks, and I’ve learnt to search for items, which is great fun! I am living proof, that a purely positive training approach, really does bring the best out of a dog, as well as it being the best way to shape a strong and healthy relationship. I look forward to helping you and your dog in the future.