Our head coach Laura has been part of the competitive dog agility world for many years now. She currently competes with her own rescue Whippet Cross Trudi, her good pals Rusty the Jack Russell and Minnie the Cavalier x Bichon and, of course, her young Border Collie Indy. All four dogs have had impressive agility careers so far with Rusty winning up to Irish Kennel Club (IKC) and Irish Agility and Dog Sports Association (IADSA) Grade 6, Trudi to IKC Grade 5, IADSA Grade 6, Minnie to IADSA Grade 5 and Indy with a promising start winning to grade 4 IKC and IADSA Grade 5. All dogs are showing even more promise for the future.
She holds a Diploma in Dog Training and she regularly attends seminars and workshops with top national and international handlers to keep up to date with the latest handling and training methods within the sport.
Rachel has been working as a dog trainer for six years, though she had been training her own dogs for a lot longer than that! Currently, she is a proud dog Mom to SEVEN dogs. At this stage, they have tried their hand at almost every dog sport: tricks training, agility, flyball, nosework etc. Rachel’s current obsession is canine freestyle (doggy dancing) and she hopes to travel to the UK to compete there next season. She holds a Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training, is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor for DMWYD and has attended many workshops and seminars as part of her continuous education covering a wide-range of dog-related topics.
Nikki has always studied and worked with animals. While at home in the UK, she started with earning her National Diploma in Animal Management and Husbandry and Canine Behaviour and Handling. Since moving to Ireland she has spent 3 years being the supervisor of a busy doggy daycare while continuously updating her education within dog training, behaviour and animal care. She currently works as assistant agility trainer for WaggyMamas along with running her own dog walking business Paws are Made for Walking. She and her rescued Patterdale Terrier cross, Maddie, have taken the competition scene by storm in their first season winning up to IKC grade 3.
Marina has been working professionally with animals since 2009, when she started working as a veterinary nurse and pet groomer. Subsequent to this, she became an enthusiastic Agility Competitor along with her German Shepherd, Okami. Okami and Marina excelled within the sport and in 2017 they qualified to represent Ireland as part of the Irish team at the World Agility Open in Holland. She has many years of experience in teaching Agility, Pet Obedience and Tricks classes. She holds a Canine Fitness and Conditioning Diploma, and is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor.
ALL our trainers are certified in canine first response.