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For our training, we use only positive reinforcement techniques and use no old, outdated 'quick fix' solutions such as using fear, force, e-collars etc.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 (operant conditioning). This leaves a more lasting impression on the dog as they make the decision, & dogs will continue to perform a behaviour that they find the most rewarding. We also like to use many games in our training, leaving the dog empowered and feeling more confident.
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.
I begun 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 now 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.
I am certified in Canine First Aid, Dog Training & Dog Search.
I hold a diploma in Canine Care. I am currently studying towards another diploma in Dog Behaviour & Dog anxiety. I have attended various workshops such as 'Interactive Play', by the renowned Craig Ogilvie.
Hi, I'm Terrie and I'm in charge of caring for all your wonderful pets. I have always been very passionate about dogs & I wouldn't be lying if I said I prefer them to human company most days! I have been involved in various animal rescue operations since I was young & have vast experience in working with all different types of dogs. I previously worked at a dog kennels for many years and also a veterinary clinic. I moved to Germany in 2013 to work professionally with dogs, doing search work all over the world with my English Springer Jerry. In 2015 & 2016, I travelled to Belgium & the Netherlands to compete in the prestigious European Canine Biathlon event, in which I proudly took home third & second place. I have also taken part in various agility competitions.
I am certified in Canine First Aid, Dog Training & most recently certified in Pet Boarding & Daycare Covid-19.
I completed a three year apprenticeship in Animal Care & Welfare in 2017. I hold a distinct diploma in Canine Communication and I am currently finishing up my studies in Canine Behaviour. Most recently, I enrolled in a Veterinary Assistant course, so that I can continue to bring the highest standard of care to all dogs that stay in my home.
Nala is our beloved Border Collie mix. We rehomed her from Animal Help Net Kerry when she was a puppy and she has brought so much joy to our lives since. Nala is somewhat of a celebrity, being known for her skills in and around Killarney. She is a very playful & friendly girl, and will quickly make your dog feel right at home when they come to stay for home boarding. I am pretty confident that your dog will leave our home as a best friend of Nala's.
As well as being part of our family, she is part of the team. She regularly assists Jake on his training classes and 121 training. She knows many novice and advanced tricks. She is showing many owners, just what can be achieved with a bit of patience & training. She is highly intelligent and has shown a natural affinity for search work. We are very excited to develop this further in the coming months.